The Cleveland Indians have one more year to call up essentially any player on their 40-man starting September 1 before the rule change takes effect. There are a few players that should get that call to potentially impact the team down the stretch.
Major League Baseball announced some rule changes this spring before the season for 2019 and 2020. One of the changes that will begin affecting the Cleveland Indians, as well as the rest of the league, in 2020 is the 40-man September call-ups where the number will be cut down to just 28 on the roster.
The team has some holes that I don’t think any minor league player is going to fill but the call-ups never hurt. They can help give the key guys days off down the stretch for possible postseason play while simultaneously getting a young kid valuable action at the big league level.
September call-ups in a pennant race are tricky. In the position the Indians are in, the regular guys need to be playing every single day but if someone can make a big impact, calling them up could be wise.
The Indians have a lot of young talent in the farm system but only a few of them would be able to possibly make a big impact in 2019, and if they could they would likely be up already. There are three players that I would love to see called up that could actually help the team in the stretch run to catch the Twins or secure a wild card spot.
The Indians will likely call up more than three, but in spirit of the new rule that will go into effect, I am looking at three players that could get the call-up. Three is all they will be able to call up starting in September 2020 and beyond.