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Joey Cantillo isn't perfect, but he's a four-pitch lefty who can touch 98 mph with his fastball, and he threw 95 innings at Triple-A last season. Cantillo hasn't had a walk rate below 11 percent in a full-season league since he had a 7.3 percent walk rate at Low-A in 2019 when he was still a member of the Padres organization. However, the 12.9 percent walk rate he logged with automated balls and strikes at Triple-A is passable by his standards, as walk rates were elevated across the board at Triple-A last year. Cantillo has been limited by injuries (shoulder in 2022, abdomen in 2021) and the 119.1 innings he tallied in 2023 were a career high -- the only other time he eclipsed 100 innings was when he spun 111.2 innings in 2019. He has a career 2.13 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 93 innings at Double-A, and he will look to pitch up to those standards in a return to Triple-A. The Guardians will always have opportunities for pre-arbitration starting pitchers, and if Cantillo can throw enough strikes, he has the stuff to rack up strikeouts with middling ratios.

Fantasy Stats

Year fpts
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Fantasy Points per Game
Innings Pitched
Base on Balls (Walk)
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2024 0.00 0.00
2023 0.00 0.00
2020 0.0 0.00 0.00
3y Avg. 0.00 0.00

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  • Guardians' Joey Cantillo: Dealing with hamstring strain

    Cantillo will be out 8-to-10 weeks due to a left hamstring strain he sustained at the end of spring training, Mandy Bell of reports. Cantillo gave up four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five over seven innings in spring training, and the Guardians optioned the left-hander to Triple-A Columbus on March 12. The hamstring strain occurred at the end of spring training, and will result in Cantillo missing at least the first two months of the minor-league season.
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  • Guardians' Joey Cantillo: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Guardians optioned Cantillo to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Mandy Bell of reports. Cantillo will be rotation insurance for the Guardians at Columbus to start the season. The left-hander has missed plenty of bats int the minors but needs to get his control in order before being considered for a big-league promotion.
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  • Guardians' Joey Cantillo: Shaky command Wednesday

    Cantillo allowed a run on a hit and a walk over two innings in Wednesday's Cactus League start versus the Diamondbacks. Cantillo pitched a clean first inning, but a walk, two wild pitches and a double led to Arizona's first run in the second. It's encouraging to see Cantillo work as a starter this spring, but with just over half a season of experience at the Triple-A level (4.64 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 111:55 K:BB), it's fairly likely the 24-year-old will need more time with Columbus this season. Logan Allen (shoulder) has yet to make his spring debut, but the Guardians have veteran Carlos Carrasco in camp as an NRI, so Cantillo doesn't have a clear path to the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
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  • Guardians' Joey Cantillo: Promoted to Triple-A

    The Guardians promoted Cantillo from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Cantillo has been electric with Akron so far this season, posting a 1.85 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 35 punchouts over 24.1 innings . The left-hander will now move one step closer to the big leagues and look to remain just as effective at the next level.
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  • 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: 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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