Daniel Johnson – outfielder, Columbus Clippers
Daniel Johnson was a piece involved in the trade with Washington that sent Yan Gomes to D.C. Johnson has torn up the minor leagues since coming over and is pushing for a 2020 outfield position.
Many fans have wanted to see him with the big league club and rightfully so. He played well in Akron early to earn the call up to Columbus and has taken every opportunity there to elevate even further.
He is slashing .313/.378/.502 in Triple-A with eight home runs and 43 runs batted in at the time of this writing. He has also stolen six bases and has a very good 123 wRC+.
Johnson is the Indians 16th rated prospect in their farm system but has performed like a top 10 guy. The Indians outfield got a boost with Oscar Mercado‘s call up mid-season and he has played well overall but he hasn’t been elite.
The team also went out and got Yasiel Puig at the deadline who is holding down the everyday right field duties. Where Johnson could see time in September would be either platooning with Mercado or in left field in place of Greg Allen‘s days in the field when Tyler Naquin does not play.
Guys like Eric Haase, Jake Bauers, Logan Allen and Bobby Bradley also get an honorable mention as they all have big league experience in the big leagues and could offer some depth in the last month of the season.
Unlike in recent years, the Cleveland Indians are in the midst of a pennant race and every day matters the rest of the season. This will keep them from getting younger guys much of a look but the guys mentioned throughout this piece could actually help the team as they try to catch Minnesota and pursue October baseball.