Full name NOLAN ALLEN JONES...Named a 2016 Rawlings Perfect Game 1st Team All-American...A 2016 graduate of Holy Ghost Prep (Bensalem, PA), where he posted a .636 average (28-for-44) in 19 games during his senior campaign...Led the Firebirds to back-to-back PIAA District 1 AAA postseason appearances as Holy Ghost Prep won the title in 2015 & advanced to the semifinals in 2016...Rated as the 20th-best amateur entering the 2016 MLB Draft by MLB.com and 19th-overall according to Baseball America...Brother, Peyton, was a four-year starting goalie for Penn State, left as the school's all-time leader in games and victories and is now in the Colorado Avalanche's farm system...Nolan committed to play at Virginia before signing with Cleveland.
Spent entire year at AAA Columbus...Season got better as it went along until an ankle injury on August 29 at Memphis ended his season...Got off to a 3-for-36 (.083) start over the first 10 games, hit .189 (14-for-74, 22 games, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) and was hitting as low as .172 (16-for-93) on June 6...Over his last 28 games, July 29-Aug. 29, he batted .282 (29-for-103) with 5 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI and 24 runs (.385/.447/.832)...Suffered season-ending left ankle sprain sliding into second base, Aug. 29...Underwent surgery on Sept. 21 (Dr. Martin O'Malley, NYC) to stabilize the sprain (return to play expected at 5 to 6 months)…At the time of the injury he was leading the Triple-A East in walks (59), third in doubles (25), tied for fourth in RS (60) and fifth in XBH (39)...On the year he appeared in 67 games at 3B (65 GS), 25 games in RF (25GS) and 1 start at first base.
Listed as Cleveland top prospect according to MLB.com and Baseball America entering the 2020 season...Spent the 2020 campaign at the Alternate Training Site in Lake County (appeared in nine games in ST as an invitee)...Split the 2019 season between Class-A Lynchburg and AA Akron, hitting a combined .272 (117-for-430) with 22 2B, 15 HR and 63 RBI in 126 games (.409/.442/.851) and was named an org. all-star by MLB.com... Led the system in on-base pct. and all of the Minors in walks (96)...Played in the Futures Game in Cleveland on July 7 and was elevated to AA Akron on July 11 for the second half... Hit .312 (101-for-324, .936 OPS) vs. RHP and .151 (16-for-106) with a .324 on-base pct. against LHP...Played in the Arizona Fall League after the season, connecting for four homers and eight RBI in 15 games...Underwent right thumb surgery in October (Dr. Thomas Graham).
Finished 3rd in Midwest League in OPS (.858), tied for 4th in on-base % (.393), 6th in slugging % (.464), T8th in home runs (16) and finished 10th in walks (63)…Named No. 2 prospect in Cleveland organization by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline entering 2019 …Voted Best Infield Arm in Farm System by Baseball America.
Led organization in batting average (.317) and led team in batting average, runs scored (41), hits (69), doubles (19), games played (62) and walks (43)...Also led New York-Penn League in on-base percentage (.430) and OPS (.912); tied for league lead with 25 extra-base hits and ranked 2nd in slugging pct(.482)...Named Baseball America Short-Season All-Star...Named Best Strike Zone Discipline & Best Infield Arm in Cleveland Farm System entering 2018 by Baseball America...Named Cleveland's No. 3 prospect and No. 80 in MLB overall entering 2018 by ESPN.