Cleveland Indians: 3 players on pace to breakout in second half

Bobby Bradley #44 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
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3 Cleveland Indians on pace to breakout in second half

The first half of the Major League Baseball season saw the Cleveland Indians be middle of the road in about every way possible, which was above the expectations that most slapped them with prior to the season. At the break, the Tribe hold a record of 45-42, winning the last three games before the break, including a 14-run outburst in the first half finale.

Now, the club will begin to turn their attention to the second half of the season and making moves to position themselves for a postseason run. The team should be able to get a few players back healthy in the near future, which will help, but there are some other internal additions that could play a big part in the second half.

Moving into the second half, the Cleveland Indians will need to make some roster improvements, whether it be from trades or free agency. However, some roster improvements can happen by simply calling a player up or seeing them settle into a role. For these three players, that will be the case in the coming months.

Whether it be a small or large sample size, these three have shown the potential to breakout and be consistent contributors for the club in the second half. They have also shown that they can do it in the past, either in the minors or in the majors during a different season.

If these three can continue to build on the momentum that they finished out the first half with it could be huge for the Tribe. While it won’t count as a transaction, it could be just as beneficial as a trade or signing if these players can blossom and take on a bigger role in the second half of the season. The foundation is there, now there just needs to be consistency.