Other interested parties are coming; Don’t forget Amed Rosario! Terry Pluto’s Guardians Scribbles


 Other interested parties are coming;  Don't forget Amed Rosario!  Terry Pluto's Guardians Scribbles

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Doodles in my Guardians notebook, including stuff from the minors:

1. Ever since Amed Rosario came to Cleveland in the Francisco-Lindor deal, he’s become one of my favorite players. He won me over in late spring of 2021 when he was asked to play the outfield – and left his familiar shortstop spot. He ended up playing mostly shortstop, but his attitude is commendable. Such is his rush. Along with his friend Jose Ramirez, Rosario takes it tough and plays the game with the right spirit.

2. A year ago, Rosario started slowly and caught fire in mid-May. After May 11, 2021, he was a .300 hitter. He finished batting .282 (.730 OPS) with 11 HR, 57 RBI and was 13 of 13 in stolen bases. This season he was cold along with the weather. I picked the same date for May 11th, only in 2022. It’s been hitting .301 ever since. Overall, he’s up to .270 (.660 OPS) with a homer and 16 RBI. He is 7 out of 8 in stolen bases.

3. Rosario is a player the Guardians could potentially trade. He’s only 26. Andres Gimenez is the shortstop of the future. Defensively, Gimenez is the superior player. But Rosario has at least been solid this season, just two errors in 47 games. Analysis site Fangraphs ranks him sixth out of 12 starting American League shortstops on defense.

4. Cleveland traded Lindor and Carlos Carrasco for Rosario and Gimenez ahead of the 2021 season. Last year was a nightmare for Carrasco (1-5, 6.04 ERA and he was struggling with injuries). He is 7-2 with a 3.93 ERA. A good man with a good year.

5. As for Lindor, his overall stats are okay. He hits .243 (.739 OPS) with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. He’s been slumping lately until he ran in four heats on Friday night. He reached .282 in April. He’s been a .220 hitter ever since. He’s been a .234 hitter (.730 OPS) since being traded to the Mets. He batted .258 (.750 OPS) in 2020, his final season in Cleveland. He hasn’t been the same All-Star player in three years. His contract has nine years and $300 million left.


Andres Gimenez was great on the plate and on the field in 2022.

Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com

6. Then there’s 23-year-old Gimenez, who looks like a young Lindor. He hits .309 (.865 OPS) with seven homers and 31 RBI. Manager Terry Francona said Gimenez just had to stop pulling the ball like Ramirez did. Once Gimenez did that, he thrived. Francona also said Gimenez is one of the few players he’s seen playing second base and shortstop at a very high level. He’s a rising star and a wonderful deal for Cleveland given the ages and contracts of the players involved.

7. The main reason Rosario stopped playing in outfield is because Steven Kwan claimed left field. Myles Straw is patrolling the center and Oscar Gonzalez is right for now. The Guardians also like Richie Palacios in the outfield.

8. Now the prospect part. Will Brennan is the current version of Kwan, an outfielder who caught the team’s attention from the underage a year ago. The 24-year-old left winger is hitting a .327 (.896 OPS) between grades AA and AAA this season. He has five homers and 57 RBI in 56 games. Like Kwan, Brennan was a collegiate player when he was drafted (Kansas State). He doesn’t strike often (32 times in 247 record appearances).


Josh Naylor, right, makes life difficult for his younger brother Bo Nalylor as the two answer questions from reporters via Zoom at the Indian Training Facility in Goodyear, Ariz. on Saturday.

9. Fans have been hearing about George Valera for several years. He’s only 21 and has hit some monstrous home runs at Class AA Akron. Overall he scores .292 (.911 OPS) with 11 HR. Since May 1, he has tapped in 37 games in 34 runs. The left-hander with the fast bat could be in Cleveland’s outfield in 2023.

10. Fans also wanted the Guardians to trade for a catcher. I doubt that will happen, at least in the long run. At Class AA Akron, Bo (Josh’s brother) hits Naylor .276 (.913 OPS) with six homers and 21 RBI. He’s 22 and was Cleveland’s first-round pick in 2018. Naylor hit just .188 at Akron in 2021 and is finding out now. He is also a good defensive catcher.

11. When you look at the stats for Naylor, Valera and everyone else from the AA Eastern League, consider that 10 out of 12 teams in this league are hitting .237 or less. If you do well in the Eastern League in your early 20s, chances are you’ll reach the majors and have some success.

12. Consider these names: Owen Miller, Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Austin Hedges, and Gabriel Arias. All of these players came to Cleveland from San Diego in the Mike Clevinger deal. But there is one more! He’s Joey Cantillo, a 22-year-old left-hander with a 3-3 record and 2.25 ERA at Class AA Akron. He struck out 71 in 48 innings!

13. For Clevinger, he has only served 19 innings (3.79 ERA) for the Padres this season. He missed all of 2021 with Tommy John’s elbow surgery. This season he has had knee and tricep problems. He just came off the disabled list.


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