Cleveland Indians: 4 takeaways from the 60-man roster

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3. Patience a virtue, but not in 2020

Sixty games promises a major league season like no one’s seen. The shortened season promises to bring all kinds of crazy to the bullpen, as Terry Francona just can’t afford to sit and watch relievers struggle, especially considering the expanded rosters to start the season.

I just covered how some starters may turn into relievers, but then, there’s the relievers we’re looking forward to seeing, including Anthony Gose and Cameron Hill.

4. A lost season for guys on the roster

The year of 2020 is a lost season for thousands of professional ballplayers, particularly in the minor leagues, but even players on the big-league roster won’t be to get in their work.

Take the Tribe’s outfield, for example. Oscar Mercado and Franmil Reyes are everyday players, while Delino DeShields promises to play some, too. Don’t forget Jordan Luplow, who’s basically Babe Ruth against left-handed pitching.

That means there’s going to be a lot of players who will be in uniform, but you just might not see a ton of on the field. Those players include Tyler Naquin, Greg Allen, Jake Bauers and Bradley Zimmer. Of that quartet, one will probably platoon with Luplow (Naquin and Bauers hit left-handed).

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Then there’s someone like Daniel Johnson. This prospect spent all of last year at Class AAA and there’s not much left for him to prove at the minor-league level. He’s been invited to camp, but unless everyone else disappoints, the truth is there may not be playing time for the former National.