Cleveland Indians 3-point checklist to conclude the season

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The Cleveland Indians need to get a look at at least one prospect.

At this point in the season Cleveland’s attention is on 2022. Sure, they are still competing to win games, but the focus has shifted. Rather than trying to make a hard playoff push, this year has turned into an audition for next year. With that, the club needs to take an extended look at at least one prospect.

Rosters are about to expand and while the expansion is much smaller than it used to be, it can still be used to get an early look at a prospect or two. For Cleveland, there’s a few different positions that are open to competition and opening the door to a prospect now could be a smart move for the future.

The middle infielder, specifically second base, is a position that comes to mind, as does the outfield. Both are areas that Cleveland has rising prospects that could push for playing time as well as gaps that are open to competition.

There’s other areas on the field that could use upgrades, but the prospects might not be ready yet to make that push. Bringing up players that are both ready and have an opportunity would be the right move down the stretch for Cleveland.