The Cleveland Indians have some interesting position battles going on in spring training and these three names could be keys to success.
The Cleveland Indians have a few holes they’re trying to fill this spring training. They have a good core of guys, and just need a little extra to make sure they stay in contention for another playoff run. This year, however, they’ll be doing it without Francisco Lindor or Carlos Carrasco.
Andres Gimenez is trying to claim the shortstop job from the dearth of prospects the Tribe has at the position and may just be able to roll into the regular season as the opening day starter at shortstop.
The Indians still have position battles at first base, the outfield, and as a fifth starter. So who is making waves that may get them noticed and kept on the 25-man roster heading into the regular season?
Three names that are lighting up spring training.
Bobby Bradley already has two home runs during spring training. He’s currently competing with Jake Bauers for the first base job, and while it’s still early, it’s looking good that Bradley leaves spring training as the man on first.
Another guy competing for a spot on the Indians’ main roster, Yu Chang smacked two home runs in a single game. His power has long been mentioned, but to see it on full display is something to get excited about. While he plays third base, and Jose Ramirez plays third, Chang could easily see himself coming off the bench, or moving to the outfield. If he keeps his power numbers up, it’ll be hard to leave him off the roster.
Hoping to get a spot in the rotation, Aaron Civale is coming into spring training having changed his mechanics and added a new pitch to his repertoire. In his first start for the Tribe in spring training, he went three innings, striking out three, and not giving up a single hit. If he keeps this up, he could have a huge 2021.