The Indians have claimed outfielder Johnny Field off waivers from the Rays, per club announcements. He had been designated for assignment recently.
Field will begin his tenure in the Cleveland organization on optional assignment at Triple-A. If he holds onto a 40-man spot through the trade deadline, he could become an option for an Indians team that has clear needs in the outfield. Of course, he’s also a candidate to be sent back on waivers and stashed if he clears.
The 26-year-old Field received his first taste of the big leagues this year, but struggled to a .21/.253/.373 batting line over 179 trips to the dish. But he has shown quite a bit better in the upper minors, unsurprisingly. He’s a .756 OPS hitter in 805 Triple-A plate appearances and carries a .769 OPS in 697 Double-A plate appearances. While he doesn’t jump off the page in any area, Field is a solid all-around prospect who can play all over the outfield.