Since starting a rehab assignment on July 5, Noel (ankle) has played in four games for Cleveland’s rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate, going 1-for-10 with a double and a walk.
The 20-year-old third baseman has been out with a sprained ankle at Low-A Lynchburg for about a month. Noel should shortly re-join Lynchburg after playing in a couple of ACL rehabilitation games.
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 Indians. He played for the Indians of the Arizona League in 2019, hitting.287 over 47 games with six home runs and 42 runs batted in.
Noel played parts of the 2021 season for the Lynchburg Hillcats, Lake County Captains, and Arizona League teams. Four members of the Guardians’ 2017 foreign class were added to their 40-man roster in November, with Noel being the most unlikely.
Along with George Valera, Jose Tena, and Brayan Rocchio, Noel, 20, is a member of the 2017 international free-agent class. In the 2018 rookie baseball season, he made his debut as a 16-year-old after signing a $100,000 contract out of the Dominican Republic.
You may have seen Noel making the rounds online as the player who smashed home runs in back-to-back at-bats of at least 485 feet last summer. Noel is just starting to establish a reputation for himself.
Although he has the hardest swing of any prospect in the system, he doesn’t necessarily have a one-dimensional game.