5 Cleveland Indians stocks that are soaring before Opening Day

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4. Bryan Shaw, RP

Bryan Shaw’s stock is up, and he’s probably going make the team.

That’s what Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto recently wrote, as the writer quoted an anonymous source with the organization who said the reliever “Still has it.”

Shaw came back to Cleveland this past offseason on a minor-league deal with an invitation to camp. As one of “Tito’s Guys,” you just new the Tribe would look for every reason to give him a spot on the 26-man roster.

Well, unless Shaw just completely implodes, he’s going to make the roster. And give him credit, he’s earned it. In 7.2 frames, he’s struck out nine and has a 3.25 ERA. Granted, he’s also issued five walks, seven hits (two of which were home runs)

The Indians will count on an old reliable, but if Shaw doesn’t hold up once the season starts, they better not dilly-dally on a replacement.

Fellow left-hander Kyle Nelson also deserves a chance to make the club. The 24-year-old has been stellar in Arizona,  recording six strikeouts in four innings of work (spanning five appearances).

Younger southpaws like Sam Hentges also offers promise, although it’s clear he needs more time in the minors.

Veteran lefty Oliver Perez has been knocked around this spring to a tune of a 9.53 ERA. Like Shaw, he was brought back on a minor-league deal.