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  1. 1. Gavin Williams | RHP
    Gavin Williams
    Born: Jul 26, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 238
    Signed By: Pete Loizzo.
    Minors: 5-4 | 1.96 ERA | 149 SO | 40 BB | 115 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 65/High

    Track Record: Williams has long had a big arm and big potential, but it took him a full four years of college to truly realize it. After primarily pitching out of the East Carolina bullpen for his first three seasons on campus, he took over a spot in the rotation in 2021 and produced an All-America season, going 10-1, 1.88 with 130 strikeouts in 81.1 innings. That turned him into the 24th overall pick, marking the first time the Guardians used a first-round pick on a college pitcher since taking Drew Pomeranz in 2010. Williams reached Double-A a year and a day after his last college start and ultimately was one of the best pitchers in the Eastern League. He made the BA Minor League All-Star Team after leading the minor leagues with a .173 opponent average and ranked third with a 1.96 ERA.

    Scouting Report: Williams stands out for his size and arm strength. His fastball sits around 95 mph, has touched 101 and can get swings and misses, especially up in the zone. He throws both a curveball and slider, with his 11-to-5 curveball being the better of the two, though the short slider is a solid pitch in its own right. He also has good feel for a firm changeup, though it's the least advanced of his offerings. Williams had control issues early in his college career and those can still crop up at times, but he should pitch with average command.

    The Future: The Guardians couldn't have asked for anything more out of Williams in his professional debut. He showed all the characteristics of an above-average starter, and he has a tantalizing combination of upside and proximity to the big leagues. He'll start 2023 at Triple-A Columbus and could pitch his way to Cleveland by the summer.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  2. 2. Daniel Espino | RHP
    Daniel Espino
    Born: Jan 5, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Statesboro, Ga., 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ethan Purser.
    Minors: 1-0 | 2.45 ERA | 35 SO | 4 BB | 19 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 70/Extreme

    Track Record: Espino was born in Panama and moved with his family to the U.S. when he was 15. He enrolled at Georgia Premier Academy, where he was able to continue his education while also adopting a near-professional mindset on the diamond. His performance and mentality carried over to pro ball and he put himself on the fast track. He impressed at the alternate training site in 2020, more than holding his own as a teenager against more experienced prospects, and then reached High-A in 2021, his first full professional season. He opened 2022 with Double-A Akron as one of the younger pitchers in the Eastern League, but he made just four starts before a knee injury at the end of April ultimately sidelined him for the season. He spent most of the year rehabbing at the Guardians' complex in Arizona.

    Scouting Report: Espino is on the shorter end of what teams look for in a righthanded starter, but his excellent athleticism and a rare combination of explosiveness and flexibility help him access his lower half in a way most pitchers his size cannot. That helps him produce elite velocity, and his fastball can reach triple digits and sits 96 mph. Since entering pro ball, Espino has raised his arm slot and now generates significant ride on his fastball, adding to its effectiveness. He throws both a curveball and slider. His velocity helps his slider play up, and it's not uncommon for him to throw the pitch in the low 90s. It's a well above-average offering and creates swing-and-miss at an exceptional rate. His curveball is a big 12-to-6 breaker that works mostly as a chase pitch, but also creates groundball outs. His firm changeup is an effective fourth offering and has real promise but needs further refinement. He hasn't needed to use it often. Espino has a long arm action but typically pitches with average control. He has swing-and-miss stuff--in 2021 he ranked 15th in the minor leagues in strikeouts in just 91.2 innings--but he needs to continue to refine his command as he faces upper-level hitters with more mature approaches. While Espino made just four starts at Double-A before his injury, the early returns were impressive, and he was still getting plenty of swinging strikes against older hitters.

    The Future: Espino's combination of premium stuff, control and makeup mark him one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, but there is a continuing concern about his health. The Guardians announced at the start of spring training that the shoulder injury that bothered him in 2022 is continuing to be a problem. He has been diagnosed with a tear in his anterior capsule of his right shoulder. Espino is expected to rehab the injury with the hope that he can begin throwing at the end of spring training, but the injury is a worrisome one.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 80. Curveball: 55. Slider: 70. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.

  3. 3. Bo Naylor | C
    Bo Naylor
    Born: Feb 21, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mississauga, Ont., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mike Kanen.
    Minors: .263/.392/.496 | 21 HR | 20 SB | 415 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: After a trying 2021 season, Naylor bounced back in a big way in 2022. He started the year back with Double-A Akron, where he had struggled a year prior, and eventually played his way all the way to his major league debut. Naylor joined his older brother Josh with the Guardians, and they became the 11th set of brothers to play for the franchise. He made the Guardians' playoff roster but did not appear in a postseason game.

    Scouting Report: Naylor got back on track at the plate in part because he overhauled his swing and got his strikeout rate back under control, lowering it from 31.5% in 2021 to 23.7% in 2022, while also raising his walk rate. His improved plate control was a return to his historical norms as a hitter, while he also showed off his above-average power potential and speed. Naylor hit 21 home runs and stole 20 bases, an incredibly rare pairing for a catcher. His combination of power, speed and a disciplined plate approach makes for an impressive offensive profile. Defensively, Naylor has made some important strides over the last two years. His athleticism has always played well behind the plate, and he earns high grades for his blocking and framing ability. He's also worked hard to improve his throwing ability and has cut down the frequency with which opponents run on him, which was a concern early in his professional career. He has earned the respect of pitchers in the organization, who enjoy working with him.

    The Future: Naylor will be 23 on Opening Day in 2023, and after making the postseason roster he'll have a chance to open the season with the Guardians, particularly with Austin Hedges entering free agency. Naylor brings a rare profile to catching and can impact the game in multiple ways.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55

  4. 4. George Valera | OF
    George Valera
    Born: Nov 13, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba/Domingo Toribio.
    Minors: .250/.353/.463 | 24 HR | 2 SB | 484 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: The Guardians made a splash on the international market in 2017, taking advantage of rule changes in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and a revamped international scouting department. They signed Valera, the No. 5 prospect in his signing class, to a $1.3 million deal. He was born in New York and lived there until his family moved to the Dominican Republic when he was 13. Valera was added to the 40-man roster after the 2021 season. He spent most of 2022 at Double-A Akron before an August promotion to Triple-A Columbus, where he was one of the league's youngest everyday players.

    Scouting Report: Valera has long stood out for his advanced setup at the plate, one that drew comparisons to Juan Soto as an amateur. He has quick hands and keeps the bat in the zone for a long time, traits that enable him to make a lot of hard contact. Despite that loose, easy swing, there is swing-and-miss to Valera's game, and he has struck out in about a quarter of his plate appearances in full-season ball. His patience and feel for the zone mean that he also consistently works walks. He has above-average raw power and gets to it in games often. His 24 home runs ranked third among the organization's minor leaguers. Valera profiles as a corner outfielder with average speed and arm strength. He has mostly played right field as a professional.

    The Future: Cleveland has been on the hunt for power bats for several years, and Valera could soon fill such a role in the middle of the order. He profiles as a traditional power-hitting corner outfielder. He'll return to Columbus to begin 2023 and could break through to the big leagues as a 22-year-old later in the season.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50

  5. 5. Brayan Rocchio | SS
    Brayan Rocchio
    Born: Jan 13, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 150
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba.
    Minors: .257/.336/.420 | 18 HR | 14 SB | 510 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: When the Guardians made a big splash on the 2017 international market with the heralded signings of Aaron Bracho and George Valera, their move to ink Rocchio flew more under the radar. The Venezuela native has since made his own mark. Rocchio has been on an accelerated track throughout his career. After the 2021 season, he was added to the 40-man roster, and in 2022 he reached Triple-A Columbus as a 21-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Rocchio doesn't stand out physically but earned plaudits for his high baseball IQ and game awareness. A switch-hitter, he has a smooth, consistent swing from both sides of the plate and excellent pitch recognition. He's an aggressive hitter and consistently barrels up the ball. Following the pandemic layoff in 2020--a time when Rocchio was forced to focus more on strength training because he was stuck in Venezuela with few on-field options--he started showing above-average power potential. In both of the seasons that followed, he has had 46 extra-base hits. Rocchio has answered any questions about his ability to stick at shortstop. He's an above-average runner, and his hands and arm are good enough for the position, especially because his instincts and baseball IQ help his tools play up. He's also seen time at second base and third base in the last two years to give him more versatility, which could come into play as he looks to break into a crowded Cleveland infield.

    The Future: The Guardians have no shortage of middle infield prospects, and the strong play in 2022 of their major league double-play combination of Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez only further adds to the logjam. Rosario has one year remaining before he reaches free agency, so Rocchio is in line to open 2023 back in Columbus and likely make his MLB debut later in the season.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50

  6. 6. Logan Allen | LHP
    Logan Allen
    Born: Sep 5, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Florida International, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba.
    Minors: 9-7 | 4.75 ERA | 177 SO | 51 BB | 133 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Allen was one of the organizations' breakout prospects in 2021. After a decorated amateur career, he wasted no time making his mark in pro ball, rocketing to Double-A in his first season. His 2022 wasn't quite as spectacular. He reached Triple-A Columbus but struggled with his command.

    Scouting Report: Allen stands out for his feel and competitiveness on the mound, with the knocks on him being his size and lack of a big arm. His fastball velocity has ticked up in the last couple years, and he now works in the low 90s. The pitch plays up thanks to some deception in his delivery and his ability to locate it to all four quadrants of the strike zone. Allen's best pitch is his changeup, which is a plus offering and is a weapon he can use against hitters on either side of the plate. His slider has long lagged behind his other two pitches, though it does have the potential to be an average offering. Allen added a cutter in 2022, which benefited both his fastball and slider, giving hitters another hard offering to account for at the plate. His control was among the best in the 2020 draft, and that transferred to pro ball, where it showed plus. In Triple-A, Allen's walk rate increased as more mature hitters chased his stuff out of the zone less often. His control remains plus and he repeats his delivery well, but he'll have to learn to adjust against better opposition.

    The Future: Allen's experience at Triple-A showed he still has some necessary refinements to make. Breaking into the Guardians' rotation isn't easy--especially with their crowded 40-man roster situation--but Allen should be ready to make his major league debut in 2023. Without another tick up in stuff, his ceiling is somewhat limited, but he can be a solid big league starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 50. Cutter: 55. Changeup: 60. Control: 60

  7. 7. Tanner Bibee | RHP
    Tanner Bibee
    Born: Mar 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 8-2 | 2.17 ERA | 167 SO | 27 BB | 133 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: The Guardians used 11 of their first 12 picks in the 2021 draft on college pitchers, a haul that included first-rounder Gavin Williams, now the organization's No. 2 prospect. Four rounds later, Cleveland selected Bibee, who had a solid, but unheralded four years at Cal State Fullerton. His first professional season was anything but unheralded. He rocketed up the Guardians' depth chart, reaching Double-A by the start of July. Bibee finished sixth in the minor league ERA race at 2.17 and just outside the top 10 with 167 strikeouts.

    Scouting Report: Bibee's breakout was fueled by a strong uptick in stuff while still maintaining the underlying traits that had led to his success as an amateur. He fits a familiar profile for Cleveland, with above-average control, four pitches and solid pitchability. But as an average-sized righthander with a fastball that sat in the low 90s, he didn't appear to have significant upside. The Guardians were able to help him improve his velocity, and his fastball ticked into the mid 90s and touched as high as 99 mph. His improved velocity helped the rest of his arsenal, especially his slider, which separated more definitively from his curveball. His slider has the promise of a plus offering, while his curveball and changeup--which has made significant strides as well--project as average pitches. That repertoire helped him compile a strikeout-minus-walk percentage of 27.1, which ranked fourth among minor league pitchers with 100 innings. He did so without sacrificing control and threw strikes at an above-average rate.

    The Future: Bibee's breakout 2022 season has raised his profile and expectations. Comparisons to previous success stories in the organization like Shane Bieber are inevitable, though somewhat unfair at this stage. Bibee has put himself on an accelerated track and could make his MLB debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 55

  8. 8. Angel Martinez | SS
    Angel Martinez
    Born: Jan 27, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Jhonathan Leyba.
    Minors: .278/.378/.471 | 13 HR | 12 SB | 363 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Martinez made the biggest jump of any Guardians' position prospect in 2021 and then built on that progress in 2022, reaching Double-A Akron as a 20-year-old and then playing every day as one of the youngest players in the Arizona Fall League. Martinez's rise has been meteoric for a player whose professional resume coming into 2021 was limited to the Dominican Summer League and instructional league. His experience around baseball likely eased his transition. His father is former big league catcher Sandy Martinez, now the Nationals' DSL manager, and his older brother is Sandy Martinez Jr., who also played professionally.

    Scouting Report: Martinez isn't the most tooled-up of Cleveland's middle infielders, but his baseball IQ and maturity make all his tools play up. The switch-hitter has a simple swing from both sides and can drive the ball to all fields with solid power potential, though it plays as doubles pop now. He's a disciplined hitter and makes a lot of contact. He prides himself in his ability to make quick adjustments at the plate. After struggling against lefthanders in 2021, he made significant strides with his righthanded swing in 2022, evening his splits. Martinez is an average runner but still covers a lot of ground thanks to his instincts, and he makes sound decisions defensively. He also has worked hard to improve his arm strength, which now grades out as plus. He can play anywhere on the infield and primarily played shortstop at High-A Lake County before playing mostly second base at Akron in deference to Jose Tena.

    The Future: Martinez has consistently been one of the youngest players at his level, and the way Cleveland has challenged him is indicative of how advanced he is. He'll return to Akron to start 2023 and should find himself Cleveland's infield mix in the next couple years.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60

  9. 9. Chase DeLauter | OF
    Chase DeLauter
    Born: Oct 8, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: DeLauter was unheralded at Hedgesville (W.Va.) High and went to James Madison as a two-way player. While he played well at JMU over his first two seasons, the pandemic severely limited his game time, and he remained under the radar going into summer 2021. That's when he broke out in the Cape Cod League, where he tied for the league lead with nine home runs while hitting .298/.397/.589 in 34 games. DeLauter was off to a strong start in the spring of 2022, but a broken foot in April brought an end to his season. Despite the injury, he became the first player in program history to be drafted in the first round when Cleveland took him 16th overall.

    Scouting Report: DeLauter first stands out for his size at a listed 6-foot-4, 235 pounds and then for his powerful lefthanded swing. He is a disciplined hitter with good strike-zone awareness. He walked more than he struck out during his college career, rarely expanding his zone and showing good barrel control. He has plus raw power and gets to it well, consistently making hard contact. DeLauter looks like a prototypical corner outfielder, but he has plus speed, covers ground and has good instincts in the outfield. That has allowed him to play center field to this point, and he'll continue to develop there, though an eventual move to a corner would not be unexpected. He has a plus arm.

    The Future: DeLauter is not as polished as a typical first-round college position player. He got just 323 plate appearances over three years at JMU--or about what an everyday player for a College World Series team gets in a season--and his experience against high-level competition is limited. That lack of quality at-bats will be further tested by the news that he will miss at least the first half of the 2023 season after having surgery to replace a screw in the fifth toe on his left foot, the same injury that sidelined him in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60

  10. 10. Will Brennan | OF
    Will Brennan
    Born: Feb 2, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .314/.371/.479 | 13 HR | 20 SB | 528 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Medium

    Track Record: Brennan flew under the radar throughout his college and professional career until 2022, when he delivered a breakthrough season, made his major league debut and earned a spot on the Guardians' postseason roster. While he has never been a famous player, Brennan has an impressive track record for hitting, going back to his Kansas State days. He tied for the minor league lead with 166 hits in 2022, while finishing second with 42 doubles.

    Scouting Report: Brennan has a simple, compact swing and a disciplined approach at the plate. That combination allows him to consistently put the bat on the ball, falling into the kind of barrel-control approach favored by the organization. Brennan put up a .909 OPS against righthanders in the minors and majors in 2022, but hit .252 with no impact in same-side matchups. His power mostly plays to the gaps because he consistently hits line drives. He offers some raw power, though his profile is likely always going to be hit over power. Brennan is an above-average runner and gets the most out of his speed on the bases, where he is a threat to run. His speed, plus arm and actions give him the ability to play anywhere in the outfield. He has played mostly center field in the minors and has a chance to stay there, but his range profiles better in a corner. The former two-way player in college has an above-average arm.

    The Future: Brennan's overall profile inevitably draws comparisons with Steven Kwan and makes him an intriguing player going forward. He'll head to spring training to compete for a big league job--and after making the playoff roster, he stands a strong chance to break camp with the Guardians. Proving he can handle upper-level lefthanders or man center field every day will likely determine his ceiling.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55

  11. 11. Tyler Freeman | 2B/SS
    Tyler Freeman
    Born: May 21, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2017 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Mike Bradford.
    Minors: .279/.371/.364 | 6 HR | 6 SB | 297 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Freeman opened the 2022 season in Akron and played his way to the big leagues, debuting in August. He had a slow start in Cleveland, however, and did not make the playoff roster. Still, it was a solid year, as Freeman came back from a shoulder injury that cost him the second half of 2021.

    Scouting Report: Freeman stands out most for his hittability and excellent feel for the barrel. He has a very aggressive approach at the plate and rarely walks as a result, but when he swings, he makes contact. While his pure hit tool is excellent, how much impact he'll provide offensively remains a question. His six home runs at Triple-A Columbus were a career high in just 72 games, but he otherwise struggled to produce power against upper-level pitchers. A return to his pre-surgery 2021 form when a third of his hits went for extra bases would be a big boost. Freeman was drafted as a shortstop and has primarily played there as a professional, but his average speed and arm strength limit his range and many evaluators question whether he's a long-term fit at the position. He played shortstop, second and third base in the big leagues and he could still settle at any of the three positions. A move off shortstop, however, would put more pressure on his bat and, especially, his power.

    The Future: Freeman will be 23 on Opening Day and will go to spring training competing for a spot on the roster. The Guardians have a very crowded middle infield, however, especially following strong 2022 seasons from Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez. Freeman has perhaps the best offensive potential of the group, but his defense is not as advanced and in breaking the logjam, Cleveland will have to decide what it values more. His versatility could help him carve out a role in Cleveland in the immediate future, while in the long run it will be up to his bat to earn him a full-time role.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 20. Speed: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  12. 12. Gabriel Arias | SS
    Gabriel Arias
    Born: Feb 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 201
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Luis Prieto/Yfrain Linares/Trevor Schumm (Padres).
    Minors: .239/.315/.402 | 13 HR | 6 SB | 301 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Arias was one of the top prospects in the 2016 international signing class and the Venezuelan native signed with the Padres. Early in his professional career, he stood out for his glove, but after an offensive breakout in 2019, his profile rose. He was traded to Cleveland in 2020 as a part of the deal for Mike Clevinger and Greg Allen. He made his major league debut in 2022, but his season was sidetracked by a broken hand that required surgery in May, costing him several weeks on the injured list.

    Scouting Report: Arias is a good athlete with a lot of raw ability. The righthanded hitter has a smooth swing and his wiry strength and bat speed give him above-average power. He has a very aggressive approach at the plate, but he's been able to keep his strikeout rate in check in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Arias is never going to be an on-base machine, but he's made important strides since coming to the organization. Defensively, there have never been many questions about Arias. He has advanced infield actions, clean hands and above-average arm strength. Despite his below-average speed, he has plenty of range for the position and can make all the plays necessary.

    The Future: The play of Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez, in addition to Arias' injury, meant he was unable to break into the lineup in 2022. But the organization is approaching a critical juncture with its current infield logjam. Rosario is only under contract for one more season and Arias and Tyler Freeman have already logged significant time at Triple-A, with Brayan Rocchio close behind them. Arias is ready for a chance to prove himself in the big leagues, though finding that opportunity in Cleveland may not be easy.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  13. 13. Justin Campbell | RHP
    Justin Campbell
    Born: Feb 14, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 219

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Campbell arrived at Oklahoma State as a two-way player and while he made an immediate impact in both roles, he developed into the Cowboys' ace. He was an All-American in 2021 as a two-way player before focusing solely on pitching in 2022 and ranking seventh nationally in strikeouts (141).

    Scouting Report: Listed at 6-foot-7, 219 pounds, Campbell has a long frame and has a loose, easy delivery. His fastball sits in the low 90s and reaches 95 mph with life up in the zone. He throws both a curveball and a slider. He can throw the curveball for a strike or as a chase pitch, while his slider works to keep righthanded hitters off balance. His changeup is perhaps his best pitch, earning plus grades thanks to its life and deception. He pitches with solid control and can throw strikes with all his offerings.

    The Future: Campbell did not pitch after signing and is advanced enough to make his professional debut in 2023 with high Class A Lake County. He has the look of a back-of-the-rotation starter for now, but with the Guardians' developmental track record, a tick up in stuff and ceiling could be coming for Campbell.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 55

  14. 14. Jose Tena | SS
    Jose Tena
    Born: Mar 20, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 159
    Signed By: Anthony Roa/Jhonathan Leyba.
    Minors: .267/.306/.419 | 14 HR | 8 SB | 535 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Cleveland's 2017 international class has developed into a blockbuster. Outfielder George Valera and shortstop Brayan Rocchio have been the headliners of this group, but Tena, a nephew of Juan Uribe, isn't far behind. He finished an impressive 2021 with the Arizona Fall League batting title (.387) and continued to hit in 2022, reaching Triple-A Columbus as a 21-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Tena has a smaller frame that belies his ability. He has a loose, easy swing and good feel for the barrel which allows him to consistently square up balls. He's an aggressive hitter who doesn't walk much and struck out in 25.1% of his plate appearances, a rate he'll have to manage while advancing toward the major leagues. He's an above-average runner and as he's physically matured has developed solid power potential. Tena has an above-average arm, good hands and solid range thanks to his speed and athleticism. He mostly has played shortstop as a professional, but also has seen time at second and third base.

    The Future: Tena is a part of the growing legion of talented middle infielders in the organization. His defensive versatility is an asset and could help him break through the crowd, but he'll likely start 2023 back in Columbus.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  15. 15. Jake Fox | 2B/OF
    Jake Fox
    Born: Feb 12, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .247/.381/.374 | 5 HR | 21 SB | 380 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Fox went strongly against the grain of the rest of the Guardians' 2021 draft class both as a position player and as a prep player. In both categories, he was one of just two players the club selected in their 21 picks. He's taken off in pro ball, first impressing in the Arizona Complex League after signing and then following that up with a solid season with low Class A Lynchburg as a 19-year-old.

    Scouting Report: While Fox was an unusual pick for Cleveland in the context of the rest of its 2021 draft class, he has a familiar offensive profile for the organization. He has an unorthodox setup at the plate but has a loose, easy swing and has a patient approach. He has a hit-over-power profile but has gotten stronger since getting into pro ball and he could grow into more. He's a plus runner and uses his speed well on the bases, where he is a threat to steal. Fox was drafted as a shortstop but was always unlikely to stay there because of his fringy arm strength. He primarily played second base in 2022 and his hands and infield actions are good enough to stay there, but he also played center field about a third of the time. His speed fits there and he will continue to develop at both positions.

    The Future: Fox is off to a strong start to his professional career and his hittability and speed give him a pair of standout tools. He'll advance to high Class A Lake County for 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  16. 16. Juan Brito | 2B
    Juan Brito
    Born: Sep 24, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 162
    Minors: .286/.407/.470 | 11 HR | 17 SB | 402 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Brito was an unheralded signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2018 by the Rockies. He's come on strong in the years since and made his full-season debut in 2022. In November he was traded to the Guardians in exchange for Nolan Jones and immediately was added to the 40-man roster.

    Scouting Report: Brito fits in well with Cleveland's cadre of young middle infielders. He is a disciplined, patient hitter with good bat-to-ball skills. He has walked more than he's struck out over his professional career and in 2022 had just a 22% chase rate. While he has a contact-oriented approach, the switch-hitter has at least fringy power potential. He showed off doubles power with low Class A Fresno and ranked fourth in the California League with 29 doubles. His swing has natural lift to it and as he gets stronger, he should grow into more pop. He's an average runner and is aggressive on the base paths. Brito has primarily played second base as a professional and his average athleticism makes him a solid defender at the position. The Guardians believe he has the arm strength and range to see time on the left side of the infield as well, but his long-term position still projects to be second base.

    The Future: Brito will make his organizational debut as a 21-year-old and he'll likely head to high Class A Lake County. His addition to the 40-man roster means that his developmental timeline is now facing a harder clock, but he gives the Guardians yet another high-upside middle infielder in their system.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

  17. 17. Cody Morris | RHP
    Cody Morris
    Born: Nov 4, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 222
    Signed By: Mike Bradford.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.69 ERA | 39 SO | 6 BB | 22 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Morris missed his freshman season at South Carolina due to Tommy John surgery before bouncing back to have a solid college career. Morris has continued to deal with injuries in pro ball, including a shoulder strain that cost him the first half of 2022, and has thrown just 171.1 innings in the minor leagues. However, when he's been healthy he's been impressive and he made his major league debut in September and was a part of the Guardians' playoff roster.

    Scouting Report: Morris has a strong build and a powerful arm. His fastball reaches the upper 90s and sat at 95 mph in 2022. He mixes in a changeup, a sharp curveball and a cutter, which he added to his arsenal in 2021. His changeup is above-average and both his cutter has quickly become a crucial pitch, accounting for about a third of his pitches. He pitches with average control, but when he's at his best, he shows even better command.

    The Future: Injuries have been Morris' greatest obstacle as a professional and he hasn't had a full season since 2019. Despite that, he's gotten to the big leagues and shown he can have success at the level. He has the stuff to start, but as a 26-year-old who's never thrown more than 90 innings in a season (including college), a role in the bullpen may be where Morris fits best. He'll have a chance to start 2023 back with the Guardians.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 45. Cutter: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

  18. 18. Joey Cantillo | LHP
    Joey Cantillo
    Born: Dec 18, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Kailua, Hawaii, 2017 (16th round).
    Signed By: Justin Baughman (Padres).
    Minors: 4-3 | 1.93 ERA | 87 SO | 28 BB | 61 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Cantillo drew limited draft interest after his fastball sat in the mid 80s in high school, but the Padres were intrigued when he touched 91 mph in a pre-draft workout. They selected him in the 16th round and were able to sign him away from his Kentucky commitment. Cantillo rewarded that belief with a breakout 2019 season where he led the organization with 144 strikeouts. He was traded to Cleveland at the 2020 trade deadline as a part of the return for Mike Clevinger. An oblique injury limited him to just 13 innings in 2021, but he made a strong impression with Double-A Akron in 2022 before a shoulder injury at the end of July ended his season.

    Scouting Report: Cantillo long had a projectable look and his velocity had ticked up a bit while still with the Padres. But he made a bigger move during the offseason and his fastball averaged 92 mph in 2022. Between the added velocity, the angle he throws from and the carry he gets on his fastball, the pitch has become an above-average offering capable of getting swings and misses. His changeup remains a plus pitch and generates swings and misses as well. He throws both a curveball and a slider, with the slider the more advanced of his breaking balls. He pitches with average control.

    The Future: While injuries have slowed Cantillo in each of the last two seasons, the Guardians were still encouraged enough by his progress to add him to the 40-man roster in November. With a fully healthy 2023, he could pitch his way to Cleveland. Breaking into the Guardians' rotation is no easy task, but Cantillo has the tools to be a big league starter if he can maintain his velocity gains.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 50

  19. 19. Parker Messick | LHP
    Parker Messick
    Born: Oct 26, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 225

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Messick starred at Florida State, where he was the Seminoles' ace for two seasons. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year in 2021 and an All-American in 2022, piling up 270 strikeouts over 188.2 innings. The Guardians made him the 54th overall pick of the draft.

    Scouting Report: Listed at 6-foot, 225 pounds, Messick has a short, stocky build. That belies his athleticism--he even showed some two-way ability in college--and he repeats his energetic delivery well, giving him above-average control. His pure stuff is not overpowering, as his fastball sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph. He throws from a low release point, which helps him get swings and misses on his fastball at the top of the strike zone. His tumbling changeup is his best pitch and gives him a strong weapon against righthanded hitters. He throws two breaking balls, with his short slider ahead of his curveball. He comes right after hitters and his feel for the game helps his entire arsenal play up.

    The Future: Messick is advanced enough to make his professional debut in 2023 with high Class A Lake County and be a quick mover. His solid, but unspectacular stuff makes him a potential back-of-the-rotation starter down the line, but with Cleveland's developmental track record, an eventual tick up for both his stuff and ceiling would be no surprise.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 55

  20. 20. Jhonkensy Noel | OF/3B
    Jhonkensy Noel
    Born: Jul 15, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Domingo Toribio/Jhonathan Leyba.
    Minors: .229/.310/.489 | 32 HR | 3 SB | 485 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Another member of Cleveland's banner 2017 international class, Noel signed on his 16th birthday and debuted the following year in the Dominican Summer League. After a strong 2021 season that ended with high Class A Lake County, he was added to the 40-man roster. He continued his aggressive progress in 2022, when he hit 32 home runs to lead all Guardians minor leaguers and reach Triple-A Columbus.

    Scouting Report: Noel has a big, strong frame and produces tremendous bat speed and raw power. He regularly records elite exit velocities and doesn't have to sell out to get to his premium power. He's an aggressive hitter and struck out in 27% of his plate appearances in 2022, though that rate was actually better in Double-A Akron (22.7) than in Lake County (31.7). Noel primarily played the outfield in 2022 after previously being primarily a third baseman. His below-average range means that third base is not his long-term future and he's still learning the outfield.

    The Future: Noel's raw power is tantalizing, and he could be a middle-of-the-order hitter. But as a right-right slugger who will play in a corner, there's a lot riding on his bat and he'll have to continue to develop as an overall hitter. He'll return to Columbus in 2023 and with the Guardians always looking for power, he could soon find his way to Cleveland.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 70. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  21. 21. Gabriel Rodriguez | 3B
    Gabriel Rodriguez
    Born: Feb 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 174
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Hernan Albornoz.
    Minors: .272/.343/.416 | 9 HR | 4 SB | 320 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Rodriguez was the No. 8 prospect in the 2018 international class and headlined Cleveland's signing class that year. He has moved swiftly, reaching high Class A Lake County as a 20-year-old in 2022, and has been among the youngest players at his level every step of the way.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez has a solid all-around skill set. He has a short, quick swing and can drive the ball to all fields. He projects for solid power as he physically matures and learns how to consistently employ the power-packed swing he demonstrates at times. He cut way down on his strikeouts in 2022, and struck out in just 19.9% of his plate appearances, while also increasing his walk rate to 9.4%, a positive sign who has often been praised for his approach at the plate. Signed as a shortstop, Rodriguez has started to fill out his 6-foot-2 frame and primarily has played third base over the last two years. His strong arm and instinctive infield actions play well on the hot corner and he's likely to settle there.

    The Future: Rodriguez made encouraging progress in 2022, even while continuing to be one of the youngest players in his league. He'll look in 2023 to build on that momentum as he advances to Double-A Akron.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  22. 22. Xzavion Curry | RHP
    Xzavion Curry
    Born: Jul 27, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 189
    Signed By: Ethan Purser
    Minors: 9-4 | 4.06 ERA | 134 SO | 42 BB | 122 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Curry in 2017 became the first true freshman to be Georgia Tech's Opening Day starter since 1995. He was a stalwart in the Yellow Jackets' rotation before being drafted by Cleveland. He broke out in 2021, rising through three levels to reach Double-A. He continued that progress in 2022 and made his major league debut in August.

    Scouting Report: Curry has an undersized frame and doesn't have overpowering stuff. His fastball sits around 93 mph and reaches the mid 90s, but it plays up thanks to its shape and spin rate. He locates the pitch well and can generate swings and misses with it. He relies heavily on his fastball, but also mixes in two breaking balls and a changeup. His slider has above-average potential and is his best secondary offering. Curry has always thrown a lot of strikes, but upper-level hitters tested his control more than previous opponents.

    The Future: Curry's profile in Cleveland's pitching ranks has risen precipitously since the start of the 2021 season. His style meshes well with the Guardians' approach and his stuff fits a starter's profile. Breaking into Cleveland's rotation remains difficult, however, and Curry will have to continue to prove himself. He'll start 2023 with Triple-A Columbus.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

  23. 23. Angel Genao | SS
    Angel Genao
    Born: May 19, 2004
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .299/.379/.384 | 2 HR | 6 SB | 177 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Genao was Cleveland's top signing in the 2021 international market. He made his professional debut the following year in the Dominican Summer League and then made his U.S. debut in 2022. He followed an aggressive path, earning a promotion to low Class A Lynchburg at the end of the season as a 19-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Genao is a switch-hitter with an advanced, disciplined approach at the plate. He walked more than he struck out in the DSL (39 walks, 29 strikeouts) and while that ratio didn't carry over stateside, his barrel control and swing decisions still belie his age. His profile has always been hit over power and his 6-foot, 165-pound frame doesn't suggest much more power on the way, but he does have some pop, especially as a righthanded hitter. Genao is a savvy defender with all the tools to stay at shortstop. His infield actions, hands and plus arm strength all play well at the position.

    The Future: Genao so far has lived up to his pre-signing billing and has put himself on an accelerated track. He joins the Guardians' burgeoning group of young shortstops and has significant promise, though he's still a long way from realizing it. He'll still be 19 on Opening Day as he returns to Lynchburg to begin the difficult task of his first year in full-season ball.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  24. 24. Richard Palacios | OF/2B
    Richard Palacios
    Born: May 16, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Aaron Etchison.
    Minors: .279/.371/.458 | 4 HR | 12 SB | 179 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Palacios had a decorated college career at Towson, where he became the fastest player in program history to reach 200 hits and set the program's single-season and career stolen base records. His professional career got off to a strong start in 2018 but he tore the labrum in his right shoulder that offseason and had season-ending surgery in March 2019. He's gotten back on track since getting healthy and made his major league debut in April 2022.

    Scouting Report: Palacios has a good feel for the barrel and produces excellent bat speed. He has good plate discipline, knows how to work a walk and rarely strikes out. He has average power, which plays as doubles pop to this point. He's a good athlete with above-average speed. Where Palacios fits best defensively has long been a question. In Cleveland, he primarily played left field, which was a switch from the minor leagues, where he has mostly been a second baseman. His hands work on the infield, while his speed plays well in the outfield.

    The Future: Having reached the major leagues, the challenge now for Palacios is to carve out a consistent role. It'll be up to his bat to make him a regular, but his speed, versatility and lefthanded swing all give him the tools to win a utility spot.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  25. 25. Petey Halpin | OF
    Petey Halpin
    Born: May 26, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Carlos Muniz.
    Minors: .262/.346/.385 | 6 HR | 16 SB | 382 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Guardians have pushed Halpin aggressively since drafting him 95th overall in 2020. He was 19 years old on Opening Day 2022 and spent the season with high Class A Lake County, where he was one of the youngest players in the Midwest League.

    Scouting Report: Halpin has a top-of-the-order profile and a well-rounded skill set. He controls the strike zone well and makes adjustments quickly which helps him to make a lot of contact. His swing is geared toward hitting line drives and he's not a slugger, but he drives the ball into gaps often. The combination of that hard contact and his above-average speed makes for a lot of extra-base hits. He's still learning to make the most of his speed on the bases, but he is a threat to run. Halpin has good outfield actions and an average arm. If he can stay in center field--where he's primarily played as a professional--he'd profile well. If he ends up in a corner, it would put more pressure on his bat.

    The Future: Halpin has shown exciting offensive upside and has quickly found his stride in the professional ranks. He'll likely start 2023 with Double-A Akron.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  26. 26. Hunter Gaddis | RHP
    Hunter Gaddis
    Born: Apr 9, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 212
    Minors: 8-6 | 4.01 ERA | 158 SO | 41 BB | 122 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Gaddis became the highest drafted player out of Georgia State when Cleveland picked him in the fifth round in 2019. After a solid start to his professional career, he broke through in 2022 and made his major league debut in August.

    Scouting Report: Gaddis first stands out for his size at 6-foot-5, 202 pounds and he also has solid stuff. His fastball averages about 94 mph with rising action. While it's ticked up as high as 97 mph in short stints, he hasn't shown that velocity as a starter. His changeup is his best pitch and earns plus grades. It is a very slow offering, about 15 mph slower than his fastball, and it is a swing-and-miss offering. He also throws a slider, but it lags behind his other two pitches and doesn't miss many bats. He pitches with average control.

    The Future: Gaddis struggled in two big league starts, where he gave up seven home runs in 7.1 innings. That experience exposed some things he has to work on if he is to develop into a starter for the Guardians. Refining his breaking ball is a must, as he needs a third quality offering. His fastball/changeup combination would likely play up in the bullpen, however. Gaddis will likely open 2023 back at Triple-A Columbus to continue that development.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 45. Changeup: 60. Control: 50

  27. 27. Doug Nikhazy | LHP
    Doug Nikhazy
    Born: Aug 11, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: C.T. Bradford
    Minors: 4-6 | 3.96 ERA | 128 SO | 79 BB | 103 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Nikhazy built a long track record for success at Mississippi. He earned Freshman All-America honors in 2019, pitched for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team and was named a first-team All-American in 2021. His polish helped him hit the ground running in pro ball, as he debuted with high Class A Lake County and ended the season with Double-A Akron.

    Scouting Report: Nikhazy has a slight frame and isn't overpowering but is an elite competitor. His fastball gets up to 94-95 mph, but typically sits around 90. It plays up thanks to his over-the-top arm slot and riding life on the pitch. He throws both a big, looping curveball and a slider that has late, biting action--both of which can be plus pitches. He also has a promising changeup. He pitched with above-average control in college only to struggle with strike throwing in his professional debut. Shoring that up will be critical to his success.

    The Future: Nikhazy had no trouble missing bats and his early success in the minor leagues is no surprise. An extended run in Double-A, which he'll get in 2023, will be more telling for his future. He'll have to show more consistency to succeed against better opposition.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  28. 28. Justin Boyd | OF
    Justin Boyd
    Born: Mar 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 201
    Minors: .203/.277/.270 | 0 HR | 6 SB | 74 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Boyd was an extremely productive player at Oregon State. He led the Beavers in batting average and on-base percentage as he hit .373/.490/.577. Despite that impressive season, many scouts were skeptical about Boyd's offensive impact with wood bat because of his modest power, which is why he slid the supplemental second round.

    Scouting Report: Boyd has played second base in the past, and there are evaluators who believe his best long-term role will be as a multi-positional utilityman who can play second, all three outfield spots and maybe a little third base as well. For now, he's a center fielder with an above-average run tool. He looked comfortable in games in center with the Reds after primarily playing right field as a Beaver. As a hitter, he's an above-average hitter who looks to hit for average and get on base. He can drop a bunt also and he's an adept basestealer.

    The Future: Boyd is the type of low-ceiling, high floor productive college player who sometimes exceeds expectations. His power potential seems modest, but he does everything else well.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 30. Field: 55. Run: 55. Arm: 55.

  29. 29. Tanner Burns | RHP
    Tanner Burns
    Born: Dec 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Auburn, 2020 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: C.T. Bradford.
    Minors: 3-7 | 3.55 ERA | 92 SO | 45 BB | 89 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: A prominent player in high school who was the highest-rated player from the class of 2017 to make it to college, Burns stepped right into the rotation at Auburn. Cleveland in 2020 drafted him 36th overall, at the time the highest the organization had drafted a college pitcher since 2010. He spent 2022 at Double-A Akron, though he missed nearly all of May due to a shoulder strain.

    Scouting Report: Burns has solid all-around stuff and a good understanding of pitching. His fastball sits 93-94 mph and reaches 97. It's a plus pitch that plays up thanks to his ability to consistently locate it. He throws both a big, 12-to-6 curveball and a slider/cutter hybrid that sits around 90 mph. His curveball has long been the better of his two breaking balls, but he has worked to reshape his slider and it is now a solid offering itself. He also mixes in a changeup with sinking action, but it lags behind his other pitches. He earns praise for his dedication to his craft and makeup.

    The Future: Burns is a bit undersized, doesn't have the biggest pure stuff and has been banged up in each of the last two seasons. His aptitude and track record hint at further upside potential. He'll start 2023 with Triple-A Columbus.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 45.

  30. 30. Bryan Lavastida | C
    Bryan Lavastida
    Born: Nov 27, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Steffan Segui.
    Minors: .209/.284/.349 | 9 HR | 7 SB | 321 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Lavastida was an infielder coming out of high school and began to convert to catching as a sophomore in junior college. Cleveland drafted him as a catcher in the 15th round in 2018 and continued to develop him behind the plate. He also impressed offensively, breaking out in 2021 to earn a spot on the 40-man roster. He made his major league debut in 2022, starting the year in Cleveland as the backup due to an injury to Luke Maile. He returned to Triple-A Columbus at the end of April and stayed there until late June when he suffered a hamstring injury, went on the injured list and then was sent to Double-A Akron for two months before returning to Columbus.

    Scouting Report: Lavastida has a balanced swing and a good approach at the plate which allows him to control the strike zone well. He makes a lot of contact and has average raw power, though his line-drive oriented swing means he has more modest home run totals. Lavastida is a good athlete, moves well behind the plate and has average arm strength. He quickly picked up the mechanical aspects of catching and is continuing to progress with the finer points, like pitch calling.

    The Future: Lavastida had a clear arrow up following the 2021 season. Now, coming off a more challenging season, especially offensively, it appears his future as a backup catcher is clearer. The Guardians are ready to proceed with Bo Naylor as their future backstop, but the 24-year-old Lavastida still has potential as a big leaguer if he's able to get back on track at the plate.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

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