Cleveland Indians Spring Training: Ranking the Top 5 Early Standouts
Five Standouts at Indians' Spring Training
We’re nearing the halfway point in Spring Training, and that makes now a good time to check in on the teams. By now, most of the players have gotten ample playing time to show the coaches what they’ve got. Some have stood out, while others have faded.
The Cleveland Indians as a whole are off to a good start. They are 6-1 and haven't lost since their opener. While you don’t want to put too much stock into a team’s record during Spring Training, it’s always nice to be winning ball games. It will certainly help mentally moving forward and into the regular season.
Last year, Cleveland won 92 games and finished second in the American League Central Division. While their postseason run ended early in their Wild Card game loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, it was still a successful season. Unfortunately, their in-season success didn't translate to retaining key players over the offseason.
Gone are key names like Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Drew Stubbs and Jason Kubel. For the names they lost, the did pickup several key players. As you’ll see later on, one of them is panning out quite well. Cleveland will need players to step up in Spring Training to fill those other roles. However, as you’ll see in this slideshow, names are starting to separate themselves from the pack.
On the following five slides, you’ll find five Cleveland Indians who are early standouts down at Spring Training. This list includes old guys, new guys and any position on the diamond. Simply put, if they've been making plays, they've made this list.
5. Francisco Lindor - Shortstop
Infielder Francisco Lindor is off to a good start in his second Spring Training trip with the Indians. Lindor is 3-for-9 from the plate with a double, 1 HR and 4 RBIs. In the field, he has a perfect fielding percentage to go along with six assists and one double play.
4. Zach McAllister - Pitcher
Pitcher Zach McAllister is off to a strong start this spring. In four innings spanning two starts, he’s allowed just one hit, given up two walks and has struck out a pair of batters. Opponents are batting .077 against and that’s a good sign for a rotation that lost Ubaldo Jimenez over the offseason.
3. Josh Outman - Pitcher
Pitcher Josh Outman has bounced between triple-A and the majors over the past couple seasons, but he’s off to a strong start in his first spring with the Indians. Through three innings of work spanning three appearances, Outman has given up just one hit, one walk and has struck out three. Keep an eye on him to make the Opening Day bullpen for the Tribe.
2. Elliot Johnson - Third Base
Third baseman Elliot Johnson is looking pretty promising so far this spring for the Tribe. In his first season with them, Johnson is 5-for-10 at the plate with two triples, 1 HR and 5 RBIs. He’s passed 12 total bases and is one of several players with a slugging percentage north of 1.000 (1.200). Already, Johnson is looking like a good pickup for Cleveland.
1. Ryan Raburn - Right Field
Outfielder Ryan Raburn is entering his second season with the Indians and his spring is already off to a good start. He is 5-for-9 with a double, 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. Raburn has collected 12 total bases and his slugging percentage sits at 1.333. On top of that, he has yet to strikeout in Spring Training.