For the primary time since 2015, the Cleveland Indians enter the beginning of the MLB season with a gap at shortstop.
CLEVELAND — After practically two years of hypothesis, the Cleveland Indians lastly pulled the set off, sending Francisco Lindor — in addition to Carlos Carrasco — to the New York Mets in a blockbuster commerce final month.
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Consequently, for the primary time since 2015, the Indians enter a season not realizing who their main beginning shortstop will likely be. Let’s check out a number of the candidates:
Considered one of 4 gamers Cleveland acquired in return for Lindor and Carrasco, Amed Rosario is probably the most pro-ready shortstop on the Indians’ roster. Regardless of solely being 25-years-old, the right-handed hitter has 4 seasons of Main League expertise beneath his belt, together with 41 begins at shortstop for the Mets through the 60-game 2020 season.
Whereas Rosario additionally possesses the athleticism to play elsewhere within the discipline — and will accomplish that if want be — he at present tasks as Cleveland’s beginning shortstop towards left-handed beginning pitchers. Showing in 46 whole video games final season, Rosario compiled a .252 batting common (.643 OPS), to associate with 4 residence runs and 15 RBIs.
Whereas Rosario is perhaps probably the most Main League-ready participant Cleveland acquired within the Lindor commerce, Andres Gimenez possesses maybe the very best upside. Coming into 2020, the Gimenez ranked because the No. three prospect within the Mets group and No. 84 prospects in all of baseball, in accordance with MLB.com.
Final season, the 22-year-old left-handed hitter appeared in 49 video games for the Mets, together with 22 appearances at shortstop, 11 at second base and eight at third base. Assuming he begins the season on the Main League degree, Gimenez will seemingly be the Indians’ beginning shortstop towards right-handed pitchers.
Yu Chang has appeared Main League-ready for the higher a part of the previous two seasons however enjoying time within the Indians’ infield has been arduous to seek out. However with Lindor not on the town, that has now modified, paving a possible path to the beginning lineup for Chang.
Over the course of 38 Main League video games, the 25-year-old Chang has frolicked at second base, shortstop and third base. Whereas e at present tasks because the Indians’ seemingly utility infielder, he might discover common reps at shortstop towards left-handed pitchers ought to Rosario’s companies be wanted elsewhere.
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