While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to several pitchers — both prep and collegiate — Nolan Jones is one of multiple position players whom the club may take with one of their first three picks in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Nolan Jones, Holy Ghost Prep (Pennsylvania)
Position(s): 3B, RF
Four years ago, the Dodgers went with a 6’4 lefty-hitting prep shortstop in the first round in Corey Seager. Jones has a similar profile, going to high school in Pennsylvania, though he’s been a consistent presence on the showcase and tournament circuit.
Jones’ calling card is his bat, as he projects as at least an above average hitter with at least average power. He has a quick, short stroke that’s geared for line drives right now but he shows some raw power in batting practice.
He tested well at Perfect Game events, recording a top exit velocity of 105 mph as well as top level bat speed and arm strength. He’s thrown 90 mph off the mound and 92 mph across the diamond.
Defensively, Jones plays shortstop in high school, but is already being projected off the position; he should be able to handle third base. He’s an average runner and should lose a step as he continues to fill out his frame.
While Josh Lowe may have more raw power and athleticism, Jones is a better bet to hit. His polished bat and chance to remain in the infield has attracted teams in front of the Dodgers, so there’s a good chance he doesn’t make it to No. 20.
If he’s there, it would be tough to pass on a potential impact bat on the left side of the infield.
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