New position no problem for prospect Jones

CLEVELAND — His primary position may not be open at the big league level, but that hasn’t deterred Cleveland’s top prospect, infielder Nolan Jones, from accomplishing his ultimate goal. That’s why when the club approached him about possibly changing positions, he viewed it as a door that could lead to

CLEVELAND — His primary position may not be open at the big league level, but that hasn’t deterred Cleveland’s top prospect, infielder Nolan Jones, from accomplishing his ultimate goal. That’s why when the club approached him about possibly changing positions, he viewed it as a door that could lead to opportunity.

In addition to being ranked first on the organization’s prospect list by MLB Pipeline, Nolan is No. 38 on the overall Top 100 list. The 22-year-old was added to Cleveland’s 40-man roster this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, and there’s been plenty of anticipation about his debut.

But with José Ramírez still manning third base, Jones was asked to try playing the outfield or first base to better his chances of making it to the Majors in 2021. Without hesitation, he said yes.

“I know that my end goal is to play in the big leagues and help the Indians win,” Jones said. “So I’m doing everything I can to try and get comfortable out [in the outfield]. It’s tough. It’s a lot different. You’re a lot farther away from the baseball than you are…

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