Cleveland Indians: Four cornerstone players for the Tribe’s future

Shane Bieber #57 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Franmil Reyes
Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Franmil Reyes

While being predominately a designated hitter for Cleveland, Franmil Reyes is about as close as we can get to a cornerstone player in the outfield at the moment. Nevertheless, he’s still one of the offensive bright spots that will return to the Tribe’s lineup for the 2021 season.

Like the others on this list, Reyes is on the younger side of the game at 25-years old, turning 26 during the upcoming season. While power is what Reyes is known for, his average has been steadily rising and that goes for all aspects of his slash line.

On top of being a strong bat in the lineup, Reyes has a fiery personality that is comparable to Karinchak from a different position. Being the DH most games, Reyes is on the bench for majority of time. With that, he can provide energy in the dugout at all times.

The Cleveland outfield has a lot of question marks and while Reyes doesn’t play the field much, he’s technically an outfielder. With that being said, he’s probably the best offensive outfielder on the roster by a long shot. His power paired with his increasing ability to make contact makes for a promising offensive weapon for the future of the club.

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