The Tribe’s Young Guys

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Updated: September 20, 2017

Still incredibly on fire with 25 in the W column out of the last 26 games for the Tribe, fans everywhere are still reveling in “The Streak.” We’re thinking, “What a time to be alive!” This is one of the deepest and talented Indians teams. Dare I say – ever. A pleasant surprise during the streak were the young guys. I want to talk more about the personality and excitement for the future they bring than their stats.

Greg Allen – Called up on August 31, he was a fan favorite for the local Akron RubberDucks. It was a surprise call-up at the time, but the young stud can ball at only 24 years old. He’s fast, can make plays on defense in the outfield and he’s been fun to have around. Good to add a young talent, who has been compared to Kenny Lofton, to the outfield depth with the Bradley Zimmer issues (who got hurt during the streak).

Francisco Mejia – The Rookie of the Year for the Akron RubberDucks was called up September 1. He put up crazy baseball numbers the past two seasons on the farm. The catcher hasn’t played a ton with the Tribe yet, but he adds a great piece for the stretch and I believe – more importantly – the team and fans can get excited to have a sure thing and hopeful superstar starting next year. Fun fact: Mejia is 21. He was born October 27, 1995. This means he is the only player born after the era of the “new” Indians stadium.

Giovanny Urshela – The fun-loving 3rd baseman brought something with him when he was recalled on July 9th from the Columbus Clippers. Soon after bringing him on, the Indians accomplished a 9-game winning streak and he has been dazzling on defense for us ever since. Fans are thankful to have this 25-year-old on the hot corner.

Yandy Diaz – Another young 3rd baseman who brought something special to the squad when he was recalled. The 26-year-old started back August 22nd – two days before ‘The Streak’ started. He can get the bats going more than Urshela. I watched him go 2-for-3 with a run and stolen base this last Saturday in the win over the Royals.

Tito played a ridiculous 36 different players during this historical 22-game win streak. And these guys added a lot in that span: personality, defense, depth, fun, excitement for the future and a youth that John Adams envies. Roll Tribe!

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