Nolan Jones 2016 MLB Draft Profile

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Overview
School: Holy Ghost Prep (Langhorne, PA)
Position: Shortstop
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 220
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Nolan Jones 2016 MLB Draft Profile

Jones is one of the premier high school hitters in the draft. In his senior year (nineteen games) he is putting up absolutely obscene numbers, batting .636, with a .750 on base percentage, seventeen stolen bases, twenty-four runs batted in, and only three strikeouts. He is also a hockey player, where speed and athleticism are pivotal. Jones has tremendous power for a shortstop. That, plus his speed and on-base ability, makes him a rare and valuable commodity at the shortstop position.

Strengths:

  • Impressive bat speed
  • Above-average power
  • High on-base percentage
  • Athleticism

Weaknesses:

  • Concerns about durability and longevity at shortstop
  • Didn’t face top-tier competition
  • Bat speed
  • Swing mechanics

MLB Comparison: Alexei Ramirez
Projected Pick Range: Top 5
Most Likely Landing Spots: New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves

Bottom Line

Nolan Jones is a rarity: a shortstop with power, speed, and a penchant for getting on base. A former two-sport athlete, Jones is disciplined and athletic. He may struggle in the higher levels of the minors because of a lack of elite competition in high school. Because he put on weight in between his junior and senior year, he could move to third base or second base, but that doesn’t detract from his stock because of his numbers.

Sources: MaxPreps, Baseball America

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