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As the 2022 MLB Draft quickly draws near it is time again for prospect & draft lovers everywhere to turn their attention to another talented group that could soon be members of the organization. 

This piece is the first of two parts to identify Guardians-type prospects (more below for identifiers) for the upcoming 2022 MLB Draft. 

Since this piece focuses on hitters let’s first identify some of the traits Cleveland appears to emphasize in the draft.

Here are a few common traits:

  • Young for the class
  • High-level performer (Example: SEC, PG, USA)
  • Above-average bat-to-ball skills
  • Above-average plate discipline
  • Middle of the diamond
  • Above-average defender
  • Bloodlines
  • Cold-weather

Here are several players that fit the outlined criteria: 

Chase DeLauter- OF James Madison

While he is a top 10 talent on many boards a broken foot will sideline him for nearly a month. He got off to a slow start but showed the ability to hit on the Cape.

Jackson Holliday – SS Stillwater HS, OK

He may not be there at pick 16. He’s the son of Matt Holliday and could develop into a third bagger.

Cam Collier- 3B Chipola JC, FL

The son of Lou Collier, he graduated high school early and joined the JUCO ranks this spring.

Mikey Romero – SS HS, CA

He’s added some strength to his frame showing increased ability to drive the ball. Romero is a quality defender with good bat-to-ball skills.

Cade Doughty – 3B/SS/2B LSU

Perhaps in the shadows of a pair of teammates, Doughty is a quality player on both sides of the ball with a good hit tool, discipline, and a strong arm capable of handing third. 

Gavin Cross – OF Virginia Tech

Talented corner outfielder with a solid hit tool, pop, and plate discipline.

Justin Crawford – OF IMG Bishop Gorman HS, NV

Another bloodlines player in the raft with several talented second-generation talents. TTop-of-the-scale defense with a strong athletic frame with room for growth. 

Eric Brown – SS Coastal Carolina

Has a funky setup at the dish that may bring back memories of Julio Franco. Brown is a quality defender with excellent discipline at the plate.

Clark Elliott – OF Michigan

He is a smaller framed outfielder (5’10,170) but displays good pop and speed. The Wolverines’ center fielder shows good discipline at the plate.

Jett Williams – SS/CF Rockwall-Heath HS, TX

Smaller framed middle of the diamond performer. Displays the ability to play both center field and shortstop.

Jordan Sprinkle – SS UCSB

A quality defender with long-term projection at shortstop. Sprinkle has good take rates.

Gavin Kilen – SS HS, Milton HS, WI

Quality defender at shortstop. He’s a U of L commit with an above-average hit tool.

Brady Neal – C IMG Academy

He’s played second and third base to increase his versatility. He’s a quality defender with a good bat.

Tucker Toman – SS/3BHammond HS, SC

Has good skills at the dish and an arm capable of handling third if he should outgrow SS.

Tommy Specht – CF Wahlert HS, IA

Lots of tools to like. Good speed, a strong arm, and the ability to make contact at the dish.

Others: Drew Gilbert – OF Tennessee; Chandler Simpson- SS/2B Georgia Tech; Joe Lampe- SS/2B/CF Arizona State; Luke Gold- 1B/2B Boston College; Dalton Rushing- C/1B Louisville; Sean McLain- SS/2BArizona State

This list will be updated and expanded before the draft.

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