Guarding the Farm: Week 1 recap

We are a week plus into the MiLB season and all eyes are on some of the big name prospects in the Guardians organization.


Most of the 2021 draft class have made their debuts over this first week of the season. There is much to look forward to with all of the talent that the Guardians have throughout their minor league system. We start our weekly in season weekly recaps of the Affiliates and prospects.


Columbus Clippers (AAA)


The Clippers are riding an 8-game winning streak with a 9-3 overall record. They are averaging 6.2 runs per game so far on the young season paced by two Guardians 40-man roster players in Richie Palacios and Gabriel Arias.


Top performers:


OF- Richie Palacios: .286, 4 2B, 1 3B, 10 RBI, 5 BB, .832 OPS

SS- Gabriel Arias: .278, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, .822 OPS

OF- Oscar Gonzalez: .275, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .835 OPS

2B- Mitchell Tolman: .280, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .992 OPS

P- Kirk McCarty: 0.79 ERA, 11.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 12 K, .179 AVG

P- Peyton Battenfield: 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 12 K, .204 AVG

P- Adam Scott: 2.16 ERA, 8.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, .111 AVG


Highlight of the Week: Ike Freeman blasts 2 HR's on 4/14 vs Syracuse



Akron Rubberducks (AA)


The defending AA Northeast League Champions are off to a 5-4 start. After losing their first two games of the season Akron has won four of the last six. They boast one of the top starting rotations in all of MiLB lead by top pitching prospect Daniel Espino and Logan T. Allen who went 9-0 between Lake County & Akron in 2021S. They were averaging only 2.8 runs per game before scoring 11 runs in game one of their doubleheader on Saturday.


Top performers:


OF- Will Brennan: .406, 5 2B, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 1.010 OPS

SS- Brayan Rocchio: .280, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, .844 OPS

P- Daniel Espino: 2.08 ERA, 8.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 16 K, .103 AVG

P- Tanner Burns: 2.16 ERA, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K. .200 AVG

P- Logan T. Allen: 2.89 ERA, 9.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 17 K, .212 AVG


Highlight of the week: Daniel Espino part of team one-hit shoutout 4/16 vs Reading (4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)



Lake County Captains (High-A)


The Captains are off to a 4-5 start to the season. Their pitching staff is lead by 2021 1st round pick Gavin Williams and 2nd round pick Doug Nikhazy. Offensively Joe Naranjo has been on fire and had a recent 2 homer, 6 RBI game vs Dayton on 4/14.


Top performers:


1B- Joe Naranjo: .333, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, .875 SLG, 1.359 OPS

3B- Jhonkensy Noel: .333, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .992 OPS

SS- Gabriel Rodriguez: /474, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 1.106 OPS

OF- Jonathan Rodriguez: .304, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, .885 OPS

P- Gavin Williams: 3.12 ERA, 8.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 17 K, .103 AVG

P- Hunter Stanley: 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, .208 AVG

P- Jordan Jones: 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, .103 AVG


Highlight of the week: Gavin Williams electric pro debut 4/9/22 at Lansing - 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K - 69 pitches - 46 strikes



Lynchburg Hillcats (Low-A)


The Hillcats are off to a tough 3-5 start but have won three of their last four games. Their roster consists of several 2021 Guardians draft picks. along with standout players from the 2021 Arizona Complex League.


Top performers:


OF- Isaiah Greene: .300, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 1 SB, .850 OPS

OF- Jorge Burgos: .273, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, .788 OPS

SS- Milan Tolentino: .381, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, .959 OPS

P- Jack Leftwich: 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, .200 AVG

P- Davis Sharpe: 1.42 ERA, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, .143 AVG


Highlight of the week: Hillcats walk it off for the 2nd time in three night's as Victor Planchart drives home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th vs Delmarva on 4/17/22.