With controversy swirling around management, front office and ownership with the Indians, the actual ball club also managed to pull off a 6-1 win over the Mariners Tuesday in Cactus League action.
Josh Naylor went 2-3 with 3 RBI for the Tribe and the young slugger has caught skipper Tito Francona's attention with his approach at the plate.
"Really good, off the lefty early he drove the ball to left field then he hit the other ball right on the nose," said Francona. "Really good, really good to see him take some swings. And he took a few swings where he fouled stuff off. It was real fun to watch."
Naylor also didn't get much any time with Francona last season after being traded from San Diego since the skipper was out with health concerns for most of the season. Tito is definitely looking forward to getting to know his new young slugger.
"I mean his exuberance and his enthusiasm grows on everyone. I made a few trips to the ballpark just so I could meet Cal (Quantrill) and Naylor because I was sitting at home," said Francona. "That's the first thing that hits you, his enthusiasm. I don't think any of us know what his ceiling is nor do we want to put one on him. That's part of the fun of watching younger players play, you don't know how good they're going to get. Are they going to hit for power? Are they going to hit for average? Are they going to hit for both? But that's part of the fun of watching guys develop."
Indians back at it tomorrow as another promising player who has been fun to watch develop will be on the mound as Zach Plesac makes his spring debut against the Diamondbacks. First pitch from Goodyear is Wednesday at 3:05.