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Gavin Williams continues his rehabilitation with Clippers

Gavin Williams of The Guardians. (Carolyn Kaster – The Associated Press)

Triple-A Columbus Clippers (4-2) vs. Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs)

Gavin Williams made his fourth rehab start on June 15, throwing 52 pitches in 1 2/3 innings. He was scheduled for about 65 pitches. Ten foul balls, a walk and a hit batter increased his pitch count as he threw 20 in the first inning and was lifted after 32 in the second inning. He then went to the bullpen to finish his work. Williams was 93 to 96 mph and hit 97.

Joey Cantillo had a back-to-back week at Triple-A as he continued to battle his hamstring injury in spring training. He had almost identical lines at every start. He completed three innings on June 11, allowing just one hit and two walks, and he struck out four. On June 16, Cantillo again threw three innings, striking out four, walking two and allowing a single. His fastball averaged 92 and he got nine whiffs on his changeup after getting 10 on June 11.

Will Dion made his best start of the season yet, pitching five shutout innings on June 12. He allowed just one hit and struck out seven, his season-high.

When Andrew Walters was at Akron, it seemed like he was on his way to reaching Cleveland sooner rather than later. However, he struggled at Columbus, allowing three runs on two hits with two walks, and two home runs.

After a brief delay, Jose Tena picked things up again with an 11-hit week, three home runs and 10 RBI thanks to a four-hit day on June 16.

Juan Brito made headlines for prospect watchers in Cleveland with a walkoff homer on June 13, hitting .346/.485/.481 in June. The other part of Brito’s newsworthy week consisted of a pair of starts at first base, which added to his versatility and gave him another shot at making it to the majors and a different position that requires less offensive demands than playing center.

The Clippers head to Worcester to play six games against the Red Sox beginning June 18.

Double-A Akron RubberDucks (2-4) at Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies)

The pitching staff in Akron, mostly pitchers in Cleveland’s 2021 draft class, had a great week in Hartford overall against the first-place Yard Goats. Aaron Davenport delivered eight scoreless innings with four strikeouts on June 12, which was enough to allow one run to stand. He needed just 77 pitches to complete eight innings.

Ryan Webb turned in a gem on June 13, when he threw seven scoreless innings of his own. Only four runners reached base off Webb, two on a single, one on a walk and one by a hit by pitch. He struck out seven. It was the longest appearance of Webb’s season and took his professional career to a high level.

On June 14, Doug Nikhazy held Hartford to one hit through 6 1/3 innings. He walked three batters but struck out five, another narrow victory for Akron, 2–1.

Tommy Mace also held the Yard Goats to one run over six innings. Mace had a season-high seven strikeouts in his career-best start in June, giving him two tough starts after a strong start to his season.

Akron also struggled to put runs on the board in Hartford, but Kody Huff had a four-hit week, including a homer, and Kahlil Watson not only hit a home run on the trip, but also worked five walks, including came three in one. game as he looks to improve his approach and contact rate at the plate.

The ‘Ducks return home to host Binghamton (Mets) starting June 18.

High-A Lake County Captains (4-1) vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres)

The Captains clinched a playoff appearance with a division title in the first half thanks to a 2-1 win on June 15. Trenton Denholm continued his bid to advance to Double-A as he pitched eight innings in the win and allowed just one run. six hits, a walk and he struck out eight. It marks the second time this season that the 24-year-old Irvine player has gone eight innings and tied for his second-most strikeouts in a game this year.

Austin Peterson is yet another pitcher who also has a petition to go down 271/8. In a 1–0 win on June 11, Peterson shut out the TinCaps for 5 2/3 innings with just four hits, eight strikeouts and no walks.

The Captains’ bullpen has also been solid lately. Jay Driver, Zane Moorehouse and Magnus Ellerts all played in two games during the series, and they were all scoreless performances. Ellerts struck out two batters with a runner on third base and one out in the June 15, 2-1 win in 10 innings to capture the division title. Moorehouse logged three innings in his two appearances and struck out four. Driver allowed just one hit in his two innings.

Lake County leaned on its pitching all week outside of June 13, a 13-6 victory. It was a big day for the 2023 draft picks. Alex Mooney and Cooper Ingle each had two hits and two RBI in that win. Jonah Advincula had three hits and a steal. Tyresse Turner added two hits, including a homer. Guy Lipscomb didn’t have a great week, but he scored the winning run on June 15 and had three hits in the June 13 win.

The Captains head out to face the South Bend Cubs.

Single-A Lynchburg Hillcats (4-2) vs. Augusta Green Jackets (Atlanta Braves)

Some of the older players on the Hillcats roster impressed this week as 22-year-old OF Esteban Gonzalez had a series six hits and five RBI, including two doubles, a triple and his 25th steal of the season in 47 games.

Christian Knapczyk is 22, but a professional rookie. He added six hits, including a triple and his 13th steal.

Rorik Maltrud, a 24-year-old undrafted free agent, struck out eight in five innings in a 2-0 win on June 13. Maltrud has not allowed a run in his last three starts, spanning 15 innings.

Right-hander Yorman Gomez rebounded from back-to-back tough games to limit Augusta to just one run in six innings, striking out five on June 14, a 6–1 victory for the Hillcats.

2023 second-rounder Alex Clemmey tied the game with eight strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings on June 12. He held the Green Jackets to just three hits and a walk, just the fourth time in 12 career starts that he walked just one. .

Ralphy Velazquez finished the week strong, going 1-for-4 with a double and a walk on June 15, then adding two hits and three RBI on June 16.

Lynchburg heads to Charleston to play six games starting June 18 against the River Dogs (Tampa Bay Rays)

ACL

Left-hander Jacob Bresnahan had another great outing on June 12 in the Arizona Rookie League, striking out eight in five innings. He allowed only a hit, a run and one walk.

The 2023 draft pick has struck out 37 and walked just four in 24 1/3 innings in his first year as a pro.