The player that will make the biggest immediate impact upon arrival in Cleveland is outfielder Josh Naylor.
Naylor was drafted 12th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins out of Canada and was traded to San Diego in 2016 in a deal that sent starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to Miami.
He is the older brother of Indians top catching prospect Bo Naylor and has had an impressive season at the plate for San Diego.
In 36 at-bats, the 23-year old is slashing .278/.316/.417 with a home run and four RBI’s. Naylor made his MLB debut in 2019, where he played in 94 games in which he slashed .249/.315/.403 with eight home runs and 32 RBI’s.
Perhaps the Indians’ most significant weakness so far this season is a lack of production from their outfield as players such as Bradley Zimmer, Jordan Luplow and Delino DeShields have all struggled and Greg Allen was sent to San Diego.
Thus, Naylor will likely be tasked with helping turn around the Indians outfield woes and finding himself in the Tribe’s every day starting lineup immediately upon arrival and in the future as he has several years of control left on his contract.