The Cleveland Guardians pride themselves on having a quality farm.
Their minor league system has regularly fed the big league club in the last couple of seasons.
Now, it’s time to take care of some of those prospects who might be taken in December’s Rule 5 draft.
There are dozens of them, and precious few potential spots on the 40-man roster, so most of these names will become eligible when teams conduct the Rule 5 Draft on December 14.
“Cleveland #Guardians full complete list of current players eligible to be selected in the 2023 MLB Rule 5 Draft held December 14th on the last day of the winter meetings. – Players need to be added to the 40-man roster after the MLB season ends to be protected,” Guardians Prospective tweeted, with the entire list.
Cleveland #Guardians full complete list of current players eligible to be selected in the 2023 MLB Rule 5 Draft held December 14th on the last day of the winter meetings.
— Guardians Prospective (@CleGuardPro) November 14, 2023
There are several interesting names on that list, but let’s remember that for each player the Guardians might want to add, they will need a spot on the 40-man roster.
The only player that seems like a lock to be added is top pitching prospect Daniel Espino, who is recovering from shoulder capsule surgery performed in May and probably won’t be ready to pitch until after midseason.
Cade Smith would also be a smart addition, if possible.
Cleveland has made quite a few additions on Rule 5 deadline day in the past, but one of them resulted in Junior Caminero being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays a couple of years ago and turning into a top prospect once there.