CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - While all of us know about the stars from last year's season like Lindor, Kluber, Miller, and Ramirez, some fans may be unfamiliar with the new Cleveland Indians additions that are expected to make an impact. Here are four players you need to know for the home opener, because you will be hearing their name a lot this season:
- Edwin Encarnacion - The slugger needs no introduction. Encarnacion, originally from the Dominican Republic, is most known for hitting home runs. The fierce batter played for the American League rival Toronto Blue Jays last year, who the Indians knocked out of the 2016 Playoffs. He rounded the bases with 42 home runs and led the American League in RBIs last year. He started his professional career in 2005 with the Cincinnati Reds, so he is no stranger to Ohio sports. Cleveland announced that Encarnacion was signed to the team in early January. Encarnacion has already made an impact with the team and the fans. He may be best known for his trotting the bases with his arm out, as if he is holding a parrot on his shoulder.
- Austin Jackson - The veteran 30-year-old outfielder joined the Indians from the Chicago White Sox. He was picked up during the off-season free agent period. Jackson has been in the league since 2010 and spent most of his career with the Detroit Tigers. He was signed by Cleveland in late January, who initially signed a minor league deal, but has since joined the major league squad. Jackson is most known for his defensive abilities and scoring runs.
- Yandy Diaz - After a strong spring training performance, Diaz was offered a position on Cleveland's regular season roster. Second baseman Jason Kipnis started the season on the DL, which shifted other infielders around and set Diaz up for a starting position at third base for the season opener. The 25-year-old is originally from Cuba. He came up through the Indians minor league system, and has displayed impressive offensive and defensive stats. His hot streak is expected to carry on through the regular season as long as he remains with the team.
- Boone Logan - The left-handed relief pitcher was a target during the short off-season. They pulled the trigger on Logan in early February and signed him to a one-year deal, with an option for a second. Logan is expected the make the bullpen even better than it was during the 2016 regular season and playoffs, along with Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, and the rest of the relief pitchers. The 32-year-old has been in the MLB since 2006, and has played for several teams including the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and the Colorado Rockies. He is known for getting outs and keeping guys off the bases. Last year, he held batters to a .166 batting average.
Stay tuned to Cleveland 19 for extensive coverage leading up to the Cleveland Indians home opener on April 11.