Top prospect Yandy Diaz makes Indians' opening-day roster
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 9:52
The Cleveland Indians haven't officially made their final pre-season roster moves, though the above should match the April 3 roster with the exception the player to be designated for assignment. Brantley has likely made Cleveland's opening-day roster and could be in left field for the opener in Texas on Monday.
On March 30, Diaz was informed he had made the Opening Day roster as the club's newest everyday third baseman. We already know Lonnie Chisenhall is opening the season on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder.
Diaz, who batted.325 in 95 games at Triple-A Columbus last season, is considered one of the Indians' top prospects.
If an emergency arises, utility man Michael Martinez, presuming he makes the team, can eat some innings in the outfield.
"I'm so happy", Diaz said to reporters after hearing the news. I think we all agree.
Diaz did everything in his power to earn the spot by hitting.429/.529/.667 (18-for-42) with four doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs and a 1.196 OPS in Cactus League play. The 25-year-old had an excellent spring camp and the AL champions have decided he's ready to make the jump. Manager Terry Francona said Brantley has not suffered any setbacks after playing in three straight games this week. "He has been a good hitter and he's becoming a better hitter".
Third baseman Giovanny Urshela and infielder Erik Gonzalez were optioned to Columbus.
"It's not like it's going to be a big secret", Francona said. "Naquin's had some tendonitis in that knee, so a healthy Abe, I think that creates less confusion or always gives you a place to go".
"Yandy's spring training was terrific". The 2014 All-Star will reportedly bat third when he does return to the major leagues for the first time in over 300 days. We felt we had a lot of good alternatives and choices we could have chosen.
numberFire's algorithms project Brantley to hit.290 across 451 plate appearances this upcoming season while recording 12 home runs, 62 RBI's and 10 stolen bases.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016.