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Welbyn Francisca is our No. 13 Guardians prospect. Who should be No. 14?

The switch-hitting sensation made a big first impression in his pro debut last season.

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Welbyn is our No. 12 prospect, earning 25% of the vote on Wednesday and beating out the competition by just eight votes.

Francisca was the Guardians’ top international signing of the 2023 class, ranked No. 24 overall by . Originally from the Dominican Republic, he put his name on the dotted line for $1.375 million.

Francisca made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League this past season and he got off to a torrid start. In his pro debut, he went 5 for 7 at the plate with a triple, a home run and five runs scored. He kept crushing the ball, only failing to reach base in one game his first month of his pro career despite having just turned 17 years old.

Francisca only slowed down a little bit as the summer league season wore on, adding a bit more swing and miss to his game likely because he was having so much success every time his bat touched the ball, but he still finished his first pro campaign with an impressive .316/.419/.500 slashline while walking 13.4% of the time, good for a 144 wRC+, which means he was 144% better than the average player at the DSL despite his youth.

The switch-hitter primarily played shortstop, where he committed six errors in 28 games. He’ll at least make his stateside debut this season in the Arizona Complex League unless Cleveland is feeling crazy and ultra-aggressive with his development.

Alex Clemmey, LHP (Age 18)

2023: Second round pick in the 2023 MLB Draft.

Standing 6-foot-6 with a 99 mph fastball and a filthy curveball, Clemmey had one of the most electric arms of all high school prep prospects for 2023, but lacks command.

Deyvison De Los Santos, 1B/3B (Age 20)

2023 (AA): 481 PA, .254/.297/.431, 20 HR, 4 SB, 5.2 BB%, 26.0 K%, 88 wRC+

Selected by Cleveland in the 2023 Rule 5 Draft out of Arizona’s farm system, the powerful De Los Santos will need to spend the entire 2024 season at the MLB level or be returned.

Jose Devers, SS/3B (Age 20)

2023 (A): 458 PA, .252/.345/.398, 11 HR, 34 SB, 10.5 BB%, 20.1 K%, 113 wRC+

.Cousin of Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers, Jose made his full-season debut in 2023 and showcased impressive speed on the basepaths and some decent pop.

Angel Genao, SS/3B (Age 19)

2023 (A): 316 PA, .263/.345/.385, 4 HR, 6 SB, 10.8 BB%, 15.5 K%, 110 wRC+

Impressed in his first full-season at Single-A as a teenager in 2023. Was one of the youngest players at the level and was above average with a 110 wRC+.

Petey Halpin, OF (Age 21)

2023 (AA): 510 PA, .243/.312/.372, 9 HR, 12 SB, 9.2 BB%, 24.7 K%, 88 wRC+

Spent his age-21 season at Double-A, where he had his first below-average season, but at least he stayed healthy in 2023 with a career-high 113 games played.

Parker Messick, LHP (Age 23)

2023: (A) 13 GS, 56.2 IP, 3.02 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 26.0 K%, 6.0 BB%
2023: (A+) 11 GS, 65.0 IP, 4.43 ERA, 4.86 FIP, 26.3 K%, 8.8 BB%

Cleveland’s second round pick in 2022, Messick showcased consistent stuff at both Lynchburg and Lake County in his debut season while staying healthy.

Rafael Ramirez Jr., SS (Age 18)

2023 (CPX): 190 PA, .250/.453/.426, 4 HR, 6 SB, 26.3 BB%, 28.4 K%, 133 wRC+

Impressed as a 17-year-old in the Arizona Complex League in 2023 and could be a fast-riser in prospect rankings. Ramirez Jr. is the son of former MLB All-Star Rafael Ramirez.

Cade Smith, RHP (Age 24)

2023: (AA) 17 G, 22.0 IP, 2.86 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 31.5 K%, 9.8 BB%
2023: (AAA) 30 G, 40.2 IP, 4.65 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 37.1 K%, 10.7 BB%

Reliever standing 6-foot-5 with an elite strikeout rate and mid 90s velocity. Smith was added to the 40-man roster and should help Cleveland’s bullpen in 2024.

Jose Tena, SS (Age 22)

2023 (AA): 362 PA, .260/.353/.3750, 4 HR, 16 SB, 11.3 BB%, 28.7 K%, 103 wRC+
2023 (AAA): 66 PA, .350/.394/.667, 4 HR, 0 SB, 6.1 BB%, 25.8 K%, 157 wRC+
2023 (MLB): 34 PA, .226/.294/.290, 0 HR, 0 SB, 8.8 BB%, 38.2 K%, 66 wRC+

In a crowded middle infield, Tena was slightly above average in Double-A, then had a great Triple-A performance in a small sample size before making his MLB debut in 2023.

Ryan Webb, LHP (Age 24)

2023: (A+) 17 GS, 82.0 IP, 3.29 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 23.8 K%, 9.7 BB%
2023: (AFL) 6 GS, 22.2 IP, 4.37 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 37.8 K%, 14.7 BB%

A fourth round pick in 2021 who had to recover from Tommy John surgery, Webb has shown flashes of brilliance and most recently led the 2023 AFL in strikeouts.


Who should be the Guardians No. 14 prospect for 2024?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Alex Clemmey
    (64 votes)
  • 23%
    Deyvison De Los Santos
    (46 votes)
  • 2%
    Jose Devers
    (4 votes)
  • 5%
    Angel Genao
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    Petey Halpin
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Parker Messick
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Rafael Ramirez Jr.
    (3 votes)
  • 7%
    Cade Smith
    (15 votes)
  • 22%
    Jose Tena
    (44 votes)
  • 2%
    Ryan Webb
    (5 votes)
199 votes total Vote Now