The Indians have struggled this year but some young talent has stepped up.
The Cleveland Indians are likely not making the postseason after injuries to the lineup, rotation and even their manager sidelined what was once looked at to be a promising year. Yet, as the Tribe tries to finish out the last month and then some, all eyes are going to be on the youngsters currently on the roster.
These players are going to be needed to not only help finish out this season but also help the squad next season as well. So it’ll be important to watch them see if they’re up to the task.
That’s why we’re taking a break to look at several position players who have done the work this year and are raising expectations for themselves in the 2022 season.
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The former Miami Marlin has found a place in the Indians lineup during the 2021 season. Ravaged by injuries, the outfield needed players who could fill in and Ramirez has done just that. While not an overly impressive hitter, the 26-year-old is hitting .263 on the year, with six home runs, 31 RBIs, 12 walks, and three stolen bases.
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He’s become a reliable player in the wake of injuries to Josh Naylor and the departure of Eddie Rosario at the trade deadline.
With him, Bradley Zimmer, and the other name on this list, the outfield may finally be secure with stable talent, even if they aren’t 40 home run-a-year guys.
The trade of Francisco Lindor has not been a hindrance on the Tribe in 2021 at all, thanks in part to the acquisition of Amed Rosario. Rosario, who started the season as a center fielder from shortstop, had a rough start to the year, but seemingly found his swing once he was moved back to shortstop near the start of the summer.
Since then, he’s hit .276, with six home runs, and 34 RBIs, with 23 walks, and 54 runs scored.
Myles Straw was a target the Indians had been trying to get for some time and were finally able to land him at the deadline. While not a power hitter by any means, the move to acquire Straw was a good one. Sitting atop the Tribe’s lineup, Straw has hit .294 since coming over from the Astros, with nine runs, and two stolen bases. He’s also chipped in a bit in other ways offensively, with Straw hitting one home run and driving in three runs on his own.
His lead-off ability, plus his defense in the outfield, makes him a quality player the team should want to hang on to for as long as possible.