2022 Cleveland Guardians Top MLB Prospects

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The Guardians have help arriving soon. They added 11 players to their 40-man roster in November to shield them from the Rule 5 draft. Their pitching pipeline shows no signs of slowing and position players like Gabriel Arias, Tyler Freeman and Nolan Jones should soon be ready to help in Cleveland.

Today, we unveil the 10 best prospects in the Guardians system as it enters 2022. 

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Here’s how we project their lineup in 2025, with their 2025 ages in parentheses. 


Catcher: Bo Naylor (25)
First Base: Nolan Jones (27)
Second Base: Tyler Freeman (26)
Third Base: Jose Ramirez (32)
Shortstop: Brayan Rocchio (24)
Left Field: Amed Rosario (29)
Center Field: Myles Straw (30)
Right Field: George Valera (24)
Designated Hitter: Franmil Reyes (29)

No. 1 Starter:Shane Bieber (30)
No. 2 Starter: Triston McKenzie (27)
No. 3 Starter: Cal Quantrill (30)
No. 4 Starter: Daniel Espino (24)
No. 5 Starter: Aaron Civale (30)
Closer: Emmanuel Clase (27)

Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Cleveland’s Top 10, click here


Best Hitter for Average: Tyler Freeman
Best Power Hitter: Jhonkensy Noel
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Richard Palacios
Fastest Baserunner: Quentin Holmes
Best Athlete: Will Benson
Best Fastball: Daniel Espino
Best Curveball: Gavin Williams
Best Slider: Daniel Espino
Best Changeup: Logan T. Allen
Best Control: Peyton Battenfield
Best Defensive Catcher: Bo Naylor
Best Defensive Infielder: Brayan Rocchio
Best Infield Arm: Gabriel Arias
Best Defensive Outfielder: Steven Kwan
Best Outfield Arm: Johnathan Rodriguez

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