Cleveland Indians: Five prospects to pursue in trades this offseason

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JJ Bleday, Cleveland Indians
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JJ Bleday, OF, Miami Marlins

Despite being the No. 24 prospect in baseball, JJ Bleday still isn’t the top prospect in the Miami Marlins system, showing that they might be one of the top contenders for Lindor. The No. 2 ranked prospect for Miami, Bleday is another outfielder that could change the landscape of the Indians’ outfield situation.

The fourth overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Bleday was drafted out of Vanderbilt and only played 38 games in the minors after being drafted. Despite that, his projected debut is still set for the 2021 season, showing how ready he already is for the majors.

That comes in large part because of his success at Vanderbilt. Over three seasons there, Bleday knocked 33 home runs and registered 109 RBI while slashing .326/.449/.553. One difference with Bleday is that he is a natural right fielder.

Having not yet made his debut while also being 22-years old, Bleday also has tons of team control left, which makes him even more intriguing during the trade process. Given his stats and the future of his contract, he could be the prime target in a Lindor trade for the Cleveland Indians. especially since the Marlins can offer so much in addition to Bleday.