Top 165.8km/h, perfect score for fastball evaluation… CLE top prospect shoulder injury

The Cleveland Guardians team is ‘crying’.

On the 24th (Korean time), Jack Maisel of The Athletic, a sports media outlet, posted on his social media (SNS), “Cleveland pitching prospect Daniel Espino (22) suffered a recurrence of shoulder pain/inflammation during return training. He is currently resting and will visit the hospital soon.” Espino only played four games in Double-A minor leagues in 2022 due to shoulder and knee problems. In February, Cleveland announced that Espino would be sidelined for at least eight weeks due to a muscle tear in his right shoulder. However, 스포츠토토 as the pain recurred, the possibility of surgery increased.

Espino, a native of Panama, joined Cleveland with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 rookie draft ($2.5 million contract fee, 3.3 billion won). He went 3-8 with a 3.93 earned run average in minor league single-A and upper single-A in 2021. In the prospect rankings selected by, the official MLB website, he was ranked 14th overall and 1st in the Cleveland team. His trademark is a fastball that can hit up to 103 miles (165.8 km). In the ’20-80 scale’, which evaluates the talent of a prospect with a maximum of 80 points and a minimum of 20 points (average of 50 points), the fastball (fastball) received a perfect score of 80.

However, due to repeated shoulder pain and injury, a question mark was placed on his future schedule. If he gets on the operating table, he’ll be out of the running in 2023.

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