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Guardians trade former prospect Nolan Jones to Colorado for INF Juan Brito

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Former Cleveland minor league quarterback Nolan Jones is heading to Colorado in a deal that will send player Juan Brito to the Guardians.

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Jones, who made his major league debut Debuted on July 8 in Kansas CityHe was the organization’s second-round pick in the 2016 draft, and was seeded at the top of Cleveland’s farm system in 2020. However, injuries have impeded his progress through the club’s player development system. By the time he emerged, Jones had missed parts of two seasons having had surgery on his right thumb in 2019 and left ankle in 2021.

244 with two home runs and 13 RBI. He walked eight times and struck out 31 with a 0.681 OPS. At Columbus, he batted . 276 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 55 games.

Brito, 21, spent 2022 at High-A Fresno, hitting .286 (115-for-402) with 29 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs and 72 RBI in 107 games. He finished fourth at California University in doubles (29), sixth in on-base percentage. (.407) and eighth in RBI (72). The switch-hitting quarterback has a three-year career batting average of .295 (179-for-606) with 36 2B, 9 3B, 17 HR and 109 RBI in 169 games. He is currently ranked in Colorado as a top 30 prospect per MLB pipeline.

Brito was added to Cleveland’s 40-man roster as soon as he was acquired.

The Guardians made an array of roster moves and deals on Tuesday ahead of the Major League Baseball deadline for clubs to map their 40-man rosters ahead of next month’s Rule 5 draft. In addition to trading Jones, Cleveland re-delivered Carlos Vargas to the Diamondbacks in exchange for right-hander Russ Carver.

The club also named left-handers Kirk McCarty and Anthony Goose for assignment assignments, and added left-handers Tim Herren and Joey Cantillo and outfielder Angel Martinez to the 40-man roster.

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