3 Cleveland Indians who have something to prove in final 40+ games
The Cleveland Indians are starting to catch fire a bit late in the season and that’s due in large part to a number of players stepping up over the last few weeks. Offensively, Jose Ramirez has begun to find his MVP swing again and on the mound Cal Quantrill, Triston McKenzie and Eli Morgan are showing their potential.
While it’s always a good sign to see players step up, especially late in the season, there’s still others on the team that haven’t full tapped into their potential. Roles are clearly cut out for them if they can rise to the occasion and do so consistency. However, that’s a bit more of a complicated ask than it may seem.
The weaknesses of the Cleveland Indians have been well documented and talked about at this point in the season. The closer role for the team has been a bit undefined the whole season, but struggles in the bullpen have opened the opportunity for a front-runner. The outfield has been a mess well beyond this season, but there’s starting to be the framework of a plan. And, of course, there’s the middle infield mystery that is sure to only get more complicated this coming offseason.
Luckily for fans and the organization alike, there’s players at each of those positions that have shown flashes of what could be. However, with prospects rising the ranks entering next year those flashes need to become routine if these players hope to retain their roles heading into 2022.
This isn’t to say that any of these players are going to lose their role next year. Instead, the window of opportunity for them is wide open and they have a big chance to take advantage of it down the stretch and showcase their skills at the major league level.