The Indians are a few weeks away from Spring Training and two names to consider for earl season call-ups are Nolan Jones and Emmanuel Clase.
The Cleveland Indians are going to rely on a lot of young talent heading out of Spring Training, at least that’s the way it looks if team President Chris Antonetti and CM Mike Chernoff aren’t able to swing some of the money saved on Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to new players. The Indians have holes everywhere still, namely in the outfield, the middle infield, the bullpen, and the back of the rotation. That’s why two of the names to consider calling up and putting on the Major League roster out of camp are Nolan Jones and Emmanuel Clase.
Now, if neither man performs well, disregard everything.
For Jones, the reason is clear. He’s the No. 1 prospect in the Indians organization, he’s viewed as ready by numerous scouts. He’s got a robust skillset that borders on the four-to-five tool territory, and he’s adaptable. He can play third or a corner outfield spot and has hit .283 in the minors across several different teams and levels. He even has some power, someone who could be a 20-30 home run guy.
For Clase, the focal point in the Corey Kluber trade, he’s a bit more of an unsure commodity after his suspension for PED’s. Even though he got popped for something, Clase has since shown scouts what he’s still capable of doing. In October, his fastball hit 100 on the radar gun. That’s not exactly going to make people think you’re not still doing PED’s, but hitting 100 MPH is hitting 100 MPH.
He might be popping hot, but at that speed, no one’s going to catch him. Jokes aside, Clase should (hopefully) be clean and should be a nice rubber arm in the middle or back end of the bullpen.
Both guys are going to need to step up, and they may not be the only rookies on this team that people lean on for production.