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The Top 55 Chicago White Sox Prospects

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The Top 55 Chicago White Sox Prospects

The White Sox currently have one of the best, if not the best, farm systems in all of baseball. As the rebuilding stage continues, the excitement grows as the White Sox prospects continue to fight for a potential spot on the major league roster in the future. This is a list of the top 55 prospects in the Chicago White Sox organization. The list is ordered based on my own opinion.

1. Eloy Jimenez

Eloy Jimenez is a 21-year-old outfielder originally signed by the Cubs in 2013. He had an extremely impressive 2017 campaign after being traded to the White Sox in a deal for Jose Quintana. Eloy is mostly known for his impressive showing at the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego. He has tremendous power and bat speed. His arm is solid overall, but his speed is below average. Eloy’s speed regressed last season, so he looks to be a corner outfielder in the majors. His dangerous hitting ability and solid outfield play make him the number 1 prospect in the White Sox system.

2017 (A+-AA): .312/.379/.568, 19 HR, 65 RBI

Career: .302/.350/.498, 43 HR, 206 RBI

2. Michael Kopech

Michael Kopech is the best pitching prospect in the system. The 21-year-old right-hander was acquired in a trade for Chris Sale. Currently, in Triple-A Charlotte, Kopech can dominate hitters with his fastball, which easily hits 100 MPH without too much effort. He also has a slider with an impressive break to keep hitters off balance. Kopech can also use a changeup at times. However, it is more of a secondary pitch at the moment. He spent 2017 mostly in Double-A but got the call to Charlotte late in the season. If Kopech continues to perform well in Charlotte and improve his command, he should see a call-up fairly soon.

2017 (AA-AAA): 9-8, 2.88 ERA, 134.1 IP, 172 K

Career: 17-15, 2.74 ERA, 269.1 IP, 344 K

3. Luis Robert

Luis Robert is another one of the top outfield prospects in baseball. After signing with the White Sox last season, Robert played in the White Sox Dominican league and played pretty well, although his time was limited (28 games) as he battled a few ankle injuries. Robert is pretty close, if not a five-tool player. He has above average contact, power, arm strength and fielding, and his speed is well above average.  Robert can use his power when needed but has impressive skill in making contact. So far, he has shown a strong eye at the plate as well, getting his fair share of walks.

2017 and Career (DSL): .310/.491/.536, 3 HR, 14 RBI

4. Alec Hansen

White Sox right-handed pitcher, Alec Hansen, appeared to be a top of the line starting pitcher heading into his final year at the University of Oklahoma. That was until he struggled, pushing him out of the rotation and into the pen. Hansen slipped to the second round, and the White Sox picked him up. Last year he moved from Single-A Kannapolis all the way to Double-A Birmingham. He led the minor leagues in total strikeouts with 191.

Hansen stands six-foot-seven. His large frame makes his move to the plate more deceptive and should continue to allow him to be a high strikeout pitcher. Hansen wields a four-pitch combination that includes a fastball, curveball, change-up, and slider. His fastball is his most developed pitch, hitting between 94-97 MPH. His curveball has an impressive 12-6 break that helps him miss a lot of bats. The knock on Hansen is his ability to go late in games due to the amount effort he needs to put into his motion.

2017 (A-AA): 11-8, 2.80 ERA, 191K

Career: 13-9, 2.39 ERA, 272K

5. Dane Dunning

The White Sox acquired Dunning in the Adam Eaton trade as a part of the package that included Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito. Dunning had a breakout season after moving to the White Sox in 2017. He put up some impressive strikeout totals in the minors last season as well as a low walk rate.

Dunning’s pitch selection consists of a fastball, slider, and a changeup. His fastball sits in the low 90’s but has a strong dip to it, which allows him to get swings and misses or ground balls. Dunning’s slider has a solid break and his change offers a good variation in speed, but he needs to be more consistent with both pitches. He has the advantage of having an athletic delivery that he can repeat consistently. He doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as some of the other pitching prospects, but he has a strong floor.

2017: 8-8, 2.94 ERA, 168K

Career: 11-10, 2.76 ERA, 200K

6. Dylan Cease

Dylan Cease was received in the Jose Quintana trade last season. Cease does a great job at getting batters to swing and miss, getting 126 strikeouts in 93.1 innings pitched last season. His fastball can hit between 93-98 MPH with an impressive dive to it. When his curveball is working, it can be one of the most devastating in the minors. He has a lot of potential to become a major league starter, but he has trouble with his control. Although he made his motion more fluid last season, he has trouble repeating it with consistency. Last season Cease was able to pitch just 93.1 innings, so he will need more work to see how he handles a full season’s workload.

2017 Stats: 1-10, 3.28 ERA, 126K

Career: 4-12, 2.89 ERA, 217K

7. Carson Fulmer

The White Sox number 1 pick in 2015, Carson Fulmer, is close to graduating from the prospect list but deserves to be represented here. After a shaky first call-up last season, he returned to the big leagues with improved control and a better ability to keep the ball in the yard. He showed his versatility both as a starter and out of the pen. The Sox are still toying with where they would like to see him in the future. Fulmer is at his best when he can keep his delivery funkier. Despite this making his command more difficult to control, the deceptiveness of his motion causes him to miss a lot of bats. Fulmer throws a four-seam fastball, a cutter, a curveball, and a changeup. His changeup offers a decent change in speed that keeps hitters off balance, but his best pitch is his fastball.

2017 MLB: 3-1, 3.86 ERA, 19K

8. Blake Rutherford

Rutherford was the centerpiece of the David Robertson trade that occurred last season. Rutherford is another well-rounded outfield prospect. He is good all around in contact, power, speed, and fielding, with his contact a bit more developed than the rest of his tools. Some are concerned about his power, as last season he only hit two homers and 25 doubles in 396 at bats. At the age of 20, Rutherford will have plenty of time to develop his natural power. He has also appeared to have improved his strength this off-season; as shown by his batting camp scouting report. He currently plays center in the minors but is likely to move to one of the corner outfield spots due to his speed.

2017: .260/.326/.348, 2 HR, 35 RBI

Career: .280/.346/.398, 5 HR, 47 RBI

9. Jake Burger

Jake Burger was the first pick for the Sox in the 2017 draft. Similar to Rutherford, Burger has good contact, arm strength, and fielding with a bit more pop than most. Despite his larger frame, Burger also has good speed out of the box. He shows excellent patience at the plate which has allowed him to keep his strikeout numbers low in his first season in the minors. Although it was a limited sample size, he displayed good ability to get the bat on the ball and a decent amount of power. His good reaction time and strong arm give him a good shot at staying at third base. At 21-years-old, Burger developed well in college ball due to his strong work ethic, and that looks to continue in pro-ball.

2017 and Career: .263/.336/.412, 5 HR, 29 RBI

10. Zack Collins

The Sox drafted Collins in the first round of the 2016 draft. His strongest attribute is his power. After hitting 19 homers in the minors last season in 375 at-bats, he has shown that the pop is there. The left-handed hitter also improved his fielding behind the plate tremendously last season. Last season Collins also showed off some impressive arm strength, throwing out 45 would be base stealers last season. The concern for Collins is his ability to make constant contact.  Last season he hit a measly .224 AVG and had a 28 percent strikeout rate. Despite this, his work ethic has shown he is putting in the effort to improve and should look to work on his contact next season in Double-A.

2017: .224/.370/.445, 19 HR, 53 RBI

Career: .229/.377/.443, 25 HR, 71 RBI

11. Zack Burdi

Zack Burdi was the Chicago White Sox 1st round pick in the 2016 MLB draft (supplemental 26th overall). The 22-year old right-hander is a fireballer. His fastball constantly hits 100 MPH and has hit as high as 102 MPH. His fastball is also electric in that it has some solid movement that can vary. Burdi’s slider is also impressive, it comes in between 88-90 MPH with a very strong break to it. His changeup leaves a bit to be desired however, it sits around 89 MPH but has relatively little movement to it.

Burdi’s season was cut short in 2017 after a torn UCL, which required Tommy John. Some pitchers even gain an MPH or two after the surgery, which could make him even scarier on the mound. The White Sox see him as a potential closer, and he definitely has the stuff for it. If Zack rebounds from the surgery and continues improving his command, he could be in the majors as soon as 2019.

2017: 0-4, 4.05 ERA, 51K

Career: 1-4, 3.66 ERA, 102K

12. Micker Adolfo

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, Mick Adolfo had a fantastic season in 2017. He showed improved power and contact. Adolfo is a great athlete and has the speed and arm strength to play well in right field. He has improved his ability to draw walks while playing in Single-A Kannapolis. His work ethic is great, one area of improvement the organization would like to see is his ability to make reeds in the outfield and take better routes to the ball. He has tremendous power that is still developing. He will likely move up to Single-A Winston Salem after spring training.

2017: .264/.331/.453, 16 HR, 68 RBI

Career: .242/.305/.399, 27 HR, 122 RBI

13. Ryan Cordell

The White Sox acquired outfielder Ryan Cordell from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak. Cordell, who was drafted back in 2013, has a good amount of experience in the minors so far in his career. One strength of his game is his impressive bat speed, which allows him to draw a good amount of power when needed. His ability to make contact has also improved throughout his career. He does a serviceable job in the field and has a decent arm. However, his biggest attribute is his speed. He is a threat on the basepath and has good speed going backward and forward in the outfield.

Cordell needs the most improvement when it comes to controlling the strike zone. He can have trouble with striking out and doesn’t draw many walks. Depending on his spring training, he may make the major league squad, or he will be sent back to Triple-A for more work.

2017 (68 Games): .284/.349/.506, 10 HR, 45 RBI

Career: .276/.339/.468, 65 HR, 272 RBI

14. Gavin Sheets

Gavin Sheets was selected by the White Sox in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft. The 21-year-old first baseman spent 2017 mostly with the Kannapolis Intimidators. Noted for his exceptional power, he also has a good eye in the box. His defensive skill set is promising enough to succeed at the big league level. Although he has yet to show his power in pro-ball, he is still young and has only had limited experience in the minors so far. His arm strength is above average, but he still projects to be a first baseman or designated hitter. Sheets does lack in the speed department, but if he locks it down at first base that shouldn’t be much of an issue. His contact could use some improvement, but it isn’t of major concern at this point in his career.

2017 and Career (ROK-A): .279/.365/.397, 4 HR, 28 RBI

15. Thyago Vieira

The White Sox acquired Thyago Vieira in a trade with the Seatle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money. Vieira is a 25-year-old fireballer with the potential to be a closer or set up man in the majors. His fastball can consistently hit 98 MPH and has been recorded as high as 102 MPH. Although his control has been a bit of an issue, last season he showed impressive improvement. He also has a breaking ball with a sharp movement that throws hitters off at the plate. He has the potential to make the big league club out of spring training if he can show improved control, but he is likely going to be sent to Triple-A Charlotte. Vieira has pitched one inning in the majors; it was a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

2017 Minors (AA-AAA): 2-4, 4.00 ERA, 46K

Career: 14-19, 4.58 ERA, 238K

16. Casey Gillaspie

Casey Gillaspie was sent to the White Sox in a trade for former relief pitcher Dan Jennings. Brother of former White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie, Casey is a 25-year-old first baseman who spent 2017 in Triple-A. Despite a rough 2017 campaign, Gillaspie’s strong suit is his power. Gillaspie has been a good hitter overall, with impressive discipline at the plate and the ability to take walks when needed. His defensive skills are solid enough to compete at the major league level. Gillaspie’s spring training should be watched closely to see if he is able to bounce back from his less than impressive 2017 season.

2017: .223/.297/.373, 15 HR, 62 RBI

Career: .255/.346/.434, 57 HR, 216 RBI

17. Luis Alexander Basbe

A part of the Chris Sale trade, Luis Alexander Basabe is an outfielder from Venezuela. He is a switch hitter with surprising power for his size. His biggest strength, however, is his fielding. Basbe’s speed allows him to cover lots of ground in the outfield and allows him to make impressive plays going forward and backward. Despite his route-running needing a bit of improvement, his speed more than makes up for it. He has a plus arm that has been developing since he arrived in the minors back in 2013. However, his ability to make contact is the biggest need for improvement. He is aggressive early in counts, and his less than impressive pitch recognition causes a good amount of swings and misses.

2017: .221/.320/.320, 5 HR, 36 RBI

Career: .245/.345/.386, 26 HR, 170 RBI

18. A.J. Puckett

A.J. Puckett was sent to the White Sox in a package for former outfielder Melky Cabrera. This 22-year-old right-hander was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB draft by the Royals. Puckett throws a fastball that hits anywhere between 89-95 MPH, a change-up with a strong dive and a curveball with a decent break to it. He stands 6’4″ and weighs 200 pounds, which gives him a great pitching frame and allows him to work down in the zone rather easily. Puckett’s ERA did spike a bit last season, but he has improved his strikeouts per nine innings and has shown the ability to be dominant for stretches in the past. He is still young, and as he continues to develop in the minors, he can become a strong back end of the rotation pitcher.

2017: 10-7, 3.98 ERA, 119K

Career: 12-11, 3.89 ERA, 164K

19. Ian Clarkin

Another part of the David Robertson trade, Ian Clarkin was a former first-round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 2013. Although he has had trouble staying healthy, when he has been able to take the mound consistently, he has shown promise. Clarkin has three pitches in his repertoire, a fastball that reaches between 90-93 MPH with a peak at 95 MPH, a curveball, and a change-up. Clarkin is also working on developing a slider, but he just started toying with it in 2016. His curveball is his most consistent off-speed offering, and he has average control over his change.

Clarkin’s numbers in low A ball are impressive but limited. His injury history has made things difficult for him, never pitching more than 100 innings in a season. The biggest question for Clarkin is whether he can keep the impressive numbers up when given the workload of a full season.

2017: 4-5, 2.60 ERA, 63K

Career: 14-19, 3.16 ERA, 214K

20. Jordan Guerrero

Jordan Guerrero was drafted in the 15th round in the 2012 draft. Guerrero flew under the radar to most since starting with the Bristol White Sox in 2012, but since moving up to Kannapolis, he has shown improvement in many aspects of his game. In 2017 he showed an improved K/9 ratio (8.4/9) and also reduced his walks to 2.6/9. His improved control has been key to his success in the minors. Guerrero throws a fastball that regularly hits between 90-93 MPH with a bit of sink, a change-up that is more of a plus pitch, and a curveball that needs more development in order to miss more bats. Guerrero has a good build, and the improved control is a welcome attribute. He needs to work on developing his off-speed pitches and his ability to go later in games.

2017: 7-12, 4.18 ERA, 136K

Career: 33-30, 3.92 ERA, 493K

21. Spencer Adams

Spencer Adams was drafted by the White Sox back in 2014. After blazing through Single-A Kannapolis and Winston Salem, Adams has staggered a bit in Double-A Birmingham. In his 2017 season, his ERA went to a career-high 4.42, and he posted a record of 7-15. Although, this is not all bad, at just 21 years old Adams is still young and already has a good amount of experience in the minor leagues. In recent seasons, Adams has made changes to his delivery, eliminating his tendency to throw across his body.

His four-seam fastball has seen an improvement in velocity, going as high as 95 MPH, but he has been utilizing his two-seam fastball much more.  Adam’s also has a changeup with some dive, but his most impressive pitch is his slider. It has a strong sweeping movement that is especially deceptive early in games. If he continues to develop his command on his fastball and develops more success at the minor league level, he could be a back end of the rotation pitcher in the majors.

2017: 7-15, 4.42 ERA, 113K

Career: 32-35, 3.83 ERA, 368K

22. Jordan Stephens

The White Sox selected Jordan Stephens in the 5th round of the 2015 draft. At 25 years old, despite an unimpressive record, Stephens had a strong season in Double-A Birmingham in 2017. He kept his ERA down to 3.14 and was able to keep the ball in the park, only giving up four homers in 91.2 innings. Although seeing him pitch more innings in a season would be nice, in those innings he was able to bring up his K/9 to 8.1.

Stephens throws a four-seam fastball, which hits in the low 90s, a curveball with a solid break, a change-up, and a newly added cutter. Stephens is another player with an interesting spring training. He is likely to start the season in Triple-A Charlotte, but a strong outing in spring training could improve his odds of being called up to the major league club. Stephens looks to be a back-end starter or a middle reliever in the future.

2017: 3-7, 3.14 ERA, 83K

Career: 10-17, 3.13 ERA, 259K

23. Tito Polo

Originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, the White Sox acquired outfielder Tito Polo from the New York Yankees as a part of the David Robertson trade. Polo’s biggest attribute is his speed. He covers lots of ground in the outfield and is an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers on the basepaths. Polo also has impressive contact numbers, finishing 2017 with a batting average of .301. Although he doesn’t have much power, that is not a necessity. Polo looks to be an intriguing leadoff hitter with a good glove to match in the field.  He projects to stay in the center with his strong route running and speed.

2017 (A-AA): .301/.363/.442, 5 HR, 44 RBI, 34 SB

Career: .278/.355/.410, 31 HR, 203 RBI, 164 SB

24. Trey Michalczewski

Drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 draft, at just 22 years of age, Trey Michalczewski already has some strong experience in the minor leagues. His fielding ability looks good enough to allow him to stick at the hot corner. With a strong arm, he has no problem throwing with strength and precision to first base. Trey also possesses a good amount of power that started to show towards the end of his stint with Double-A Birmingham last year. That being said, his ability to make contact has left much to desire. Although he improved his ability to take walks, he still hit .234 in his second season at Double-A. He is still young and has plenty of time to figure out his ability to make contact. If he does, he can project to be a solid third baseman in the future.

2017 (A-AA): .243/.317/.388, 13 HR, 50 RBI

Career: .247/.327/.382, 44 HR, 280 RBI

25. Evan Skoug

Evan Skoug is a catcher that the White Sox drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 draft. Skoug’s sample size in pro-ball has been limited to 25 games since being drafted so not much should be drawn from that yet. Going back to his college career at TCU Skoug’s power draws the most attention, with his contact numbers also being strong. Skoug’s fielding and arm are decent behind the plate, but his arm is not quite as strong as Collins’. Skough looks to have the potential of being a big league catcher, his 2018 season in the minors should be important in seeing his transition from college to pro baseball.

2017 and Career (25 games): .232/.333/.427, 3 HR, 10 RBI

26. Daniel Palka

Daniel Palka is a 26-year-old outfielder originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2013 draft. Palka has found his way to the southside after being claimed of the Twins waivers.  Palka has a lot of raw power. In 2016 he was able to hit 34 homers between Double-A and Triple-A. Although those numbers dropped a bit in 2017, he was injured for a time. He does have some swing and miss issues, but for the most part, his contact ability is average. In the field Palka has good speed, it is not elite level, but it is more than enough to get the job done.

He needs some work on route running, but his arm is above average. He looks to be a potential 4th outfielder or maybe a designated hitter should any of his fielding ability start to regress. His spring training should also draw some eyes, as he will look to potentially make the major league roster out of spring training.

2017(AAA): .274/.329/.431, 11 HR, 42 RBI

Career: .269/.343/.496, 106 HR, 354 RBI

27. Brian Clark

Brian Clark is a left-handed pitcher drafted by the Sox in the 9th round of the 2014 draft. Clark has moved through the minors fairly quickly. At 24 years old, Clark looks close to being ready for a major league call-up. Clark throws a low 90s four-seam fastball that occasionally hits 95 MPH, a two-seam fastball in the high 80s to low 90s, a changeup and a slider with a decent break. The White Sox will likely want to use him as a reliever as he would be a decent left-handed option in key situations. He has a strong command of the strike zone due to his improved control of his off-speed pitches and his ability to work low in the zone.

2017: 6-1, 4.01 ERA, 44K

Career: 19-14, 2.96 ERA, 229K

28. Ryan Burr

Ryan Burr was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2015 and was traded to the White Sox for international bonus pool money. Burr is a right-handed pitcher with an electric fastball. Burr also throws a slider and change-up to keep hitters off balance at the plate. His fastball usually hits between 94-97 MPH and tops off around 98. He can have it sink when needed, but also appears to be rising to hitters when it is thrown up in the zone. His slider is average, a smaller break, but it is a tighter pitcher overall.

Burr is able to command his fastball fairly well, but the same can’t really be said for his secondary pitches. Burr is still young, at 23 years old, he needs to develop more control on his secondary pitches, and he should have continued success at higher levels. He projects to be a middle relief pitch=er should he make the major leagues.

2017 (A-A+): 2-2, 1.65 ERA, 88K

Career: 7-4, 1.84 ERA, 157K

29. Victor Diaz

Victor Diaz was acquired from the Boston Red Sox as a part of the Chris Sale trade. Diaz struggled in 2017 but has shown some potential in previous seasons. At 6 foot 3 inches, Diaz has a good pitchers frame, which helps guide his impressive fastball. His fastball hits between 96-99 MPH and occasionally hits 100 MPH. He has the most control with his fastball. His slider does have a two-plane movement to it, but it is inconsistent. He has trouble finding his release point with it many times. His change-up is a late addition and is still being worked on. He looks to be a late reliever option, but he is fairly far away from the majors at this time.

2017: 0-1, 14.25 ERA, 14K

Career: 8-7, 4.29 ERA, 112K

30. Seby Zavala

Drafted by the White Sox in the 12th round of the 2015 draft, catcher Seby Zavala had an impressive 2017 season. Showing development in his power and contact abilities at the plate, Zavala was called up to Single-A Winston Salem and shined. His ability to get the bat through the zone quickly helps improve his power. Zavala still needs work on his handling behind the plate as he has trouble with some balls in the dirt.

His arm has improved over the last season more so due to his improved reaction time, rather than improving his arm strength, which could be a good thing should he be able to improve his arm strength it would rise to above average levels. He is likely to start 2018 in Double-A, seeing if the power is still there and how much he is able to improve behind the plate should be important in seeing his potential as a future big league catcher.

2017 (A-A+): .282/.353/.499, 21 HR, 72 RBI

Career: .276/.351/.469, 32 HR, 156 RBI

31. Alex Call

Drafted in the third round of the 2016 draft, outfielder Alex Call hit a bit of a rough patch after starting off strong in 2016. Call’s speed is his most impressive attribute, it allows him to cover a lot of ground and makes it more likely that he could play centerfield in the majors. His fielding is average, and his arm is very impressive. Call’s ability at the plate is a bit lacking, he has some power, but not a whole lot and his contact numbers need improvement.

2017 (ROK-A+): .207/.295/.316, 3 HR, 33 RBI

Career: .263/.350/.388, 9 HR, 68 RBI

32. Jameson Fisher

The White Sox picked Jameson Fisher in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Fisher is most noted for his knowledge of the strike zone, which has granted him plenty of walks so far in his career. He also saw an increase in power numbers with more home runs and doubles than he was projected. Fisher’s fielding is average, he will get the job done most of the time, and his arm is serviceable. Fisher saw a decrease in his batting average since moving to Single-A Winston Salem. Contact will definitely be something he will continue to work on next season.

2017 (A-A+): .245/.342/.402, 10 HR, 68 RBI

Career: .273/.369/.426, 14 HR, 93 RBI

33. Matt Rose

The White Sox received Matt Rose as a part of the Jose Quintana trade. Rose has a good amount of power but has trouble with the strike zone occasionally. He has a higher strikeout rate than most would like to see (29%), however since heading over to the Sox his batting average and on-base percentage did improve. He’s adequate in the field with a below average arm. Rose needs to develop a better eye at the plate and work on bringing that strikeout rate down, as at 23-years-old and only at A+ ball he needs to start developing quicker if he wants to make the majors.

2017: .242/.300/.479, 18 HR, 61 RBI,

Career: .245/.311/.441, 39 HR, 157 RBI

34. Ti’Quan Forbes

Ti’Quan Forbes was acquired from the Texas Rangers in a trade for Miguel Gonzalez. Forbes had a rough showing in 2017, not showing much of his capabilities. Known mostly for his speed, Forbes has the potential to be a pest on the basepaths. To go along with his speed, he has good reflexes, which has helped him stick at third base. His arm is solid and should develop more as he matures. Forbes had good hitting ability coming out of high school, but it is yet to really show in pro-ball. He doesn’t have too much power, but it could develop as he matures. However, he is more likely to be a leadoff hitter in the future.

2017 (A-A+): .234/.281/.342, 11 HR, 45 RBI

Career: .245/.303/.329, 15 HR, 124 RBI


35. Ian Hamilton

Since being drafted in the 11th round of the 2016 draft, Ian Hamilton has shown some solid progress in the minors so far. Although not being highly regarded by scouts his body of work in the minors has been impressive. At 22-years-old the right-handed pitcher recently moved from being a starter to a late-inning reliever. He showed an improved velocity on his fastball in 2017, which usually sits in the mid-90s. He has a high 80s slider that has a good break but needs more command. After struggling in Double-A in 2017 he went back to Single-A Winston Salem and dominated.

2017(A+-AA): 4-6, 2.64 ERA, 74K

Career: 5-7, 2.93 ERA, 103K

36. Matt Foster

23-year-old Matt Foster was selected by the White Sox in the 2016 MLB draft. He was actually at Single-A Winston Salem in 2017, but he was sent down to Single-A Kannapolis despite pitching fairly well. With Winston Salem, he posted a 0-2 record with a 0.68 ERA over 13 innings pitched with 14 strikeouts. As a closer, those are pretty good numbers. He throws a fastball in the low 90s and a curveball with a decent break. If he wants to succeed at higher levels of competition some scouts believe he needs to develop another pitch. Foster could become a sleeper prospect in the future.

2017 (A-A+): 0-2, 1.30 ERA, 33K

Career: 0-2, 0.94 ERA, 74K

37. Tyler Danish

Already once receiving the call-up to the major league club, Tyler Danish presents a good amount of options for the White Sox. They need to decide whether or not to use him as a starter or reliever in the future. He did fairly well in his one major league game in 2017, however, as a whole, he struggled again in Triple-A Charlotte. He throws a fastball with a bit of movement and it sits in the high 80s to low 90s. His slider and change-up have strong movement and he has pretty good control over them. His pitches, particularly his fastball are just to hittable at this time, which is why some think he is better suited as a relief pitcher. At 23-years-old, he is still young and has time to figure things out.

2017: 4-14, 5.47 ERA, 71K

Career: 25-39, 4.05 ERA, 360K

38. Mason Robbins

Drafted by the White Sox in the 25th round of the 2014 draft, Mason Robbins didn’t carry a lot of hype out of draft day. However, his hard work in the minors has produced good numbers. Handling the bat well in each year in the minors has built his average up and he has showcased good power numbers. In 2017 he made great strides in reducing his strikeouts. If Robbins keeps finding this kind of success throughout his minor league career, he may be a surprise to most in the majors.

2017: .265/.293/.310, 3 HR, 36 RBI

Career: .284/.307/.384, 18 HR, 177 RBI

39. Andre Davis

The White Sox received Andre Davis as a part of the Melky Cabrera trade. Davis stands 6 foot 6 inches, which gives him a bigger frame to work with on the mound. He has a low 90s fastball and a curveball that has average movement. He needs work controlling both pitches as they tend to “miss” in the middle of the zone rather than outside it. This has made him easier to hit. However, his K/9 (8.53) and BB/9 (4.97) have been great.

2017: 6-5, 4.58 ERA, 99K

Career: 10-9, 5.07 ERA, 159K

40. John Parke

Parke was drafted by the White Sox in the 21st round of the 2017 draft. Comming out of the University of South Carolina, Parke spent his first 14 games of pro ball in the White Sox rookie league. He struggled a little bit in his senior year at South Carolina, but he may start to figure things out in the minors.

2017 and Career: 3-2, 2.77 ERA, 46K

41. Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez was signed out of Venezuela in 2012. The 22-year-old right-hander has had quite a bit of experience in the minor leagues so far. He was called up to Single-A Winston Salem, but he was sent back down to Single-A Kannapolis after struggling. He throws a mid 90s fastball with better command in 2017 than previous seasons. Martinez also has a slider and change with the change starting to develop more control.

2017 (A-A+): 8-4, 4.17 ERA, 93K

Career: 25-30, 4.20 ERA, 365K

42. Justin Yurchak

Justin Yurchak was drafted in the 12th round of the 2017 MLB draft. In his 60 games with the Great Falls Voyagers in the Pioneer League, he has absolutely shined. Yurchak is showing great power and contact ability. At this point, his fielding is suspect but could improve over time. He mostly plays DH, which limits his time in the field. If he can show strong fielding ability in the future, he may move up on the list.

2017 and Career: .345/.448/.520, 8 HR, 27 RBI

43. Bernardo Flores

Drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 draft, left-handed pitcher Bernardo Flores has moved through the minors fairly well so far. At 22-years-old Flores got up to Single-A Winston Salem last season. Flores throws a four-seam fastball that hits between 91-94 MPH, but occasionally reaches 97 MPH. He also has an impressive change-up with a lot of movement, a cutter, and fastball. Flores’ command needs to improve especially on his fastball, but he has shown impressive development in the minors so far.

2017 (A-A+): 10-7, 3.42 ERA, 103K

Career: 16-9, 3.44 ERA, 155K

44. Sam Dexter

The White Sox drafted Sam Dexter in the 23rd round of the 2016 draft. He has had a good eye throughout his career, but not a whole lot of power. He is a flexible fielder as he is listed as a shortstop, but has spent time at second and third. Although he has not had much experience in the minors yet, he has moved his way up to Single-A Winston-Salem. The injury bug has caught Dexter a few times, so we will need to see more playing time from him in order to determine his future.

2017 (ROK-A+): .267/.321/.665, 2 HR, 12 RBI

Career: .248/.321/.344, 4 HR, 29 RBI

45. Yeyson Yrizarri

Acquired from the Rangers in exchange for international bonus pool money, Yeyson Yrizarri has been in the minor leagues since 2014. This 21-year-old shortstop has a solid amount of raw power and a good approach at the plate. Although his speed is average, his fielding ability allows him to stay at shortstop. He’s young and has time to develop, he could be another sleeper prospect candidate.

2017 (A-A+): .268/.290/.380, 8 HR, 48 RBI

Career: .265/.291/.370, 18 HR, 159 RBI

46. Danny Mendick

Shortstop Danny Mendick was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2015 draft. His biggest asset is his speed. Mendick’s speed is above average and has allowed him to steal a decent amount of bags, but it helps him out alot more in the field. He is a very agressive hitter, commonly swinging early in the count, which also causes some swing and miss issues. He has below average power, although he was able to hit 10 bombs last season. Mendick should start next year in Double-A again in 2018.

2017 (A+-AA): .256/.340/.405, 10 HR, 51 RBI

Career: .256/.335/.373, 17 HR, 114 RBI

47. Sam Abbot

Drafted in the 8th round of the 2017 MLB draft, Sam Abbot was signed out of high school.  He plays first base and spent last season with the White Sox Rookie league team. He has some decent contact ability and a decent amount of power, although it hasn’t shown yet in his limited experience in the minors. At 18-years-old and being picked out of high school his ability will change as he matures and could show more potential in the future.

2017 and Career: .225/.344/.275, 0 HR, 7 RBI

48. Zach Lewis

Zach Lewis was drafted by the Pittsburgh in the 33rd round of the 2014 draft but didn’t sign with the team. After going through college and being undrafted, the White Sox signed him to a deal in 2017. He performed pretty well in Rookie ball last season. He throws a fastball in the high 80s, a curveball with an 11-5 break which he occasionally loses angle on and throws it more like a slurve, and a changeup that is in the low 80s. Lewis has good mechanics in his motion; he needs more experience to judge his future as a relief pitcher or starter.

2017 and Career: 6-1, 2.72 ERA, 45K

49. Kevin George

Known for his funky 3/4 delivery, Kevin George was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2017 draft. George is a left-handed pitcher from Menlo College. In his first year of pro ball, he struck out 26 hitters in 22 innings pitched.

2017 and Career: 3-4, 2.05 ERA, 26K

50. Lenyn Sosa

The Sox signed Lenyn Sosa in 2017 out of Venezuela. Sosa is an 18-year-old shortstop with average power. He has shown the ability to limit strikeouts and take walks when needed. He could develop into a more prominent prospect in the organization, but more playing time is required.

2017 and Career: .270/.330/.358, 2 HR, 23 RBI


51. Danny Hayes

Danny Hayes was drafted by the White Sox in the 13th round of the 2013 draft. At 27-years-old, 2018 is a crossroads season for Danny Hayes. Last season his batting average dropped again, and his strikeout rate stayed high. Despite this, Hayes has plenty of power. He’s noted for being slick at first base, handling the position well. He could be a good left-handed power option in the future, but with the contact numbers as low as they are, he will need some serious improvement in order make it to the show.

2017: .228/.327/.415, 19 HR, 67 RBI

52. Robinson Leyer

Signed out of the Dominican Republic back in 2012, Robinson Leyer has had some ups and downs in his career. Currently playing in Double-A Birmingham, Leyer throws a mid 90s fastball that can occasionally hit 97 MPH, a slider in the low 80s with a decent break, and a changeup that floats between 84-86 MPH. He still has a few control issues, leaving pitches up and over the zone allowing him to get hit rather easily.

2017: 2-4, 3.55 ERA, 62K

Career: 20-37, 4.33 ERA, 386K

53. Zack Thompson

Drafted in the 5th round in the 2014 draft, Zack Thompson has slipped a bit from his original draft expectations. He hasn’t seen much development in his pitches since being drafted yet. Thompson throws a four-seam fastball in the mid-90s, a two-seam fastball in the low 90s and a knuckle-curve in the low 80s. He got hit quite a bit last season in Single-A Winston Salem; he may want to consider a transition to a reliever role.

2017: 2-7, 5.50 ERA, 73K

Career: 16-26, 4.31 ERA, 291K

54. Aron McRee

The White Sox signed Aron McRee as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He performed well in the Pioneer League, but made a quick jump to Singe-A Winston Salem and struggled a bit. He only pitched ten games. However, McRee needs to work on being able to go deeper in games to develop as a starter.

2017: 1-6, 5.00 ERA, 36K

Career: 6-6, 3.30 ERA, 90K


55. Courtney Hawkins

Drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, Hawkins was once the number 1 prospect in the Sox system, but he has struggled since then. His power is still there, but it has not been as prominent as expected. Since 2013 his contact numbers have been significantly lower, and he has had many swing and miss issues. His pitch recognition needs much more improvement if he wants to succeed in the major leagues. His speed is nothing special, but his arm is above average. He has the potential to be a high power corner outfielder, but unless he improves his power numbers, it’s unlikely he will make the majors.

2017 (A-AA): .205/.262/.352, 12 HR, 33 RBI

Career: .223/.285/.400, 79 HR, 313 RBI

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