Chicago White Sox 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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All the big boys are here. Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Andrew Vaughn and Nick Madrigal are the White Sox's top four prospects and made the pool. Kopech will finally get a chance to get back on the big league mound after missing 2019 recovering from Tommy John surgery, Robert will make his big league debut when the season begins and Madrigal might not be far behind. Vaughn is the team's best prospect without upper-level experience, but he has enough talent that working out with the big league club shouldn't be overwhelming.
Beyond that quartet, righthanders Dane Dunning and Jimmy Lambert—both of who are recovering from Tommy John surgery—are included, as are upper-level relievers Codi Heuer and Ian Hamilton and infielder Danny Mendick.
It is a bit of a surprise to see neither of the White Sox's upper-level outfielders—Nos. 9 and 10 prospects Blake Rutherford and Luis Gonzalez, respectively—make the list, though the initial group is just 44 players. That leaves room for up to 16 more prospects to either join the club in Chicago or head to the team's Alternate Training Site.
This was supposed to be the year it all coalesced for the White Sox. Their young core was blooming, with Lucas Giolito and Tim Anderson coming off breakout years, Eloy Jimenez looking to build off a strong rookie season, Kopech on the verge of returning and Robert and Madrigal ready to debut. As such, most of the team's initial list is made up of players who could help the big league team sprint to the playoffs, while the lower-level players are likely headed to the team's Alternate Training Site.