Chicago White Sox: Top 10 Prospects

Scouting reports for the Top
10 Prospects
 

Premium (How to
subscribe
)

White Sox
Chat
 

Premium

Phil Rogers

Pre-Order the 2008 Prospect
Handbook

30 scouting reports on
every team

TOP
TEN

PROSPECTS

1. Aaron
Poreda, lhp
2. Lance Broadway, rhp
3. Jack Egbert, rhp
4. Jose Martinez, of
5. Chris Getz, 2b
6. John Ely, rhp
7. Juan Silverio, ss
8. John Shelby Jr., of
9. Adam Russell, rhp
10. Kyle McCulloch, rhp
BEST

TOOLS

Best Hitter for
Average
Chris
Getz
Best
Power Hitter
Brandon
Allen
Best
Strike-Zone Discipline
Chris
Getz
Fastest
Baserunner
Paulo
Orlando
Best
Athlete
Lyndon Estill
Best
Fastball
Aaron
Poreda
Best
Curveball
Lance
Broadway
Best
Slider
Kanekoa
Texeira
Best
Changeup
Lance
Broadway
Best
Control
Jack
Egbert
Best
Defensive Catcher
Donny
Lucy
Best
Defensive Infielder
Robert
Valido
Best
Infield Arm
Juan
Silverio
Best
Defensive Outfielder
Paulo
Orlando
Best
Outfield Arm
Jose
Martinez
PROJECTED
2011

LINEUP

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski
First
Base
Paul
Konerko
Second
Base
Chris
Getz
Third
Base
Joe
Crede
Shortstop Orlando Cabrera
Left
Field
Josh
Fields
Center
Field
Nick
Swisher
Right
Field
Carlos
Quentin
Designated
Hitter
Jermaine
Dye
No.
1 Starter
Mark
Buehrle
No.
2 Starter
Javier
Vazquez
No.
3 Starter
Aaron
Poreda
No.
4 Starter
John
Danks
No.
5 Starter
Lance
Broadway
Closer Bobby Jenks
TOP PROSPECTS

OF
THE DECADE

Year Player,
Position
2007
1998 Mike Caruso, ss

South Coast League

1999 Carlos Lee, 3b

Astros
2000 Kip Wells, rhp

Cardinals
2001 Jon Rauch, rhp Nationals
2002 Joe Borchard, of

Marlins

2003 Joe Borchard, of

Marlins
2004
Joe Borchard, of

Marlins
2005 Brian Anderson, of

White
Sox
2006 Bobby Jenks, rhp White
Sox
2007 Ryan Sweeney, of White
Sox
TOP DRAFT PICKS

OF
THE DECADE

Year Player, Position 2007
1998 Kip
Wells, rhp
Cardinals
1999 Jason
Stumm, rhp
Out of
baseball
2000 Joe
Borchard, of
Marlins
2001 Kris
Honel, rhp
White
Sox
2002 Royce
Ring, lhp
Braves
2003 Brian
Anderson, of
White
Sox
2004 Josh
Fields, 3b
White
Sox
2005 Lance
Broadway, rhp
White
Sox
2006 Kyle
McCulloch, rhp
White
Sox
2007 Aaron
Poreda, lhp
White
Sox
LARGEST BONUSES

IN
CLUB HISTORY

Joe Borchard,
2000
$5,300,000
Jason Stumm,
1999
$1,750,000
Royce Ring,
2002
$1,600,000
Lance Broadway,
2005
$1,570,000
Brian Anderson,
2003
$1,500,000
WHITE
SOX

LINKS

White
Sox’ Team Page
White
Sox Top 10 Scouting Reports
 

Premium

Last
Year’s White Sox Top 10 Prospects
2007
Draft: White Sox
(Basic Database)
2007
Draft: White Sox
 

Premium (Advanced
Database)

2007
Draft Report Cards: American League
 

Premium

Complete
Index of Top 10 Prospects
Pre-Order
the 2008 Prospect
Handbook

Chicago White Sox

Few owners in
baseball are more loyal than Jerry Reinsdorf. Few general managers
are more aggressive than Ken Williams. Those two personalities came
to a crossroads in 2007—making it impossible to overlook the
deterioration of the White Sox since their World Series victory two
years earlier.

After 35 years with the
organization, including 14 as scouting director, Duane Shaffer was
fired by Williams after he oversaw the draft in June. It was a
painful move for Reinsdorf to sign off on, but one that Williams
convinced him was necessary after a painfully unproductive period for
the farm system, especially in terms of producing position players.

Had Shaffer wanted to engage in public
mudslinging, he could have pointed out how it was the work of White
Sox scouts that was primarily responsible for a 17-year stretch in
which the big league club never performed poorly enough to earn a
top-10 pick in the draft. That streak will end in 2008, when the Sox
will pick eighth after a late surge that took them to a 72-90 finish
and past the Royals for fourth place in the American League Central.
Or Shaffer could have pointed out how it was the work of scouts that
gave Williams a chance to pull off so many of the high-profile trades
he has made.

In seven years since replacing the
scout-friendly Ron Schueler as general manager, Williams has often
dealt tomorrow for today with his trades. For Roberto Alomar, Bartolo
Colon, Freddy Garcia, Mike MacDougal, Todd Ritchie, Jim Thome, Javier
Vazquez, David Wells and others, Williams repeatedly has undercut the
depth of his farm system.

Williams always knew
he was taking a risk that a young player would come back to bite him
in a big way, and one did in 2007. Chris Young, part of the package
for Vazquez, hit 32 homers and stole 27 bases as a rookie to help the
Diamondbacks reach the playoffs. Meanwhile center field was a
revolving door on the South Side.

But it wasn’t
just losing a player here or a player there that put the Sox at risk.
Chicago has had a run of conservative and unproductive drafts, and
the last impact pick they made was Young, a 16th-rounder in 2001. The
White Sox also have done little in Latin America.

Williams
was at it again in January, sending the top two prospects in the
system (lefthander Gio Gonzalez and righthander Fautino de los
Santos) and the top position prospect (outfielder Ryan Sweeney) to
the Athletics for Nick Swisher. While the move upgraded Chicago’s
offense, the team’s chances of contending in the rugged AL Central
still look like a longshot, and the White Sox now have arguably the
thinnest farm system in baseball.

Williams
wanted multi-tooled position players in the draft, but those athletes
didn’t fall as the White Sox hoped, and they wound up taking
pitchers with their first six picks. First-rounder Aaron Poreda, a
southpaw, used his 95-97 mph fastball to put up a 0.93 ERA (counting
two playoff starts) in the Rookie-level Pioneer
League.

Chicago did find an athlete in the
offseason, agreeing to terms on a four-year, $4.75 million contract
with Cuban outfielder/infielder Alexei Ramirez. If red tape hadn’t
delayed the official signing of Ramirez, he would have ranked No. 2
on our White Sox prospect list.

Scouting reports for the Top
10 Prospects
 

Premium (How to
subscribe
)

Pre-Order the 2008 Prospect
Handbook

30 scouting reports on
every team

Minors | #2008 #Organization Top 10 Prospects #Rankings

Add a Comment

comments powered by Disqus