3. Jhonkensy Noel- Columbus Clippers
Jhonkensy Noel might be the best power-hitter the Guardians have in their entire organization.
With elite hitting power Noel made his way from the Captains and Rubberducks up to the Clippers in one season, just like Bibee did. The reason for Noel's progress is much different than Bibee, as instead of preventing runs, Noel is driving them in.
Last season he slashed .229/.310/.489 to go alongside an impressive 84 RBIs and 32 home runs. Noel ended up hitting more home runs then he did doubles, finishing the season with 26. However, the main knock to his game is his excessive amounts of strikeouts. Noel struck out 150 times last season through 134 games, and through just 12 games this year he's struck out 18 times.
Noel has experience at first and third base, but is sitting behind two consistent players in Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor. While the versatility to play multiple positions is valuable, Noel has exclusively seen time in the outfield in Columbus this season. Seeing more and more time in the outfield has become a trend for Noel as he has progressed through the minor league system.
As the season progresses, the Guardians could rely on Noel as a call-up due to injury, inconsistency at the plate, or to add some much needed power to their lineup.