3 Cleveland Guardians prospects to be on the lookout for
By Cade Cracas
3. Chase DeLauter: High-A Lake County Captains
Now, Chase DeLauter may be one of the most enticing prospects the Guardians have brought to the organization in recent years. The team selected DeLauter with their 1st-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, meaning the team has high expectations for the 21-year-old.
Coming out of James Madison University, he batted a stellar .402/.520/.715 over the course of three seasons en route to being the school's only first-round selection in history. He entered his 2022 college season as a top prospect for that year's draft, but in early April he ended up breaking his foot which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. However, before the injury occurred he batted .437 with 35 RBIs and eight home runs through 24 games.
His plate stats come from his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame that makes pitchers fear what he has to offer. Not only does he have incredible power, but unlike most his size, he offers an extremely disciplined approach to his at-bats. Fortunately, the Guardians will not have to work on avoiding strikeouts with him, but instead crafting and harnessing the raw talent he provides.
Unfortunately, that broken foot hindered the beginning of his professional career. After being drafted by the Guardians he reinjured his foot which led to him needing surgery. At the moment, his timeline to play again is unknown but he is rumored to play towards the middle half of the 2023 season for the Captains. When he does return, only then will the team be able to see what he can truly offer at the higher level of baseball.
Expect to see him make his way through the ranks in no time, with the ability to be on the Triple-A squad within the next few seasons. Delauter will be one to stay on the lookout for.