As the 2020 MLB season quickly approaches position players and pitchers alike continue to prepare for their season debut. With a reduced schedule due to the delay of the start of the season as a result of the Coronavirus, every game will matter. With the Tribe revving up for a potential playoff run here are eight players/prospects that could help the club in 2020.
Logan Allen (San Diego) – The left-hander made his big league debut with the San Diego Padres last season. Allen could fill a pen role or serve as starting pitching depth for the Tribe. With a low-to-mid 90’s fastball and a plus “Vulcan” changeup among his pitches, the lefty is waiting for a full-time opportunity to knock. The left-hander came over to the Tribe as part of the Trevor Bauer trade. Allen displays starting pitching potential and is a former top prospect of both the Red Sox and Padres.
Cam Hill – After returning from Tommy John surgery the right-hander displayed improved velocity and improving control. Hill made his presence known this past spring with his mid-90’s fastball that touches 98 and an above-average curveball. The righty could see some big league time this season and he seems primed for the opportunity.
Anthony Gose – The hard-throwing lefty could get a cup of coffee at some point. Gose is an older prospect with previous big-league experience as an outfielder. Stuff wise the power lefty can be nasty with a fastball that hits upper 90’s frequently. The biggest concern with Gose is the lack of control. If his control improves slightly he could be an impactful addition to the club’s bullpen.
Kyle Nelson – The soft-tossing lefty reliever sits low-90’s with an above-average slider and above-average control. Nelson is near ready and should be able to step right in if called upon. The left-hander could step into the pen if Oliver Perez falters. A former college teammate of Indians right-hander Shane Bieber Nelson awaits the opportunity to perform on the biggest of stages.
David Hernandez – Coming off a horrific year with the Reds the right-hander seeks to re-establish himself as a quality bullpen arm. Hernandez was a late addition to the team just ahead of Summer Camp. His addition adds depth and a veteran arm that could be a quietly good addition if he can rebound to prior form. Now 35, the right-hander hopes to continue to extend his big league career with the Tribe.
James Karinchak – The hard-throwing righty touches upper 90’s and blows hitters away with his fastball/curveball combination. Karinchak elevates the fastball changing eye level before dropping his curveball out of the zone. The righty displays backend type of stuff if he can limit the self-inflicted damage via walks. The sky is the limit for the Bryant University product selected in the ninth round of the draft.
Triston McKenzie – Sporting a new slider the right-hander now features a four-pitch mix. The Florida native will need to stay healthy which is something he hasn’t done over the last two years. With concerns about his ability to stay healthy and add healthy weight to his frame pitching as a spot starter, bulk innings arm could be a clue toward what his future may hold. As for now, the hope is he is able to maintain health and reach his once lofty prospect status.
Eli Morgan – The smaller framed righty could eventually develop into a back of the rotation type arm thanks to a double plus changeup which he employs at will. Morgan would likely be called upon to help in a pen role where his future could lie in wait. For now, the righty will continue to hone his craft at the alternate Lake County location until called upon.