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State of the System: Cleveland Indians

Jones, middle infielders ready to make an impact in Cleveland
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December 15, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. After the Indians' three-year playoff streak was snapped

The Road to The Show™: Nolan Jones

Top Tribe prospect excels with patient approach, strong work ethic
November 23, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Cleveland Indians third baseman Nolan Jones. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Prospects in the Indians' 2020 player pool

Young bunch will mostly play at alternate site in Lake County
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed dream lineup: The 22-year-olds

Big names like Lux, Robert, Rutschman crowd hypothetical roster
April 14, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers, the second looked at 20-year-olds and last week's featured 21-year-olds. This time, we

Farm system rankings: Position players, 20-11

D-backs, Orioles rising up; Pirates, Cardinals continue to excite
February 11, 2020

With the 2020 season rapidly approaching, MiLB.com is looking at the state of all 30 farm systems over the next month and ranking them in several different ways. The first installment, broken into three parts, focuses on position players and considers the quality and quantity of top talent in each

Jones, Freeman ready to rock for Cleveland

Infield duo took center stage in talent-filled Indians farm system
October 28, 2019

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The Indians continue to reap the benefits of a solid farm system and remain

Indians' Jones undergoes thumb surgery

Club's No. 1 prospect aggravated injury in Arizona Fall League
October 24, 2019

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.

Ducks Dash SeaWolves' Playoff Hopes At Home, 5-1

September 1, 2019

RubberDucks Game RecapRubberDucks 5 (27-43, 61-78) SeaWolves 1 (45-26, 76-61)WP: Kyle Dowdy (1-1) LP: Joe Navilhon (1-3) Save: Hector Hernandez (1)SummaryThe Akron RubberDucks dashed the playoff hopes of the Erie SeaWolves behind a solid outing from Kyle Dowdy and two home runs to win 5-1 Sunday night at Canal Park

Strong Start From Morgan Not Enough For Ducks In 4-1 Loss To Erie

August 31, 2019

RubberDucks Game RecapSeaWolves 4 (45-25, 76-60) RubberDucks 1 (26-43, 60-78) WP: Zac Houston (6-1) LP: Anthony Gose (0-3) Save: Drew Carlton (19)SummaryThe Akron RubberDucks dropped their sixth straight game in a row, this time by a score of 4-1 to the Erie SeaWolves, which squandered a quality start from Eli

Adell, Lewis headline Fall League rosters

Twenty Top-100 prospects headed to Arizona for showcase
August 28, 2019

The Arizona Fall League is going to be a little different in 2019, but the talent level will be as high as ever.Angels outfielder Jo Adell (No. 4) and Twins shortstop Royce Lewis (No. 7) headline the list of 20 Top-100 prospects named to the Arizona Fall League rosters released

Senators Stymy RubberDucks' Power Surge In Ten Innings, 6-5

August 21, 2019

RubberDucks Game RecapSenators 6 (26-30, 68-58) RubberDucks 5 (22-37, 56-72) Final/10 InningsWP: Greg Holland (1-0) LP: Ben Krauth (1-3) Save: NoneSummaryThe Harrisburg Senators won a back-and-forth affair 6-5 in ten innings by adding two critical runs in the top of the tenth inning to stymy the RubberDucks power surge Wednesday

Ducks Drop Late-Night Decision to Harrisburg, 5-3

August 21, 2019

RubberDucks Game RecapSenators (25-30) 5 - RubberDucks (22-36) 3WP: Jacob Condra-Bogan (6-4) LP: Tanner Tully (7-11) Save: Aaron Barrett (28)SummaryAfter a rain delay of over two hours, the Harrisburg Senators closed out the RubberDucks 5-3 at Canal Park in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

RubberDucks Earn Doubleheader Split at Trenton Behind Scott's Game Two Start

July 23, 2019

RubberDucks Game RecapGame 1 - Thunder (15-17) 3 - RubberDucks (9-23) 1WP: James Reeves (4-2) LP: Eli Morgan (5-2) Save: Daniel Alvarez (14)Game 2 - RubberDucks (10-23) 6 - Thunder (15-18) 0WP: Adam Scott (4-1) LP: Rony Garcia (2-9) Save: Dalbert Siri (6)SummaryThe Akron RubberDucks were outdueled in a 3-1

RubberDucks Earn Doubleheader Split at Trenton Behind Scott's Game Two Start

July 23, 2019

RubberDucks Game RecapGame 1 - Thunder (15-17) 3 - RubberDucks (9-23) 1WP: James Reeves (4-2) LP: Eli Morgan (5-2) Save: Daniel Alvarez (14)Game 2 - RubberDucks (10-23) 6 - Thunder (15-18) 0WP: Adam Scott (4-1) LP: Rony Garcia (2-9) Save: Dalbert Siri (6)SummaryThe Akron RubberDucks were outdueled in a 3-1

RubberDucks Drop 5-3 Decision to Erie in Salazar's Second Rehab Start

July 16, 2019

SummaryThe Erie SeaWolves used a three-run fifth inning and a solid start from Matt Manning to down the Akron RubberDucks 5-3 on Tuesday at UMPC Park in Erie in Danny Salazar 's second rehab start of the season for Akron.Turning PointAfter the RubberDucks carried a slim 2-1 lead to the

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 15

Phillies' Medina coasts again; Indians' Jones goes yard in EL
July 16, 2019

Phillies RHP Adonis Medina, Double-A Reading: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K -- In his first start in two weeks, the second-ranked Phillies prospect picked up where he left off and did not allow an earned run for his second straight start. Medina faced

Tribe to promote Jones to Double-A Akron

Indians No. 2 prospect leading Carolina League with .860 OPS
July 6, 2019

Nolan Jones will be in Cleveland this weekend for the All-Star Futures Game. He'll only stay for a few days, but when he leaves, he'll be one step closer to calling Progressive Field home.The second-ranked Indians prospect will be promoted to Double-A Akron after Sunday's Futures Game, where he'll represent

Toolshed: Moving season continues

Top-100 prospects Gore, Robert, Lux could see new levels soon
June 26, 2019

It's about that time.Every season around the All-Star breaks of the various Minor Leagues, prospects are promoted to take on new challenges. The thinking goes that half a season is a good sample size to determine how well players have handled their opening levels. It also allows those players to

Jones pumps up Lynchburg's offense

Cleveland's No. 2 prospect drives in four, scores four times
June 24, 2019

Nolan Jones came to the yard Monday expecting to have the night off. He left after turning in a career performance.Cleveland's second-ranked prospect went 3-for-3, scoring a career-high four runs and driving in four, to fuel Class A Advanced Lynchburg's 11-5 win over Frederick at Calvin Falwell Field.

Jones, Lynch headline Carolina All-Stars

Recently promoted Madrigal, Singer, Duran also honored
June 11, 2019

Though promotions have shipped several high-profile invitees to Double-A of late, a pair of Top-100 prospects will still be holding down the fort in Frederick at this year's Carolina League All-Star Game.Lynchburg third baseman Nolan Jones (Indians) and Wilmington left-hander Daniel Lynch (Royals) --   MLB.com's Nos. 56 and 96 prospects,

Jones finding his power stroke for Hillcats

Indians No. 2 prospect extends hitting streak with first grand slam
May 29, 2019

The power and run production were going to come for Nolan Jones. It was only a matter of when, not if. That time has arrived.Cleveland's second-ranked prospect smacked his first career grand slam and reached base four times as Class A Advanced Lynchburg rolled past Frederick, 12-3, on Wednesday night

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 18

Phils' Haseley homers twice; Braves' Davidson puts up zeros
May 19, 2019

Phillies OF Adam Haseley, Double-A Reading: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R -- Philadelphia's third-ranked prospect batted .172 with two homers in April. He matched that total in Saturday's 4-1 win over Portland, just his latest strong showing in a turnaround month. Both of Haseley's dingers against the Sea

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 8

Indians' Jones stays hot; Rays' Baz solid in season debut
May 9, 2019

Indians 3B Nolan Jones, Class A Advanced Lynchburg: 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs, 2 R -- As a 20-year-old, the Indians' second-ranked prospect spent the final 30 games last season with the Hillcats, batting .298/.438/.471 with three homers and 17 RBIs. Wednesday was the 30th game of the season for

Carolina notes: Hillcats' Jones filling holes

No. 2 Indians prospect making better contact in Lynchburg return
May 8, 2019

The first couple of seasons of professional baseball for Nolan Jones had one commonality: He left his sessions in the batting cage feeling confident. The Indians' No. 2 prospect worked on the areas he felt comfortable with and strengthened those attributes.But there came a point at which he realized his

Indians Prospect Primer: The kids are alright

Jones, Freeman bring bats; relievers Sandlin, Karinchak rise fast
March 21, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, MiLB.com takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining Star: Nolan Jones, 3BThe