The Cleveland Baseball Club has decided to recall outfielder Daniel Johnson before Friday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.
There was one more move from the Cleveland Baseball Club ahead of their opening series against the Kansas City Royals. The team has decided to recall outfielder Daniel Johnson per Zack Meisel of The Athletic.
Meisel also notes that Zach Plesac is currently left off the roster, but will rejoin the team next week. Plesac earned his spot in the starting rotation for Cleveland this season.
Daniel Johnson is an exciting prospect who joins an already crowded outfield. Cleveland already has Oscar Mercado, Tyler Naquin, Franmil Reyes, Jordan Luplow, Domingo Santana, and Bradley Zimmer in the outfield. Although it is worth mentioning that Tyler Naquin fouled a ball off his foot in their exhibition game on Monday, perhaps he needs a little bit more time to be back to 100%.
Johnson has a a career .284/.344/.460/.804 slash line with 91 doubles, 22 triples, and 49 home runs while driving in 198 runs and scoring 235 times across four seasons in the minors. There is no doubt that he has talent and has been produce in the minor leagues, it is whether or not he can separate himself from the other players on the roster and produce in the big leagues. If Daniel Johnson emerges as a productive bat it would provide a bit more confidence in Cleveland’s lineup.