Jones was added to Cleveland's 40-man roster Friday. Jones is one of Cleveland's top prospects, so it's not surprising to see him protected from the Rule 5 draft. The 22-year-old trained at the alternate training site in 2020, but he's yet to advance past the Double-A level. He hit .253 with eight home runs and 22 RBI with Double-A Akron in 2019.
Jones will be a part of the Indians' 60-man player pool this season. Jones is one of the Indians' best prospects and could be their everyday third baseman in the not-so-distant future. However, he had nine strikeouts in 19 plate appearances this spring and hit .200 with 31 strikeouts in 68 plate appearances in the Arizona Fall League, so he is not quite ready to hold his own against big-league pitching.
Jones was assigned to minor-league camp Wednesday. Jones got to spend a few weeks in big-league camp, going 1-for-12 with nine strikeouts in Cactus League action, though he did at least walk seven times. Jones has only played 49 games at the Double-A level, so he'll need some more minor-league experience before being seriously considered for a major-league spot.
Jones (thumb) was invited to the Indians' major-league spring training Monday as a non-roster invitee, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Jones underwent thumb surgery in late October, but he's reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab, so the team will reward him with a spot in major-league camp. The 21-year-old reached the Double-A level in 2019, and he'll look to develop further with the major-league coaching staff this spring.
Jones underwent surgery on his right thumb Wednesday, but hopes to be ready for the start of spring training, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. The 21-year-old made his way to Double-A Akron last season and hit .253/.370/.466 with eight home runs with the team. The surgery will likely hinder Jones' offseason training, but it's encouraging that the team is hoping he'll be ready for spring training next season.
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