Third Base, Left-Handed Hitter
I’m including Nolan Jones as a bonus prospect to this list because I don’t see it happening, but it might be time that it does. The Cleveland Indians’ top prospect, Jones isn’t currently on the 40-man roster which could pose an issue, but if the team is serious about finding a spark, Jones might be it.
We’ll start with how Jones could fit in. He’s a third baseman and Jose Ramirez has that position locked up, but luckily Ramirez is very versatile. The Indians just placed Cesar Hernandez on paternity leave, so in the short term Ramirez could play second with Jones at third, a position that Ramirez is familiar with.
The other option for Ramirez is a position he is less known for, but still has experience at, left field. Back in 2016, Ramirez played 48 games in left field and could move there once again. Putting Ramirez in left solves the offensive problem of the outfield while also opening up third for Jones.
Jones has just 44 games at Double-A and nothing higher on his resume, but he might not need anything else to be ready. Over 340 games in the minors, Jones is slashing .283/.409/.448 which just a fraction of that would be an upgrade for the Cleveland lineup.
Again, I understand the argument with service time and finding room on the 40-man, but it might be time for Jones to make his debut and get the Indians over the hump and back into the win column.