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Top Joey Cantillo News

  • Guardians' Joey Cantillo: Joins 40-man roster

    Cantillo (shoulder) was added to the Guardians' 40-man roster Tuesday.

    Cantillo had a 1.93 ERA through 14 outings with Double-A Akron last season but missed the final two months of the campaign with shoulder soreness. The injury won't prevent him from being added to the 40-man roster as Cleveland protects him from the Rule 5 draft.

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  • Guardians' Joey Cantillo: Out with shoulder injury

    Cantillo (shoulder) was placed on the injured list at Double-A Akron this week.

    Cantillo threw three scoreless innings versus Harrisburg on July 30, but he's since been diagnosed with left shoulder soreness. The southpaw has impressed at the Double-A level with a 1.93 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 87:28 K:BB across 14 appearances (13 starts), though his 4.2 BB/9 leaves some room for improvement. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return.

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  • Indians' Joey Cantillo: Rejoins Double-A squad

    Double-A Akron reinstated Cantillo (abdomen) from its 7-day injured list Monday.

    Cantillo finally looks ready to make his Double-A debut after he was initially placed on Akron's IL in early May with right abdominal soreness. He was cleared to rejoin Akron after he completed a two-start rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, during which he struck out seven over five scoreless frames. The 21-year-old lefty was one of several players that Cleveland acquired in the August 2020 deal that sent Mike Clevinger to San Diego.

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  • Indians' Joey Cantillo: Rehabbing in Arizona

    Cantillo (abdomen) made his first rehab appearance in the Arizona Complex League on Friday, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two over two scoreless innings.

    Cantillo has been sidelined all year with the abdominal injury, but he's finally on the way back. The 21-year-old southpaw was part of Cleveland's return in last August's Mike Clevinger trade. It's unclear how many more rehab appearances Cantillo will need before he's able to link up with Double-A Akron.

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  • Indians' Joey Cantillo: Managing abdominal soreness

    Cantillo was placed on the seven-day injured list with abdominal soreness Saturday.

    Cantillo has been assigned to Double-A Akron to begin the minor-league season, but he hasn't yet made his 2021 debut. The severity of his injury isn't yet known.

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  • Indians' Joey Cantillo: Part of Clevinger return

    Cantillo is one of six players sent from San Diego to Cleveland on Monday in the Mike Clevinger deal, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Cantillo is at least a moderately interesting pickup for Cleveland, though he won't be making a big-league impact any time soon, as he's only made three starts at the High-A level. He's a classic left-handed back-end starter prospect, at least judging by his stuff, as his fastball sits in the high 80s but is complemented by a potentially plus changeup. That doesn't necessarily make him sound like a strikeout arm, though he did strike out 34.7 percent of batters in 19 starts for Low-A Fort Wayne last season, en route to a 1.93 ERA. He may have a tougher time fooling higher-level hitters, though he could also grow into more velocity, as he's just 20 years old.

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  • Padres' Joey Cantillo: Invited to summer camp

    Cantillo will be part of the Padres' 60-man summer camp.

    Cantillo has a chance to develop into a No. 3 or No. 4 starter if all goes well in the coming years, but he has only made three starts at High-A, logging a 4.61 ERA as his walk rate spiked to 11.1 percent, so he is not ready to face MLB hitters. His inclusion was more for developmental purposes than to help the big-league team win games in 2020.

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  • Padres' Joey Cantillo: Likely to open season at High-A

    Cantillo is expected to begin the 2020 campaign with High-A Lake Elsinore, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Cantillo began last season with Low-A Fort Wayne, dominating with a 1.93 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 128:27 K:BB over 98 innings. He then moved up to the California League, allowing seven earned runs over three starts for Lake Elsinore before he was shut down for workload reasons. The 20-year-old had some control issues in his brief stint at the High-A level -- he walked seven batters over his 13.2 frames -- but he continued to display swing-and-miss stuff with 16 strikeouts. Given his minor-league success thus far, Cantillo could be a quick climber through the Padres' system.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
Age: 23
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, L