Luis Oviedo back with Cleveland after being waived by Pittsburgh: Guardians takeaway

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Cleveland claimed right-hander Luis Oviedo off waivers from Pittsburgh on Tuesday and added him to the club’s 40-man roster.

familiar face: If Oviedo’s name sounds familiar, it’s because the 22-year-old Venezuelan was a member of Cleveland’s international signing class in 2016 and spent five seasons with the organization before being drafted by the Mets in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft.

  • Oviedo Rule 5 draft rights were bought by Pittsburghand he spent the entire 2021 season on the Big Pirates list.
  • He pitched 29 2/3 innings, mostly out of the bullpen, in his first 22 MLB outings, striking out 31 and walking 26 with an 8.80 ERA.
  • Cleveland assigned Oviedo to Class AA Akron.

Flowing stuff: 6-foot-4 Oviedo throws in the mid-90s and features a lead with breaking pitches that earned him some buzz as a prospect entering the 2019 season.

Oviedo missed a year of development during the 2020 pandemic season and it showed in a 17.7% walking rate Last year. But his fastball average is close to 95 mph and he generated a 27.7% odor rate with a combination of curveballs and blended sliders.

Cleveland Guardians’ Richie Palacios, right, cheers after hitting a single then came second on a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels left fielder Jo Adell as shortstop Tyler Wade stands ready in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Monday, April 25. 2022, in Anaheim, California. Mark J. Terrill, AP

Younger and younger

Cleveland’s active roster currently only has three players aged 30 or older. Reliever Anthony Gose and receiver Luke Maile are 31 and Bryan Shaw, who marked his 10th year of major league service on Tuesday, is 34.

  • He’s the under 30 on a roster in the majors. Baltimore is second with five.
  • According to BaseballReference.com, the Guardians have the youngest offensive roster and youngest pitching staff at baseball. They average 26.1 in offense and 26.7 in throwing.
  • They were the youngest at batting (26.7) and throwing (26.3) also in 2021.

Even younger: When outfielder Riche Palacios made his MLB debut on Monday, he became the seventh Guardians rookie to debut in the team’s first 16 games.

  • Steven Kwan, Bryan Lavastida, Konnor Pilkington, Gabriel Arias, Tanner Tully and Kirk McCarty also made their Cleveland debuts in 2022.
  • Last season, nine different Cleveland players made their debuts, and five of them are on the current active roster.
  • Ernie Clement, the seventh first rookie in 2021, did not reach the major leagues until Cleveland’s 62nd game.
  • Seven starts are also tied with Oakland for the most in MLB through 16 games.

Tito said it: “The hardest part for us is that we’ve added so many young players to the roster – and that’s a good thing organizationally – it’s been a bit difficult here. We know that. I guess it’s is a good problem to have.

When they’re hot, they’re not

Cleveland’s offense came into action Tuesday with 63 points scored in seven wins and just 12 points in nine losses.

  • The Guardians’ nine runs per game in wins are the most in MLB, while their 1.33 runs per game in losses are third worst.
  • Cleveland has scored 10 or more points four times, the most in MLB.
  • Guardians hitters have scored two runs or less in nine games, tied with the Astros, Reds and Orioles for run futility in losses.

Always on top: Despite the scoring struggle, Cleveland leads the American League in batting (.256) and triples (seven), and is second in total hits (140) and third in slugging percentage (.408) and on-base percentage (3rd, .321).

  • The Guardians have won six of seven games in which they have scored at least four points. The only four-point loss came Saturday in a tie at Yankee Stadium.
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