11 White Sox Prospects To Watch Beyond The Top 30
The White Sox Top 30 prospects rankings are up now for Baseball America subscribers, with full scouting reports, BA grades and tools grade projections for all 30 players.
Through the process of narrowing the list down to a Top 30, there are other intriguing names who didn't make the cut but are worth monitoring, with the potential to jump into the Top 30 in the future. Some of those are players who might be in the upper levels and could see big league time this year, though likely in a limited role, while others are lower-level players still in the complex leagues with more upside but plenty of risk.
Beyond the Top 30, these are 11 prospects to watch in Chicago's farm system.
Fraser Ellard, LHP. A big lefty with a funky delivery and a lower arm slot, Ellard throws a two-seamer with sink and a four-seamer at the top of the zone as well as a slider with big sweep. He can be an effective reliever against lefthanded batters, perhaps getting to the big league team as early as 2023.
Garrett Schoenle, LHP. Schoenle gets hitters out with a sneaky fastball up to 96 mph that has good carry and is tough for batters to see. His fastball is the best of his four-pitch mix, with his most advanced offspeed being a changeup that has good fade.
Yohemy Nolasco, RHP. Nolasco has a tall, slender, 6-foot-3 frame that should get stronger as he matures. His fastball sits 92-97 mph and comes out easy, but needs more life to not be as hittable after posting a 4.93 ERA in 34.2 innings in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League in 2022.
Mark McLaughlin, RHP. McLaughlin was a bullpen arm at Tennessee because of the depth and quality of the Volunteers’ starting pitching staff, but the White Sox will develop him as a starter. He gets good carry on his low-90s fastball and his curveball gets spin rates around 2,700 rpm.
Jacob Burke, OF. The White Sox' 11th-round pick from Miami signed for an over-slot $225,000 bonus. He’s a toolsy outfielder who runs well and has been described as “playing like his hair is on fire.” Sound familiar? He’s been compared to current White Sox outfielder Adam Engel.
Carlos Perez, C. Perez finally reached the big leagues in 2022 for a seven-game cup of coffee in his ninth season in the Chicago organization. He’s a backup catcher all the way, but with some of the best contact skills in the organization.
Johan Dominguez, RHP. Dominguez had Tommy John surgery in April 2022 and will miss a big chunk of the 2023 season. He re-signed with the organization and has good stuff when healthy.
Caleb Freeman, LHP. After an impressive Arizona Fall League assignment in 2021, Freeman was a pick to click and perhaps contribute to the big league bullpen at some point in 2022. Instead, he dealt with shoulder fatigue and never got going. The stuff is still good, so he’s a comeback candidate for 2023.
Drew McDaniel, RHP. Undrafted after his 2022 season at Mississippi, McDaniel could be this year’s organizational sleeper. He’s a four-pitch starter, with good carry on a 94 mph fastball and lots of spin on his curveball.
Arnold Prado, OF. The Venezuelan native was late getting to the DSL due to visa issues, but once there he mashed all season long, hitting .345/.457/.460 in 105 plate appearances as a 17-year-old, then continued to impress in the fall instructional league in Arizona. He’s athletic with a strong, mature body.
Luis Reyes, RHP: Reyes had one of the bigger arms among Dominican amateur pitchers when the White Sox signed him soon after the international signing period opened in January 2023. He's 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with good arm speed on a fastball that has been up to 94 mph with the projection for more in the tank.