Cleveland Indians: 5 potential in-house replacements for Francisco Lindor

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians forces out Ke'Bryan Hayes #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at second base during the game at Progressive Field on September 27, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians forces out Ke'Bryan Hayes #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at second base during the game at Progressive Field on September 27, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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Owen Miller, Cleveland Indians
GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 15: Owen Miller #14 of the Peoria Javelinas (San Diego Padres) bats against the Salt River Rafters during an Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex on October 16, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Owen Miller – Highest Level: Double-A

One of the players acquired in the Mike Clevinger trade, the Cleveland Indians could turn to Owen Miller once Francisco Lindor leaves the picture. Having played considerable time at Double-A, but no higher, Miller falls right between Freeman and Clement in terms of being ready for the majors.

Currently listed as the club’s No. 18 prospect, Miller spent the entirety of the 2019 season at Double-A Amarillo in the San Diego organization. Playing in 130 games, he saw time at second, third and short, playing the most at shortstop with 71 games. Over those 71 games his fielding percentage logged in at .980 with just five errors.

Miller has also shown consistency at the plate. During the 2019 season he was able to slash .290/.355/.430 while having 28 doubles, 13 home runs and five stolen bases.

It can be assumed that Miller was another player that missed out on a promotion because of no minor leagues. He performed well at Double-A for the duration of a full season and should be a candidate to start in Columbus at the start of the 2021 season.

Should Lindor be dealt in a mid-season trade, Miller could become the player that slots in. This would give him time to be exposed to Triple-A play before making the move to the big leagues. While his debut can most likely be expected in 2021, a few weeks in Triple-A might be the best option for him.