5 Cleveland Guardians pitching prospects who could make a significant impact in 2023
Logan Allen is less heralded than Espino, and with lower potential upside; however, he is more likely to have an immediate impact next season. Given his age and the innings he has been able to throw in the minor leagues, the Guardians may be able to push him farther and deeper into the season, making him more likely to have staying power in 2023.
Drafted by the Guardians in the second round in 2020, Allen is a 24-year-old lefty who currently ranks as the Guardians' eighth-best prospect, and projects as a mid-rotation starter. His fastball sits in the low 90s, but his best pitch is his changeup, which makes him effective against righties and lefties. In 2022 he had a 3.33 ERA in 13 starts at Double-A, and then struggled with a 6.49 ERA after reaching Triple-A.
Allen is one of three Guardians prospects who could carry a significant load in the starting rotation this season. He, Xzavion Curry and Tanner Bibee should provide the Guardians with flexibility to move at least one of their starters in a trade this offseason to address other needs.