The Cleveland Guardians outfield of the future is finally coming together
Harold Ramirez, OF, Cleveland Indians / Cleveland Guardians
Of the four players on this list, Harold Ramirez has been with Cleveland the longest, at least at the major league level, and he was only picked up earlier this year. That should say all you need to know about how the outfield has been the last few years.
While he’s currently on the injured list, Ramirez has proven to be a solid option in the outfield that should remain part of the future plans. He will turn 27 in September, so he’s still on the younger side of the game. However, despite his strong play he could end up being the depth player of this quartet once they all arrive, which should come as a promising sign.
Through 77 games for the Tribe this year, Ramirez has slashed .263/.304/.405 with 17 doubles and six home runs. The power isn’t exactly a huge plus, but he has a steady bat and a strong glove. Having the ability to play anywhere in the outfield, and even a handful of innings at first, he could be the perfect fourth outfielder that just rotates around where he’s needed.
Now, if Ramirez is needed to be an everyday starter, which he will be at the start of the 2022 season, then he can obviously do that. The fact that a player with his numbers could end up being the odd man out of the everyday starting lineup is something that’s a bit refreshing for a team that has struggled so much in the outfield.