Select Guards Hunter Gaddis

The Guardians will select right Hunter Gaddis to make his major league debut tomorrow, manager Terry Francona told reporters (including Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon-Journal). Kirk McCarty has been chosen for Triple-A Columbus to free up an active roster spot, with the team announcing a corresponding 40-man roster tomorrow.

Gaddis, 24, was Cleveland’s fifth-round pick from Georgia State in 2019. The 6’6′ right has posted incredible strikeout numbers pretty much from the day he entered the professional ranks. He has fueled 32.6% of opponents during his minor league career, including a nearly identical clip between Double-A Akron and Columbus this season. Most of his work was done in Akron, where he threw for a 4.24 ERA in 76 1/3 innings with a strikeout percentage of 32.7% and a decent walk percentage of 8.3%. He was promoted to Triple-A a few weeks ago and made only two starts there before earning his first big league-look.

Baseball America recently ranked Gaddis as the #19 prospect in a strong Guardians farm system. The outlet mentioned its four-pitch mix, including a low-mid ’90s fastball and a few quality secondary offerings in its slider and changeup. He has also generally shown solid control during his time in the minors, although his incredibly low ground-ball rates have led to some home run concerns.

Gaddis would qualify for the Rule 5 draft this season if he had not been added to the 40-man roster. Cleveland will put him on the list a few months early and fire him straight, starting a game against the Astros while the Guards are just a game back from the Twins in the AL Central. Of Aaron Civale embarking on a rehabilitation mission in Columbus tomorrow, it’s possible that Gaddis’ first stint will consist of just one starting point. However, being now at the 40-man mark firmly confirms him as an achievable depth of rotation for the big league club.

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