The Cleveland Indians will soon break camp to begin the 2021 season. Expectations on the club seem to be lowered every day, but I’m trying to stay optimistic.
They’re probably and 85-86 win team, but perhaps they get hot and contend for Wild Card berth. After all, it’s baseball, and crazier things have happened.
Nothing ever goes according to plan though, so look for these three prospects to be called upon at some point in the 2021 campaign.
Daniel Johnson, OF
If Bradley Zimmer realizes his potential that once saw him as the organization’s top prospects…If Amed Rosario figures out the outfield enough to the point where he can be a viable center fielder…If Jordan Luplow hits lefties again…If Bobby Bradley or Jake Bauers handles first base well enough that Josh Naylor doesn’t have to move from right field to first base.
Yep, it’s a lot of “Ifs,” which is why it’s a good beat fans will be seeing Daniel Johnson at some point during the 2021 season.
Mysteriously, the Indians never gave Johnson a chance to become the Opening Day center fielder, as the organization opted to find out if other players, whose stock is low, can rebound to claim the gig.
The thing that’s hard to understand is that Johnson had a great showing in Summer Camp last July. He didn’t make the team then, either, but you’d think he’d did enough to be more than a blip on his bosses radar.
So, we’ll wait for Johnson, and considering the Indians history, the players put before him will likely fall by the wayside, although, I’m intrigued about the possibility of a Rosario/Luplow platoon in center.