Since retruning from a brief stint in AAA, Cleveland Indians outfielder Jordan Luplow has been quite impressive at the plate.
Prior to getting sent to AAA Jordan Luplow was not at this best. Luplow’s .200/.294/.200/.494 slash line proves just that. Granted it was only seven games, but the point remains. Jordan Luplow was not providing the production the Indians needed. Since returning it is a different story.
In 13 games since returning from Columbus, Jordan Luplow has been impressive. Slashing .314/.359/.714 with an OPS of 1.073. Luplow has also hit four home runs and two doubles while driving in six runs. This is exactly the type of production the Indians need from Luplow. Coming into the year the Tribe needed help in the outfield and with right handed hitters. Luplow is a right handed hitting outfielder who helping in both those regards.
All four of Lupow’s home runs this season have come against the Chicago White Sox. Three of which came off of Manny Banuelos. The fourth came off of Josh Osich in Tuesday’s 9-0 victory. Luplow clearly has the number of the White Sox pitching staff.
Luplow is 6-19 with two doubles and one run driven in when facing non-White Sox pitching. This came against Houston, Miami, Seattle and Oakland. This is good considering the fact that Luplow will need to produce against other teams, not just the White Sox.
Cleveland will be in much better shape moving forward as long as Jordan Luplow can continue to hit like this. Luplow has shown previously that he can hit in the minors and it finally appears that it is translating at the next level. A combination of Luplow and the recently called up Oscar Mercado can provide much needed stability in the outfield and may spell the end for some underperforming veterans on the roster.