How Good Is Jhonkensy Noel?

Noel is currently a professional baseball infielder with the Cleveland Guardians. He was born on July 15, 2001, in the Dominican Republic.
On July 15, 2017, Noel was drafted by the Cleveland Indians organization as an unrestricted foreign free agent.

In 2018He made his professional debut, batting.243 with 10 home runs and 34 runs batted in 64 games with the Dominican Summer League.

How Good Is Jhonkensy Noel?
How Good Is Jhonkensy Noel?

On November 19, the Guardians recruited 11 new players to their 40-man roster, including Jhonkensy Noel. He was one of four foreign free agents from the 2017 class to receive the promotion, the others being George Valera, Brayan Rocchio, and Jose Tena.

If those four players continue to develop at their present rate, the scouts who put together the 2017 class ought to get paid more. Noel, 20, is a third base and first baseman who bats right-handed. He has decent hands and an arm, but he moves awkwardly and might end up at first.

The 180-pound, 6-1 Noel has tremendous power. In 265 at-bats while playing in the Arizona Complex League, Class A Lynchburg, and Class A Lake County last season, he blasted 19 home runs.

If Not for Noel’s ankle injury, which kept him out of much of June, the total would have been greater. This year, Noel has little chance of making the big league team.

If everything goes according to plan, he’ll likely start the season at Lake County and go on to Class AA Akron. But by leaving him unguarded, the Guardians ran the chance of losing him for the $100,000 Rule 5 asking price.