7 bold predictions for the Cleveland Guardians in 2024

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5. Chase DeLauter makes his debut and plays a big role down the stretch

It is not a question of if but when the Cleveland Guardians will call up dynamic outfield prospect Chase DeLauter. 

Much like the previously mentioned Kyle Manzardo, DeLauter was one of the Guardians’ best performers during Spring Training. It is only a matter of time before he gets the call, and when he does, expect him to make an impact for the Guardians late in the season.

DeLauter has one particular skill in his hitting profile that none of the Guardians’ outfielders from last season possess. Power. The James Madison product registered 22 doubles and five home runs during his first year in the minors last year, resulting in an impressive .945 OPS. This carried over to Arizona, as DeLauter hit four long balls and one double, with his OPS sitting at 1.640 after 30 plate appearances (13 games). 

Once the Guardians move on from one player mentioned earlier here, DeLauter would be in line to make his MLB Debut. That is going to take a little bit of time, but it does appear that he possesses a hitting profile that will translate well to the majors, and it is one that should help contribute to a late-season playoff push for the Guardians.