The guards choose correctly Hunter Gadis Coach Terry Francona told reporters that he will play his first major league game tomorrow.including Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon-Journal). Kirk McCarthy Optioned to Triple-A Columbus to clear an active roster spot, the team will announce the corresponding 40-man roster move tomorrow.
Gaddis, 24, was Cleveland’s fifth-round pick in 2019 out of Georgia State. He has struck out 32.6% of opponents throughout his minor league career, including at a similar clip between Double-A Akron and Columbus this season. Most of his work came in Akron, where he posted a 4.24 ERA through 76 1/3 innings with a 32.7% strikeout rate and a decent 8.3% walk percentage. He was promoted to Triple-A a few weeks ago and made two starts before making his big league debut.
Baseball America He recently ranked Gaddis as the #19 prospect in the Strong Guards farm system. The outlet cited his four-pitch mix, including a low-mid-90s fastball and a pair of quality secondary deliveries in his slider and changeup. Although his incredibly low ground-ball rate has made him a bit of a home run threat, he’s generally shown solid control throughout his time in the minors.
Had Gaddis not been added to the 40-man roster, he would have been eligible for the Rule 5 draft this offseason. Cleveland will give him a roster spot a few months ago and plug him into the fire, starting the game against the Astros, whose Rangers are a game back of the Twins in the AL Central. with Aaron Sivale Tomorrow’s rehab start in Columbus may just be Gaddis’ first position start. The fact that he’s now on the 40-man, though, firmly proves that he’s good rotation depth for the big league club.