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  1. 1. Colson Montgomery | SS
    Colson Montgomery
    Born: Feb 27, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Justin Wechsler.
    Minors: .300/.396/.450 | 2 HR | 0 SB | 80 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Montgomery was a three-sport athlete in high school, excelling not just in baseball but also on the basketball court and football field as a star quarterback. He was especially notable for his basketball skills and finished as Southbridge (Ind.) High’ s leading career scorer. He drew interest from Division I basketball programs, including in-state powerhouse Indiana, but baseball was Montgomery’ s true love. He led his school to the Indiana Class 3A championship, earning second team All-America honors, and was committed to Indiana for baseball before the White Sox drafted him 22nd overall and signed him for $3.027 million. Montgomery was the first high schooler taken by the White Sox in the first round since Courtney Hawkins in 2012. Montgomery began his pro career in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League and showed a solid set of tools across the board with a baseball savvy that allowed him to consistently play above his raw gifts.

    Scouting Report: Montgomery has a smooth, lefthanded swing geared toward driving the ball to all fields. While he didn’ t hit a home run in his pro debut, balls regularly jump off his bat, and he has the natural strength to project above-average power as he matures. Montgomery’ s lanky, 6-foot-4 frame gives him long levers and some length to his swing, which could lead to higher strikeout totals. That was not an issue during ACL play, as Montgomery showed the ability to keep his hands in and stay short to the ball, making consistent contact. In addition to his above-average bat to ball skills, Montgomery showed a discerning eye at the plate, and the discipline to work deep into counts and take walks. While he didn’ t hit for a lot of power in games, his power metrics were strong with maximum exit velocities reaching upward of 106 mph. At present Montgomery’ s bat path is flat to downward at times, which led to lots of ground ball contact. As he optimizes his swing path for more power, adjusts to professional pitching and adds strength to his large frame, he should blossom into an above-average power hitter with a strong hit tool foundation. Defensively, Montgomery has a good chance to stay at shortstop despite his size. He is an average runner and moves well for his height with easy, smooth actions and good instincts. His above-average arm strength will be plenty for the left side of the infield, especially coupled with a good internal clock that keeps him from rushing his throws. He has all of the attributes needed to develop into an above-average defender, even if his size eventually slides him over to third base. He could excel at the position, where his smooth infield actions and above-average arm will play.

    The Future: There’ s a lot to dream on with Montgomery, especially as he focuses strictly on baseball after playing multiple sports his whole life. An older prep player, he’ ll already be 20 next spring, putting him on target for an assignment to Low-A Kannapolis. He has what it takes to stay at shortstop even as he adds strength, but also should have the power to profile at third base if he needs to move.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55

  2. 2. Bryan Ramos | 3B
    Bryan Ramos
    Born: Mar 12, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Ruddy Moreta/Doug Laumann/Marco Paddy.
    Minors: .297/.364/.453 | 4 HR | 0 SB | 128 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: After spending his 2019 pro debut season at 17 in the Rookie-level Arizona League and then missing 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ramos was the youngest player assigned to Low-A East in 2021. It was an aggressive assignment, but the native Cuban handled it well despite a lingering shoulder issue that limited him to a DH role for nearly half of his games played. His walk rate, contact rate and isolated slugging percentage all increased slightly from his last full season, and he was one of the few clear prospects on an otherwise barren Kannapolis team.

    Scouting Report: Ramos is very athletic and his already broad-shouldered, strong body has gotten firmer and better balanced since his first season as a professional. He has a quick swing and quick hands, makes good zone decisions and hits to all fields with power. His bat path gets too steep at times, cutting him out of the zone, but he makes up for it with bat speed and strength. Primarily a third baseman, Ramos also saw time at second base and first base, but the hot corner is his best position. His feet and hands both work well there and his average arm may get stronger with more experience. Second base is not out of the question for Ramos long term.

    The Future: Considering he won’ t turn 20 until midway through spring training, there’ s no reason to rush Ramos. He’ ll likely see an assignment to High-A to start 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 30. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  3. 3. Jose Rodriguez | SS
    Jose Rodriguez
    Born: May 13, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Ruddy Moreta.
    Minors: .243/.295/.331 | 1 HR | 8 SB | 136 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Rodriguez signed with the White Sox for $50,000 in 2018 and played his first two seasons exclusively in the Rookie levels. He entered the 2021 season relatively unknown but had the biggest breakout of any player in the White Sox system, vaulting up three levels to Double-A as a 20-year-old and finishing the season with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, where he became a favorite of rival scouts. He hit .301/.338/.469 overall and tied for eighth in the minors with 141 hits.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez’ s tools are average across the board, but he has good instincts and an enthusiastic style of play that helps him play above them. He takes very big swings but has the discipline to make adjustments and shorten his swing with two strikes and put the ball in play. He mostly drives the ball for doubles but has the power to reach double-digit home runs. Rodriguez could become a plus defender at shortstop with more consistency. His good footwork allows him to make throws from various spots, but he sometimes plays out of control. He has a good internal clock and gets rid of the ball quickly. The best compliment about Rodriguez is that he’ s a ballplayer, and coaches love to have him on their team.

    The Future: Rodriguez profiles best as a utility infielder, but improvement in his consistency and continued development as a hitter could make him a starter at either middle-infield position. He’ ll return to Double-A to start the 2022 season.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  4. 4. Sean Burke | RHP
    Sean Burke
    Born: Dec 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: John Stott.
    Minors: 3-2 | 3.79 ERA | 46 SO | 15 BB | 38 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    May Update: Last year’ s third-round pick from Maryland is thriving in his first full season at High-A Winston-Salem with two plus pitches and a chance for a third as he develops the slider. Burke has a high floor with a projection of a mid-rotation starter.

    Track Record: Burke split his time playing baseball and basketball in high school and missed his freshman season at Maryland after having Tommy John surgery. He recovered to become the Terrapins’ top starter as a redshirt sophomore in 2021 and ranked second in the Big Ten Conference with 107 strikeouts. The White Sox drafted him in the third round and signed him for $900,000. Burke moved quickly to Low-A Kannapolis after signing and posted a 2.65 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 10 walks in 17 innings for the Cannon Ballers.

    Scouting Report: An athletic mover on the mound, Burke stands out for his pitchability and large, athletic frame. He has feel for all of his four pitches, coming from a low-effort, athletic delivery with clean arm action. The fastball was sitting 93-94 mph In his pro debut, touching 95-96. He generates good carry on the four-seam with easy velocity. Burke effectively pairs his two breaking balls. His above-average 12-to-6 curveball sits at 78-80 mph and allows him to effectively change a hitter’ s eye level. The curve sets up a slider at 83-84 mph with two-plane depth, tight spin, and power. He also mixes in a low-80s changeup that projects to be a average.

    The Future: Burke doesn’ t possess any plus pitches, but he has well-rounded arsenal that will play up as he improves the control. He’ s got the chance to move quickly through the system, profiling best as a back-of-the-rotation innings-eater.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  5. 5. Norge Vera | RHP
    Norge Vera
    Born: Jun 1, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2021.
    Signed By: Marco Paddy/Ruddy Moreta/Doug Laumann.

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Vera was one of two top Cuban prospects signed by the White Sox in 2021, with his $1.5 million bonus just a bit less than that of outfielder Yoelqui Cespedes. The son of a former Cuban baseball star of the same name, Vera pitched in the Dominican Summer League after signing. He missed time with arm fatigue after not having pitched much in recent years, but he dominated when healthy. He didn’ t allow an earned run in 19.2 innings and had 34 strikeouts against five walks, albeit while facing much younger and less experienced hitters.

    Scouting Report: Vera already possesses a plus fastball that sits 93-96 mph and touches 99-100. He has the frame to get bigger and stronger and add even more velocity as he matures, with the potential for it to become a plus-plus pitch. His slurvy breaking ball ranges from 78-82 mph with short, late movement, and will be a weapon working off his fastball with more use. Vera delivers a changeup with the same arm speed as the fastball, but it’ s still a bit too firm at 85-88 mph and a work in progress. He delivers his pitches with an easy, fluid, athletic delivery from a high three-quarters arm slot. Vera struggled to throw strikes his lone season in Cuba’ s major league, but his delivery and arm action portend above-average control.

    The Future: Vera is ready to jump straight to a full-season affiliate in 2022. His innings will be closely monitored, but he has the stuff to be a mid-rotation starter if he can build up his durability.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 55

  6. 6. Oscar Colas | OF
    Oscar Colas
    Born: Sep 17, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .292/.352/.521 | 4 HR | 0 SB | 96 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Colas generated attention for his power stroke while playing in Cuba and in Japan at a young age. The 23-year-old outfielder signed with the White Sox for $2.7 million soon after the 2021-22 international signing period opened in January 2022.

    Scouting Report: Power is the calling card for Colas, who some in the White Sox organization believe could turn into a 30-plus home run hitter. Colas has plus raw power and generates lift in his swing. International scouts were split on Colas’ pure hitting ability, though he wasn’ t getting tested against age-appropriate pitching while training in the Dominican Republic. In Cuba, Colas had a heavyset first base type build, but after leaving he transformed himself physically to shed weight. That should help him handle a corner outfield spot, with a plus arm for right field. The White Sox have even considered giving him time in center field, but he projects long term in a corner, with some first base risk depending how his conditioning goes.

    The Future: Coming off a long layoff from facing competitive pitching, there could be an initial adjustment period for Colas, but he immediately becomes one of the top power prospects in the system. He will make his pro debut in High-A Winston-Salem.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  7. 7. Yoelqui Cespedes | OF
    Yoelqui Cespedes
    Born: Sep 24, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Marco Paddy.

    BA Grade: 50/High

    May Update: Cespedes has been getting challenged in his return to Double-A as his strikeout rate remains high and his walk rate has dropped to under 2%. He’ s been making adjustments but has been slowed by back spasms. Scouts see an impatient hitter trying for too much launch in his swing.

    Track Record: Cespedes is a half-brother of longtime slugger Yoenis Cespedes and has been a known commodity in baseball circles since he played for Cuba’ s World Baseball Classic team in 2017. He defected from Cuba in 2019 but waited until the 2020-21 international signing period to sign with the White Sox for $2.05 million. After visa issues were resolved, Cespedes began his pro career in June at High-A Winston-Salem before moving up to Double-A Birmingham late in the season. He hit .285/.350/.463 in 72 games across both levels and ended his first professional year with an assignment to the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Despite a two-year absence from competitive baseball, Cespedes put up good numbers at both levels. He has an aggressive swing that gets long at times, leading to questions about how much contact he will make long-term, but he’ s hit for high averages throughout his career and the White Sox have an excellent history of developing hitters from Cuba. Cespedes gets to his plus power in games and balls jump off his bat. He’ s an above-average runner who is slower out of the box but ticks up underway. A shoulder issue limited Cespedes to DH duties early in the season, but once he made his way to the outfield, he showed above-average defense with good reads, reactions and jumps. His above-average arm fits in right field.

    The Future: Cespedes just needs to keep playing games to shake off the rust from his two years away from competition. He’ ll eventually fit in the White Sox outfield next to fellow Cuba native Luis Robert.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  8. 8. Jake Burger | RHP
    Jake Burger
    Born: Apr 10, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri State, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Clay Overcash.
    Minors: .233/.389/.442 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 43 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Burger’ s ascent to the majors in 2021 capped a remarkable comeback story. After being selected 11th overall in 2017, Burger missed all of 2018 and 2019 after twice rupturing his Achilles tendon and suffering a setback with a bruised heel. He briefly played in an independent league during the 2020 coronavirus shutdown before the White Sox added him to their alternate training site. Despite not having played an official game in nearly four years, Burger opened 2021 at Triple-A Charlotte and hit well enough to earn his first big league callup in early July, appearing in 15 games for the White Sox.

    Scouting Report: Formerly a thick, burly masher, Burger has slimmed down since the early part of his career. He remains a dangerous hitter with a quick swing, plus raw power and the ability to drive balls from gap-to-gap with a solid approach. He struggled with strikeouts in his brief major league debut, but on the whole he keeps his strikeouts reasonable for a power hitter. Burger’ s improved fitness has primarily helped him in the field. His previously well below-average speed ticked up and he showed increased lateral agility at third base. He is able to make throws on the run from different angles and has an above-average arm.

    The Future: Burger profiles best as a righthanded power hitter who bounces between third and first base. If he continues to stay healthy as he did in 2021, he may be able to hit his way into an everyday role.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

  9. 9. Romy Gonzalez | SS
    Romy Gonzalez
    Born: Sep 6, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Jose Ortega
    Minors: .196/.318/.286 | 1 HR | 5 SB | 56 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Gonzalez has been in the White Sox organization since being drafted out of Miami in 2018, but this is his debut as a Top 30 prospect. He struggled at Low-A Kannapolis in 2019 but was able to use the 2020 downtime for a reset and to get healthy. After a strong season spent mostly with Double-A Birmingham, as well as brief stints in Triple-A and with the big league team, Gonzalez is now one of the organization’ s fastest-rising prospects. He adapted to shortstop after starting to play the position during the 2019 instructional league program.

    Scouting Report: Considering his relative lack of experience at shortstop, Gonzalez already projects as an average defender, and it’ s where he’ s most confident on the field. His average speed and above-average arm will be enough for the position, and he demonstrates good game awareness and instincts. Above-average bat speed and good hands give him plenty of raw power, demonstrated by the 24 home runs he hit in just 93 minor league games in 2021. It’ s more than just the power for Gonzalez, as he shows good zone awareness and low chase numbers and consistently plays hard on the field.

    The Future: Gonzalez will carve out some kind of role in the big leagues, most likely in a super-utility role considering his experience in the outfield and at all four infield positions.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting 40. Power 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  10. 10. Wes Kath | 3B
    Wes Kath
    Born: Aug 3, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: John Kazanas.
    Minors: .224/.305/.328 | 2 HR | 2 SB | 134 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Kath was the top high school prospect in Arizona his senior year, leading Desert Mountain High to the state 5-A championship and capping his prep career with a long home run over the right field bullpen at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The White Sox selected him in the second round and signed him for an above-slot $1.8 million bonus to pass on his commitment to nearby Arizona State. Kath made his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League and flashed big power, but he also struck out 42 times in 115 plate appearances.

    Scouting Report: Kath’ s main draw is his plus power from the left side. He gets to his power with an easy stroke, and the planned offseason strength work will allow him to get even more power into the swing. Kath has the ability to make adjustments as a hitter and use the whole field, but he got caught trying to do too much at the plate in his pro debut and at times was clearly putting too much pressure on himself. He has the swing and underlying attributes to be an average hitter if he can adjust his approach and mindset. Kath is a below-average runner but has a good stride and picks up speed underway. He played shortstop as an amateur but has already moved to third base. Kath is a potentially average defender at the hot corner with good actions and plus arm strength.

    The Future: Kath should be ready for full-season ball in 2022. He has a chance to be an everyday, power-hitting third baseman but is many years from that ceiling.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  11. 11. Lenyn Sosa | SS/2B
    Lenyn Sosa
    Born: Jan 25, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Amador Arias
    Minors: .374/.440/.612 | 9 HR | 0 SB | 147 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    May Update: The power has emerged in Sosa’ s age-22 season, with his ISO jumping from .068 last year to .197 in 2022. His walk rate has also improved significantly while strikeouts have dropped. With the ability to play all three infield positions, there could be further upward movement as the season progresses.

    Track Record: Sosa has been young for each level since skipping over the Dominican Summer League and instead debuting in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He started to show his true potential at High-A Winston-Salem in 2021before being promoted to Double-A Birmingham.

    Scouting Report: More of a line drive gap-to-gap hitter, Sosa has added strength to his lower half and showed more power at Winston-Salem, hitting 10 home runs while registering exit velos that were just above league average. However, Sosa needs to develop a more consistent approach, as he gets reactionary when he’ s not hitting well and tries to do too much. An aggressive hitter who walked in less than 4% of his plate appearances, Sosa needs to get himself in a better position to hit and make better swing decisions. He split time between shortstop and second base. He’ s not rangy but has good hands and internal clock.

    The Future: Sosa struggled at the plate with Birmingham and likely will return there in 2022 for more seasoning. He profiles best as a utility infielder, able to handle all three infield positions.

  12. 12. Yolbert Sanchez | 2B/SS
    Yolbert Sanchez
    Born: Mar 3, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 176
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2019.
    Signed By: Marco Paddy.
    Minors: .336/.441/.391 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 128 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    May Update: A plus defender at second base, Sanchez teamed with Lenyn Sosa as both have taken jumps forward. A walk rate of nearly 20% in Double-A, six times his rate at the same level in 2021, turned Sanchez into an on-base machine and earned him a promotion to Triple-A.

    Track Record: The 2021 season was the first time that Sanchez faced age-appropriate competition since his 2017-18 season in the Cuban National Series. After signing with the White Sox in 2019 for $2.5 million, he played his first season in the Dominican Summer League, where, at 22, he was the oldest player on the circuit. He made up for lost time in 2021 with a promising season, followed by an assignment to the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Sanchez became more aggressive at the plate and was not just swinging to put balls in play, showing more pull-side power and a better contact rate in Double-A. He has a good bat path and bat-to-ball skills, with a balanced, handsy swing. While he’ s a hit-over-power type and more of a gap-to-gap hitter, Sanchez has average power that could improve with experience. While not a flashy defender, he shows good instincts at shortstop, projecting as an average defender with average range and an average arm. Sanchez spent more time at second base in 2021 while swapping middle infield positions with Lenyn Sosa for the majority of the season. He’ s a fringy runner but possesses baseball athleticism.

    The Future: After not playing much over the preceding three years, it was beneficial for Sanchez to get a full season of minor league ball under his belt. The upcoming 2022 season will be his chance to really show his full potential.

  13. 13. Davis Martin | RHP
    Davis Martin
    Born: Jan 4, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 4-1 | 2.50 ERA | 41 SO | 9 BB | 36 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    May Update: The velo on Martin’ s four-seamer has jumped, now touching 97, and he pairs it with a plus slider. He’ s also locating his pitches better and showing more consistency. After a strong start in Double-A, he’ s been moved up to Triple-A.

  14. 14. Jared Kelley | RHP
    Jared Kelley
    Born: Oct 3, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Refugio, Texas, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Tyler Wilt.
    Minors: 0-1 | 5.56 ERA | 10 SO | 10 BB | 12 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Kelley was one of the top high school pitchers in the 2020 draft class, but the depth of pitching caused him to drop to the second round. The White Sox drafted him 47th overall and signed him for an above-slot $3 million bonus. Kelley pitched at the alternate training site and instructional league after signing and earned positive reviews, but he struggled in his pro debut at Low-A Kannapolis in 2021. Kelley battled shoulder fatigue and forearm tightness during the year and finished 0-7, 7.61 with 27 strikeouts and 26 walks in 23.2 innings.

    Scouting Report: Kelley still flashes premium stuff with a fastball that touches 99 mph and a slider and changeup which each flash above-average. He generates his fastball velocity with little effort and gets late run on the pitch. His 85-88 mph slider with late tilt has more cut to it at higher velocities and more sweep and depth when he slows it down. His changeup is a bit firm at 85-87 mph, but he has a feel for it and its armside life tunnels well off his fastball. Kelley’ s biggest hurdle is his conditioning, as he needs to get his big body leaner and more athletic. He generates power from his physical stature but needs to transfer that power more efficiently. Improvements to shoulder and core strength could pay dividends.

    The Future: Kelley will spend much of his offseason in the weight room looking to add strength. External evaluators believe his ceiling is a hard-throwing reliever, but the White Sox internally still view him as a potential starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 30

  15. 15. Jason Bilous | RHP
    Jason Bilous
    Born: Aug 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Kevin Burrell
    Minors: 2-4 | 6.40 ERA | 37 SO | 23 BB | 33 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Bilous jumped onto the White Sox’ s prospect radar this year.He dealt with lingering blister issues that may have impacted his performance. He also improved his once-poor control, and his strikeout rate jumped to nearly 12 batters per nine innings.

    Scouting Report: When he first joined the White Sox, Bilous was primarily using a fastball and slider, but he’ s since added to his mix and has gained confidence in his improved changeup and newer curveball. The key was getting his fastball velocity more consistent, and it now sits around 93 mph and touches 97 at its peak with late life and movement. His swing-and-miss pitch is a low-80s slider flashing plus and projecting as a future above-average pitch. His 12-to-6 curveball sits at 80-83 mph but it still tends to get slurvy. The improving changeup with fade projects as an above-average pitch, but it needs consistency. Bilous uses a high three-quarters delivery that gets rotational at times, and when he doesn’ t stay through his pitches his front side starts to fly open.

    The Future: As he continues to improve his control and get more consistency with his delivery, Bilous should reach his ceiling as a fourth starter. The White Sox added him to the 40-man roster.

  16. 16. Matthew Thompson | RHP
    Matthew Thompson
    Born: Aug 11, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Cypress, Texas, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Chris Walker.
    Minors: 0-3 | 4.93 ERA | 27 SO | 12 BB | 35 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Thompson was a longtime standout on the showcase circuit as a high school underclassman and was drafted by the White Sox in the second round in 2019 even after a disappointing senior year. He signed for an above-slow $2.1 million to forgo a Texas A&M commitment. Thompson joined what was expected to be a dynamic rotation at Low-A Kannapolis with Jared Kelley and Andrew Dalquist in 2021 but, like his rotation-mates, Thompson struggled. He went 2-9, 5.99 in 20 starts between Kannapolis and the Arizona Complex League and was limited to 73.2 innings by a hip flexor strain.

    Scouting Report: Thompson is regarded as the best athlete in the White Sox system, but that athleticism doesn’ t always translate to his on-field performance. His fastball velocity comes and goes, sometimes sitting 94-96 mph and running as high as 98, then at other times dipping into the 88-89 mph range. His fastball doesn’ t have a lot of deception, so batters pick it up easily. His curveball has depth but he struggles to land it for strikes, allowing hitters to sit on his fastball. Thompson also flashes an average changeup and is working to incorporate a slider into his repertoire to give him more of an east-west pitch. Despite his athleticism, Thompson has some stiffness in his delivery and he struggles to repeat it, leading to poor fastball command and fringy control. He is better pitching out of the stretch than the windup.

    The Future: Thompson will head to High-A Winston-Salem in 2022 as a starter. His health, inconsistent velocity and command issues point to a future as a reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 55. Slider: 45. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

  17. 17. Jimmy Lambert | RHP
    Jimmy Lambert
    Born: Nov 18, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Fresno State, 2016 (5th round).
    Signed By: Adam Virchis.
    Minors: 0-1 | 8.31 ERA | 4 SO | 4 BB | 9 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Lambert completed his first full season in 2021 since having Tommy John surgery, starting 19 games at Triple-A Charlotte and another four in the majors. The 2016 fifth-round pick had previously made his major league debut with two short outings in the 2020 season.

    Scouting Report: Lambert would get better grades on his four-pitch mix if he sharpened his command, but they all currently grade out as solid-average to a tick above-average offerings. His four-seam fastball sits 93-94 mph and gets good carry but is not an overpowering pitch. He generates swings and misses with a moderately sweeping slider, which tunnels off of his fastball as it moves away from righthanded batters as it approaches the plate. His mid-80s changeup has armside fade and tumble, and he gets heavy downward break on a mid-70s curveball. Lambert uses a simple, easy delivery that his athleticism allows him to repeat. His control and command still have a ways to go.

    The Future: The most optimistic projection for Lambert is as a fourth or fifth starter, although some observers believe he’ ll fit better in a swingman role.

  18. 18. Jonathan Stiever | RHP
    Jonathan Stiever
    Born: May 12, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Indiana, 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Justin Weschsler.

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Stiever has gotten very brief cups of coffee with the White Sox in the last two seasons but spent most of 2021 with Triple-A Charlotte, struggling with inconsistent performance. He finished the Triple-A season with a 5.82 ERA and 13 home runs yielded in 74 innings but with an encouraging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Scouting Report: Stiever’ s athleticism allows him to repeat his low-maintenance delivery as he explodes toward the plate, delivering the ball from an over-the-top slot. While his pitch mix consists of four pitches, Stiever relies heavily on his mid-90s fastball, touching 97-98, using it around 60% of the time in 2021. The pitch has easy velocity with run and average movement, and he attacks the zone and gets the heater to both sides of the plate. An improving 82-84 mph slider is his most-used secondary pitch. His 74 mph curveball has gone backward since 2019 and he needs to improve the consistency of its shape and the feel to land it. His infrequently-used changeup sits around 80-83 mph with heavy fade.

    The Future: Stiever will head to spring training looking to land a spot on the Opening Day roster. His ceiling is as a fourth starter, but his heavy fastball-slider mix would work well in a relief role.

  19. 19. Cristian Mena | RHP
    Cristian Mena
    Born: Dec 21, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Marino De Leon
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.97 ERA | 47 SO | 7 BB | 32 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    May Update: Mena is thriving in his first full-season assignment in Low-A at just 19, showing poise beyond his years, with a live arm and improved shape on his fastball.

    Track Record: Mena signed with the White Sox for $250,000 during the 2019 international signing period, finally making his pro debut in the 2021 Arizona Complex League. His projectable frame and mature demeanor marked him as one of more intriguing pitchers on the Rookie-level circuit.

    Scouting Report: With a good feel for throwing strikes, Mena commands all three of his pitches, with his go-to offering a four-seam fastball sitting 91-93 mph, running it up to 95 mph at its peak. With plenty of room on his frame to add strength, his fastball velocity is expected to creep upward as he matures physically. His 78-81 mph curveball has 11-to-5 shape but will get slurvy at times. At its best, he adds more depth, getting closer to true 12-to-6 break. He mixes in a mid-80s changeup that performs inconsistently and is often shelved for long stretches. Mena uses an easy, athletic delivery, although he tends to get a little crossbody at times, affecting the shape of his pitches. Observers noted that the components of Mena’ s game were better than the results he had in Arizona.

    The Future: Mena will be just 19 next season, so more time at the White Sox complex may be in order. But with the maturity he showed in his first season stateside, there’ s a good chance he gets to Low-A before the end of the summer.

  20. 20. Kohl Simas | RHP
    Kohl Simas
    Born: Dec 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 1-1 | 3.00 ERA | 39 SO | 10 BB | 27 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    May Update: An undrafted free agent in 2021, Simas moved into the rotation this year at Low-A Kannapolis and is attacking hitters with a four-pitch mix including a mid-90s fastball.

  21. 21. Andrew Dalquist | RHP
    Andrew Dalquist
    Born: Nov 13, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Redondo Beach, Calif., 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Mike Baker.
    Minors: 1-3 | 7.14 ERA | 20 SO | 21 BB | 29 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Dalquist emerged as one the top prep pitchers in the 2019 draft class with a breakout senior season at Redondo Union (Calif.) High. The White Sox drafted him in the third round and signed him for an above-slot $2 million to forgo an Arizona commitment. After making three brief appearances in his pro debut, Dalquist’ s only action in 2020 came at the White Sox’ s alternate training site and instructional league. He made his full-season debut at Low-A Kannapolis in 2021 and turned in mixed results with a 4.99 ERA in 23 starts, but also showed some encouraging signs.

    Scouting Report: Dalquist has begun to grow into his projected velocity gains. After sitting 90-94 mph in high school, his fastball now ranges from 93-96 mph and still has room to increase. Dalquist complements his heater with a 81-83 mph slider with two-plane depth that flashes plus and a mid-70s, downer curveball with late bite that is potentially average, although he sometimes struggles to land it. Dalquist rounds out his arsenal with a mid-80s changeup he is beginning to use more and flashes above-average. Dalquist has plenty of stuff, but he walked 56 batters in 83 innings at Kannapolis. He struggles to keep his delivery in sync, often bouncing out of it and spraying his fastball to his arm side. He may repeat his delivery better as he gets stronger, but rival scouts question how much weight and strength he can add to his slender frame.

    The Future: Dalquist’ s main task is to get his delivery under control. If he does, he could be a back-of-the-rotation starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 40.

  22. 22. Erick Hernandez | OF
    Erick Hernandez
    Born: Jan 15, 2005
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: After signing 23-year-old Cuban outfielder Oscar Colas for $2.7 million, Hernandez was the second-biggest signing for the White Sox in their 2021-22 international class, landing him for $1 million in Jan. 2022.

    Scouting Report: Scouts highest on Hernandez as an amateur felt he was one of the better pure hitters in his class. He has a simple approach and swing, with a fluid lefty stroke and the ability to whip his hands through the zone quickly to generate good bat speed and catch up to high-end velocity. While a lot of young hitters tend to overswing and get pull happy, Hernandez generally stays under control and spreads the ball around the field with a high-contact game. As he’ s gotten stronger, he is starting to flash more over-the-fence power, with a hit-over-power profile now but a chance for 20-plus home runs as he physically matures. Hernandez is an average runner underway with a fringe-average arm and the defensive instincts to get time in center field, though long term he likely heads to a corner.

    The Future: While the White Sox have signed a lot of power-oriented hitters from Latin America, Hernandez brings a different skill set to the organization. He should make his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League.

  23. 23. Caleb Freeman | RHP
    Caleb Freeman
    Born: Feb 23, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Tech, 2019 (15th round).
    Signed By: Ryan Dorsey.
    Minors: 0-0 | 12.71 ERA | 7 SO | 11 BB | 6 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Freeman’ s tantalizing stuff has often been coupled with inconsistency, even dating back to his final year at Texas Tech. He was expected to be the Red Raiders’ closer in 2019 but was plagued by significant control and command woes. While there’ s still room for improvement, the results in his two pro seasons have been enough to justify their faith in his potential. Freeman reached Double-A Birmingham midway through 2021, posting a 2.70 ERA and an outstanding 22-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 16.2 innings.

    Scouting Report: With three potential plus pitches, Freeman has a chance of developing into a high-leverage reliever. Due to his loud stuff, Freeman will continue to get plenty of opportunities to prove his mettle in that role over the coming years. His fastball ranges from 93-97 mph with excellent vertical break and late life, though it should be noted that he’ s had velocity dips dating back to his time at Texas Tech. Freeman’ s curveball, a true 12-to-6 downer in the high 70s, is another pitch with plus potential. Since joining the White Sox organization, he’ s added a mid-80s slider that he uses against righthanded batters almost exclusively. Freeman delivers his pitches with a balanced, high three-quarters delivery.

    The Future: Freeman ended the 2021 season in the Arizona Fall League, having been sent there to prove himself against more advanced hitters. He responded with a solid fall season. He’ s on track to earn a spot in the White Sox bullpen before long if he continues to prove that he can command his impressive arsenal.

  24. 24. Tanner McDougal | RHP
    Tanner McDougal
    Born: Apr 3, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Mike Baker

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The White Sox saved bonus pool money on many of their top ten draft picks, allotting much of the savings to sign McDougal, a fifth-round selection. A projectable righthanded high school pitcher from Las Vegas, the White Sox signed McDougal for a well above-slot bonus of $850,000. The former Oregon commit appeared in six games in the Arizona Complex League. He suffered an elbow injury and had Tommy John surgery in late October.

    Scouting Report: With a tall, projectable frame and a loose arm, McDougal delivers a 92-94 mph fastball that touches 96. He lands his high-spin breaking ball that resembles a slurve at mid-80s slider speed, and has the makings of a plus pitch. He doesn’ t yet have a lot of feel for his 81-85 mph changeup, too often slowing down his arm during his delivery. Amateur scouts were concerned with his crossfire delivery that culminated in a violent head whack. Due to ample moving parts and violence in his delivery, many evaluators foresee an eventual move to the bullpen. Prior to the injury, White Sox staff worked with McDougal to get better direction toward the plate in hopes it would help the command and the shape of his fastball.

    The Future: McDougal will spend the entire 2022 season rehabbing the elbow and will be 20 years old when he returns to the mound in 2023.

  25. 25. Adam Hackenberg | C
    Adam Hackenberg
    Born: Sep 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Kevin Burrell
    Minors: .253/.321/.421 | 4 HR | 0 SB | 95 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Hackenberg continues to show better results at the plate than in his college career. He’ s got plus raw power and a strong, athletic frame. The biggest key is his leadership skills to go with average defense and an above-average arm.

    Track Record: Hackenberg comes from an athletic family. His brother Christian was a quarterback drafted by the Jets. His other brother Brandon was a recent first-round pick in the 2021 Major League Soccer draft. Adam spent two years as Clemson’ s primary catcher.

    Scouting Report: Already ranking as the top defensive catcher in the system, Hackenberg moves easily behind the plate and understands the game well, with a chance to be a plus defender. Blessed with a plus arm, Hackenberg threw out 44% of the basestealers during his stint with Kannapolis. He has more power in his bat than he showed in college, with good barrel-to-ball skills and ability to control the zone. He has average raw power but he shows the ability to get to it in games.

    The Future: Hackenberg is advanced enough to start 2022 at High-A Winston-Salem, where the White Sox will get an indication whether his strong start is indicative of a step forward offensively.

  26. 26. Luis Mieses | OF
    Luis Mieses
    Born: May 31, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Marino De Leon.
    Minors: .306/.363/.479 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 144 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: It’ s been a slow climb for the tall, lanky Mieses since signing for $428,000 in 2016. He finally reached full-season ball in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Mieses broke camp with the High-A squad, but his struggles there in May had him heading down the road from Winston-Salem to Kannapolis. Mieses righted the ship in Low-A and returned to Winston-Salem a much-improved hitter, best exemplified by the .930 OPS he compiled during the month of August. Like other hitters with similar physiques, Mieses has a long swing that’ s often prone to poor barrel control and bad misses. He needs to continue to stay balanced in the box yet swing with authority to best use his bat speed and raw power. Mieses has plenty of juice, posting a .227 isolated slugging in Winston-Salem, hitting 15 home runs in 2021, a new career high. He’ s a fringy defender taking shorter strides in the outfield, but his above-average arm will keep him in right field.

    The Future: Mieses has a bat to dream on if he continues making adjustments and refining his swing to work with his long levers. The White Sox left him unprotected for the Rule 5 draft.

  27. 27. Carlos Perez | C
    Carlos Perez
    Born: Sep 10, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160
    Minors: .288/.328/.544 | 8 HR | 0 SB | 125 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Perez, the third of three catching brothers all named Carlos who have played pro ball, jumps onto the top 30 in his ninth year in the organization. The key is his elite contact, with a strikeout rate of less than 3% and he’ s showing power in Triple-A this year with a .271 ISO.

  28. 28. Yohemy Nolasco | RHP
    Yohemy Nolasco
    Born: Jul 12, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    May Update: Nolasco has been one of the highlights of the White Sox extended spring training team, with a fastball at 92-96 mph with good life and feel for a slurvy breaking ball. His tall, very slender frame has drawn comparisons to that of Cleveland’ s Triston McKenzie, so more velocity should come with added strength.

  29. 29. Bennett Sousa | LHP
    Bennett Sousa
    Born: Apr 6, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Abe Fernandez

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Sousa was a 10th-round pick by the White Sox in 2018 after a four-year career at Virginia. He was never a highly regarded prospect until a velocity jump in 2021 coupled with solid results put him on the radar. Sousa was added to the 40-man roster just before the deadline last November. His 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings was by far the best mark of his pro career.

    Scouting Report: By the time he got to Triple-A, Sousa’ s fastball was sitting 93-97 mph with late life. Coming out of a high three-quarters delivery with deception, his fastball and slider combination play up. The slider is a reverse-split pitch. It’ s effective against righthanded batters, but less so left-on-left. Early in the season he was sitting 83-84 mph, but as his fastball velocity increased the slider also climbed, sitting 85-88 mph at season’ s end. With a strong one-two punch, Sousa looks like a potential bullpen option for the White Sox in 2022 with the ability to miss bats and provide some firepower in the later innings.

    The Future: Sousa will head to big league camp looking to earn a spot in the White Sox bullpen, but more likely will be on the Charlotte-to-Chicago shuttle throughout the year.

  30. 30. Yoelvin Silven | RHP
    Yoelvin Silven
    Born: Jun 26, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 176
    Signed By: Guillermo Peralta/Ruddy Moreta
    Minors: 1-1 | 5.60 ERA | 20 SO | 6 BB | 18 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Silven’ s combination of a low-to-mid-90s fastball and average slider should help him reach the big leagues at least in a reliever’ s capacity. His changeup and overall command need to be improved, however, and could prevent him from reaching his ceiling.

    Track Record: Signed by the White Sox during the 2018 international period, Silven debuted in the Dominican Summer League that same year. While nothing in Silven’ s profile screamed prospect upon signing, he’ s shown enough potential in small samples to indicate that there may be something intriguing developing. He pitched at three levels in 2021, with the biggest improvement coming when he moved to the bullpen.

    Scouting Report: Silven is a bulldog on the mound, although he can often struggle to control his emotions at times. His fastball ranges from 93-97 mph, but the pitch lacks bite or late life, making it fairly easy to barrel. The slider is a work in progress, as the organization is working to add velocity onto the pitch and was a key area of focus during instructional league. The pitch sat 80-82 mph during the regular season but was up to 86 mph during instructional league. Over the course of fall play, Silven and a pitching coach had an ongoing bet as to how hard he was going to throw the slider each day. It’ s a positive sign that he came out of the fall with a few extra bucks in his pocket.

    The Future: Almost 19 when he signed with the White Sox, Silven will be 23 by midseason. After finishing the year with Double-A Birmingham, he’ s likely to return there to start 2022. Long-term, Silven projects to fill either a middle-inning relief role or that of a swingman, thriving primarily with his fastball-slider combo.

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