As the Cleveland Guardians continue to struggle offensively, shortstop prospect Brayan Rocchio has done the exact opposite with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. With the increased inconsistency ofcurrent starting shortstop Amed Rosario becoming more prevalent, the Guardians may be put in a tough position to give their 6th ranked prospect an opportunity to be a legitimate starter in the big leagues.
Through the beginning of the 2023 minor league season, the organization opted to keep Rocchio with the Clippers after finishing the 2022 season with them. Prior to being with the Clippers he spent time in Akron playing for the Double-A Rubberducks.
Rocchio has some of the top physical attributes in the farm system, with solid speed and quickness at the shortstop position. His throws and movements are often very smooth, with fast releases when throwing the ball to get runners out with ease.
One of the big talking points for Brayan Rocchio has been consistency at every level.
When he was with the Rubberducks he slashed a clean .265/.349/.432 through 373 at-bats to go alongside 99 hits, doubles 21, 13 home runs and 48 RBIs. Now, just a year later the 22-year-old is at the height of his career while batting a stellar .333/.403/.483 with 58 hits and 17 doubles already. Currently, he is on pace to easily break 100 hits and record over 50 doubles on the season. Although that is only if the Guardians do not bring him up to the major league roster.
This season he has been called up twice, but has only been utalized in three contests. In those three apperances he had 10 at-bats for two hits and one RBI. For a player who has only played in three major league games during one of the biggest offensive slumps in team history, it's not too bad.
With his production continuing to rise with the Clippers, there is no doubt that Rocchio could have a real chance at taking over the starting spot from Rosario. Throughout the current season, Rosario has a .2343 batting average with 45 hits. Only time will tell whether or not Rosario loses his job to Rocchio, or what the Guardians decide to do, but with the confusion behind home plate with the team's catchers taking up the media spotlight, do not let this storyline fly under your radar.