The Cleveland Guardians are looking to spark their struggling offense by calling up former top prospect Nolan Jones.
Jones started the 2022 season late after recovering from offseason left ankle surgery and some lower back issues, but the 24-year-old has come out of the gate strong, slashing .311/.417/.500 with three home runs, six doubles, 25 RBIs, four stolen bases, and a wRC+ of 146 in 90 at-bats.
At one point, the former second-round pick was Cleveland’s top prospect, and he did initially struggle during his first taste of Triple-A ball in 2021. But Jones was beginning to really find his footing before ultimately seeing his season cut short due to his ankle injury.
Jones certainly picked up where he left off and has essentially forced Cleveland’s hand; the Guardians now need to see what they have in him.
Where Will Nolan Jones Play for the Guardians?
Lucky for Jones, he’s been playing at a variety of positions in the minors in an attempt to find a path to the majors. His natural position of third base is of course occupied, but he can fill in at both first base and in the outfield, two positions where the Guardians could certainly still use some depth.
As for what to expect out of Jones, it would be unfair to assume he’ll come out of the gate on fire like so many young players have this year for the Guardians.
But if he’s able to hold his own, he should be able to provide a huge boost to the bottom of the lineup, which has descended into can’t-watch territory in recent weeks.