The vote for our No. 5 prospect was purely a two-man race between Bo Naylor (31% of the vote) and the winner, Brayan Rocchio (42%). He could have dropped a bit in our neighborhood rankings, down from No. 2 final season, however I feel that speaks extra to the potential of the Guardians’ Big 3 pitchers than one thing unfavourable about Rocchio.
You’ve most likely heard it sufficient already at this level, however Rocchio is, by all measurements, the perfect Cleveland Guardians prospect. He’s an undersized, aggressive, switch-hitting, center infielder who performs good protection and has outperformed his age at each stage. He simply turned 22 on Friday, which means he spent the whole lot of the 2022 season as a 21-year-old.
During that point, Rocchio performed effectively sufficient to earn a promotion from Double-A to Triple-A, the place the common age for hitters was 24.2 years and 26.6 years previous, respectively. So whereas, sure, his play dipped a bit bit this previous season in comparison with his breakout 2021 marketing campaign, he was nonetheless taking part in effectively sufficient as somebody of their first 12 months of the consuming age in opposition to a bunch of grown-ass males. It’s nonetheless fairly spectacular.
Ironically sufficient, FanGraphs dinged his energy potential a bit earlier than the season due to his over-aggressiveness, however he got here out in 2022 with extra walks, fewer strikeouts, and extra energy. His stroll fee was a career-high 9.7% in Double-A and even in Triple-A, he walked at a 7.9% clip — the second-highest of his profession. Most importantly, his strikeout fee dropped to 18.8% in Double-A and 13.8% in Triple-A.
Rocchio’s Double-A season concluded with a .265/.349/.432 slash and 13 house runs earlier than getting the decision to Triple-A. Combined with the 5 homers he hit in Columbus, it was a career-high energy output for The Professor. This performs proper into the concept of his ceiling of a double-digit house run man with nice protection and loads of balls in play.
The outcomes weren’t fairly pretty much as good in Triple-A (.234/.298/.387 slash, 81 wRC+), however once more — 21-year-old taking part in in opposition to folks of their mid-20s. He additionally may need suffered from some old school unhealthy luck with a career-low .241 BABIP.
All instructed, Rocchio completed the season third within the Guardians group in hits (131), tied for fourth in doubles (27), and sixth in house runs (18).
The 2023 season will be pivotal for Rocchio, not solely to show that he can sustain his refined strategy and proceed to play a number of defensive positions, however he was additionally one of many 40-man roster additions forward of the Rule 5 draft. The clock is now ticking to get him to the majors or begin burning choices.
Logan Allen, LHP (Age 24)
2022 (AA): 73.0 IP, 13 GS, 35.6 Ok%, 7.5 BB%, 3.33 ERA, 3.15 FIP
2022 (AAA): 59.2 IP, 14 GS, 27.0 Ok%, 10.7 BB%, 6.49 ERA, 4.36 FIP
One of the extra constant arms in Cleveland’s system, Allen struggled in his preliminary promotion to Triple-A earlier than settling in over his last eight begins.
Gabriel Arias, SS (Age 22)
2022 (AAA): 323 PA, .240/.310/.406, 13 HR, 5 SB, 7.7 BB%, 24.1 Ok%, 89 wRC+
2022 (MLB): 57 PA, .191/.321/.319, 1 HR, 1 SB, 14.0 BB%, 28.1 Ok%, 90 wRC+
After struggling in his first two promotions, Arias appeared to settle in his third time being known as to the large leagues in 2022, posting a 158 wRC+ from September on.
Will Brennan, OF (Age 24)
2022 (AA): 157 PA, .311/.382/.504, 4 HR, 5 SB, 10.8 BB%, 10.2 Ok%, 139 wRC+
2022 (AAA): 433 PA, .316/.367/.471, 9 HR, 15 SB, 7.6 BB%, 12.2 Ok%, 122 wRC+
2022 (MLB): 45 PA, .357/.400/.500, 1 HR, 2 SB, 4.4 BB%, 8.9 Ok%, 155 wRC+
Started sizzling in Double-A in 2022 and actually by no means stopped raking, even after being promoted to Cleveland and making the playoff roster.
Chase DeLauter, OF (Age 21)
2022 (NCAA): 118 PA, .437/.576/.828, 8 HR, 10 SB, 23.7 BB%, 17.8 Ok%
One of probably the most spectacular school hitters out of unheralded James Madison University, DeLauter will make his professional debut this season with excessive expectations.
Angel Martinez, SS (Age 20)
2022 (A+): 331 PA, .288.384.477, 10 HR, 10 SB, 12.1 BB%, 17.5 Ok%, 139 wRC+
2022 (AA): 103 PA, .244.356.451, 3 HR, 2 SB, 11.7 BB%, 17.5 Ok%, 120 wRC+
Another blossoming center infield prospect who didn’t decelerate after being promoted to Double-A at 20 years previous. Added to Cleveland’s 40-man roster in November.
Cody Morris, RHP (Age 26)
2022 (AAA): 15.1 IP, 3 GS, 51.7 Ok%, 10.3 BB%, 2.35 ERA, 2.46 FIP
2022 (MLB): 23.2 IP, 5 GS, 23.0 Ok%, 12.0 BB%, 2.28 ERA, 4.34 FIP
An early shoulder harm probably prevented him from incomes a everlasting spot in Cleveland’s beginning rotation in 2022. Morris impressed in restricted appearances on the MLB stage.
Bo Naylor, C (Age 23)
2022 (AA): 220 PA, .271/.427/.471, 6 HR, 11 SB, 20.5 BB%, 20.9 Ok%, 151 wRC+
2022 (AAA): 290 PA, .257/.366/.514, 15 HR, 9 SB, 12.8 BB%, 25.9 Ok%, 131 wRC+
2022 (MLB): 8 PA, .000/.000/.000, 0 HR, 0 SB, 0 BB%, 62.5 Ok%, -100 wRC+
Offense roared again with a vengeance in 2022 with a uncommon 20/20 season for a catcher, culminating with a cup of espresso within the huge leagues.
Who should be the No. 6 Cleveland Guardians prospect for 2023?
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