Cleveland Indians: 5 internal options to replace Cesar Hernandez at second
Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS, Cleveland Indians
After beginning the season in Cleveland, Andres Gimenez was sent down to Triple-A Columbus and has been there since. One of the players from the Francisco Lindor trade, Gimenez has been able to find his groove in Columbus. The issue is figuring out who moves over to second base.
Gimenez began the season at shortstop in Cleveland and has played just four games at second base in his brief major league career. However, when he was sent down Amed Rosario stepped into the role at short and while his glove isn’t as strong, Rosario has found consistency in his bat since the position change. Do you really want to mess with that right now?
As for Gimenez, he has played 15 games at second for Columbus. Registering 122 innings at the spot, he has two errors for a .969 fielding percentage. While limited, that’s more time at second this year than Rosario has, which is zero.
At the plate, Gimenez has been finding his stride there as well. Over the last 28 days in Triple-A, Gimenez is slashing an incredible .364/.462/.545 with three doubles and a home run. While the extra bases aren’t flooding in, the high batting average is a great sign. Statistically, Gimenez is the best immediate option, but the team might be a bit more cautious with his service time.