Guardians select Hunter Gaddis

Caregivers will make the right choice Hunter Gadis will make his major league debut tomorrow, manager Terry Francona told reporters (including Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon-Journal). Kirk McCarty was optioned to Triple-A Columbus to clear an active roster spot, and the team will announce the corresponding 40-man roster move tomorrow.

Gaddis, 24, was Cleveland’s fifth overall pick out of Georgia in 2019. The 6’6″ righty has posted incredible strikeout numbers almost since the day he turned pro. He has struck out 32.6% of his opponents throughout his minor league career, including at an almost identical clip this season between Double-A Akron and Columbus. Most of his work came in Akron, where he posted a 4.24 ERA in 76 1/3 innings with a 32.7% strikeout rate and an 8.3% walk percentage. He was promoted to Triple-A a few weeks ago and made just two starts there before getting his first big league appearance.

Baseball America Gaddis was recently rated as the No. 19 prospect in the Guardians’ strong farm system. The outlet cited his four-pitch combination, including a low-90s fastball and a pair of quality secondary offerings on his slider and changeup. He has generally shown solid control throughout his time in the minors, though his incredibly low fastball has caused some home run concerns.

Gaddis would have been eligible for the Rule 5 this offseason had he not been placed on the 40-man roster. Cleveland will give him a roster spot a few months early and put him right into the fire starting with the Astros, and the Rangers are just a game away from the Twins in the AL Center. With Aaron Civale with a rehab assignment in columbus starting tomorrow, it’s possible gaddis will only start on the spot. The fact that he’s now in his 40s firmly establishes him as viable rotation depth for the big league club down the stretch.

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