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CLEVELAND, Ohio — When Xzavion Curry took the mound in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader for the Guardians, he became the 14th player this season to make his big league debut with Cleveland.

That ties Cleveland’s 2002 squad for the most debuts in a single campaign over the last 100 seasons. In 1922, Cleveland had 16 players debut.

The Guardians have had more major league debuts than any other club in 2022. Four teams are tied with 12 debuts, including Pittsburgh, Oakland, Kansas City and Baltimore.

Curry’s debut occurred in the Guards’ 116th game. Only three major league teams since 1917 have had more debuts within their first 120 contests: Miami (18 in 2020), the Yankees (15 in 2015) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (15 in 1944).

Despite the influx of young talent, Cleveland remains in first place atop the American League Central Division, seven games over the .500 mark at 62-55.

The Guardians will be the fifth club in MLB history since 1902 to have a winning record through 120 games while having 14 or more players make their debuts.

Manager Terry Francona says he’s having fun going through the ups and downs of a season -- and a division race -- with the young group.

“It’s gratifying when guys learn not just how to act, but how to work, and how to not just survive, but how to thrive,” Francona said. “We never want to lose a game, but if you sit back and think about it, they probably have to in order to take steps. That’s probably fair.”

 

Fun fact: Arias became the first player since at least 1901 to reach base via an error in each of his first two career plate appearances. Thank you, Tim Anderson.

 

https://www.cleveland.com/guardians/2022/08/ranking-the-cleveland-guardians-14-rookie-debuts-in-2022-so-far.html

 

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10 hours ago, maxjusttyped said:

I'll never understand how the Sox liked Madrigal enough to take him 4th overall, but not also take Kwan given they were essentially identical players on the same team.

Head scratcher.  That OSU team was loaded.

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