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The Locked On Guardians Podcast is a daily podcast that is dedicated to the Cleveland Guardians from the minors to the majors. Join host Jeff Ellis as they look at the night before, who to know in the minors, and what the future may hold for the Cleveland Guardians as they try and capture their first World Series victory since 1948. Locked On Guardians is a proud member of the Locked On Podcast Network.

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Cleveland Guardians just Don't Quit: Salvage a big win Against the Detroit Tigers

1. Things looked very dark as it appeared the Guardians would drop three in a row to the Detroit Tigers who are currently battling for the top pick and Dylan Crews in next year's draft. Then the offense woke up in a big way with the five runs in the eighth inning which led to a big comeback win after they recorded three outs in the eighth. Luckily the third out was a wild pitch where Luke Maile took first and then after five hits and a walk the Guardians won and got a one-game lead in the division. 2. We dive into the details of the game handing out the three stars of the game along with getting deep into the box score. The Guardians pulled out an unbelievable win to remain first when it appeared they had lost this one. The division lead is always important but more so with a huge weekend series against the Chicago White Sox on deck. 3. We end up talking about those very same Chicago White Sox. They are a team that is struggling with health which is part of the reason the Guardians should have a lineup and bullpen advantage in this one. They also have a slight pitcher advantage as well due to Triston McKenzie and Shane Bieber being set to pitch in this one. We go position by position explaining why the Guardians should be able to take two out of three from the White Sox. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Liver Health Formula Now it’s easy to rejuvenate your liver health and reignite your metabolism...Thanks to Liver Health Formula by PureHealth Research. Go to getliverhelp.com/MLB to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Aug 18
Umpires are Awful But the Guardians Also Weren't Good in a Loss to the Lowly Tigers. Bunts Stink!

I know people expect me to be very mad about umpiring, but let’s be honest from the start. Austin Hedges was blocking the bag by the letter of the law. It is a dumb rule, inconsistently called and enforced but he did error. The call on Straw was the right one as well, leaving him in to hit was the wrong call. Straw is the second worst hitter in baseball this year among all qualified hitters. The bench might be full of lefties but just about anyone would have been better, and I state that as the number one Myles Straw supporter out there. Also, bunting is the worst, and bunting in that situation lowered the Guardian's chances of winning. The umpires made bad calls, but frankly, the Guardians did not play well today at all. The Tigers are a bottom three team in every offensive category. Yet they have looked like the 90s Indians/Guardians over the last few days. The pitching just has not been getting it done facing a bad team. Also, Steven Kwan is a star. I read the angry quote by Austin Hedges that occurred after the game. I appreciate his fire and support of his teammates. I break it down. Plus the Guardians have one of the ten best hitters in baseball this year and it's not who most would think. Also, can you name the best former Guardians hitter in the big leagues this year? We talk about the one trade over the past few years that is rare, safe to call loss by the Guardians.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Liver Health Formula Now it’s easy to rejuvenate your liver health and reignite your metabolism...Thanks to Liver Health Formula by PureHealth Research. Go to getliverhelp.com/MLB to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

39m
Aug 17
Another Split Double Header: Andres Gimenez is a STAR! Eli Morgan and Bryan Shaw get missed Used!

I am cranky so we start this one off with a rant about bullpen usage. Eli Morgan has a nearly three-run differential between his FIP, fielding independent ERA, vs lefties and righties. He has been largely ineffective against lefties due to his slider just not being an effective pitch. Sending him out to face a series of lefties is nearly as bad as asking Bryan Shaw to give you two innings. Yes, he ran into bad luck, but he also was unable to record a single out when asked to go for two innings. He has been ineffective when asked to go two.  In segment two we switch the focus to the whole games played today which saw the best start of the year for Aaron Civale, Xazvion Curry with a solid debut, and Andres Gimenez continues to show he belongs in any discussion about the best infielders in baseball. We also take some time to continue with some Steven Kwan appreciation. We end with the worst quote of the week, thanks to a former Guardian. Some stats stand out as they pertain to the Guardians. And a classy move by Franmil that Cleveland did not match on his way out. We also dug in and cleared out the mailbag from last week.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Liver Health Formula Now it’s easy to rejuvenate your liver health and reignite your metabolism...Thanks to Liver Health Formula by PureHealth Research. Go to getliverhelp.com/MLB to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34m
Aug 16
Cleveland Guardians Go North and Make Toronto Blue. Maybe It is Time to Embrace this FUN TEAM!

The Cleveland Guardians take two of three from the Toronto Blue Jays. They were excellent all weekend thanks first and foremost to a pitching staff that saw both the starts and bullpen combine to stifle one of the best offenses in baseball. We focus on Friday and Saturday in segment one. Friday was a fun effort that saw Cal Quantrill have his best start of the year and Jose Ramirez show that I am batting a thousand this year when it comes to reverse jinxes.  Next up is a focus on the win from Sunday which saw Shane Bieber with a velocity increase and another strong performance by one of the ten best pitchers in baseball this year. The pitching staff gave up just four runs all weekend while the offense scored 16. We also talk about the impending promotion of Xzavion Curry. Curry along with the previously promoted Hunter Gaddis are top 20 prospects who have earned the chance to pitch and either as a starter or a reliever have a good chance of helping the Guardians for years to come. We dig into my favorite topic: the Rule 5 situation for the Guardians. With the promotions of Gaddis and Curry, things are a lot clearer. We talk about three must-adds and then take this chance to discuss two of the biggest helium prospects in the system this year: Micah Pries and Johnathan Rodriquez. We focus on the few names left that could come off the roster and the many fun players who are in contention to be added. The depth in the Guardians system is unreal. While the pitching development has been lauded for years, one has to wonder if all of a sudden the hitting development in the system is maybe even better.    Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Liver Health Formula Now it’s easy to rejuvenate your liver health and reignite your metabolism...Thanks to Liver Health Formula by PureHealth Research. Go to getliverhelp.com/MLB to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36m
Aug 15
Cleveland Guardians Win in Extra Innings! Five Game Win Streak! Fifth Best Record in the AL!

The Guardians have won five in a row and have the fifth-best record in the American League. They were a team I was told would struggle to finish third in the division and are now 1.5 games on the Twins. We talk about the overtime win against the Tigers. Shaw continues the tradition of me talking about a player's struggles only to see them excel the next day. A lot of offensive performers stepped up for Cleveland who came back to grab the win today after a blown save. This team never quits. We talk about what has happened to Jose Ramirez. Since the infamous thumb injury Jose has turned into a slightly below-league-average hitter over the last two months. I get into what stands out about his performances in terms of changes. We talk about how all the players have performed in general since that series, but the focus is on Jose and some theories on what has gone wrong. We end with a preview of the Toronto Blue Jays. They are an outstanding team with two glaring weaknesses that they will need to work on this offseason. Toronto is the stronger team on paper, but Cleveland has a chance to win multiple games this weekend. I also discuss why the Blue Jays and Guardians should consider trading with each other this offseason. Then I sneak in a few questions from the mailbag to end the show.    Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37m
Aug 12
Cleveland Guardian Fourth Win in a Row: Grabbing Victory From the Jawas of Defeat

We start out discussing a game the Cleveland Guardians could have easily lost to the Detroit Tigers. Even with multiple times, they could have easily lost they ended up pulling out the close win. We discuss a game that was nearly lost but instead they were able to scavenge up a win.  We talk about the game a little more as well as talking about Steven Kwan’s chances at the rookie of the year. While most of the focus has always been on first and first alone, I explain why it might be best to root for him to finish third in the rookie of the year race if you are a Guardians fan. We talk about Peyton Battenfield who will be joining the Guardians in Toronto. I thought he would have made his debut already, but we get into what has gone wrong since the Guardians acquired him for Jordan Luplow. We also discuss why they decided to add him over one of the relievers in the minors. We also discuss the incoming addition of Cody Morris to the 40-man roster and why he should see his way on Cleveland’s roster sooner rather than later.    Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33m
Aug 12
Cleveland Guardians are in FIRST place in August Like WE ALL EXPECTED! They also Beat the Tigers!

The Cleveland Guardians beat the Detroit Tigers and are now in first place in August just like everyone expected. We talk about the game, which featured another stellar start by Shane Bieber and Amed Rosario continued to murder baseball for the Guardians. We also talk about the new bit of information that only one player won’t be able to head to Toronto for this weekend's games and what that could mean. We also get into what might occur to allow for the addition of Aaron Civale to start in tomorrow’s matchup. Next, we dig into who could replace James Karinchak for the trip to Toronto by digging into top AAA performers. The two names that stand out for me right now are Nic Enright and Cody Morris and I explain why both of them could join the team. I then try and get into what has gone so wrong for Eli Morgan.  We end with a discussion about a stellar pitching performance in AAA. Xzavion Curry had a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up having allowed just six base runners through six innings. He was then one-upped by Cody Morris who struck out seven of the ten batters he faced allowing just one walk. I also spend some time on why I don’t get the point of calling up Nolan Jones, Will Benson, and Tyler Freeman to let them ride the bench.   Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32m
Aug 10
Guardians Top 20 Prospects: Top Five MLB Minor League System is LOADED With Talent and Most Near

The Franmil Reyes situation is finally resolved as the Cubs have claimed him. It is interesting to see an organization that connected with the Guardians claim him. We get into why the Cubs claimed him. We also discuss my 2022 Shadow Draft in which I have to make significant changes to save some money to draft Cam Collier with the top pick in my shadow draft. We talked about some prospect lists. I talk about the MLB list which now has NINE prospects in the top 100 which is something that I have never seen before. The Guardians are loaded with so many prospects but it is interesting to see the difference in ranks across various professionals. I recommend Mason Mcrae who is a great Twitter follow. I also explain who the top prospects in this organization are. I continue to talk about the top prospects in the Guardians system going through the top 20 players as I see them in the system. We discuss the tiers, the underrated names, and who stands out. We also preview the Tigers at the end but the CliffsNotes are you have to beat one of the bottom five teams when you are trying to make the playoffs.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Aug 09
Cleveland Guardians Split Series with Houston Astros: Franmil Reyes Cut? Triston McKenzie is Amazing

It was a very busy weekend for the Cleveland Guardians who split the four-game series with the Houston Astros despite not having one of their best starters set up to go. I was told all week this team could not compete with the Astros but in the end, they did. We talk about the brilliance of Emmanuel Clase. The utter dominance of Triston McKenzie. We also discussed Hunter Gaddis, the 13th Guardian to make their debut this year, and the pitcher I hoped would get the call on Friday. I explain why I think he is a future 10-year player in the majors. We quickly talk about the three games of the week before focusing on Sunday and the performances there. Triston McKenzie after his struggles in June has elevated into a legit front-line starter. Was I the only one that was sad that Steven Kwan got pinch hit and saw his streak end on Friday? We also talk about why Jake Jewell was added to the roster and why he is likely to have a very short stay on the 40-man. We end by first discussing where the standings have the Guardians both in the division and the Wild Card. The Guardians still have a better chance at the division than the Wild Card. Then of course we get into Franmil Reyes. We talk about what has occurred over the last three years which might have made the organization decide to move on from what this team needs: a power hitter from the right side with multiple years of control. This was not a result of just one bad year, this team loves to buy low on players so there is more going on. We try to explain why this shocker occurred, what it means, and why it was likely best for everyone.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36m
Aug 08
Most Under Rated Pitching Prospects In the Cleveland Guardians System: Verlander Stymies Guardians

The Cleveland Guardians got utterly dominated by Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros. There were some positives with Austin Hedges continuing to be surprisingly effective since the All-Star break. Steven Kwan continued to collect hits with his hitting streak hitting 16 games breaking his tie with Michael Brantley for the longest streak still a bit away from Benito Santiago's rookie record of 34 games. We discuss some things that annoy me with prospect evaluations regarding wording and expectations. We also get into what the hardest to develop/biggest bust rate is of any position in all of baseball. We dive into the underrated prospects in this system. Tanner Bibee is a name everyone should know, and the gap between him and Gavin Williams is smaller than between him and Logan Allen. We also talk about Nic Enright who might be the top reliever in the minors. Jack Leftwich has some of the best numbers in the system. Davis Sharpe, another recent draft pick who is finding a lot of success in the Guardians system. As well as Cade Smith the former undrafted pitcher has the highest strikeout per nine in the Guardians system. The last pitcher we focus on is Joey Cantillo who might be the fifth best starting pitching prospect in the Guardians organization and one who likely is only still part of the organization due to there being no Rule 5 draft.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36m
Aug 05
Tyler Freeman Makes His Debut: Cleveland Guardians Win Series Against Arizona Diamondbacks

The Guardians faced a rookie lefty and came out on top against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shane Bieber was against excellent, most of the bullpen was stellar, and offensively there were several top performers. The Guardians remain a game out of first with the win and a tough four-game set against the Astros coming up.  We focus on the promotion of Tyler Freeman, and why I think he is the ideal guy to take over as the top bench bat. Freeman could be a starter but in the bench role he could end up excelling in the super sub role that I have envisioned a few players taking on over the years.  We talk about the big-name prospects all the time on the show instead we focus on the guys who have not generated much talk or any mention on the podcast this year. Get to know the younger brother of one of the most exciting young hitters in baseball, a catcher that no one has any information about, and an outfielder who leads the entire organization in slugging percentage even though most would think the answer is Will Benson or Jhonkensy Noel.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36m
Aug 04
Trade Deadline Inaction is Inexcusable: Plus Cleveland Guardians Fall to Gallen and the Diamondbacks

The Deadline has come and gone, and the Guardians managed to make a trade but one that is unlikely to help them this year or garner much love from the fans. I explain why I thought a trade was necessary and why the window should be viewed now. We do discuss the minor trade that occurred, why they helped the team they are chasing, and my own thoughts on Ian Hamilton going back six years.  We get into the Guardians' loss to the Diamondbacks. It was a weird game with a weird lineup that saw two of the Guardians' young left-handed bats not used in favor of a part of righties while facing one of the best young right-handers in baseball. You know it was a weird game when Luke Maile and Nick Sandlin are two of the three stars.  We talk about the 40-man, since there was no trade there are five to eight players that could be viewed as potential cuts but really only about five players who seem likely to be let go. The Guardians have seven players they strongly need to consider adding. It is going to be a similar story to a year ago. I also explain why it is that trading prospects can be harder in the offseason than at the deadline.   Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36m
Aug 03
Trade Deadline: Guardians Walk Off Win vs Diamondbacks, Things Are About to Get Interesting

We are going live to discuss an extra-inning game as it occurs as well as the general craziness of the deadline so far. I talk about some of the trades that have occurred and why I think so of the overall comments out there don’t quite match up with league views. It has been a busy deadline and there are still another 18 hours or so to go. Next, we discuss the game as it is occurring. The Guardians are struggling to beat a bad Diamondbacks team. They keep falling behind but keep coming back, we discuss the game as it is happening. One has to love the Guardians' fight, and there was a chance for the Guardians to move into first with a win and a Twins loss. There is a lot of debate about the Guardians' biggest need. We have talked Wilson Contreras and Sean Murphy to death. Neither was the first catcher traded; instead it was Christian Vazquez to the Astros. I bring up a third name to consider at catcher Omar Narvaez and explain why he could be a cheaper target, whose skills match up with the Guardians' needs. We also discuss some relievers that could help the Guardians as the deadline nears.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Aug 02
Trade Deadline Will the Guardians Buy, Sell, Both? What I Think and What I am Hearing

I am back and there is so much to talk about. The Guardians continue to stick around in the race, instead of going over all of the games that occurred when I was traveling. Instead, I focus on Sunday’s win which might be the most unlikely victory all year. They faced a top lefty, there were multiple players out, Bryan Shaw was starting and yet they beat a potential Cy Young, Award Winner, and are now just a game back of the Twins, and are now just a game back of the Twins. We dig into the numbers trying to figure out exactly what has changed for Franmil Reyes. He has been one of the Guardian's top hitters the last few years. The data paints a picture of what has changed in his approach and overall effectiveness. What can the Guardians do? Does one consider some time in the minors or not? We discuss what might happen with Franmil Reyes and Amed Rosario at the deadline. We discuss why it is both likely and unlikely that either player is traded before settling on an answer. We also explain why it is that I am all in on a Sean Murphy deal. We talk about the draft the Guardians were just 510 dollars from losing a first-rounder next year. But this one is mostly about the deadline.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Vroom With Vroom, you can buy a car entirely online, and have it delivered straight to you, so you never have to go to a dealership again. So, next time you need to buy a car, just grab your phone, go to Vroom.com and check out thousands of great cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

39m
Aug 01
5 Trade Targets to Consider: Inside Information on the Guardians 2022 MLB Draft Selections

We start out with more Draft talk. I watched all three days of press conferences and pass on all of the most interesting bits of information from Scouting Director Scott Barnsby. While most of the information on the early picks was known there were some good nuggets about the players a bit further down the board. Next, we talk about the last four players in this class that we have yet to focus on Angel Zarate, Zach Jacobs, Geo Rivera Jr., and Shawn Rapp. We get into a pair of UNC players, a small school player who dealt with injuries, and a flame thrower from the JUCO ranks.  The trade deadline approaches and while all the chatter in baseball is about Juan Soto we dig into four outfielders that stand out in terms of the Guardians. We dig into the common names Ian Happ, Anthony Santander, and Ramon Laureano, or at least the common names mentioned on Locked on Guardians before focusing on maybe the most logical candidate Connor Joe. I don’t get into all he has had to overcome in terms of beating Cancer, and being traded several times. We just focus on how effective he has been and why he would be an ideal addition. He has been one of the premier contact hitters in baseball and has one of the best eyes of the strike zone. His positional flexibility, a right-handed bat, and five plus years of control would be a nice addition to the roster. We also discuss how the deal could have been expanded to include an interesting relief arm or two that would benefit from a change of scenery including a former Ohio State Buckeye and Walsh High School player Ryan Feltner. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today.  LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

39m
Jul 22
Fixing the All-Star and More Post Draft Chatter

It was the lowest-rated All-Star game ever! There were questions about what had gone wrong. I explain why the numbers get smaller and smaller all the time. While also giving some ideas to make it interesting or grab more headlines. The NBA and NHL stand out for having evolved their All-Star games and adding new components to make people tune in. It is time the MLB does the same. We talk about some of the outside views on the draft class. Some of the players from this class are already being reported to sign. We talk about how the pool money is shaping up early on. Then we talk about some of the day's three picks. Magnus Ellerts who had been pitching in the Cape. Jack Jasiack who hasn’t pitched since March due to injury.  Next up on the draft deep dive is a pair of players with high speed, good contact rates, and rarely strikeout. You might have heard this story before as it was a big focus in this year's draft. Pres Cavenaugh and Tyresse Turner are the latest up-the-middle additions with that skill set. Adam Tulloch is a lefty who missed a ton of bats but struggled with his command. Lastly, we focus on Logun Clark the California catcher who goes against the Guardian's typical type grabbing the already 19-year-old catcher. Clark has power potential, good pop times, and, of course, can frame pitches.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today.  LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Jul 21
2022 MLB Draft is Done Cleveland Guardians add 21 Players: Focused on Day Two and Three

The 2022 MLB Draft is in the books all three days and 20 rounds. The Guardians have added 21 new players all likely to sign and join their minor league development system which is the lifeblood of this baseball team. We re-rack the draft talking about what the class has looked like and the overall trends. Pitchers with high strikeout rates, low walk rates, and home run rates over one. Batters who have speed and excellent contact data. We talk about Dylan Delucia as well, one of the day two players we had not mentioned who was the most outstanding player of the College World Series.  We go over the 10 picks of the day quickly, a group that was college dominated. There was just one prep player and one JUCO player the rest were from the college ranks including Tyresse Turner who might be my favorite day three pick. I think Logun Clark will be most fans' favorite day three pick as the prep catcher has good pop times and also pop in his bat. We end by focusing on the three, day two players that we have yet to talk about. The pair of 17-year-old prep pitchers Jacob Zibin and Jordan Humpries stand out in terms of rankings and upside. We talk about why the Guardians made sure to save pool money for these two arms. We also talk about Austin Peterson who was one of the best pitchers all year in the NCAA. He ended up with the third most strikeouts while rarely walking anyone throughout the season.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today.  LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37m
Jul 20
MLB Draft 2022: Day Two Done Rounds 3 to 10: Plus All Ohio Drafted Players

Day Two is now in the books, I reminisce about what it was like when I had to cover 50 rounds instead of just 20. I explain how I called my shot and predicted Brock Porter to the Rangers, the highest-rated player on every board. I also get into the handful of players drafted from Ohio. The first Ohio college player actually was from Notre Dame College near Cleveland with Ben Ross going to the Twins. We also had players drafted from Ohio State, Toledo, Youngstown State, and Miami University as well as indirectly players from Kent State and Ohio University.  Next, we focus on the eight players the Guardians drafted and discuss why it is that even though they have grabbed some really interesting players none of them crack the Guardian's top ten prospects for me. There is a chance that it might happen at the end of the year if a few players graduate but not yet. I give a snapshot of the Guardians Day two talking about all of the players. We focus on the first pick of the day Joe Lampe, who strikes me more likely as a fourth outfielder. Then I switch to focus on the three players who went against type for them. Guy Limpscomb Jr. and Nate Furman were a pair of draft-eligible sophomores who are undersized but showed plus speed, plus contact skills, and strong walk rates. Javier Santos is a 19-year-old high school pitcher from the same program as Daniel Espino. I end with the five best draft names so far, based on discussions on Twitter during the draft. Are they risky to say when it's a person's name?  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today.  LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Jul 19
2022 MLB Draft Day One in the Books: How did the Guardians do?

The first day of the 2022 MLB Draft is done and after 80 picks and multiple hours. The Guardians have added three more college players to their system. We focus on what ended up being a shocking first-round Jackson Holiday at one. Kumar Rocker at three! Three college pitchers in the top ten after many thinking there would not be even one.  We focus on the top pick Chase DeLauter. A year ago at this time, people were watching him dominate the Cape. He looked like a potential top-five overall pick due to his performance with wood bats and his physical tools. There are reasons why people look at him and talk about Bradley Zimmer, but I explain why those aren’t true. In a nutshell, the cape performance along with physical tools and a better approach should make him a better player with a legit chance he ends up being a five-tool talent.  Next up is Justin Campbell, who I successfully mocked to the Guardians. He is a big pitcher but doesn't pitch like one. His combination of command, control, flyball rate, and fastball spin made him a potential candidate at 16, when he was still there at 37 it made him a no doubt pick for the Guardians. Parker Messick made Chase DeLauter look so bad in February that it still affected people's views on him all these months later. He is an undersized lefty with stellar command and control. If the Guardians can help him add some velocity he should profile as another potential starting pitcher for the Guardians. Plus the system lacks left-handed pitchers in general which Messick helps alleviate.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com. And, going on now is the Blue Nile Anniversary Sale … Save up to forty percent on classic fine jewelry pieces and twenty-five percent on engagement ring settings. Shop stress free and find your forever piece. Go to BlueNile.com today.  LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Did you know every week, nearly 40 million job seekers visit LinkedIn? Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONMLB. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33m
Jul 18
Bonus Episode: Final 2022 MLB Mock Draft Part Two Picks 23-61

It is MLB Draft Day 2022, and we have you covered. Here is an in-depth mock on picks 23-61. I get into what I have heard, what Vegas is saying, and what makes the most sense based on rumors and draft history for each team. We get more into the tendencies of teams with these picks. We have you covered for the second half of the first, the compensation selections, the competitive balance picks, and half of the second round. Find out what players I have a hard time slotting and for Cleveland, fans find out who I have them taking at pick 37 and 54 as well as where Ohio high school pitcher Jacob Miller ends up. Could he be the first prep player taken from Ohio in the first round since Matthew Smoral back in 2012? For a complete list of picks check out my blog below or go to mlbdraftnow.blogspot.com https://mlbdraftnow.blogspot.com/2022/07/day-one-mock-2022-mlb-draft-picks-1-80.html Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33m
Jul 17
Bonus Episode: Final 2022 MLB Mock Draft Part One Picks 1-22

It is MLB Draft Day 2022, and we have you covered. Here is an in-depth mock on picks 1-22. I get into what I have heard, what Vegas is saying, and what makes the most sense based on rumors and draft history for each team with those top 22 picks. I am focused on what Vegas is showing us right now as we all learned from the NBA draft that Vegas tends to know before anyone when it comes to anything. The fact they moved the line on Brooks Lee, makes me think he is the favorite to be the top selection for a complete list of picks check out my blog. Below or go to mlbdraftnow.blogspot.com https://mlbdraftnow.blogspot.com/2022/07/day-one-mock-2022-mlb-draft-picks-1-80.html Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31m
Jul 17
Bonus Episode: 2022 MLB Draft is in under 48 Hours we get into our Thoughts and What we are Hearing

This is a special pre 2022 MLB draft episode with Locked on Prospects host Lindsay Crosby. We talk about our favorite under the radar prospects. What is going to happen at the top of the class, or at least what appears according to Vegas might happen. The top of this draft has been a mystery for so long, but it appears to be changing. We talk about the lack of pitchers in the class, and when the first pitcher might go off the board. We get into our favorite players in the class, and how we think the first round might play out. Listen in to get ready for the draft and find a little bit more about some of the top players in this class and who your favorite team might add. Make sure to tune in for our live draft show on Sunday at 9 PM EST. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34m
Jul 16
Triston McKenzie was McKilling it as the Guardians Finally Beat the Detroit Tigers

The Cleveland Guardians are back to .500 after a fantastic win today. The offense was productive but the big story and our first focus is on the fantastic performance of Triston McKenzie. We focus on his exceptional performance. We also get into some roster moves that were made due to Aaron Civale’s injury along with the return of Kirk McCarty. We also get into the issues with the Guardians starting pitching depth in general.  We dig deeper into the win for the Guardians. The Detroit Tigers are very bad with three hitters hitting below .200 and just two batters with OPS over .700. Their top hitter this year is former Guardians Eric Haase. We talk about how nice he would look in the backup catcher role and why it stinks he got away. We also give away our three stars for this game Triston McKenzie, Andres Gimenez, and Amed Rosario. We look at top-performing pitching prospects this year. Logan Allen might have had some issues in AAA but he has 21 more strikeouts than the next nearest pitcher in the minors. We dig into who have been the top performers and notice that the top names on the strikeout lists are all prospects that are pitchers of note. We also look into the recent minor league transactions and why there has been so much movement involving Lake County. Then we talk a bit more about Bryan Shaw and why he should be nearing the end of his time in Cleveland.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37m
Jul 15
Cleveland Guardians Lose the Game and Maybe a Starter As Well

The Cleveland Guardians lost another game and maybe lost a starter as well. We focus on what options they could have in terms of starters despite all the great prospects the starter depth near the majors is limited. We also talk about the Guardians losing today’s game as I am recording as the ninth inning starts. While it is likely Konnor Pilkington would fill in for Civale but we discuss other options Joey Cantillo, Logan Allen, Xzavion Curry, and Peyton Battenfield. We also dig into the starting pitching in general for the Guardians this year. We then get into the details of the loss today against the Chicago White Sox. It was a tighter game than it had any right to be after the injury to Aaron Civale. We talk about the good, every pitcher not named Hentges. The Guardians managed five hits and two of them were by Amed Rosario. It was not a great offensive day, and the Guardians dropped the series to the Chicago White Sox who are now just a half-game back. The Guardians are a game below .500 and will face the Tigers who swept the Guardians the last time they met. We get into what has gone wrong for Sam Hentges and the overall answer is that there have been a lot of factors that have led to him giving up a run in eight of his last nine appearances. He is getting hit more often, walking more hitters, and giving up more line drives and fly balls. He was lucky early on, and unlucky a bit now but the question becomes is the middle ground going to be achievable or will there always be these ups and downs. Then we get into some of the top performers in the minors. At some point, we might all need to reevaluate Will Benson who has been left off the 40-man two years in a row but has changed his approach and has been one of the most productive players in the minors but not the most that title belongs to Bo Naylor who has had a massive rebound after a rough 2021. We also talk about recent draft pick Jake Fox, standing out for his production at the midway mark.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34m
Jul 14
Cleveland Guardians Split Another Double Header: Bieber is Brilliant, Bases Loaded Leaves Questions

The Guardians won the first game of the double header, we talk about the first complete game of the year for a Guardians’ pitcher this year. As a matter of fact, it was also a Maddux, which is a rare occurrence when a pitcher has a complete game and throws under 100 pitches. We also get into the possible All-Star snub for Shane Bieber. He has performed much better than I had thought over the course of the year. We also talk about the decision to not pinch-hit for Luke Maile with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.  We talk about the second game in the double header as it is occurring. We focus on the positive, which was a solid starter by Pilkington. We then focus on the potential positive performances of Nick Sandlin and James Karinchak. These two were supposed to be the late-inning arms for the Guardians. For Sandlin, this makes three strong appearances in a row and for Karinchak it is his best performance in a calendar year. If these two can start going it might make the Guardians pen one of the top few in all of baseball. We continue to discuss the floated Franmil Reyes trade rumor. It is hard to believe but the rumor comes from a trusted reporter and the logic reported is exactly what one would say if one was looking to move him. We discuss how the DH position across baseball has underproduced what one would expect for a role that is just to hit. This leads one to wonder if maybe his old team which has pitching depth could come calling. We also watch as the Guardians load the bases yet again and make the curious choice to let one of the worst hitters statically this year hit with the game on the line.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36m
Jul 13
Nolan Jones Stays HOT: Cleveland Guardians Back to .500 Beat the Chicago White Sox

The Guardians made a move I have been asking for over a week now with the promotion of Alex Call and the release of Oscar Mercado. I don’t know if Call is even as good as Mercado, but at the same time, Alex Call has worked his tail off and improved every year to take him from a borderline prospect to a player in the big leagues. He has earned this chance to play and it was nice to see the Guardians reward a player for steady improvement. We also discuss Franmil Reyes quandary. It was reported he might be on the target block. We explain why it both makes sense and makes no sense. In the end, I agree with the view though, and explain what in particular makes me think this was inside information given out.  We discuss a minor trade that was made today between the Braves and the Royals. It involved a player who had been often rumored in Guardians deals over the last few years. It is also the rare trade that involved a draft pick changing hands. I talk about the player and why this type of trade could be an option for the Guardians going forward. If they are unable to consolidate for help now why it might make sense to consolidate prospect value for later. We talk about the win which saw THREE Guardians hit by pitches, which is interesting as that is an issue that White Sox fans often have with the Guardians. I expect we might see some players exit tomorrow's game early. We get into the win which brings the guardians back to .500 and point out our three stars of the game Nolan Jones (fourth day in a row), Franmil Reyes (stolen base leader), and Trevor Stephen (nails when needed).  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31m
Jul 12
Cleveland Guardians are in a Funk But At Least They Have Nolan Jones: WHAT A DEBUT!!!!!!

1. While it was another rough weekend for the Guardians in general. It was a fantastic debut for Nolan Jones who reached base multiple times in every game. He hit the longest home run of the year, showing some of the easiest power we have seen from a Guardians’ player this year. We take some time to talk about the 2016 Cleveland Guardians draft and that draft in general. This draft has a chance to go down as one of the greatest in history with a chance to pass the 1989 draft for the greatest in franchise history. Nolan Jones, Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, and Zach Plesac are the big names but even players like tanner Tully and Conner Capel have made it to the big leagues. 2. We talk about the Friday and Saturday games. While Saturday’s game was one of the best ones of the year for the Guardians. It was the Friday game that saw the Guardians bullpen implode that we focus on. We discuss what has been occurring with Eli Morgan and Sam Hentges over the last month that has seen both of them struggle in the setup role for Emmanuel Clase. We also talk about why I wish they would go to Clase based on leverage situations and not just closing situations. 3. We talk about the Sunday loss, we are watching as it occurs so there are comments about the Guardians finally getting a run across. This is a game where there was some bad luck, but at the end of the day, the offense was not good enough to get things done. We also congratulate Bryan Shaw for hitting his first appearance bonus and making an additional 150K this year. We should all be so lucky. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37m
Jul 11
Nolan Jones is Coming to Cleveland? Talking About the Impending MLB Draft on NHL Draft Night

While the Guardians did not play today that does not mean we have no news. Tobias Myers was traded away, It also looks like Nolan Jones might finally be on his way up to Cleveland. Before the 2021 season, he was widely viewed as the top prospect in Cleveland and one of the top 100 prospects in baseball. He had a bad few months and dealt with injuries and everyone seemed to give up. A year later he has decimated AAA pitching and is on his way to Cleveland it appears. He will give them a potential plus power player that the organization is lacking in general across the majors and minors. We talked a little about the draft. I have been on three podcasts in the past week to talk about the draft and the Guardians. This class has a clear top eight to me, and what stands out is the bloodlines and the complete lack of college pitching. I don’t have a college pitcher in my top 15 players which has never happened in my decade-plus of covering the draft. We end with some thoughts about what the Guardians might do at 16, in terms of who they have drafted in recent years. In addition, every year top talent slides on draft day. Last year there were three players that had top ten grades that ended up sliding into the late teens. I explain why I think the Guardians are expecting someone to slide and also who the three most likely candidates to slide are. We also talk about some candidates if the Guardians were to decide to go under slot so they could sign high-priced talent later in the draft.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Jul 08
Swept by the Worst Offense in Baseball: This Might have Been the Worst Series In Years for Cleveland

It has been a rough few weeks for the Guardians. We talk about the roster moves that occurred, most that the Baltimore Orioles have claimed Kirk McCarty. We talk about who has played well over the last month and who has struggled. The top four hitters since the infamous Colorado series have been Franmil Reyes, Andres Gimenez, Josh Naylor, and Amed Rosario. We talk about how both Franmil and Amed had significant struggles but are now stepping forward. We also ask the question one has to ask is Jose Ramirez trying to play hurt actually hurting this team. Might it be better if he had rested over the past few weeks and got back to full health?  We talk about the game itself. Shane Bieber has not given up more than three runs since May 7th. The Tigers have had a historically bad offense but apparently, Cleveland pitching has helped fix that. Even with offensive struggles, the three stars for this game were all hitters Franmil Reyes, Owen Miller, and Steven Kwan. We also get into why even with the obvious reasons for his decline James Karinchak needs to be given a chance to see if he can even remotely get back to where he was back during his rookie year. MLB has released its mid-season top 100 prospect list. We discuss who has moved up and down. The Guardians have six players who made the cut: Daniel Espino, George Valera, Gabriel Arias, Bryan Rocchio, Gavin Williams, and Tyler Freeman. I discuss why those six-plus Nolan Jones, Will Brennan, Logan Allen, and Bo Naylor are rather clearly the top 10 prospects in the Guardians system right now. We also talk about Micah Pries who on top of his fascinating story is currently the hottest hitter in the Guardians minors. He bares watching as he is another player who will be Rule 5 eligible at the end of this year and might be a 1B/OF who could help the Guardians sooner than later. We also discuss draft strategies as we are getting very close to the draft and we discuss why even though they are picking at 16 the Guardians will more than likely not be adding anyone who can crack their deep prospect list.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
Jul 07
Detroit Tigers Rock the Cleveland Guardians: Guardians A Game Over .500, Sandy Leon Ace?

Things have been bleak of late. I talk about some of the negativity on the show, which parts have been far, and which parts I might owe an apology for. We join this game in the seventh as Cleveland is getting shellacked by a Detroit Tigers offense that has been historically bad this year. I talk about the podcast and answer some user questions and respond to comments. Next, we talk about the game tonight. It was a brutal affair that saw no one reach base more than once and every pitcher struggle outside of the great Sandy Leon. Listen, it was not a fun game, but it had its fun moments. I talk about the state of the roster and what I would do if I was in charge. There are a lot of strong pieces in place, but there are some easy ways to make things better. We also again talk about how starting pitching is still the biggest weakness for this team outside of catcher. We continue to focus on Pablo Lopez and his 2.5 years of control as the pitcher who would be of greatest use for the Guardians due to his style, success, and years of control.  Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Sports Card Investor Download the Sports Card Investor App today and easily browse over 630K cards from every sport, with hundreds more added each week . Available for free in the Google Play and Apple App stores or go to sportscardinvestor.com/lockedon. Blue Nile Make your moment sparkle with jewelry from Bluenile.com, and LOCKED ON SPORTS listeners get $50 off purchases of $500 or more using code LOCKEDON. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

39m
Jul 06