CLEVELAND — The Indians had a stretch of success over the last few years calling up young players like Francisco Lindor, José Ramírez, Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale from the Minors. So, who could be the next big name to come out of their system?
Cleveland had a difficult 2021 season, relying on a lot of young and inexperienced players due to a handful of injuries, especially to the starting rotation. But the farm system is starting to strengthen once again, as it ranks No. 13 of all 30 clubs according to MLB Pipeline. And the team is certainly expected to give opportunities in ’22 to some new names who haven’t reached the Majors just yet.
“That’s part of the beauty of our game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “You don’t know who it’s going to be. But as you watch them develop and start to do things maybe they didn’t do the year before, they gain confidence and they get stronger and all of a sudden you think ‘Hey, maybe this kid can help us win.’”
Let’s take a look at some of those potential names in our 3-2-1 Minors report:
3 players who forced their way onto the radar this year
One easy answer is a reliever who forced his way onto the club’s radar so much that he was added to the big league roster. Francisco Perez debuted on Aug. 12 when he was thrown…