Gabriel Arias, a shortstop prospect for the Cleveland Guardians, suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand during a game against Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. The accident happened in the fifth inning while playing defense.
The Cleveland Guardians brought up Arias as the 29th player for their doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on April 20, 2022. Arias had spent the first half of the 2022 season with Columbus.
The speed of Arias is reported to be evaluated normally to good assessments; it is more apparent on the field than on the bases. He is great defensively at shortstop and has strong actions and instincts. He may be used at second and third bases.
They quickly pushed the Venezuelan, pushing him to high-Class A in 2019 at the age of 19, when he hit.302/.339/.470 and led the California League in total bases with 224.
Of the six players the Indians acquired in the nine-player trade that sent Mike Clevinger to San Diego in August 2020, he has the best potential.
Arias is equipped with a ton of tools, has more raw power than the majority of shortstops, and can drive the ball out of the park to all fields because of his bat speed, strength, and leverage.
Arias signed up with the San Diego Padres as an unrestricted foreign free agent in July 2016. He played in his debut professional season in 2017 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps and Arizona League Padres.
Among the Padres’ $78 million in bonuses and punitive taxes for their 2016 international class, Arias’ $1.9 million bonus was the seventh-highest.
On April 20, 2022, Arias made his main league debut, starting at second base in the first game of a doubleheader.