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Track Record: Baseball America ranked Jimenez as the No. 1 prospect in the 2013 international class, and the Cubs signed both him and No. 2 prospect Gleyber Torres. The Cubs dealt Jimenez to the White Sox along with righthander Dylan Cease as part of the four-player package for Jose Quintana in July 2017. Jimenez missed two weeks early in 2018 with a strained left pectoral muscle, and then two more weeks at midseason with a strained left adductor muscle. He spent the summer tearing apart the upper levels and finished the season ranked inside the top 10 in the minors in both batting average (.337) and slugging (.577). He also ranked as the No. 1 prospect in both the Southern and International leagues. Jimenez was not called up by the White Sox in September, even though he was already on the 40-man roster. The White Sox explained that he still has work to do on his defense in left field, but more notably it kept Jimenez from starting his service time clock. Scouting Report: For as long as he’s been a prospect, Jimenez has projected as an elite hitter who can hit for average and power. Five seasons into his minor league career, he’s done nothing to dissuade evaluators in that regard. He has at least double-plus power to all sectors now, and he hit a system-best 22 home runs in 2018. He has shown he can hit the ball out to all fields. His coiled lower half and rubber band-like takeaway in his swing remind some evaluators of Miguel Cabrera. He also shows an impressive knack for learning how pitchers plan to attack him, and then adjusting to the strategy within the same game. These qualities should allow Jimenez to be a plus hitter with plus-plus power. Defensively, he’s unlikely to ever be a standout. His range and throwing arm are both below-average. Because of this, he will be limited to left field. He’s not necessarily going to be a liability in the outfield, but he’s unlikely to be an asset out there either. Jimenez is a below-average runner as well. His value as a big leaguer is going to be largely limited to his bat, but it’s a special bat. The Future: Barring injury, Jimenez should be a major leaguer very early in 2019. He has very little left to prove in the minor leagues, and the White Sox are in a position to let him develop defensively in the big leagues with a rebuilding White Sox club.
Track Record: Acquired in the Chris Sale trade, Kopech made big strides to earn his first big league callup. After battling massive control problems early in the season, he rectified them by early July. Over his final seven starts, including four big league outings he struck out 42 and walked two in 34.1 innings. His only bad big league outing was his last one, and with good reason: he had a torn elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery. Scouting Report: Even after learning to use his whole arsenal to get hitters out, Kopech’s signature pitch is still his blazing fastball that touches as high as 102 mph. As the season went along, he throttled down to a still-blazing 95-98 and showed improved command. He started to do a better job of repeating his delivery and finding a consistent arm path. His slider has always been his best secondary pitch, flashing plus grades and working as a true finisher. Improved fastball command made Kopech’s slider more effective because hitters were less able to lay off of it. He added a fringy curveball in 2018. While it is a barely usable pitch, throwing it helped improve his still-inconsistent changeup into a pitch that flashes average. In the past, his changeup was often much too firm. The Future: Kopech had Tommy John surgery in September, meaning his 2019 season is wiped out. If everything goes according to plan, he should be back in the rotation some time in the middle of 2020. He has front-of-the-rotation potential.
Track Record: After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Cease came over to the White Sox along with slugger Eloy Jimenez as part of the Jose Quintana trade in July 2017. At high Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham in 2018, Cease notched 160 strikeouts, 10 behind Kopech for the system lead. Scouting Report: Cease’s top-of-the-scale fastball sits in the mid-90s and has touched triple digits. He comes by that velocity almost effortlessly, from a high-slot delivery that features whip-quick arm speed. The fastball doesn’t show a whole lot of side-to-side life, though there is some sink and tail when he works it toward the bottom of the zone. More often, the pitch features riding life up in the zone. He complements the pitch with a plus 12-to-6 curveball in the mid-70s. He doesn’t always land the pitch for a strike, but it induces chases when buried. His third pitch is an average low-to-mid-80s changeup that features moderate sink. He also throws a developing slider. Cease’s fringe-average control has shown improvement, but he still needs to refine it. The Future: Cease will likely return to Double-A to refine his offspeed pitches. He has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter or a dominant closer.
Track Record: Madrigal’s Beavers won the College World Series, Oregon State’s first title since going back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. He missed much of the college season with a broken left wrist, but he was back on the field for the CWS and the draft, when Chicago selected him fourth overall. Scouting Report: Madrigal’s carrying tool is his uncanny ability to put the barrel on the ball while avoiding chasing out of the strike zone. He owes his contact ability to excellent hand-eye coordination that helps in the field as well. At 5-foot-8, Madrigal is not an imposing player, and he faces concerns about his below-average power. He hit just eight home runs in three seasons at Oregon State, and carded just seven extra-base hits (all doubles) as a pro. His opposite-field approach will require tweaks for him to ever hit for significant power. The White Sox plan to work with him to add a little more loft to his swing in an effort to maximize his power without sacrificing his contact skills. In the field, Madrigal will be tried at shortstop. He could be serviceable there and projects as an outstanding second baseman. Evaluators who watched Madrigal take grounders with Winston-Salem manager Omar Vizquel were impressed with how his hands compared with the 11-time Gold Glover’s. Madrigal’s accurate, average arm ticked up to above-average and even plus at times as he became more comfortable letting throws rip. He’s a plus runner whose speed should add to the value of his on-base skills. The Future: Madrigal will likely jump to Double-A in 2019 in his first full season. He has the ceiling of a middle infielder who could eventually compete for batting titles.
Track Record: After signing for $26 million, a franchise record for an international signee, in the summer of 2017 and spending his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, hopes were high for Robert’s stateside debut. He provided glimpses of his massive potential during his appearances in big league spring training in 2018, but a torn ligament in his left thumb cost him the first two months of the season. He made his debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League, but re-injured the same thumb four games into his time with high Class A Winston-Salem. Scouting Report: Robert came into the season with a tantalizing but raw skill set that needed time to mature into full-on skills. He’s got one of the best bodies in the system, along with Micker Adolfo, and one of the highest upsides as well. His bat speed and plus-plus raw power are among the best in the system, and he put on impressive batting practice shows. He’s got well above-average bat speed, and he improved his swing path. He needs to improve his strike-zone discipline, as evidenced by his 26.4 percent strikeout rate and 5.7 percent walk rate during his time with Winston-Salem. He’s got the double-plus speed necessary to stay in center field, but he needs to refine his routes and jumps. If he did have to move to a corner, his plus arm would make him a natural fit for right field. The Future: As was the case entering 2018, Robert’s tools are among the best in the system. He’ll work to refine them in 2019, likely back at Winston-Salem. Robert has all-star potential.
Track Record: Adolfo signed with the White Sox in 2013 primarily on the strength of his plus-plus raw power. He took time to develop at the plate, but showed significant improvement in 2017 and was impressive in an injury-plagued 2018. A strained elbow limited Adolfo to DH at high Class A Winston-Salem, and he had Tommy John surgery in July. Scouting Report: Adolfo’s calling card is his plus-plus power to all fields. He has shown steady improvement as a hitter, which has helped his power play in games. Adolfo’s swing is geared toward power. He sets up with a wide base and then coils his body with a significant timing step. He projects as a low-average slugger, but he’s showing better pitch recognition. His strikeout rate fell below 30 percent and his walk rate reached double digits for the first time in his career in 2018. When healthy, Adolfo’s throwing arm is among the best in the minors. Even if surgery saps some of that arm strength, it should still be plus. He’s an above-average runner now, though he likely will slow down. He should be an average defender in right field. The Future: Once Adolfo recovers from surgery, he should head back to the Carolina League to continue working on plate discipline while kicking off the rust.
Track Record: Dunning, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez joined the White Sox in the December 2016 Adam Eaton trade. Lopez and Giolito spent the season in the big league rotation, while Dunning impressed in the minors, reaching Double-A Birmingham. A strained right elbow cost him two months, but he returned for instructional league. Scouting Report: Dunning’s go-to pitches are his above-average low-90s sinker and plus slider. The righthander has worked hard over the past two seasons to consistently get full extension in his delivery, which imparts maximum action on his sinker. His slider is thrown in the low-to-mid-80s and shows 10-to-4 break. His above-average curveball, which he reintroduced after shelving it early in his career, is coming along quickly. Dunning tinkered with the grip on the pitch until he settled on a spike grip, which gives the pitch a sharper break. He also moved to the center of the rubber in 2018, which gives him a little more margin for error when it comes to working to his glove side. His changeup, which is thrown in the same velocity band as his slider, projects as above-average. The Future: Dunning is likely headed back to Birmingham. He projects as a No. 4 starter.
Track Record: Rutherford was part of a four-player package the White Sox received for third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle in July 2017. Rutherford led the system with 78 RBIs in 2018. Scouting Report: Rutherford’s blend of 50 and 55 tools on the 20-to-80 scouting scale give him a chance to be at least an average regular. On a high Class A Winston-Salem team filled with bat-first prospects, Rutherford’s smooth swing stood out to scouts. His above-average raw power hasn’t turned into many home runs, and those he has hit are all pulled. Some scouts attribute this to a lack of “snap” in Rutherford’s wrists, though the White Sox believe his power will grow. He shows the ability to impact the ball both early and late in the hitting zone, giving him an ability to hit to all fields. He is adept at all three outfield spots, though he plays mostly right field. He’s a tick below-average runner, though he makes up for it with plus instincts. He has an average, accurate arm. The Future: Rutherford will likely move to Double-A Birmingham in 2019. Though scouts debate his impact potential, they see a future big league regular.
Track Record: Gonzalez was a pitcher and hitter at New Mexico. The White Sox believed there was even more potential to be unlocked once he concentrated exclusively on hitting. He put together an excellent all-around 2018 season at two Class A levels. Scouting Report: Gonzalez is a well-rounded prospect who has shown he’s capable of putting up solid, professional at-bats with a modicum of power. His home run power is almost exclusively to his pull side. He does line doubles to all fields, so there is hope some of those doubles will turn into home runs. He showed little trouble handling lefthanders in 2018. He took it upon himself to make adjustments within the season, including using his lower half more in his swing and improving his bat path to keep it in the hitting zone more often. Gonzalez moved around the outfield for high Class A Winston-Salem, but the majority of his time came in center field. He’s a capable defender at that position, but his above-average range and plus arm make him a more likely right fielder. Whether he’ll have the power to profile there is a question for 2019. The Future: After a strong 2018 Gonzalez is likely headed for Double-A Birmingham.
Track Record: Throughout his amateur career, Walker established himself as a talented, professional hitter. After successful turns in the Northwoods and Cape Cod League, Walker was among the standouts on the 2017 Collegiate National Team. He finished second in batting average and slugging percentage on Team USA and tied for the team lead in home runs. He set collegiate highs in all three triple-slash categories in his junior year at Oklahoma (.352/.441/.606) before a late-season oblique injury forced him to sit out the Sooners’ postseason. That oblique injury lingered, which helped explain a lackluster pro debut. Scouting Report: Walker’s value is tied to his bat, which the White Sox believe is capable of producing both average and power. He has strong wrists and a smooth, rhythmic swing from the left side that features a lofted swing path that could help him hit for above-average power. He showed clear pull-side tendencies in his brief pro debut. The White Sox were pleased with how he handled center field as a pro, and his average foot speed and arm strength should give him a chance to stick there for the foreseeable future thanks to solid routes and reads. If he does have to move to a corner outfield spot, his arm strength and power potential would give him a fair shot to profile in right field. The Future: After a tune-up in Rookie ball and low Class A Kannapolis in 2018, Walker should begin his first full pro season at high Class A Winston-Salem.
Track Record: The Red Sox signed Basabe and his identical twin brother in 2012, but shipped both players out in separate deals in 2016. Luis Alexander was included as part of the four-player deal Boston used to acquire ace lefthander Chris Sale, but his tools were muted in his first season with his new team because of a nagging knee injury that required surgery in the offseason. Scouting Report: Basabe has a chance to be a true five-tool player. His hit tool is the least polished at this point, but projects as average with further refinement. The White Sox worked with him this year on his hand position at the plate and made his swing more direct to the ball. Evaluators noted that he saw spin well, but was vulnerable to changeups. He shows the ability to get the barrel to hard fastballs, and uses plus bat speed to generate above-average raw power. Those skills were evident in the Futures Game, where he turned around a 102-mph pitch for a home run against Reds fireballer Hunter Greene. Basabe has all the tools to stick in center field, including plus footspeed that helps him get excellent jumps on balls and a plus throwing arm. The Future: After a stint in the Arizona Fall League, Basabe is likely to return to Double-A Birmingham to continue working on his hit tool and adding polish to his overall game.
Track Record: After three stellar seasons at Miami, the White Sox selected Collins in the first round in 2016 and signed him for $3,380,600. He quickly jumped to high Class A Winston-Salem, and spent 137 of his first 140 pro games with the Dash before moving to Double-A late in 2017. He spent all of 2018 in Birmingham, where he showed flashes of his potential in between fallow stretches. Scouting Report: Collins’ best tool is his batting eye. His 101 walks in 2018 were the second-most in the minors, and his knowledge of the strike zone has helped him boost his on-base percentage significantly. His hit tool is not likely to be average and still needs refinement both in approach and mechanics. His swing starts with a deep, exaggerated load that can leave him vulnerable to hard fastballs. He also has a tendency to get out of a natural opposite-field swing and instead try to pull everything with his double-plus raw power. The White Sox are committed to developing Collins as a catcher, but outside evaluators wonder if he might need to move to first base. He made strides as a game-caller, but needs serious improvement as a receiver. He struggles simply catching the ball at times, and his poor footwork forces his above-average arm strength to play down. The Future: After an entire season at Double-A Birmingham, Collins is likely to move to Triple-A Charlotte in 2019. With serious improvements to his defense, he could be an offensive-minded catcher.
Track Record: Hamilton spent his final college season in the rotation at Washington State, but he missed the late-innings adrenaline and moved back to the bullpen immediately upon turning pro. He made his major league debut on Aug. 31. Scouting Report: Hamilton’s signature is his high-octane heat. He averaged close to 97 mph in his major league time, and touched triple digits regularly in the minor leagues. The pitch also spins at roughly 2,300 rpm, close to the major league average for four-seam fastballs. He pairs the fastball with a sharp-biting, plus slider in the low 90s that he can use both as a called strike or a chase pitch for a strikeout. He also has a changeup, but it is below-average and a distant third pitch. Hamilton has shown excellent control in the minors, but worked in 2018 to polish his command. He also worked to stay behind the fastball to get the most out of the pitch when he throws it in the upper part of the strike zone. The Future: Hamilton should be in the mix for a bullpen spot out of spring training, but could also head back to Triple-A Charlotte for more seasoning. He has the ceiling of a late-inning reliever.
Track Record: After hitting 11 home runs in his freshman and sophomore seasons at Wake Forest, Sheets nearly doubled that total by swatting 21 in his junior season. That power surge prompted the White Sox to draft him in the second round and sign him for $2 million. He did not meet expectations as a pro, and his .397 slugging percentage was a bit eyebrow-raising considering what he’d done in college. Scouting Report: Sheets’ rough pro debut was a precursor to his first full year. He hit just six home runs in 2018, none of which came after May 23. The White Sox worked with Sheets on his mechanics at the plate, including adjustments to the way his hands worked through the zone and some tweaks designed to incorporate his lower half more so his bat path can become more uphill. Opposing scouts saw plus raw power in batting practice, but also noticed exploitable holes in his swing inside and up during games. He’s an average defender at first base with an average arm, but is also a well below-average runner. The Future: Sheets is likely to move to Double-A Birmingham in 2019, where he’ll continue to work to unlock the power he’ll need to profile at first base.
Track Record: Zavala’s career at San Diego State included a Tommy John surgery, a switch to left field and a breakout in power that boosted his draft stock. As a professional, Zavala has moved more or less in lockstep with the organization’s other high-profile catching prospect, Zack Collins. Scouting Report: Zavala started strong at Birmingham, swatting 11 home runs (which placed him fifth on the team despite playing just 56 games) and showing the power that put him on the map in 2017. His offense took a dip in Triple-A, but recurring left wrist irritation may have played a significant role. He’s a borderline average defender who blocks well but needs to do better at smothering balls in the dirt. He’s got an average throwing arm, which he used to throw out 33 percent of runners between both levels. The Future: The White Sox placed Zavala on their 40-man roster after the season, and he has a good shot of making his big league debut at some point in 2019. He’s likely to start back at Triple-A Charlotte.
Track Record: Rivera’s college career saw him bounce from Miami as a freshman to Chipola (Fla.) JC as a sophomore and then to Tampa for his next two seasons before the White Sox popped him in 2017. He hit well wherever he went, posting a .988 OPS among his three schools before turning professional. Scouting Report: Rivera is part of the new breed of infield prospect who hits first and asks questions later, a la Brandon Lowe and Nick Solak with the Rays. He brings above-average bat speed and a short path to the ball, which he used to post excellent numbers at both Class A levels. He’s an aggressive hitter who crushes fastballs but needs to work on not chasing offspeed pitches. He played almost exclusively at shortstop, though his 40-grade arm profiles better at second base. He has the hands and actions to stay up the middle, but his arm and fringe-average speed will probably push him to the right side of the diamond. The Future: After a stint in the Arizona Fall League, Rivera is likely headed to Double-A Birmingham.
Track Record: Entering his junior season at Oklahoma, Hansen was in play for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. From there, he lost the strike zone and his spot in the rotation. The White Sox scooped him up in the second round and signed him for $1.2 million. His first two seasons as a pro showed immense potential, highlighted by a dominant season in which his 191 strikeouts were second in the minor leagues. Scouting Report: From the outset, Hansen’s 2018 season was a disaster. His season was delayed until mid-June by tightness in his right forearm, and he pitched so poorly at Double-A Birmingham that he was sent back to high Class A Winston-Salem less than a month later. He finished the season with more walks (59) than strikeouts (55), but his stuff was clearly down. He was pitching with a low-90s fastball and still didn’t regain his command when he returned to Winston-Salem, where he’d dominated in 2017. Beyond the injuries, the White Sox continued working with Hansen to keep his big body in sync and over the rubber throughout his delivery. The Future: Hansen clearly has the stuff to dominate, but he needs to find the mental toughness to put 2018 in the rearview mirror. He is likely to return to Double-A in 2019.
Track Record: In three seasons as Louisville’s closer, Burdi was dominant. He struck out 83 in 70 innings and racked up 20 saves over three seasons before the White Sox took him with their first-round pick in 2016. He signed for $2,128,500 then zoomed to Triple-A Charlotte and seemed to be on the cusp of the major leagues before he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in 2017 and had Tommy John surgery. The operation kept him out all of the 2018 regular season before he returned in the Arizona Fall League. Scouting Report: Before the surgery, Burdi’s calling card was his hard fastball. The pitch sat in the upper 90s and touched triple digits with regularity. Paired with a slider that flashed plus, Burdi had the earmarks of a late-inning reliever. In the AFL, though, roughly 15 months after the surgery, his velocity ranged anywhere from 91-97 mph. He still showed an 82-86 mph slider that flashed plus, and an 85-88 mph changeup that projects as above-average. He has never pitched on back-to-back days in his pro career. The Future: Simply getting back on the mound was a good sign, and his ceiling can’t properly be assessed until it’s certain where his fastball is going to park, but a return to full health would give him a future in the back of a bullpen. He should head back to Triple-A in 2019.
Track Record: Stephens had Tommy John surgery in his junior year at Rice, took a medical redshirt and rebounded to be a fifth round pick. He ranked third in the system with 139 strikeouts in 2018. Scouting Report: Stephens gets his outs with a fairly standard four-pitch arsenal, fronted by a low 90s fastball with cutter action and a mid-80s slider. He throws a mid-70s curveball and a firm mid-80s changeup as well. He throws all four from a simple, repeatable delivery that gives him average control. The Future: There has been talk in the organization that Stephens’ stuff might play better in the bullpen. In the bullpen he might fit in the seventh or eighth inning. The White Sox added him to their 40-man roster during the offseason.
Track Record: Adams was an attractive draft prospect because of his athleticism and projection, and a fastball that had run its way up to 96 mph. That fastball took a step back once he turned pro, though he still had enough velocity and sink to perform well at the lower levels. Scouting Report: Adams still hasn’t recovered the mid-90s velocity that he had as an amateur, and scouts saw the pitch more often in the 89-91 mph range in 2018. The fastball fronted a four-pitch mix completed by a slider and changeup in the low 80s and a curveball in the high 70s. The slider was the best of his offspeed pitches, rating as a touch above-average offering. His changeup and curve are both fringe-average. His lack of an out pitch was made plain in 2018 by a scant 5.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The Future: To succeed in the big leagues, Adams will need to mix and match and pitch to contact, giving him a ceiling of a fifth starter who more likely is an up-and-down arm. The White Sox’s left him off their 40-man roster and he went unpicked in the Rule 5 draft. He’s likely to head back to Triple-A Charlotte.
Track Record: Bush was lauded for having some of the best bat speed in the 2018 draft class, but fell due to signability concerns surrounding his commitment to Mississippi State. The White Sox gambled, however, and signed him for a bonus of $290,000, sixth-highest in Chicago’s class. Scouting Report: Bush’s top-notch bat speed is part of an unorthodox swing that includes a low hand-set before launching into a steep uphill path. Those two elements make scouts believe he’ll ultimately hit for more power than average. He also needs to adjust his swing to keep him from drifting away from the ball. He’s a work in progress at third base who will need reps to continue to master the intricacies of the position. He needs to learn to slow the game down, improve his reaction time and learn the angles required. He’s got solid reaction time and a strong arm over at third base, and scouts see the necessary athleticism for the position as well. He’s a fringe-average runner. The Future: Bush bullied his way out of the Rookie-level Arizona League before running into more resistance in the Pioneer League. He could return there in 2019, or start out at low Class A Kannapolis.
Track Record: Pilkington comes with plenty of pedigree. He pitched for three seasons in the Southeastern Conference, ranked as the No. 14 prospect in the 2016 Cape Cod League and pitched to a 2.65 ERA on the 2017 Collegiate National Team. He was also one of the youngest collegiate players available in the draft. Scouting Report: Pilkington is by no means overpowering, pitching with a fastball that usually settles in around 89-92 but has touched up to 94. His 76-78 mph curveball flashes above-average potential, and Pilkington can vary the break on the pitch to make it look like a slider as well. His changeup, which he throws around 79-83 mph, also got potential plus grades from scouts. He sometimes rushes through his delivery and finishes stiff and upright, but it hasn’t been a problem for him so far. The Future: Pilkington pitched mostly at Rookie-level Great Falls in 2018, but because of his pedigree could go to either low Class A Kannapolis or high Class A Winston-Salem.
Track Record: After three thunderous years at Missouri State, which included a cumulative 47 home runs and a 1.040 OPS, the White Sox drafted Burger with their first-round pick and let him get his feet wet at low Class A Kannapolis for the bulk of his pro debut. He’s torn his left Achilles tendon twice since then; once in February 2018 and then again in May while rehabbing the original injury. Scouting Report: Before the injuries, scouts were counting on Burger to be a solid-average hitter with plenty of potential for power production. That aspect of his game will likely remain the same once he returns. The bigger question will revolve around where Burger fits on a diamond. Even before he got hurt there were concerns about whether his size and mobility would allow him to stick at third base. The White Sox pointed to his exemplary makeup as reason to believe he’d get his body in the necessary shape to stay at third. With two major surgeries since then, the questions are only going to get louder. The Future: Achilles repair typically takes about a year, meaning the earliest Burger would get back on the field would be at midseason 2019.
Track Record: Comas has put up solid numbers in his first two professional seasons, including a .306 batting average in 2018 that ranked fourth in the organization. He will require time and patience as he grows into his frame. Scouting Report: Comas has produced solid averages and plenty of contact in his first two seasons thanks to a smooth, controlled swing from the left side. He’s got long levers, which will take some development time to learn to get in sync consistently. A slight uppercut paired with the ability to keep his barrel in the zone gives scouts reason to believe he’ll develop at least average power. He’s got natural instincts in the outfield along with an average throwing arm and slightly above-average footspeed. The Future: Comas will be a project to develop, but his projectable body and present skills suggest a player who might be worth the wait. He’ll play all of 2019 as a 19-year-old, and should move to Rookie-level Great Falls in June.
Track Record: Weaver’s appeal was based on his athleticism, projectable frame and wiry strength. He’s particularly raw, but showed a well-rounded set of skills while playing at South Gwinnett HS, which he helped lead to the second round of the state playoffs. His $226,200 bonus was among the highest handed out in the seventh round. Scouting Report: Weaver has a bit of a longer swing with a fair amount of moving parts, but he compensates with a whippy stroke with above-average bat speed. He showed a better sense of timing during batting practice, and showed a solid feel for the zone in games. His next best tool is his speed, though he has trouble getting out of the box at times and doesn’t show his true, double-plus quickness until he gets underway. Scouts believe his speed and instincts will keep him in center field. The Future: Weaver typically batted at the top or bottom of lineups, which is where his skill set dictates. He projects as a slash-and-burn type of player who causes havoc on the bases. He’s likely to land at Rookie-level Great Falls in 2019.
Track Record: Henzman pitched almost exclusively as a reliever at Louisville, including a turn as the team’s closer in 2017. He saved 16 games that spring, but the White Sox liked him as a potential starter and popped him with their fourth-round pick. Since transitioning to pro ball, Henzman has moved into a starter’s role for nearly all of his appearances. Scouting Report: Henzman isn’t going to blow hitters away with his fastball, which sits in the 90-92 mph range with cutting action. He pairs the pitch with an above-average slider in the mid 80s and an average changeup in the low 80s. He controls the strike zone, with a combined rate of 1.5 walks per nine innings between two Class A levels. The Future: As a pitcher with an Atlantic Coast Conference pedigree, it was no surprise that Henzman was successful at the lower levels. He’ll get a real test in 201
Track Record: After spending his first two collegiate seasons at Indian Hills (Iowa) JC, Booker transferred to Iowa for his junior and senior seasons. He showed contact and speed with the Hawkeyes, which led the White Sox to take a flyer on him as a senior sign. He’s displayed a similar set of skills as a pro and in 2018 started to tap into a bit more power. Scouting Report: Booker spent the offseason overhauling his swing, including eliminating a bat wrap and re-learning how to use his upper and lower body. The results were stark. He stood out among a prospect-filled outfield at high Class A Winston-Salem, earned the Carolina League’s All-Star Game MVP and then moved to the upper levels for the first time. Booker unlocked some power at Winston-Salem, but the White Sox would prefer he spray the ball around the park and use his plus speed on the basepaths. He plays solid defense in the outfield, and can use his speed to make up for any mistakes he makes on routes. The Future: Booker will likely return to Double-A Birmingham to start 2019, though the arrivals of Blake Rutherford, Luis Robert and possibly Micker Adolfo might mean a move to Triple-A Charlotte.
Track Record: At 6-foot-7, Thompson was projectable coming out of college. He scuffled somewhat in his junior year at Texas-Arlington, causing him to drop to the White Sox in the fifth round. He transitioned to the bullpen full time in the middle of the 2017 season. Scouting Report: Thompson uses his massive frame to pump mid-90s fastballs, though his low-90s cutter might be his best offering. He commands the cutter, which grades as a plus pitch, better than his four-seamer. He sometimes has to back off his fastball to keep it in the zone, and command will be an issue he has to keep in check as he advances. He mixes in a below-average curveball as well. The Future: Thompson finished the year with a solid stint in the Arizona Fall League and should start next season in Triple-A. He went unpicked in the Rule 5 Draft but could make it to Chicago in 2019.
Track Record: At South Carolina, Johnson was one of the most dominant relievers in college. Limited to 85.1 innings because of inflammation in his biceps and triceps and a stress reaction in his back, Johnson still found time to whiff 107 hitters. The White Sox used their fifth-round pick plus a $390,000 bonus to keep him from a senior season with the Gamecocks. Scouting Report: Johnson's most overwhelming tool is his fastball, which sits in the mid 90s with angle and armside lift. He used the pitch to whiff 89 hitters in just 58 innings between two Class A levels. Impressively, Johnson accomplished that dominance without a knockout secondary pitch. Scouts rated his slider as a 40-grade offering on the 20-to-80 scouting scale, and his command was a tick below-average as well. The lack of a wipeout offspeed pitch and shaky command gives evaluators pause when considering how Johnson will fare at the upper levels. The Future: After an excellent season at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, Johnson is likely to move to Double-A Birmingham in 2019.
Track Record: Mid-90s fastballs from the left side made Medeiros one of the most talked-about prospects heading into the 2014 draft, and the Brewers saw enough from the young Hawaiian to draft him in the first round and steer him away from a commitment to Pepperdine with a $2.5 million bonus. There have long been questions about whether his stuff would play better out of the bullpen, but Milwaukee kept him in a starter's role until they dealt him to Chicago for Joakim Soria in 2018. Scouting Report: Medeiros brings an 88-92 mph fastball from a tough, lowslot angle and pairs it with a sweeping slider in the upper 70s that was undercut by poor command. He also throws a changeup in the mid 80s that grades out better than the slider, though none of his three offerings grades out as better than average, and his command is still poor. The Future: Medeiros will likely head to Triple-A Charlott in his first full season with his new organization, and could make his first foray into a relief role.
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