3. Domingo Santana
With Franmil Reyes emerging as a candidate to log some serious innings in the outfield, Domingo Santana is being talked about as candidate to collect a lot of plate appearances at DH.
Santana led all of baseball last year with 11 outfield errors, and considering he dropped a fly ball, he was doing his best to make Reyes look like Roberto Clemente.
Naturally, Tribe fans will want to stick him at DH, but keep in mind he was 5-of-25 with 10 strikeouts. Of course there’s the caveat that you can never read too much into what happens in Spring Training, especially during a shortened Cactus League season.
But with Santana struggling, why not take another look at Bobby Bradley, who was having one of the better springs in 2020. Bradley was batting .333 with three home runs and a double in 28 plate appearances while striking out just six times.
You can never get too high or too low around a limited spring training performance, but considering all Bradley needs is a chance, why not let him start the season?
The thing Bradley really needs is a chance. Considering how he wilted after being called up last season, let him ride the momentum and see if that confidence carries into the season.
With the season moved back, the Cleveland climate should be a little more conducive to baseball, and that could be seen as an advantage for hitters.