From Logan Allen to Bradley Zimmer, see the Cleveland Guardians opening round roster

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The Guardians list has been set. The team broke the camp. There are various decisions and lots of conversations with the players (some good news and some bad news for them).

The team can carry a roster of 28 players until May 1st. This is an agreed measure between the leagues of the Players Association to help clubs deal with shortened spring camps. Many pitchers are not fully stretched to a normal workload, which puts an additional strain on the bullpen.

The Guardians are carrying 14 fielders and 14 pitchers to open the 2022 season, including three prospects who will make their major league debut.

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This is the breakdown of the list.

Guardians Catcher: Austin Hedges, Brian Labastida

Austin Hedges will return as an elite defender to take over the starting mission after the club’s main catcher, Roberto Perez’s club option has been denied. Perez continued his contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brian Labastida is one of three prospects who can make their major league debut as Luke Maile, who signed a one-year contract, will take over the backup business until he returns from the injured list. Labastida can be more aggressive than hedging, but lacks powerful game calling and staff management skills.

With a $ 124 million contract extension in his back pocket, third baseman José Ramirez is back to secure the Guardians' infield. [Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press]

With a $ 124 million contract extension in his back pocket, third baseman José Ramirez is back to secure the Guardians’ infield. [Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press]

Infielder Guardian: Jose Ramirez, Bobby Bradley, Andres Jimenez, You Chan, Owen Miller, Arnie Clement, Amed Rosario

José Ramirez has been ranked in the top six of the American League MVP votes in four of the last five seasons, winning the third highest fWAR (28) after Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Given his value for an unproven lineup, it can be argued that he is the most important fielder for his own team of baseball.

First baseman is Bobby Bradley, who still has a lot to prove. Last season he hit 16 home runs in 245 at bats, but hit 99 times. He has the power of a light tower, but he needs to limit his swings and mistakes. When Josh Naylor, who starts the season on the injured list, is able to recover from ankle surgery, he will have time with first baseman or right fielder.

Owen Miller can take into account images that are potentially crowded on first or second base. Coach Terry Francona said Miller is swinging the bat with more authority than the team has seen in the past.

Amed Rosario can divide the time between the shortstop and the left fielder. Rosario had a fierce finish until 2021 when it reached .309 at .796 OPS later in the season. If he shifts to the outfield, Andres Jimenez can slide to open the second baseman of Yu Chan and Miller. Arnie Clement occasionally receives at-bats as a utility infielder.

Guimenez opened as a starter in 2021, but struggled and chose Triple A to solve some swing problems. He finished in high notes and hit .271 in the last 23 games with .764 OPS, 3 home runs, 4 doubles, 9 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

If Rosario shifts to the left fielder, Chan, who has no choice, can win many at-bats, and the team needs to know what Chan has. He hasn’t yet transferred some obvious power from the spring camp to the regular season.

The Guardians also have many acclaimed Nakano players on the list of 40 people who were able to mark them in 2022, highlighted by Tyler Freeman and Gabriel Arias.

The Guardian center fielder, Myles Straw, needs to provide a defensive anchor in the outfield and a catalyst at the top of the batting order.The Guardian center fielder, Myles Straw, needs to provide a defensive anchor in the outfield and a catalyst at the top of the batting order.

The Guardian center fielder, Myles Straw, needs to provide a defensive anchor in the outfield and a catalyst at the top of the batting order.

Franmil Reyes is listed as an outfielder, but there is little reason to put him there unless someone needs to rest. If not, he will act as a daily designated hitter again. Reyes delayed 30 home runs a year ago, even though he missed a considerable amount of time due to diagonal tension. He’s an important part of the middle of the lineup, like Ramirez, where the Guardian can get out of hand because he loses a fair amount of time.

The Guardians believe that Myles Straw is their answer to the center-fielder dilemma that has plagued them for many years. Immediate returns were strong after the straw was acquired by the Houston Astros on a trading deadline. He is a lead-off batter with an on-base percentage of .362 and a stolen base of 13.285 in 60 games.

Stephen Kwan is a newcomer to the opening round roster and has many positives for his “old school” batting style, which uses more contact skills than the three true consequences of home runs, strikeouts, or walks. Collected feedback. He also talked about the problem of impostor syndrome from college. But now he is a major leaguer.

Bradley Zimmer and Oscar Mercado are in a slightly similar position. Neither has a choice. They both still want to prove that they can achieve sustained success at the major league level. And, at least in Cleveland, neither has enough time to do so. Francona said Mercado had appeared in the camp with an additional 20 pounds of muscle and hadn’t lost a step in the outfield.

Cleveland starting pitcher Triston McKenzie will play in the first inning of the first doubleheader baseball game against Kansas City Royals in Cleveland on Monday, September 20, 2021.  (AP Photo / Tony Dejak)Cleveland starting pitcher Triston McKenzie will play in the first inning of the first doubleheader baseball game against Kansas City Royals in Cleveland on Monday, September 20, 2021.  (AP Photo / Tony Dejak)

Cleveland starting pitcher Triston McKenzie will play in the first inning of the first doubleheader baseball game against Kansas City Royals in Cleveland on Monday, September 20, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak)

Starting pitchers: Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Cal Quantrill, Aaron Civale, Triston McKenzie

The starting rotation is ultimately healthy and aims to show what the group can do. There are many possibilities, but they need to be put together over a long season. After spending much of last season and not knowing how they would survive the next day’s match, the Guardians long-term Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, Zach Plesac, Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie. Locked up in their first role.

Beaver is a year away from the 2020 stellar season, where he posted the 1.63 ERA and won the American League Cy Young Award. Last year he posted 3.17 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 96⅔ innings, but missed about half of the season due to a shoulder injury. This is the first big miss in his professional career.

Plesac had a forgotten 2021. After he took off his shirt and was injured on a tough outing, he missed a considerable amount of time and finished at 4.67 ERA with 142 ⅔ innings. He will pitch the second game of the season.

Quantril was placed in the bullpen to start the 2021 season after a terrifying spring, but he recorded 1.94 ERA in the last 88 innings and ended the season with absolute tears.

Civale spent the winter before 2021 and completely revamped the mechanics with almost positive results, lowering the ERA from 4.74 in 2020 to 3.84 last season.

Mackenzie struggled to find the strike zone for most of the season, but eventually found his stride, even flirting with no-hitters and no-runs in Detroit. Mackenzie starts the season with a bullpen and the team thinks about how to piggyback until the starting pitcher can be fully extended.

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Guardians Bullpen: Emanuel Klass, Bryan Shaw, Nick Sandrin, Anthony Gose, Trevor Stephan, Eli Morgan, Samhenges, Logan Allen, Connor Pilkington

Emanuel Klaas posted 1.29 ERA using a 101 mph cutter, one of the best pitches in baseball, and recorded 24 saves for the 5th place finish in last season’s AL Rookie of the Year vote. Did. Although not officially announced yet, he reportedly signed a five-year extension that included two club options. Francona often hesitated to name the closer and instead wanted it based on matchups, but Crace could have consistently worked on nine times.

Bryan Shaw returned to the Guardians after the 2021 resurrection season and put his career back on track. Last season, the show appeared in half of the team’s game, ending at 3.49 ERA with 77⅓ innings. He will probably get a lot of high leverage work.

James Karinchak will eventually join the group, but he will start the season on the injured list. Karinchak struggled a lot for most of 2021, but he is one of the most intriguing players on the 2022 roster. Will the Guardian get the video game number 2020 version or the 2021 version that took time to sort out the problem in the minor leagues or has his speed and spin speed slowed down?

Nick Sandlin will also get a lot of high leverage jobs after posting 2.94 ERA in 33⅔ innings as a rookie last season. Francona said the team would be cautious about Sandrin’s workload to start the season, but that’s partly because they see him as a long-term weapon and don’t overdo it too soon. Because I want to.

Anthony Gose is expected to play an expanded role only in 2022 after migrating from the outfield over the last six years. The speedy left-handed gose has earned Francona’s trust.

Eli Morgan, along with some others, will play the role of multi-inning until the starter is fully extended. Morgan had 5.34 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 89⅓ innings last season.

Trevor Stephan believes he has played a role in middle relief after finishing 621 with a 641 ERA in 63⅓ innings. One year after the Rule 5 pick from the New York Yankees, Stefan needs to get a higher leverage inning.

Sam Hentges struggled to play a bigger role due to his rotation injury last season. Switching to the full-time bullpen role, he did much better. This eliminates the need to extend pitching weapons. He had 3.75 ERA in the last 12 innings.

Logan Allen put it all together the first time or two, but hasn’t had consistent success at the major league level.Another left-handed Allen joining Gose, Hengis, and Connor Pilkington gives the Guardians some length from the bullpen. He has continued to grow since he was acquired under a three-team Trevor Bauer contract...

The bullpen’s fourth left-handed Pilkington grabbed one of the last spots on the expanded 28-person roster. He was acquired by the Chicago White Sox last season in exchange for second baseman Caesar Hernandez. He will probably be selected for Triple A on May 1st, but in the meantime he will know the taste of Major League Baseball.

Ryan Lewis can be contacted at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. For more information on Guardians, please visit www.beaconjournal.com/sports/cleveland-guardians. Follow him on Twitter @ByRyanLewis.

This article was originally published in the Akron Beacon Journal: Breakdown of the 2022 Cleveland Guardians MLB Opening Round Roster

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