The Cleveland Indians could see a good amount of roster turnover heading into the 2021 season, so who are three prospects that could step up next year?
This offseason could be an interesting one for the Cleveland Indians. Not only will the Tribe lose a few influential players in free agency, but are also expected to part with at least Francisco Lindor through trades, maybe more. With so many changes potentially coming to the roster, there will be both an opportunity and a necessity for prospects to step up during the 2021 season.
While free agents and trades will create openings at some positions, others will just have a simple need for production that could open the door to players in the minors. Luckily, the Indians have one of the strongest minor leagues in baseball and should be able to supply the talent needed to keep the Tribe at the competitive level we’ve come to know and expect.
When looking at the list of the top prospects in the Cleveland Indians’ organization, there are more than a handful that could make their debut during the 2021 season, depending on what trades unfold and what comes to the Tribe in return. However, there are three that standout from the rest given the talent ahead of them on the roster and their own talent as well.
With Cesar Hernandez becoming a free agent and the possibility of the Indians declining the option of Carlos Santana, Cleveland could have multiple holes to fill in the field and just as much offensive production to make up for. Since the club seems committed to cutting payroll even further entering the 2021 season, it can be assumed that the replacements will come from within the organization.
With all that being said, these three prospects will have the chance to emerge during the 2021 season and take over roles on the roster of the Cleveland Indians. It might take a little bit for them to settle in, but from who is available in-house, they are the favorites to see an opportunity for the Tribe next year.