The 2023 season was one of the best for rookies in recent MLB history.
We got to see Corbin Carroll, Gunnar Henderson, Triston Casas, Anthony Volpe, Kodai Senga, Gavin Williams, Zach Gelof, Josh Jung, Evan Carter, Masataka Yoshida, Yainer Diaz, James Outman, Elly De La Cruz, Spencer Steer, Andrew Abbott, and many, many more impact first-year players.
There were also several impactful rookie arms in the American League: Williams, Logan Allen, Yennier Cano, Kevin Kelly, JP France, Chase Silseth, Xzavion Curry, Bryan Woo, and others.
Above all of them, Cleveland Guardians right-hander Tanner Bibee was the one getting the nod as the starting pitcher on MLB Pipeline’s all-rookie squad for the 2023 campaign.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 19, 2023
Bibee was also the only Guardian on the list, although Williams, Curry, and Allen all had excellent debut seasons and represent the future of the pitching in the franchise.
Bibee pitched 142 solid innings of a 2.98 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
He also struck out 141 batters against just 45 bases on balls.
His record was a cool 10-4 and he managed to make 25 starts, positioning himself to pitch the 2024 campaign without any major restrictions.
The Guardians have been able to develop some really nice pitching depth over the years, and appear to be set pitching-wise entering the offseason.
They do need to improve that offense to aspire for more, though.
As long as they have Bibee in the fold, however, they will compete and fight for a spot in the postseason.
He is just a brilliant young pitcher, and the potential is there for even more.