AL Ratings: Hook, Johnson, Guardians

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Garrett Hook is expected to be a large part of the White socks pitching mix in 2022, although its longer-term role is still up in the air. The Sox certainly have plans to eventually move the 11th overall pick of the 2020 draft into the rotation, though defending champions AL Central already have a tentative starting five in place for the upcoming season. Additionally, “it looks like the White Sox can ill afford to leave Hook out of their 2022 bullpen plans,” NBC Sports Chicago’s Vinnie Duber written, as Craig Kimbrel is a popular trade candidate and the club may need Crochet to provide more depth and quality in the relief corps.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, Hook never made a single appearance in a minor league game, going straight from the draft to Chicago’s alternate training site in 2020 and then onto the roster. big leagues. In theory, at least a short stint in the minors would help Hook stretch properly as a starter and acclimate to rotational work, though he’s then unavailable to provide immediate help to a team from the minors. White Sox who plan to wrestle this year. . Stretching him out during the season has its own set of pros and cons, as that tactic wouldn’t necessarily mean Hook was being used optimally to help the Sox win games. Duber thinks the team’s post-lockdown moves will provide a clue to Hook’s role, because if the White Sox added another depth of relief, then Hook could be transferred more smoothly to start pitching.

More from the American League…

  • Rays right handed Seth Johnson “was a popular request from teams at the trade deadline,” Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 40th overall pick in the 2019 draft, Johnson posted a 2.77 ERA and 28.11 percent strikeout rate in his first 110 2/3 pro innings. MLB Pipeline ranks the right-hander as the 16th-best prospect in Tampa’s farm system, and Pipeline’s scouting report notes Johnson may have more room to grow than most pitchers since he barely saw a mound work before 2019 While any team is reluctant to part ways with a good pitching prospect, the Rays haven’t been shy about moving quality minor leaguers if the right trade presents itself, and it’s safe to say that Tampa Bay’s success in the developing young arms might make them more likely to deal from that depth (whether it’s Johnson or another pitcher).
  • With the Guardians always need outside help, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the club are more likely to meet this need via the commercial market than by signing a free agent. Cleveland already made a big trade for an outfielder at the trade deadline, landing Myles Straw (now listed in pencil as their starting center back) of the Astros. The two corner locations are still question marks, and while there are several options available in free agency, the Guardians have traditionally been reluctant to spend significant dollars on free agents.

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