3. The Core must take a step forward
The Indians have done a great job of controlling the contracts of all of their young prospects. Over the last couple years Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes have matured from prospects to productive major league players. Brantley has already taken steps towards stardom, finishing third in MVP voting just two seasons ago.
They don’t have to turn into Thome, Ramirez, Vizquel, and Lofton, but the core of this team must grow as players. The offensive struggles of the Indians were well documented last season, and the tribe will look to it’s home grown talent to change that in 2016.
Front and center is first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana. Brought here in 2008 in the Casey Blake trade, big things were expected from Santana. Though his 108 walks were still among the league leaders, the Indians are still waiting for him to become the middle of the order bat they were hoping for. At almost 30, there is chance that he has already plateaued as a player, but the Indians are hoping that isn’t the case. They are going to need to find offense anywhere they can this year. This is a prime chance for Santana to take a step forward.
NEO Sports Insiders Newsletter
Sign up to receive our NEOSI newsletter, and keep up to date with all the latest Cleveland sports news.
- Kyrie Irving’s Impact with the Cleveland Cavaliers on
- Cleveland Cavaliers Exceeded Expectations this Season, What’s Needed in the Offseason on
- Is There Really An Appetite For The NFL In The UK? on
- Cleveland SC Hires New Coach Vlad Muresan on
- 2022 May Be Make Or Break For Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanksi on