2013 Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects





Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

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TOP TEN
PROSPECTS
1. Courtney Hawkins, of
2. Trayce Thompson, of
3. Carlos Sanchez, ss/2b
4. Erik Johnson, rhp
5. Keenyn Walker, of
6. Scott Snodgress, lhp
7. Andre Rienzo, rhp
8. Keon Barnum, 1b
9. Jared Mitchell, of
10. Chris Beck, rhp
BEST
TOOLS
Best Hitter for Average Carlos Sanchez
Best Power Hitter Courtney Hawkins
Best Strike Zone Discipline Tyler Saladino
Fastest Baserunner Keenyn Walker
Best Athlete Courtney Hawkins
Best Fastball Jeff Soptic
Best Curveball Kevin Vance
Best Slider Erik Johnson
Best Changeup Charlie Leesman
Best Control Nestor Molina
Best Defensive Catcher Miguel Gonzalez
Best Defensive Infielder Carlos Sanchez
Best Infield Arm Juan Silverio
Best Defensive OF Jordan Danks
Best Outfield Arm Jose Martinez
PROJECTED 2016
LINEUP
Catcher Tyler Flowers
First Base Andy Wilkins
Second Base Gordon Beckham
Third Base Carlos Sanchez
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez
Left Field Courtney Hawkins
Center Field Trayce Thompson
Right Field Alexis Rios
Designated Hitter Dayan Viciedo
No. 1 Starter Chris Sale
No. 2 Starter John Danks
No. 3 Starter Jake Peavy
No. 4 Starter Gavin Floyd
No. 5 Starter Jose Quintana
Closer Addison Reed
TOP PROSPECTS
OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Joe Borchard, of Out of baseball
2004 Jeremy Reed, of Out of baseball
2005 Brian Anderson, of Somerset (Atlantic)
2006 Bobby Jenks, rhp Red Sox
2007 Ryan Sweeney, of Red Sox
2008 Aaron Poreda, lhp
Pirates
2009 Gordon Beckham, ss White Sox
2010 Jared Mitchell, of White Sox
2011 Chris Sale, lhp White Sox
2012 Addison Reed, rhp White Sox
TOP DRAFT PICKS
OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Brian Anderson, OF Rockies
2004 Josh Fields, 3B Dodgers
2005 Lance Broadway, RHP Out of baseball
2006 Kyle McCulloch, RHP Out of baseball
2007 Aaron Poreda, LHP Pirates
2008 Gordon Beckham, SS White Sox
2009 Jared Mitchell, OF White Sox
2010 Chris Sale, LHP White Sox
2011 Keenyn Walker, OF White Sox
2012 Courtney Hawkins, OF White Sox
LARGEST BONUSES
IN CLUB HISTORY
Joe Borchard, 2000
$5,300,000
Dayan Viciedo, 2008
$4,000,000
Gordon Beckham, 2008
$2,600,000
Courtney Hawkins, 2012
$2,475,000
Jason Stumm, 1999
$1,750,000
WHITE SOX
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Chicago White Sox

Ken Williams got the keys to the White Sox when predecessor Ron Schueler walked away after a 95-win playoff season in 2000. After 12 seasons as general manager, Williams would have loved to go out in similar fashion. Instead, he stepped aside to make room for Rick Hahn, his longtime assistant, after a season that saw the Sox lead the American League Central for four months before an 11-17 September dropped them behind the Tigers and out of the playoffs.

The 2012 White Sox were like all of Williams' teams: competitive mostly because of talent imported for the short haul rather than a homegrown core with staying power. Chicago made its run in part because Williams' deals for Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios turned around, but in the end the team overachieved to win 85 games. The good news was that the organization showed signs of getting back to its roots in scouting and player development.

The last two No. 1 prospects on this list, Chris Sale and Addison Reed, emerged as building blocks for the pitching staff. Sale went 17-8, 3.05 in his first year as a starter, while Reed converted 29 of 33 save opportunities as a rookie. Hector Santiago, a 30th-round draft-and-follow in 2006, opened the season as the closer and ended it as a probable member of the 2013 rotation. The White Sox added another quality young arm in Jose Quintana, a minor league free agent recommended by scouts Joe Siers and Daraka Shaheed. Quintana hadn't pitched above high Class A before 2012, but he proved to be a lifesaver when John Danks injured his shoulder.

For once, Williams resisted the urge to trade top prospects. He bolstered the big league club by dealing for Francisco Liriano, Brett Myers and Kevin Youkilis without giving up any youngsters who will be missed.

One nagging issue for the franchise was a sixth consecutive season of decreased attendance at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago drew 1,965,955 fans to rank 24th in the majors. Williams, whose new job title is executive vice president, will try to help owner Jerry Reinsdorf turn around that troubling trend.

The club did reverse another negative by investing more heavily in the draft. After spending less money on bonuses ($18.3 million) than any team during the 2007-11 drafts, the White Sox paid $6.5 million for their 2012 draftees. That included $2.475 million—the third-highest draft bonus in franchise history—for 13th overall pick Courtney Hawkins.

After a decade of relative inactivity in Latin America, the White Sox also began rounding up talent more aggressively under Marco Paddy, who left the Blue Jays to take a job as special assistant to the GM in charge of international operations. Paddy's most significant signing in 2012 was power-hitting Dominican third baseman Luis Castillo for $450,000.

Two of the White Sox's three highest affiliates finished as runners-up in their playoffs. Triple-A Charlotte went to the International League finals, featuring a lineup that included three of the system's best position players in outfielders Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson and shortstop Carlos Sanchez. High Class A Winston-Salem had the Carolina League's best regular-season record at 87-51 and made its playoff run with Chicago's top picks in the last two drafts (Hawkins and outfielder Keenyn Walker) and two of its best pitching prospects (Erik Johnson and Scott Snodgress).

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