The steady pitching the Clippers have had all season, despite plenty of fluctuations and callups, wasn’t quite as reliable this past week in Columbus’ series against Omaha. Peyton Battenfield suffered a tough week, Aaron Civale made a rehab start but had some tough results and Logan Allen had another bad inning where things got away. Ironically, a good bullpen day Sunday allowing the Clippers to at least salvage two of six in the series, coming after a solid Xzavion Curry start Saturday. Will Brennan continued his tear with another set of homers and more RBI, Bo Naylor is now one homer away from a 20/20 season by a catcher, which by the way, hasn’t been done in MLB since 1999 by Ivan Rodriguez. Pretty hard to do in the majors and Naylor is in Triple-A, so no guarantees it leads to success at the majors, but its a fun feat from a catcher at any level. Tim Herrin’s performance in the Sunday of three innings and seven strikeouts was incredible timing for him and the Clippers. They’re 4.5 games out of a playoff spot with their elimination number being seven, so essentially they’re going to need a miracle to get into the playoffs at this point.

Results

9/13/22: L, 4-2 vs. Omaha
9/14/22: L, 9-1 vs. Omaha
9/15/22: L, 13-6 vs. Omaha
9/16/22: L, 8-7 vs. Omaha
9/17/22: W, 6-2 vs. Omaha 
9/18/22: W, 4-1 vs. Omaha

Prospect of the Week

OF Will Brennan: 8-26, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1K/0BB – .308/.308/.615

Another big week for Willie Baseball, who is now up to 13 homers and 107 RBI, and 20 steals to add on. As far as counting stats go, that’s pretty impressive. He hasn’t had as much power, volume wise, at Columbus, but he’s continued to hit, hit and hit some more. As for his 20 steals, he’s been caught just three times this year. He’s going to have a good case for GBI’s prospect of the year award coming in October.

Who’s Hot

LHP Tim Herrin: 5.2IP, 2H, 12K

That three inning, seven strikeout performance on Sunday was pretty impressive and boosted his line, but we’ve been waiting to see Herrin get locked in At Triple-A and start looking like the dominant reliever he did in Akron consistently. The stuff is there. He just needs some consistency once again. He also threw as many innings as any pitcher on the Columbus staff this week, including starters. Wild.

LHP Adam Scott: 4.2IP, 4H, R (0ER), 11K, 1BB 

The best secondary player to pick here had to be another reliever because Scott fanned 11 and had the third most innings pitched this week, too. Like Herrin, we’ve been waiting to see better relief numbers from Scott too, who struggled as a starter this year.

Who’s Not

RHP Peyton Battenfield: 2.1IP, 8H 7ER, 2HR, BB

Can’t recall too many instances of Battenfield ending up on this side of the list in 2022. He’s had a solid year. He was as reliable as it gets all year. He didnt’ record a strikeout in this start, as his strikeouts have been down all season for some reason, but this was the toughest start for him all year, results wise.

INF Brayan Rocchio: 3-25 – .120/.154/.120 – After week or so getting settled in at Triple-A, Rocchio was nowhere to be found offensively this past week. He’s young for Double-A, let alone Triple-A, so there will be days like this, as mamma said.

Transactions

09/18/22 Cleveland Guardians optioned LHP Konnor Pilkington to Columbus Clippers.
09/17/22 Cleveland Guardians recalled LHP Konnor Pilkington from Columbus Clippers.
09/16/22 Columbus Clippers activated RHP Luis Oviedo.
09/16/22 Cleveland Guardians optioned RHP Hunter Gaddis to Columbus Clippers.
09/16/22 RHP Luis Oviedo assigned to Columbus Clippers from Akron RubberDucks.
09/16/22 Cleveland Guardians recalled RHP Carlos Vargas from Columbus Clippers.
09/15/22 Cleveland Guardians sent RHP Aaron Civale on a rehab assignment to Columbus Clippers.
09/15/22 Cleveland Guardians optioned LHP Konnor Pilkington to Columbus Clippers.
09/15/22 Cleveland Guardians recalled RHP Hunter Gaddis from Columbus Clippers.

On Deck

9/20/22-9/25/22 – at Toledo

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