Cleveland Indians outfield plan after Eddie Rosario, Jordan Luplow trades

Right fielder Oscar Mercado #35 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson #23 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Daniel Johnson, OF, Cleveland Indians

Being one of the players to come to Cleveland in the Yan Gomes trade following the 2018 season, Daniel Johnson has played a grand total of 22 games for the Cleveland Indians. Johnson has proven time and time again that he can play well in Triple-A Columbus, but those stats have yet to make the transition to the majors.

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During the 2020 season, Johnson logged just one hit for the team over five games. His 2021 sample size has been better, but it’s still not great. Over 17 games, he’s slashing just .205/.222/.341 with a pair of solo home runs for his only two RBI. He’s also drawn just one walk while striking out 15 times.

Johnson has played mainly in right field this season and he has one error. He hasn’t had many chances so that one error has his fielding percentage down to .958. While he’s been a well regarded prospect, Johnson just hasn’t been able to translate his game to the majors.

Being the outfielder with the least amount of experience, Johnson probably has a bit longer of a leash. Even with a longer leash, though, there’s already four other names on this list and that doesn’t include Naylor. At least one player won’t be able to stay long-term and going off of stats, that player right now is Johnson.

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