Cleveland Indians: 2 things that went wrong in July and 1 that went right
Cleveland Indians restocked minor league pitching
Here’s our best positive to take away from the month of July. If there’s one thing this season that the team has been shown it’s that there is a current lull in the pitching factory. It seems like the front office took that personally.
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During the 2021 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians added 19 pitchers out of 21 selections. But, they weren’t done yet. With all the deals the team made at the deadline, two of the three players they acquired were pitchers. Adding Konnor Pilkington and Peyton Battenfield to the 2021 MLB Draft class and the Tribe front office added up to 21 arms to the farm system during the month of July.
The starting pitchers that have been given opportunities are starting to show growth, at least some of them. The shelling of J.C. Mejia against the Blue Jays doesn’t help the case, but Cal Quantrill, Triston McKenzie and Eli Morgan are showing flashes of what could be.
Even if all these prospects don’t contribute in Cleveland, they offer value to the organization. The club has made their living off of dealing pitchers, whether it be Mike Clevinger or Drew Pomeranz. Pitchers are the key to the Tribe’s success both on the field and in trade deals, making the restock very important to the club’s future.