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.
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.
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.
Lucas Giolito through 2018, his 2019 season with the White Sox, and what his future looks like with the team.
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.
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.
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.