Cleveland Indians: 5 debuts we’re excited to see this season

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3. Anthony Gose

Relievers are going to make or break a team in this shortened 60-game season. The Athletic’s Zack Meisel predicted eight relievers will make the Tribe’s main roster, with Brad Hand, Nick Wittgren, Oliver Pérez, James Karinchak, Adam Cimber, Phil Maton, Hunter Wood and James Hoyt all getting the nod.

Trying to predict a bullpen is about as easy as picking lotto numbers, though. Surely, everyone Meisel listed won’t be around when this thing’s over. I mean, how long can the front office sit around and wait if a guy has two or three bad outings? My guess is not long, which brings me to Anthony Gose.

The former Tiger was a position player who hasn’t taken a Major League at-bat since the 2016 season. He’s now re-invented himself as a reliever, and, and his talent is certainly intriguing.

He gave us a taste of his potential as he fanned nine batters in 5.2 innings in Spring Training 1.0.

The truth is the Tribe needs strikeout guys in the pen. Emmanuel Clase, who came over in the Corey Kluber deal, was supposed to fill one of those roles, but he’s suspended for the season (PED).

Gose will likely debut for the Tribe in 2020, and I know I’m looking forward to watching him pitch.