Cleveland Indians: Position Preview for 2021, Outfield

Josh Naylor #31 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Franmil Reyes, Cleveland Indians
Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Franmil Reyes

While he rarely plays in the field, Franmil Reyes is technically an outfielder and has the ability to play in the field if needed. With the Cleveland Indians, Reyes has played a total of four games in the outfield, but he does have a perfect fielding percentage over those games.

Even if Reyes isn’t really much of an outfielder, you can’t ignore him when talking about the young core of the Indians. At just 25-years old, Reyes provides a strong power bat in the lineup. His fielding isn’t the best, but if he would have to play in the outfield he could alright.

What Josh Naylor was to the 2020 season, Franmil Reyes was to the 2019 season. Joining the Indians via trade with the Padres, Reyes had a slower start, but was able to better showcase his potential this past season. Reyes slashed an improved .275/.344/.450 during the 2020 season while also blasting nine home runs and tallying 34 RBI.

If Reyes can carry over his momentum from the 2020 season into 2021, then the Indians middle of the lineup could become very dangerous very fast. Between the potential of Reyes and Naylor, along with the addition of Rosario, there’s a lot of home runs that could be had from that group alone.