2017 Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects Insider

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SEASON IN A SENTENCE: The song remained the same on the South Side, as a top-heavy pitching staff wasn’t enough to drag a below-par offense to a winning record. The fourth straight losing season cost manager Robin Ventura his job at season’s end.

HIGH POINT: The White Sox led the American League Central through most of the first two months of the season, starting with a 17-8 April. As late as May 13, the Sox were 24-12 after ace Chris Sale won his eighth straight decision to open the season, with a complete-game six-hitter in a 7-1 win at Yankee Stadium.

LOW POINT: The Sox went 9-24 after Sale’s win before rallying to finish the first half above .500. But Chicago lost seven of its first eight after the break to become irrelevant in the division and wild-card races.

NOTABLE ROOKIES: Chicago tried to buy time for shortstop Tim Anderson by signing Jimmy Rollins in the offseason, but the vet hit .221 and made way for Anderson, who played 99 games and showed athleticism, speed and a need for polish for his offensive approach. Catcher Omar Narvaez, still rookie-eligible for 2017, had a solid September.

KEY TRANSACTIONS: The Sox improved their lineup a bit with offseason trades for second baseman Brett Lawrie (who was often hurt) and third baseman Todd Frazier, who hit a career-high 40 homers, but they weren’t enough. Chicago gave up on righty Erik Johnson as well as teen shorstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for James Shields when they were still in the race; Shields bombed for the Sox. Thereafter, the Sox traded for prospects, dealing lefty Zach Duke for Chicagoland native Charlie Tilson.

DOWN ON THE FARM: White Sox domestic affiliates had the worst record in baseball collectively with a .427 winning percentage. Only Rookie-level Great Falls made the playoffs, but the system saw strong early results from its 2016 draft class, led by catcher Zack Collins and pitchers Alec Hansen and Zack Burdi.

OPENING DAY PAYROLL: $116,000,000 (16th)

Best Hitter for Average Zack Collins
Best Power Hitter Zack Collins
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Zack Collins
Fastest Baserunner Joel Booker
Best Athlete Aaron Schnurbusch
Best Fastball Zack Burdi
Best Curveball Carson Fulmer
Best Slider Zack Burdi
Best Changeup Tyler Danish
Best Control Spencer Adams
Best Defensive Catcher Omar Narvaez
Best Defensive Infielder Mitch Roman
Best Infield Arm Mitch Roman
Best Defensive Outfielder Adam Engel
Best Outfield Arm Micker Adolfo
Catcher Zack Collins
First Base Jose Abreu
Second Base Brett Lawrie
Third Base Trey Michalczewski
Shortstop Tim Anderson
Left Field Jameson Fisher
Center Field Adam Eaton
Right Field Alex Call
Designated Hitter Todd Frazier
No. 1 Starter Chris Sale
No. 2 Starter Jose Quintana
No. 3 Starter Carlos Rodon
No. 4 Starter Alec Hansen
No. 5 Starter Carson Fulmer
Closer Zack Burdi
Year Player, Pos. 2016 Org
2007 Ryan Sweeney, of Did not play
2008 Aaron Poreda, lhp Yomiuri (Japan)
2009 Gordon Beckham, ss Giants
2010 Jared Mitchell, of Yankees
2011 Chris Sale, lhp White Sox
2012 Addison Reed, rhp Mets
2013 Courtney Hawkins, of White Sox
2014 Jose Abreu, 1b White Sox
2015 Carlos Rodon, lhp White Sox
2016 Tim Anderson, ss White Sox
Year Player, Pos. 2016 Org
2007 Aaron Poreda, lhp Yomiuri (Japan)
2008 Gordon Beckham, ss Giants
2009 Jared Mitchell, of Yankees
2010 Chris Sale, lhp White Sox
2011 Keenyn Walker, of (1st round supp.) White Sox
2012 Courtney Hawkins, of White Sox
2013 Tim Anderson, ss White Sox
2014 Carlos Rodon, lhp White Sox
2015 Carson Fulmer, rhp White Sox
2016 Zack Collins, c White Sox
Jose Abreu, 2013 $10,000,000
Carlos Rodon, 2014 $6,582,000
Joe Borchard, 2000 $5,300,000
Dayan Viciedo, 2008 $4,000,000
Carson Fulmer, 2015 $3,470,600

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