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The White Sox Farm Report From Triple A Charlotte

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White Sox Farm System Report (Triple A Charlotte)

The White Sox unloaded all-star pitcher Chris Sale and right fielder Adam Eaton for many top prospects. This, along with strong draft picks in 2016 and break out starts from others, the Chicago White Sox have complete revitalized their farm system, that the TSJ MLB team ranked 3rd best in baseball. See list: 2017 MLB Farm System Rankings

So here is the Chicago White Sox farm system report, checking in on top prospects and those who started out the season hot and cold.

Yoan Moncada (Hot)

MLB’s number 1 prospect in baseball has started the 2017 campaign just like you would expect. Moncada is absolutely crushing the baseball and playing excellent defense. Moncada is definitely showing off all five tools with Triple A Charlotte.

So far Moncada has posted a superb batting line of .345 AVG/.419 OBP/.549 SLG with 11 RBIs and 6 home runs. He has also showed off his speed by swiping 8 bags already this season. Moncada’s fielding percentage currently sits at .984 and the coaching staff claims they have seen a lot of improvement from him.

The question most people are asking is when will Moncada be called up? Well, let’s start with, is Moncada ready to be called up? The simple answer is yes, Moncada is putting up better numbers than he did in the minors in 2016, which were already fantastic.

Will the White Sox call him up anytime soon? No, baring any major injuries to Carlos Sanchez and Tyler Salidino. Although he is crushing the ball the Sox probably won’t call him up till later in the season. Sox GM Rick Hahn has already stated that the Sox won’t risk the development of their prospects for a push for the post season.

Lucas Giolito (Cold)

At the time most people considered pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to be the centerpiece of the Adam Eaton trade. Giolito joined the White Sox farm system in Triple A Charlotte and looked to improve on his 2016 performance.  However, Giolito has started the season ice cold on the mound. Posting an 0-5 record with a troubling 7.31 ERA.

Giolito is having trouble with his curveball and command for his pitches in general. This has lead to him missing spots and giving up more hits than his previous season. A bright spot for Giolito though, is the resurgence of his fastball. Most likely due to more consistent mechanics, he is starting to throw his fastball up around the 95-96 from time to time.

Many fans are concerned about Giolito’s future with the Sox, but their concerns are not warranted…yet. Yes Giolito has had a rough start to the 2017 season, but remember, he is still young. Giolitio is only 22 and more work with Don Cooper should help him regain his command.

Carson Fulmer (Hot)

The Sox number 1 draft pick in the 2015 draft has had a fantastic start to the 2017 season. Fulmer has started 6 games, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.88 ERA and 25 strikeouts. He did play with the White Sox in 2016, however, they used him out of the bullpen.

Fulmer needs to be used as a starter, his stuff is still electric late in the game and the Sox could definitely use him. Fulmer did have a pretty solid spring training session, and his work with Don Cooper is clearly paying off.

The White Sox are likely to send down Dylan Covey once James Shields returns, and if Mike Pelfrey continues to struggle then the Sox should consider bringing up Fulmer to take the number 5 spot in the rotation at least until Carlos Rodon returns from the disabled list. The big league experience as a starter is what Fulmer needs to develop into a future front end of the rotation starter.

Nicky Delmonico (Hot)

After being released by the Brewers back in 2015, Nicky Delmonico was given another shot with the Chicago White Sox farm system. He has made good on the second chance. Delmonico has posted a batting line of .295 AVG/.378 OBP/.446 SLG with 14 RBIs.

With his improved offensive numbers and good defense at 3rd he has made a good impression with the Sox. Delmonico is another player many fans want to see brought up to the major league roster sooner than later. If Delmonico is brought up, he would likely be put at the DH spot with third basemen Matt Davidson and Todd Frazier already on the major league roster.

I think we won’t see Delmonico brought up soon unless Cody Asche’s struggles get worse. If Todd Frazier is traded at the deadline and Delmonico continues to hit the ball well, he may get brought up to play DH and sub in at 3rd every once in a while.

Zack Burdi (Hot)

One of the White Sox 2016 first round draft picks, Zack Burdi, has had an awesome start to the season. Although he has a blown save and an 0-1 record, the rest of Burdi’s season has been fantastic. He has held opposing hitters to a .178 batting average and has converted 3 of 4 saves with 19 strikeouts.

Burdi had one of the most impressive spring’s out of all the White Sox prospects and his start to the season is promising. Many scouts, coaches and fans alike see Burdi being a closer in the future. His fastball lights up the radar gun at over 100 MPH sometimes. His slider is sharp and his changeup provides a good change in speeds which makes Burdi a dominate pitcher.

It is definitely early in the season to talk about Burdi’s consistency based on 10 games pitched, but pair the start to 2017 with his spring training stats and quick rise through the minors in 2017 and then his consistency shows. Burdi has a lot of talent and could be a closer in the future if he continues to develop. Look to see Burdi called up for some major league action.