Chicago White Sox: An Inside Look at Some Top Prospects
The Chicago White Sox have not won the World Series since the 2005 season. They haven’t been a very good ball club in over the past decade. The Chicago Cubs have been the team of Chicago over the past several years. The White Sox hope to steal the city’s thunder once again in baseball sometime soon.
Over the past several years, the Chicago White Sox have drafted well and because of it, they have developed one of the best farm systems in baseball. Chicago is turning the corner a little bit even though their record doesn’t show it. There record so far this season is 46-57.
They are in third place in the American League Central and the White Sox are 17 games back of the Minnesota Twins for first place in the division. In 2020 or 2021, Chicago could potentially contend for a wild card spot in the American League or potentially the division crown.
Who are some of the top prospects in the Chicago White Sox’s farm system?
The top-rated prospect in Chicago’s farm system is outfielder, Luis Robert. He has made his way through the minors this season. Robert started the season in High-A with the Winston-Salem Dash. He is now playing in Triple-A with the Charlotte Knights. The White Sox already have outfielder Eloy Jimenez in the big leagues and he has made an impact big time during his rookie season. Luis Robert will also be a very good fit in the outfield once he reaches the big leagues sometime next season. Robert is 21 years old. He was signed as an international free agent on May 27, 2017. In 91 games in the minors so far this season, Luis Robert’s batting average is .347 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI’s, along with 34 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .401.
The third best prospect in the White Sox’s farm system is first baseman, Andrew Vaughn. He was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. It is clear that Vaughn is the first baseman of the future. Chicago will most likely move on from Jose Abreu at some point before Andrew Vaughn reaches the majors. He is projected to reach the majors sometime next season and that seems kind of quick. Vaughn realistically might be there in 2021. He is 21 years old. Andrew Vaughn is currently playing in Single-A with the Kannapolis Intimidators. His batting average so far this season is .306 with three home runs and 15 RBI’s. Vaughn’s on-base percentage is .420, in 26 games.
The fifth-best prospect in the Chicago White Sox’s farm system is second baseman, Nick Madrigal. He is currently playing in Double-A with the Birmingham Barons. Madrigal is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. He is 22 years old. Nick Madrigal is a very good contact hitter and fielder. His batting average in 90 games so far this season is .308 with three home runs and 46 RBI’s, along with 31 stolen bases. Madrigal’s on-base percentage is .374.
The seventh-best prospect in their farm system is outfielder, Steele Walker. His upside is either a third or a fourth outfielder in the big leagues. Walker is currently playing in High-A with the Winston-Salem Dash. He is 22 years old and Steele Walker was a second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He is projected to reach the majors in 2021. In 90 games played in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .281 with seven home runs and 49 RBI’s, along with nine stolen bases. Walker’s on-base percentage is .358.
The eighth-best prospect in Chicago’s farm system is right-handed pitcher, Jonathan Stiever. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Stiever does a solid job at mixing up his speed with his pitches. Jonathan Stiever‘s fastball reaches the high 90s and his curveball reaches the 70s. He is currently pitching in High-A with the Winston-Salem Dash. Stiever is 22 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021. His ceiling is a number three starter. Jonathan Stiever’s record so far this season is 8-9 with a 3.78 ERA. In 119 innings pitched, he has given up 119 hits and 54 runs. Stiever has walked 22 batters and has struck out 128.
The ninth-best prospect in the White Sox’s farm system is outfielder, Luis Alexander Basabe. He signed as an international free agent with the Boston Red Sox on August 16, 2012. Basabe could potentially be blocked for playing time in the outfielder in the near future and he might need to be with another team to play almost every day. Luis Alexander Basabe is projected to reach the majors sometime next season and he is also 22 years old. Basabe is currently playing with the Birmingham Barons in Double-A. In 50 games in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .243 with one home run and 19 RBI’s, along with eight stolen bases.
The 10th best prospect in the Chicago White Sox’s farm system is outfielder, Blake Rutherford. Chicago has loads of outfielders in the farm system. The problem is there won’t be enough playing time for a lot of these guys with only room to play three every day unless one of them is the designated hitter. The New York Yankees drafted Rutherford in the first round in 2016. He is currently playing in Double-A. Blake Rutherford is 22 years old and he is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. His batting average in 90 games so far this season is .252 with seven home runs and 37 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases.
The 17th best prospect in their farm system is left-handed pitcher, Konnor Pilkington. He was a third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Pilkington is 21 years old and he many project him to reach the majors in 2021. Konnor Pilkington will be a low-end starter and his ceiling could be a number three starters. With some of the pitchers they have drafted recently, he might see a move to the bullpen. Pilkington is currently playing in High-A. His record so far this season is 3-8 with a 4.50 ERA. In 98 innings pitched, he has given up 89 hits and 50 runs. Konnor Pilkington has walked 41 batters and struck out 106.
For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com.
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