Guardians Roster Is Heading In The Right Direction

The early results from some of the Guardians prospects have been promising, leading fans to look toward the future.

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With that in mind, what could a potential line-up look like following next season's All-Star Game?

Everyday lineup: Steven Kwan - LF Chase DeLauter - CF Deyvisoin De Los Santos - RF Josh Naylor - 1B Andres Gimenez - 2B Gabriel Arias/Brayan Rocchio - SS Jose Ramirez - 3B Bo Naylor - C Kyle Manzardo - DH

Bench: Tyler Freeman - INF/OF David Fry - C/INF Juan Brito - INF/OF Esteven Florial/George Valera - OF

Starting Rotation: Triston McKenzie - RHP Tanner Bibee - RHP Logan Allen - LHP Gavin Williams - RHP Joey Cantillo/Xzavion Curry/Tanner Burns/Hunter Gaddis

This is even before a single game is played in 2024, and a lot can change over the course of the season. In addition, any free agent signing would surely impact things. Adding a right-handed RF via free agency sure could make sense - but we've all been saying that for a few years now. After all, the team will likely have $30M+ coming off the books (enough to sign Juan Soto, lol) due to free-agent departures and Jean Segura's retained salary falling off.

Similarly, after a year in the Guardians' system, this season's number-one pick could be on the brink of a promotion, especially a college prospect. JJ Weatherholt (2B/SS/3B), Nick Kurtz (1B/DH), Travis Bazzana (2B), Chase Burns (RHP), and Charlie Condon (1B/OF) may all be in play for the Guardians with that first overall pick. Hopefully, the team goes with the best overall prospect - but depending on how things shake out, they may be content on filling a positional need, especially if they evaluate each similarly.

At the end of the day, it's fun to envision what some prospects could become, but remember, they are prospects for a reason. We'll hold out hope that they all pan out, but most won't. That said, things look bright for the Guardians' future.