Cleveland Indians: 3 players who have something to prove in final 40+ games

Pitcher Emmanuel Clase #48 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Pitcher Emmanuel Clase #48 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Amed Rosario
Amed Rosario #1 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Amed Rosario, SS, Cleveland Indians

If you’re a frequent visitor here, you should be well aware of the many middle infielders are coming up through the minors right now. That’s probably the deepest position in the minors for Cleveland right now, rivaled only by pitching. So that means there’s going to be moving pieces.

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Unfortunately for Amed Rosario that means he might be out of a spot in the field. While Rosario has been rather solid at the plate, batting near .300, his glove has been a bit of a crutch in the field. At shortstop he has seven errors for a .978 fielding percentage. While that might not seem too bad, shortstop is a position to hope to have near error-free.

Rosario also has the ability to play in the outfield, but his bat became much better when he was at his natural position of short. Moving him around could harm his bat again.

So, what Rosario needs to focus on down the stretch is his defense. We’ve witnessed what he can do at the plate and the club should feel good about that side of his game. However, if his glove is still a concern, that will hurt his chances heading into next year. An error-free finish to the season could really do wonders for his career outlook in Cleveland.

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