Second Base for the Cleveland Guardians
There might not be a position more up for grabs on the Cleveland Guardians roster than second base. The move of Cesar Hernandez opened the opportunity at the trade deadline and there really hasn’t been a player that has locked it up.
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Yu Chang and Owen Miller have tried their hand as has Ernie Clement, but all three seem better fit to fill a utility role in the big picture. Of the current major league roster, the player with the best outlook might be Andres Gimenez.
Turning 23-years old earlier this month, Gimenez is in the majors at a very young age and while his stats aren’t tremendous, there’s potential. He’s shown improvement with his glove, having just one error at second over 17 games. As for the plate, there’s still work to be done.
For Gimenez, there’s plenty of time to work on his craft and improve his output for his career. However, for Cleveland, there’s a surge of prospects coming down the pipe that will soon be ready.
With so many prospects coming up, like Gabriel Arias and Tyler Freeman to name a couple, Cleveland might try and ride out the storm with their internal options. Arias could crack the big leagues next year, so even a rental to fill the void doesn’t make complete sense, especially for a front office that has to pinch pennies. Instead, a combination of all the other names mentioned on this slide should be enough to hold down the fort until the prospects arrive.