With the return of baseball looming and a short stint of spring training starting on Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians announced their 60-man player pool for the 2020 season on Sunday.
The alternate training site is a good scenario for the top prospects who can still get their work in with no minor league season happening in 2020. The player who should benefit from it the most is pitcher Triston McKenzie who missed all of 2019 with an injury. It will also allow the organization to keep a close eye on them as they continue to develop and they may get the opportunity to help contribute to the major league roster should an injury or illness were to happen.
Now with the shortened season, the roster will look different at the start compared to the normal 26-man roster through a 162-game season. The roster will have 30 players on opening day and then drop to a 28-man roster two weeks later and then to a 26-man roster after another two weeks.
Another interesting note is that the Indians currently only have 55 players in the pool as of now leaving five spots open right now which gives them some flexibility. Fans have been clamoring on social media for the team to re-sign free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig but it’s unclear as of now what the Indians will do and as always, the financial positioning of the organization remains a question mark even more so now because of the coronavirus pandemic.