Cleveland Indians: Three players to watch during Spring Training

Cleveland Indians prospect Gabriel Arias (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
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Trevor Stephan, Cleveland Indians, Spring Training
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Stephan, Spring Training (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Three Cleveland Indians to watch during Spring Training

With Spring Training around the corner for the Cleveland Indians, what players should be on fans’ radar to watch closely to see how they do? The spring season might look a little different this year and the details will be everchanging until the season begins, and Spring Training ends, but that doesn’t mean the players should approach it any differently. How they have to be off the field will be a bit different, but what they can do on the diamond shouldn’t waver.

From the mindset of the players, Spring Training presents the same thing as always. An opportunity. A chance for the players to showcase their skills and how they’ve progressed on and off the field. Seeing that the Cleveland Indians have parted ways with players like Brad Hand, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Santana and others in the past year, the amount of opportunities will be a bit higher than recent seasons.

Entering Spring Training the Cleveland Indians will have gaps at least at first and second base as well as almost the entire outfield. As for pitching, the starting rotation is set as of now, but there are undefined roles in the bullpen. While the players that will eventually occupy these spots long-term might not be MLB-ready, they will at least be given a shot to show how close they are this spring.

Fans of the Cleveland Indians have become accustomed to winning recently and many are having doubts about continued success moving forward. However, these three players provide bright spots on the team of what the future holds and should be watched closely leading up to the season to see not only what they can do down the road, but maybe even later this season after some time in the minors to further improve and touch-up their game. Once they are ready and arrive, they are sure to have an impact.