All three shortstops at the upper levels seem to fit the bill of utilityman profiles, but don’t have the upside of a Lenyn Sosa, Lency Delgado or Yolbert Sánchez.
In A-ball, Lenyn Sosa is clearly the better of the two prospects, as he’s four years younger than Johan Cruz; he’s also the second-ranked shortstop prospect in the organization (behind only Yolbert Sánchez) according to MLB Pipeline.
There is a decent degree of upside both offensively and defensively among rookie league shortstops. In fact, the talent level here may actually exceed any at the higher levels, with the possible exception of Lenyn Sosa.
Anthony Rendon is the top of the class, but there are some other solid third sackers available via free agency for 2020.
Time for the fun stuff: An exhaustive look at the best everyday player on the White Sox roster.
With the possible exception of Camilo Quinteiro, these guys appear to be only organizational depth pieces unless they bounce back in a big way in 2020.
While Yeyson Yrizarri has yet to advance to Birmingham despite spending nearly 2 ½ years with Winston-Salem, Jake Burger hasn’t even participated in game action for two years due to injuries. Both guys are still young enough to attain their high ceilings — but 2020 will be a big year for both.
There is indeed some talent here, though it’s mostly raw. The AZL third basemen appear to be the best of this group.
With the pickings pretty slim at second, it’s awfully nice that the White Sox seem set at the spot.
As a player who’s actually been in the White Sox organization longer than anyone else, it would be nice to see Sánchez contribute —even if it’s just as a reserve infielder — to a winning team for a change.
Nick Madrigal and Danny Mendick are, by far, the best second basemen in the White Sox system.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of long-term talent at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, so this trio needs to prove some people wrong in 2020.
While there is some decent talent at Great Falls, Arizona and the Dominican, nobody is firmly established enough yet to be a surefire lock for full-season ball in 2020.
It’s a robust field this free agency period — and the White Sox have a need for offense.
Does Abreu truly have a ‘lifetime’ deal? We’ll find out, as he tests free agency for the first time.
The true prospect on this list is Gavin Sheets, who enjoyed his best power season to date this year at pitching-friendly Regions Field in Birmingham.
With a depth chart boasting Vaughn, Zangari and Osik, first base is in good hands at the A level.
While there’s nobody here that is a Top 30 organizational prospect as of yet, there are a couple of interesting bats worth watching here — especially with Great Falls.
After Yasmani Grandal, this year’s crop of backstops is … lacking.
James McCann had a surprisingly great year for the White Sox in 2019, even punching a ticket to this year’s All-Star Game. What’s next for McCann and the White Sox in 2020?
There’s a catching logjam at the top of the system, and the White Sox are hoping at least one major league backstop can emerge from it.
With his mix of offensive competence and defensive strength, Carlos Perez stands out as our top A-ball catcher.
Due to the number of White Sox rookie league teams, each catcher gets relatively little playing time, with the DSL White Sox backstops looking sharpest.
This article delves into the left-handed relief options available this offseason; as in most years, the pickings are slim.
Bummer’s combination of low salary, years of team control and performance should make him a key contributor to future competitive squads on the South Side.
There are some major league (and experienced) arms at Charlotte, but the two most enticing southpaws in the White Sox system may reside in Birmingham.
The Winston-Salem southpaw bullpen arms are especially interesting — especially Andrew Perez and Jacob Lindgren.
The rookie corps of southpaws, especially at Great Falls and AZL, showed a lot of promise in 2019.
There are five 1.0 WAR-plus righty relievers out there this offseason … and a ton of bullpen projects after that.
Metrics don’t take kindly to pitchers like Colomé. Despite a mostly solid relieving career to date in which he’s posted 126 saves, he’s amassed only a 6.7 bWAR. With that said, there’s something to be said for Colomé being a relatively calming influence in the clubhouse.
Many of the top organizational bullpen arms finished the season with Birmingham and Charlotte this year. Hopefully with a little luck, some of these arms could be fixtures in the White Sox bullpen for years to come.
Even though none rank in MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 White Sox Prospect list, there is indeed some quality under-the-radar talent here. In fact, the strength of the Kannapolis squad this year may well have been its right-handed relief corps.
Let’s take a look at the Top 15 rookie league righties, focusing on five at each affiliate.
Go figure, the AFL-worst Desert Dogs host the AFL-best Saguaros, and … Glendale wins!
Plentiful left-handed starter options should be available this offseason. Let’s take a look at ’em.
It would be great to see Rodón finally reach his potential at some point in a White Sox uniform, no matter how likely it is.
Although the majority of players on this list are essentially organizational depth, there are a couple pitchers who could turn out to be something more.
Deep Dive: Winston-Salem and Kannapolis left-handed starters
Featuring the highest-ranked southpaw in the system (Konnor Pilkington), there are several other left-handed arms in Single-A who are worth watching as well.
There’a a nice trio of young lefties in the rookie classes, all holding great promise for the future.
Rough day at the dish: Micker Adolfo was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in tonight’s loss. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)…
This article delves into the plentiful right-handed starter options that could be available this offseason. Be forewarned: The quality of these free agents does drop rather quickly.
Working through a slump: Gavin Sheets has been off to a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, but he…
Lucas Giolito through 2018, his 2019 season with the White Sox, and what his future looks like with the team.
Glendale Desert Dogs 7, Águilas de Mexicali 2 Bennett Sousa (RP, 9th) IP, H, 3 K, 15 pitches/13 strikes (0.00…
For all the hand-wringing over lack of majors-ready arms in the upper levels, there are at least a few names here you’ll be seeing on the South Side soon.
Bennett Sousa gets a win, and Micker Adolfo guns down a runner!
Slow start: Gavin Sheets was in the starting lineup tonight, but he is still looking for his first hit in…
A-ball? That’s where you’ll find the most intriguing White Sox pitching prospect of all, as well as some other very promising “next wave” arms.
Hey, at least Tyler Johnson had himself a game!
With the two top 2019 draftee arms pitching out of AZL (though briefly), Arizona is ground zero for the White Sox’s long-term pitching future.
Five White Sox see debut-game action, in wildly uneven performances.
It was a successful season in Charlotte, fueled by the MLB ball, with the Knights only eliminated from the playoff race on the season’s last day.
Our monthly snapshots wind up with a look at the best of all eight affiliates in the final month of the season.
Speaking from his hometown of Tampa, Barnum talked about his drafting and career with the White Sox, transition to life with the Dogs, the pursuit of the home run record, and whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich.
If he maintains his health while continuing to produce, it’s not difficult to imagine McClure inserting himself into the White Sox plans for 2021 — as anywhere from a fifth starter to a setup role in the bullpen.
It was a tough year in Birmingham, but the must-watch 2019 Barons will continue as such in 2020.
It wasn’t a game to write home about, as Great Falls mostly mailed in their season finale.
Setting the table: Harvin Mendoza got on base in two out of his four plate appearances, as he went 2-for-4…
In this brutal defeat — there was something in the air all around Chicago this evening — the Voyagers failed to score one run.
When it is all said and done with the rebuild, the 2019 Winston-Salem Dash might have been the start of something special.
With playoff elimination on the outset if the Voyagers lost, they battled for 10 innings but came up short in a walk-off, 2-1 loss
While it was a down season for Kannapolis, there were still plenty of highlights and prospect excitement throughout the summer.
It was the last week for the full-season MILB teams, with Yermín Mercedes and Lenyn Sosa hitting two bombs apiece.
The Knights’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion, as they fell in extra innings.
The Knights’ rough week continued, but all other affiliates got victories.
Charlotte’s win puts it one up in the wild-card race, with two games remaining!
Solid pitching leads affiliates to 4-1 day … but the loss hurt, as Charlotte falls into a wild-card tie.
Jonathan Stiever keeps on looking like a top prospect, with another great start.
The big names highlight the stretch run, as Nick Madrigal and Jonathan Stiever had fantastic weeks … again.
Some of the more well-known White Sox prospects are heading down to play in Arizona in the revamped AFL.
Another heartbreaker for Charlotte, as their wild card lead is trimmed down to one.
It was an inspiring year for the AZL White Sox, in spite of a mediocre record.
Wrong-way Knights, heartbreaking Dash, and staying-alive Voyagers highlight the Tuesday action.
The DSL Sox greatly improved from their abysmal 2018 performance, thanks to huge seasons from players like Benyamin Bailey, Ronaldo Guzman, and Yolbert Sánchez.
Both the Knights and Dash lost crucial, stretch-run games.
A ridiculous finale in Arizona, as well as a doubleheader sweep in Montana, paces today’s action.
A split for Charlotte, but the undercard features a ton of terrible offensive games on the farm
The upper levels all came through with wins, while the rookie classes suffered a few heartbreakers.
It’s somewhat of a surprise that this bulky catcher’s promising offensive profile hasn’t landed him on the South Side already.
Solid start: Matthew Thompson had another short, strong outing in Arizona tonight. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen) Charlotte Knights 4,…
Despaigne wants back on the South Side, Steele Walker keeps clubbing, and Avery Weems cruises through another Pioneer League win.
The Charlotte Bats wreck havoc in Triple-A and some brilliant pitching performances from Week 20 in MILB.
Mostly victorious showings by the affiliates, and Luis Robert continues to torture Durham’s giant bull.
The Knights win a homer-happy slugfest, taking a one-game lead in the IL wild card race.
In the five games played today, White Sox affiliates outscored their opponents by a combined 27-5 margin. Is that good?
Tanner Banks pitches a gem, Yoán Moncada rehabs like a champ and Elijah Tatís gets his groove back
Trio of doubles powers Dash to victory; everyone else loses bye
John Parke was nearly perfect, while the Knights flashed some big power