The Cleveland Guardians had 17 players make their major-league debuts in 2022 on their way to advancing to the ALDS. Despite all the inexperience, their pitching staff ranked sixth in MLB in ERA, and their bullpen dominated with the second-best ERA in baseball after the All-Star break.
Small and mid-market teams like the Guardians rely heavily on reinforcements from within to allow for sustained success, and even with all the rookies making their debuts in 2022, the Guardians have more help on the way in 2023. Cleveland continues to have a healthy pipeline, from highly touted prospects that the fan base has been waiting to arrive to under-the-radar players who progressed significantly and just recently entered the picture as potential options to help.
Let’s take a look at five pitching prospects who will likely make an impact at the major-league level in 2023.