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Washington Nationals’ prospects - AFL Scouting Report: Jake Noll

Catch up on what the Nationals’ prospects did in the Arizona Fall League with scouting reports from Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball...

Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball is back with the latest scouting report on the Washington Nationals’ prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League.

We already looked at Carter Kieboom, Daniel Johnson (who was traded to Cleveland in the Yan Gomes deal), Taylor Guilbeau, Tres Barrera, Ben Braymer, and Jordan Mills.

Here’s a scouting report on Jake Noll...

Name: Jake Noll

Age (as of September 1, 2018): 24y, 5m

Position: 3B/INF

Bats/Throws: R / R

Present Role: 30

Future Role: 40

ETA: 2020

2018 Level: Potomac (A+), Harrisburg (AA)



Noll is short on tools but has done nothing but hit since the Nationals took him in the 7th round in 2016. He lacks any one carry tool, but Noll’s ability to put the bat on the ball gives him a chance at the big leagues. Washington has tried him at 2B and 3B, but he’s below-average at both spots and likely winds up playing 1B down the road. The ceiling is a bench bat that’s a good fit for the National League given pinch hitting opportunities, though there’s a chance he winds up a 4A type if no one attribute is strong enough to carve out a full-time role.


Noll had a solid second-half of last season at Double-A, but he’s likely to return to Harrisburg next year to continue working on adding value with the glove. Being able to play away from 1B will boost his chances of cracking the big league club at some point in 2020.