2016 Overall Rankings: Risers And Newcomers
November 12, 2015
By Nathan Rode
An update to the 2016 Overall Rankings was posted Wednesday with plenty of movement among the top prospects. While the top five remained unchanged, several players made noteworthy climbs. Others joined the rankings for the first time, mostly due to the addition of states to the Overall Rankings. Below are a few of the risers and newcomers in the rankings.
Nolan Jones, SS, Holy Ghost Prep, PA
Jones has been swinging a hot bat since the end of July. He took a good BP at East Coast Pro and went 4-for-12 before heading west to Long Beach. He started to heat up late in the Area Code Games and made loud contact, even on his outs. He went 5-for-11 there. During BP in Long Beach, he had a wide set-up with some length to his swing, but he stood taller in games and shortened up. He had a pull approach in BP as well, but showed the ability to go to the left side with authority in games. Scouts were all over his at-bats at the World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, where he went 5-for-15 with a home run. He’s an average runner and will likely move off shortstop as he fills out his 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame, but he should have enough arm strength to fit at third base. Jones jumped 19 spots to No. 6.