Chicago White Sox Top Minor League Prospects

The Chicago White Sox have last won the World Series in 2005 against the Houston Astros in four games and they have also not reached the playoffs since the 2008 season. They lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in four games in the ALDS nonetheless.

The White Sox have been trying to rebuild its team ever since then nonetheless. Their cross-town rivals the Chicago Cubs recently won the World Series in 2016 against the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

The White Sox are ready to not be mediocre anymore and take that next step. Chicago has to deal with the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins, but the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers are still a couple of years away.

The Chicago White Sox have already had some decent prospects called up nonetheless. How much more does Chicago have and who are some of them?

Luis Robert

The top-ranked prospect in the White Sox’s farm system is outfielder Luis Robert. He bats from the right side of the plate and Robert was signed as an international free agent on May 27, 2017. He is expected to play for Chicago in the majors in 2020 and be on the Opening Day Roster whenever that is due to the coronavirus.

Luis Robert can hit for average and power. He will be batting most likely at the top of the order for the Chicago White Sox. Robert is also a decent fielder none the less. In 122 games with three different teams in the minors last season, his batting average was .328 with 32 home runs and 92 RBI’s, along with 36 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .376.

Andrew Vaughn

The second-best prospect in Chicago’s farm system is first baseman, Andrew Vaughn. Vaughn was drafted third overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. He bats from the right side of the plate and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021.

Andrew Vaughn is going to develop rapidly in the minors. He is the future first baseman. Jose Abreu is the current first baseman for the Chicago White Sox. It will be interesting to see if Chicago deals him or if they keep him as the designated hitter moving forward none the less. Abreu is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this baseball team. Vaughn could fill right away whenever he gets called up to the majors.

Andrew Vaughn played in 55 games with three different teams last season. His batting average was .278 with six home runs and 36 RBI’s, along with stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .374. He is currently in High-A with the Winston-Salem Dash nonetheless.

Michael Kopech

The third best prospect in the Chicago White Sox’s farm system is right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech. He is currently in Triple-A with the Charlotte Knights.

He was the 33rd overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2014 MLB Draft bu the Boston Red Sox. Chicago plans on having Kopech a top of its rotation one day because he has that kind of potential none the less.

He and Yoan Moncada were two of the four prospects that were traded for starting pitcher Chris Sale at the 2016 winter meetings nonetheless. Kopech reached the majors in August 2018, but he had command issues that sent back down tot he minors. He missed all of 2019 due to Tommy John Surgery and the Chicago White Sox hope he will return stronger than ever before none the less.

Michael Kopech got comparisons to New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Kopech throws his 4-seam fastball anywhere between 95-99, but he once reached 105 mph in a minor league game in 2016.

His slider can also reach anywhere between 85-89 mph none the less. If Michael Kopech can’t bounce back, it will be interesting to see what the Chicago White Sox do with him. Maybe they could move him to the bullpen, but I don’t think that is their plan none the less.

In four starts with Chicago in 2018, his record was 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA. In 14.1 innings pitched, he gave up 20 hits and eight runs. He also walked two batters and struck out 15.

In the minors in 24 games with the Charlotte Knights in 2018, his record was 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA. In 126.1 innings pitched, Michael Kopech gave up 101 hits and 58 runs. He also walked 60 batters and struck out 170.

Nick Madrigal

The fourth-ranked prospect in Chicago’s farm system is second baseman, Nick Madrigal. He is currently in Double-A with the Birmingham Barons. Madrigal is also rapidly developing in the minor leagues and he was drafted fourth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Nick Madrigal is a beast and went to Oregon State. He helped them win a World Series Title in the 2018 season. Madrigal is going to be a stud as a second baseman at the next level sooner rather than later.

He is projected to reach the majors in 2020, but Nick Madrigal is most likely going to have to wait until 2021 to make his MLB debut with the Chicago White Sox nonetheless.

With three different teams in 120 games last season, his batting average was .311 with four home runs and 55 RBI’s, along with 35 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was also .377.

The fifth thru eighth ranked prospects for the Chicago White Sox is right-handed pitcher Jonathan Stiever (#5 ranked Chicago White Sox prospect, according to MLB.com), right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning (#6 ranked Chicago White Sox prospect, according to MLB.com), right-handed pitcher Matthew Thompson (#7 ranked Chicago White Sox prospect, according to MLB.com, and outfielder Micker Adolfo (#8 ranked Chicago White Sox prospect, according to MLB.com).

For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com and click on the players tab and select top prospects nonetheless.

Who do you think are some of the top Chicago White Sox prospects? Leave a comment below.

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