Feb 29, 2024 - Sports

Guardians spring training: Chase DeLauter's power, shortstop competition

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Guardians stands on the field.

Jose Ramirez and the Guardians start spring training. Photo: Norm Hall/Getty Images

The Guardians kicked off Cactus League spring training this past weekend in Arizona.

Why it matters: These are the first games under new manager Stephen Vogt, offering a glimpse at the team's top prospects.

Catch up quick: The Guardians finished last season with a record of 76-86, missing the playoffs and losing beloved manager Terry Francona to retirement.

What we're watching: The Guardians are in desperate need of power hitting, which has shined a spotlight on 2022 first-round draft pick Chase DeLauter, who homered in the team's loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

  • The team is also looking to settle on a starting shortstop between Gabriel Arias and Brayan Rocchio, and to fill its final two bullpen spots.

What's next: Spring training runs through March 26. The Guardians start the regular season on March 28 in Oakland.

  • The home opener is April 8 at Progressive Field.
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