The Scorpions were one of the worst teams in the fall league this season (12-18, coming in fifth of the six teams) and that had no small part owed to the Cleveland pitching staff. Tanner Tully was the second most used pitcher on the team by 0.1 innings and finished the year with a 8.10 ERA, averaging 3.1 innings per start. Matt Turner was used only in relief and finished the season with a 12.27 ERA across 11 innings in 8 appearances. Both Damon Casetta-Stubbs and Aaron Pinto had mixed results in relief, but the performance as a team was particularly poor.
Of the hitters, both Richie Palacios and Jose Tena had good seasons with Palacios being better in the first half and Tena better in the second half. Michael Amditis was the third most used catcher on the team and ended up with six hits in 44 at bats, easily marking him as the worst hitter on the team.
Hitter of the Year – Jose Tena
Not only was Tena the top Cleveland prospect in Arizona in 2021, he was arguably team MVP with Twins outfielder Matt Wallner being his only real competition. In 17 games, he hit .387/.467/.516 with six doubles, one triple, 10 walks, 10 strike outs, 16 runs scored and nine RBI. For contrast, Richie Palacios hit .269/.387/.513 with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs. While Tena was splitting time between his normal positions of short stop and second base, Palacios exclusively played outfield as he looks to convert fully for the 2022 season.
Since the team was not only made of Guardians prospects, it’s worth crediting Wallner, who lead the team with six home runs, 15 RBI and a 1.011 OPS. He didn’t quite have the plate discipline of Tena, however, striking out 27 times with nine walks.
Pitcher of the Year – Aaron Pinto
This was a tough choice as none of the Cleveland prospects pitched well this fall, but Pinto’s 6.75 ERA in 12 relief innings was the best of the bunch. He dug himself an early hole when he allowed six runs in his first appearance without retiring a batter, but allowed earned runs in just one other appearance, giving him seven relief appearances without an earned run allowed and two where he allowed nine total. He struck out 13 with six walks, no home runs allowed and 18 hits in 12 innings.
Across the non-Cleveland pitchers there was no standout, but Connor Seabold lead the team in innings (20.1) and strike outs (23), Carlos Garcia had the best ERA at 3.60 in 15 innings and Cody Laweryson had the best WHIP at 1.21 in 14 innings. Of the five most used starters, four had an ERA above 4.75 and three were above 5.50. The best in rate stats was Seth Corry with a 3.09 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, but he only averaged about two innings per start and walked 12 batters in 11.2 innings.