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2024 Cleveland Guardians Top Prospects

The Guardians continue to remake their organization by developing Steven Kwan-type players.  In other words, athletic players who can hit and play great defense.  Will it work?  I think it will.

It might not be the most exciting thing for fantasy managers, but as a Steven Kwan owner, I’m glad I have him. However, if you have too many of those average players on your team, you’ll likely never finish in the money.

I debated Manzardo vs. Rocchio and had both as the #1 prospect at one point during the editing process.  You can make an argument for both, but I decided on Manzardo as I believe he’s more likely to hit 20 home runs than Rocchio is to steal 25 bags.  I think their BA and OBP will be similar. In either case, they are soft #1s.  High-floor players without the fantasy-friendly tools.  George Valera is the guy who SHOULD be #1, but there’s just too much uncertainty to make that call.  He is our biggest disappointment in the system – not what I wanted to see.  I think it’s well-earned!

We know that the pitching will be there, and if Daniel Espino can ever pitch again, he has a chance to pitch at the top of the rotation.  I also like Joey Cantillo.  The stuff is sneaky good, but he needs to find the plate to succeed at the next level.

Prospect Snapshot

  • Top Prospect: Kyle Manzardo
  • Biggest Mover: Joey Cantillo
  • Biggest Disappointment: George Valera
  • Emerging Prospect: Welbyn Francisca

The list can be found here.

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