Nolan Jones' express to the hot corner in Cleveland has taken a detour.
The top-ranked Indians prospect will begin rehabilitation this week after the 21-year-old had surgery Wednesday on his right thumb. The club hopes he will be fully healed at the start of Spring Training.
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Jones injured the thumb late in the regular season, then aggravated it in the Arizona Fall League. After getting off to a slow start in the AFL, the 2016 second-round pick was awarded the final spot on the Fall Stars East roster after winning an online fan vote. He did not play in the All-Star Game.
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MLB.com's No. 37 overall prospect began the season with Class A Lynchburg, where he batted .286/.435/.425 with seven dingers, 48 runs and 41 RBIs. He was tabbed a Carolina League All-Star and promoted to Double-A Akron on July 8 after appearing in the MLB All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field.
Jones compiled a slash line of .253/.370/.466 with eight long balls, 33 runs and 22 RBIs in the Eastern League. Overall, he tallied 40 extra-base hits and finished third among Indians Minor Leaguers with 81 runs.
In the AFL, he went 12-for-60 (.200) with six extra-base hits -- including four homers, eight runs and eight RBIs.