The Cleveland Guardians might be lacking when it comes to outfielders in their system, even though they have a couple of potentially impactful names.
However, when the conversation shifts to pitchers and infielders, there is plenty of talent in the organization.
Just look at the talent available in MLB and the high minors: Kyle Manzardo, Andres Gimenez, Brayan Rocchio, Gabriel Arias, Jose Ramirez, Deyvison De Los Santos, Angel Martinez, and more.
That doesn’t even include second baseman Juan Brito, who was officially named as a top-ten prospect at the keystone, according to MLB Pipeline.
“Juan Brito cracks MLB Pipeline’s list of Top 10 2B Prospects!” Bally Sports Cleveland tweeted.
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) January 22, 2024
Brito officially checks in as the eighth-best second base prospect in the game.
That’s a remarkable achievement, as only seven colleagues are considered better prospects than him among hundreds of second base prospects around the game.
Brito has earned that ranking, with 125 hits and 14 home runs in the minor leagues last year between three levels: High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A.
His meteoric rise through the minors has the Guardians excited about the future.
Brito, a switch-hitter, isn’t the best fielder in the world but has a knack for the barrel and knows how to work a walk.
He also strikes out at a lower rate than his peers.
Brito might need a few months of extra seasoning in Triple-A, as the Guardians wait for a spot for him to open.
Still, he is very much in their plans and might actually be one of their infielders of the future.
With Platinum Glover Andres Gimenez firmly entrenched at second base, he will likely have to move to short or the designated hitter spot, though.
If he hits, the Guards will find him a spot.