Cleveland Indians: Five Players That Could Play a Key Part in 2016

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The 2015 season for the Cleveland Indians hasn’t been the success they hoped for, but still being in the race for the last Wild Card spot has to be considered a moral victory. Where they finish in that race is yet to be determined, but this year has led to the opportunity to see some changes in the roster as they look towards the future.

I’m leaving out what I consider the “obvious” picks–Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, most of the starters–because we know they will be a critical part of next year. These are players who aren’t as established and looking to make a name for themselves next season.

If the Indians can carry over the play of the second half into next season–and not make any bumbling roster moves this offseason–2016 should be an exciting year for the Tribe. So let’s take a look at five guys whose role for next year could be pivotal to their success.

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