Outfield, Left-Handed Hitter
Another prospect in the Cleveland Indians’ organization that has been gaining steam over the last couple seasons is Daniel Johnson who made a brief appearance for the Indians earlier this season.
Playing in just five games, Johnson struggled a bit at the plate, but he was only given 13 plate appearances. Fans that follow the Columbus Clippers know he can do much more than that when given a longer leash.
During the 2019 season with Columbus, Johnson was slashing an impressive .306/.371/.496 with 27 doubles and 44 RBI. When playing 25 games or more at any level, he’s hit below .265 just once and that was last season with Akron when he was hitting just .253.
Johnson needs a little time to adjust, but what do the Indians have to lose right now? Cleveland is struggling to find any answer for the left field spot, so give Johnson another opportunity. Worst case, he provides additionally speed off the bench with solid defense. Best case, he settles in and becomes the Indians’ left fielder for the rest of the season.
I understand the service time argument to a point, but when you have a shot at the postseason and are struggling to get there, you have to pull out all the stops.