Cleveland Indians baseball is right around the corner, and as the Tribe gets set for Opening Day, there’s plenty to be optimistic about.
Yep, every team is saying that, but despite one of the lower payrolls in baseball, the Indians are still expected to win more than they lose. Some even have them nabbing a Wild Card berth.
If you were a fan of the Tribe from the 1960s through 1995, well, you’d sign up for that every day.
As things fall into place before camp breaks, here’s a look at five stocks that are soaring as Spring Training heads into final week and a half of play.
1. Andres Gimenez, SS
The Francisco Lindor was another brutal slap in the face to fans of the franchise. Yet again, a fan favorite’s bank account became too big for ownership.
To make matters worse, the Indians offense struggled to score with Lindor in its lineup during the 2020 campaign. Now, imagine a lineup with out.
Andres Gimenez is not Francisco Lindor, but he’s someone who came into camp with an opportunity to win the starting shortstop job. He took the lead in his first Cactus League game and hasn’t looked back.
The Indians moved his main competition, Amed Rosario, to the outfield, all but guaranteeing Gimenez will be the Opening Day shortstop.
In 31 Spring Training plate appearances, Gimenez is batting .345 (1.077 OPS). Plus, he’s showed he has the chops to get the job defensively. Terry Francona, in classic coach mode, talked about the importance of catching the ball during the beginning of camp. Gimenez has delivered in both areas.