What MLB Lockdown Means For Cleveland Guardians Organization Players



Now that the MLB lockdown has begun, let’s take a look at who and how it affects Cleveland Guardians players across the organization.

For every Guardians player on the current 40-player roster, all baseball-related activities are stopped.

  • No transactions involving players of 40 players
  • Players will not have access to team facilities
  • Players and team employees are not allowed to communicate
  • Players are not permitted to appear at a team event or participate in any team programming on any broadcast or media channels, including social media

Which Guardian players on the 40-man roster could be most affected? Currently, the organization has four players rehabilitating and recovering from end-of-season surgery in 2021 who were training at the Goodyear Development Complex. They all need to stop and get treated and readjust on their own now with coaches and medics not affiliated with the club.

  • RHP Carlos Vargas (Tommy John)
  • INF Tyler Freeman (shoulder)
  • INF / OF Nolan Jones (ankle)
  • OF / 1B Josh Naylor (Leg, Ankle)

The Guardians currently have the youngest 40-player team in baseball with a current age average of 25.1. They have 14 players who have no Major League experience. These players (depending on the length of the lockout) could be wasting valuable development time with coaches and coaches, whether through off-season programs or delayed spring training. These fourteen players are:

  • RHP Cody Morris
  • RHP Tobias Myers
  • RHP Carlos Vargas
  • C Bryan Lavastida
  • INF Gabriel Arias
  • INF Tyler Freeman
  • INF Jhonkensy Noel
  • INF Brayan Rocchio
  • INF José Tena
  • INF / DE Nolan Jones
  • INF / DE Richie Palacios
  • BY Steven Kwan
  • BY George Valera

The 2022 Minor League season is unaffected and is expected to start on time. Players who are not on the 40-player list or who have signed a contract with the Major League will be able to participate in the coming season.

  • MiLB players can still be signed, traded or released
  • MiLB players can access all team facilities to train and rehabilitate
  • MiLB players can communicate and work with all employees of the team

Goalies may continue to host minicamps, Minor League spring training, and extended spring training for these players prior to the Minor League season. The following affiliates are still on schedule to start and play their 2022 seasons.

  • Columbus Clippers (Triple-A)
  • Akron RubberDucks (Double A)
  • Lake County Captains (High-A)
  • Lynchburg Hillcats (Low-A)
  • Arizona Complex League Goalies (Rookie Ball)
  • Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue & Red (Rookie Ball)

Some of the Guardians’ top 20 prospects who are not currently on the 40-player roster and will be eligible for the minor league season. Here are their rankings according to MLBpipleine:

  • (5) RHP Daniel Espino
  • (6) C Bo Naylor
  • (8) INF Angel Martinez
  • (9) RHP Gavin Williams
  • (10) LHP Logan T. Allen
  • (11) RHP tan burns
  • (15) INF Aaron Bracho
  • (16) INF Carson Tucker
  • (17) RHP Peyton Battenfield
  • (18) LHP Doug Nikhazy
  • (19) BY Petey Halpin
  • (20) RHP Tommy Mace

Finally, some other elements concerning the locking. The MLB portion of Draft Rule 5, scheduled for December 9, has been postponed and will be dialed at a later date. The minor league portion of the rule 5 draft will still take place. The status of the next international signing period, which was due to open on January 15, remains unclear.

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