Honorable Mentions: Zach Plesac, Amed Rosario, Myles Straw
I’m typically not a fan of honorable mentions, but there’s more than just five players who are current cornerstones for the Cleveland Indians.
Zach Plesac has the ability to be just as good as Bieber and Civale, he’s just lacked consistency. If he can get that improved and mature a bit – meaning no COVID party suspensions or taking off his uniform too aggressively – he has a chance to be a mainstay in the rotation. The potential is clearly there, he’s just a bit rough around the edges still, which should improve with time.
For Amed Rosario, this season has definitely been promising. His month of August was nothing short of incredible and he’s cleaned up his fielding as well. The only concern is can it be sustained? August was more of an outlier than fluke as he’s had a strong season at the plate, but there’s a lot of middle infield prospects who will be pushing for time in the near future.
Similarly, Myles Straw has looked solid since arriving in Cleveland. There’s a real chance he is the centerfielder of the future in Cleveland. However, his stats are really just a month sample. He’s doing much better with the Tribe than he did in Houston, but we need a larger sample size before we can commit to him being a cornerstone.