7. Second Base, Yu Chang
2020 Stats: .182/.308/.182 0 HR, 1 RBI
Chang has only played in 38 big league games and is a career .182 hitter, but he offers versatility as he plays second base, shortstop and third and the Indians feel he can eventually be an everyday player at the MLB level.
Thus, expect Chang to get a chance to start but to be on a short leash with Gimenez waiting in the wings.
8. Centerfield, Bradley Zimmer
2020 Stats: .162/.360/.243 1HR, 3 RBI’s
Injuries have played a key role in Zimmer’s struggles, but last season, while healthy, he lasted just 20 games before his struggles forced the Indians to send him down to the teams’ alternate site.
If it weren’t for a lack of depth, Zimmer’s time in Cleveland would likely already be over. Instead he’ll likely get a shot to start in 2021.
9. Right Field, Oscar Mercado
2020 Stats: .128/.174/.174 1HR, 6 RBI’s
After earning rookie of the year consideration in 2019, Oscar Mercado found himself riding the bench in 2020 after a horrendous sophomore season long slump.
Despite this, he still has a high ceiling and ability to play all three outfield positions giving him and with the teams’ lack of outfield depth, he should surely get a chance for redemption in 2021.
Expect him at the bottom of the order to hopefully be a tone-setter, which could lead to him instead kicking off the top of the order by seasons’ end.
Starting Pitcher: Shane Bieber
2020 Stats: 8-1. 1.63 ERA, 122 K’s, 77.1 IP
On opening day, the easiest decision for Francona will be handing the ball to Shane Bieber and letting him go to work.
Bieber had one of the best single seasons’ of any Indians starting pitcher in team history as he cruised his way to his first career Cy Young Award.
Any time Bieber is on the mound, the Indians have a chance to win, given as he does not need much run-support to get the job done