Cleveland Indians: Three players with something to prove in 2021

Yu Chang #2 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Daniel Johnson, Cleveland Indians
Daniel Johnson #23 for the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Daniel Johnson

The Cleveland Indians have been searching for answers in the outfield for a couple seasons now and there just haven’t been many. Despite that, they haven’t really given Daniel Johnson an opportunity, having played just five games at the major league level.

Part of that can be attributed to the shortened 2020 season and there not being any minor leagues, but Johnson is another player that impressed at Columbus and seemed like a promising prospect.

In his five games, Johnson played four games in right and one in left. With right field being one of the larger question marks of the team, Johnson could be turned to again. He registered just one hit in 12 at-bats, but if he has the opportunity to clean up his game at the Triple-A level at the start of the season, then his numbers could improve.

His performance in Columbus during the 2019 season was a much better indication of what could be. Not only did he slash .306/.371/.496, but he was able to able to total 44 RBI and five triples.

With so few answers in the outfield, Johnson should be given a chance at some point. He might start behind the eight ball after last year’s struggles, but that could quickly be erased if he shows new life in 2021.

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