2018 Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects

White Sox Top 10 Prospects
1. Eloy Jimenez, OF
2. Michael Kopech, RHP
3. Alec Hansen, RHP
4. Luis Robert, OF
5. Dane Dunning, RHP
6. Zack Collins, C
7. Jake Burger, 3B
8. Blake Rutherford, OF
9. Gavin Sheets, 1B
10. Dylan Cease, RHP

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: 2B Yoan Moncada (1), RHP Lucas Giolito (2), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3) and C Omar Narvaez (30).

Trending:◀️▶️ After acquiring Eloy Jimenez from the Cubs, the farm system is still just as strong this year.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: The top of the system is among the best in the game, with outfielder Eloy Jimenez, righthander Michael Kopech and Cuban import Luis Robert each having extremely high ceilings. The rest of their Top 10 is very talented as well, and could be further improved with strong first full seasons for their top picks from the 2017 draft, third baseman Jake Burger and first baseman Gavin Sheets.

Weaknesses: Once you get past the top 15 prospects, the list drops off quickly into players with more marginal futures. Those same players, however, could significantly raise their stock with rebounds from injuries or tough seasons. Outfielders Luis Alexander Basabe and Alex Call, for example, battled injuries for most of the season and could rise on next year's version of the list with strong 2018 seasons.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Eloy Jimenez.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Eloy Jimenez.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Zack Collins.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Logan Taylor.
🔸Best Athlete: Luis Robert.
🔸Best Fastball: Michael Kopech.
🔸Best Curveball: Alec Hansen.
🔸Best Slider: Zack Burdi.
🔸Best Changeup: A.J. Puckett.
🔸Best Control: Dane Dunning.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Nate Nolan.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Yeyson Yrizarri.
🔸Best INF Arm: Zach Remillard.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Luis Alexander Basabe.
🔸Best OF Arm: Micker Adolfo.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Zack Collins (26)
🔸1B Gavin Sheets (24)
🔸2B Yoan Moncada (25)
🔸3B Jake Burger (24)
🔸SS Tim Anderson (27)
🔸LF Eloy Jimenez (24)
🔸CF Luis Robert (23)
🔸RF Avisail Garcia (29)
🔸DH Jose Abreu (34)
🔸SP Michael Kopech (24)
🔸SP Carlos Rodon (28)
🔸SP Lucas Giolito (26)
🔸SP Reynaldo Lopez (27)
🔸SP Alec Hansen (26)
🔸CL Zack Burdi (26)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: LHP Gio Gonzalez (Nationals) | WAR: 26.3
🔸2009: SS Gordon Beckham (Mariners) | WAR: 5.7
🔸2010: OF Jared Mitchell (Atlantic League) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: LHP Chris Sale (Red Sox) | WAR: 37.2
🔸2012: RHP Addison Reed (Red Sox) | WAR: 6.8
🔸2013: OF Courtney Hawkins (White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: 1B Jose Abreu (White Sox) | WAR: 16.9
🔸2015: LHP Carlos Rodon (White Sox) | WAR: 4.3
🔸2016: SS Tim Anderson (White Sox) | WAR: 3.7
🔸2017: 2B/3B Yoan Moncada (White Sox) | WAR: 1.5

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: SS Gordon Beckham (Mariners) | WAR: 5.7
🔸2009: OF Jared Mitchell (Atlantic League) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: LHP Chris Sale (Red Sox) | WAR: 37.2
🔸2011: OF Keenyn Walker (1st rd. supplemental, Frontier League) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: OF Courtney Hawkins (White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: SS Tim Anderson (White Sox) | WAR: 3.7
🔸2014: LHP Carlos Rodon (White Sox) | WAR: 4.3
🔸2015: RHP Carson Fulmer (White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: C Zack Collins (White Sox) | Top 10
🔸2017: 3B Jake Burger (White Sox) | Top 10


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