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  1. 1. Colson Montgomery | SS
    Colson Montgomery
    Born: Feb 27, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 221
    Signed By: Justin Wechsler.
    Minors: .274/.381/.429 | 11 HR | 1 SB | 350 AB

    Track Record: A three-sport athlete in high school, Montgomery was recruited for basketball by in-state powerhouse Indiana, with the Hoosiers baseball program also wanting his services. Montgomery broke the Southridge High basketball career scoring record and was also the quarterback for the football team. Baseball proved to be Montgomery's true love, and after two professional seasons, it looks like he made the right choice. The White Sox drafted Montgomery 22nd overall in 2021 and signed him for just over $3 million. He began his pro career in the Arizona Complex League and hit .287/.396/.362 in 26 games. He played at three levels in 2022, reaching Double-A Birmingham for 14 games to conclude the year. Montgomery's combined batting line of .274/.381/.429 included 11 home runs, a figure which hinted at his developing power. His 54 walks contributed to a high on-base percentage and represented an impressive total for a young hitter in his first taste of full-season ball. Montgomery reached base in 50 straight games over one stretch that spanned time at Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem. He was especially impressive in the Low-A Carolina League, where he hit .324/.424/.477 in 45 games despite missing three weeks early in the season with a bone bruise in his hand.

    Scouting Report: Montgomery has a polished approach at the plate, is the owner of the best strike-zone discipline in the system and doesn't often give away at-bats. His swing is simple and is geared toward driving the ball toward left-center field, while still showing enough barrel control to pull balls with authority. The 15 pounds of muscle he has added since turning pro and the torque generated by his long levers make evaluators believe he'll eventually hit for more power. Montgomery is an average runner, able to go first to third on a base hit, but so far has stolen only one base over two seasons. He's an instinctual, above-average defender, with solid footwork, hands and actions. His longer strides make up for the lack of pure speed. He ranges well to his left and is working at getting better on the backhand. Montgomery's above-average arm strength is enough for the position, especially considering he can throw before getting completely set up.

    The Future: Montgomery played the entire 2022 season at age 20 and was a year older than other high school players in his draft class, but the fact that he's already made it to Double-A shows that he's ahead of the curve. At 6-foot-4, Montgomery consistently faces questions as to whether he can stay at shortstop, similar to doubts faced by Corey Seager a decade ago. If Montgomery doesn't grow too much, there's reason to believe he can stay at shortstop. If not, he has the tools to handle third base. Montgomery will return to Birmingham in 2023 but could reach Triple-A Charlotte before the end of the summer.

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

  2. 2. Oscar Colas | OF
    Oscar Colas
    Born: Sep 17, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .314/.371/.524 | 23 HR | 3 SB | 481 AB

    Track Record: Colas was first eligible to sign in late 2020 but chose to wait until the next international signing period. He signed on Jan. 25, 2022, when the White Sox had replenished their international bonus pool. Colas signed for $2.7 million after being on the sidelines for two years. He previously played in his native Cuba and also spent three seasons with the Fukuoka organization in Nippon Professional Baseball, playing primarily in the Japanese minor leagues from ages 18 to 20. The White Sox started Colas at High-A Winston-Salem in 2022 before promoting him to Double-A Birmingham and eventually to Triple-A Charlotte. Colas finished his first season in affiliated ball with an .895 OPS and 23 home runs despite missing time in May with a wrist injury.

    Scouting Report: Colas projects to be an above-average hitter with future plus power. He uses the whole field and shows the ability to get his barrel on tough pitches and take them the opposite way. He also is savvy enough to use pull-side power early in counts before taking a more balanced approach as he gets deeper into at-bats. Colas has average power now but should develop into a more well-rounded hitter and could provide 25-30 home runs a year if he reaches his ceiling. To get there, he'll have to cure himself of a tendency to chase pitches down and away, which has led to strikeout rates around 20%. Colas is a below-average runner, especially down the line, but is better going first to third. He has the instincts and reads to play center field, but his plus arm and below-average speed will steer him toward a future in right field.

    The Future: Colas will go to spring training aiming to earn the job as Chicago's starting right fielder but could return to Triple-A Charlotte for more seasoning.

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

  3. 3. Bryan Ramos | 3B
    Bryan Ramos
    Born: Mar 12, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Ruddy Moreta/Doug Laumann/Marco Paddy.
    Minors: .266/.338/.455 | 22 HR | 1 SB | 462 AB

    Track Record: Ramos has been younger than his competition everywhere he's played since starting his pro career at age 17 in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2019. He spent most of 2022 at High-A Winston-Salem, where he hit .272/.350/.471 with 19 home runs and showed impressive mastery of the strike zone with 40 walks and 71 strikeouts in 99 games. He finished the year with 21 games at Double-A Birmingham. Ramos' season had its ups and downs, with a very strong April followed by a month in which he struggled before getting back into a groove for the rest of his time in High-A. Ramos' body has evolved over the last three years as he has added 35 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame while staying lean and athletic.

    Scouting Report: Ramos' hit tool projects as above-average, but he still has plenty of development ahead. He gets overly aggressive and chases pitches, and he sometimes tries to pull pitches he should be driving to right-center field. Ramos makes loud enough contact to project above-average power and has proven he can handle high velocity. Ramos' biggest strides have come with his defense at third base. His improved body has been a contributing factor, and he has made strides with his hands, footwork and arm strength as well. He's adept at coming in on balls and making plays down the line, while his arm should reach above-average. Ramos is a capable defender at second base but fits best at third base. Ramos is a below-average runner but not a base clogger. He's also shown excellent makeup and has worked diligently to learn English.

    The Future: In 2023, Ramos will return to Double-A Birmingham, where he will again be young for the level. He projects as a solid-average regular in the big leagues.

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

  4. 4. Noah Schultz | LHP
    Noah Schultz
    Born: Aug 5, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'9" Wt.: 220

    Track Record: It had been 21 years since the White Sox drafted a high school pitcher in the first round--suburban Chicago righthander Kris Honel in 2001--before another local product tempted them. The White Sox viewed the 6-foot-9 Schultz as too promising to pass up with the 26th overall pick in 2022. With a fastball that touches 98 mph, Schultz was Chicago's pick despite a limited senior season because of a bout with mononucleosis. He significantly boosted his draft stock with six starts in the Prospect League, where he struck out 37 in 19.1 innings. Schultz signed for $2.8 million and saw his first action in a White Sox uniform at instructional league.

    Scouting Report: The gem of Schultz's arsenal is a potentially plus-plus two-seam fastball that ranged 93-97 mph in the fall. It's a pitch that explodes on hitters with run and sink to help get whiffs up in the zone. His 81-84 mph slider has a high spin rate and is a potentially plus pitch. It has devastating late life and hard sweeping action that plays against batters of either hand. He has enough feel for his slider to throw it in the zone consistently. Schultz's third pitch is an average, 86-87 mph changeup with hard fading action. He uses it to keep righthanded batters from sitting on his slider. Using a modified windup, Schultz starts from what looks like a stretch position before going into a small side step, which helps keep his long levers in sync. He throws from a lower arm slot that adds deception and allows his stuff to play up. He's shown surprisingly good feel to throw strikes, especially given his extreme height, and has impressive body control and great feel to land his breaking ball.

    The Future: The White Sox will give Schultz plenty of time to develop at the lower levels. He might start 2023 in extended spring training to manage his innings before heading to Low-A.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  5. 5. Sean Burke | RHP
    Sean Burke
    Born: Dec 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: John Stott.
    Minors: 4-10 | 4.75 ERA | 137 SO | 48 BB | 108 IP

    Track Record: After starring in both basketball and baseball in high school, Burke headed to Maryland to play baseball. He missed his freshman year after having Tommy John surgery, pitched just four games in 2020 because of the pandemic and then appeared in 14 games as a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore in 2021. Burke was drafted in the third round in 2021, signed for $900,000 and then pitched in seven games at two levels. Burke appeared in 27 games across three levels in 2022, finishing at Triple-A. His most eye-catching attribute was his strikeout rate of 11.4 per nine innings, which ranked inside the top 30 for minor leaguers with at least 100 innings.

    Scouting Report: The key to Burke's breakout was him becoming more consistent and comfortable on the mound. His plus fastball ranges from 91-98 mph and sits 95-96. It has ride up in the zone, late tailing life and is effective in all quadrants of the zone. Burke improved his curveball enough in 2022 to bump it from average to a potentially plus offering. With 11-to-5 shape, it has tight downward break with depth. Burke added a couple ticks to it in 2022 to get it in the 77-80 mph range, and it's now a weapon against lefthanded hitters. Burke's slider is average and sits in the 84-88 mph range with two-plane break. His potentially average, fading changeup was used sparingly in 2022 but showed improvement and was delivered with good arm speed. Burke uses an abbreviated windup and drives the ball down in the zone, commanding it to both sides.

    The Future: The improvement that Burke showed in 2022 gives him a chance to be a back-end starter, adding to the wealth of pitching that the White Sox organization is building. He'll return to Triple-A Charlotte in 2023.

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

  6. 6. Cristian Mena | RHP
    Cristian Mena
    Born: Dec 21, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 214
    Signed By: Marino De Leon
    Minors: 2-6 | 3.80 ERA | 126 SO | 38 BB | 105 IP

    Track Record: Mena signed with the White Sox for $250,000 during the 2019 international signing period, but his pro debut was delayed until 2021 by the pandemic. He impressed observers in the Arizona Complex League that season, paving the way for a breakthrough 2022. No other White Sox minor league pitcher has taken as big of a jump forward as Mena, who started the year at Low-A Kannapolis and finished in Double-A as part of the organization's 'Project Birmingham' initiative to provide personalized instruction to its brightest prospects. Mena was one of five teenage pitchers to log at least 100 innings in 2022. His 3.80 ERA and strikeout rate of 29% were bettered only by the Phillies' Andrew Painter, the BA Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

    Scouting Report: Mena has added 40 pounds to his lanky 6-foot-2 frame since signing and increased the zip on his fastball. His heater ranges from 90-96 mph and sits 92-94 with good life. He has feel for the pitch and gets swings and misses up in the zone. His best offspeed pitch is a potentially plus curveball that he uses more than his fastball. His curve typically sits in the low 80s but can reach a few ticks higher. It shows 11-to-5 shape. During the 2022 season, Mena added a slider in the 83-86 mph range with sharpness and depth. It projects as at least a solid-average pitch and could trend up when he adds enough velocity to get more separation from his curveball. Mena is being encouraged to increase the usage of his average 87 mph changeup, which he throws with good arm speed and splitter-type break. His high three-quarters delivery is clean and repeatable, but he overthrows at times and comes off the ball.

    The Future: There is still a lot of growth ahead for Mena, but he has a complete package of pitches that he throws for strikes and a drive to improve. He'll head back to Double-A Birmingham to start 2023.

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

  7. 7. Peyton Pallette | RHP
    Peyton Pallette
    Born: May 9, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180

    Track Record: Pallette had an abbreviated college career at Arkansas, where he pitched in just four games in relief in the shortened 2020 season and then appeared in 15 games in 2021 after moving to the rotation. His three-pitch mix and pitch data profile intrigued teams, but he didn't get to show his stuff in 2022 after he had Tommy John surgery before the start of the college season. The White Sox believe they got a bargain by selecting of Pallette--who was a slam dunk first-rounder before his injury--in the second round at pick No. 62 overall. He began a throwing program with the White Sox shortly after signing for an over-slot $1.5 million.

    Scouting Report: When healthy in 2021, Pallette's fastball sat in the 93-95 mph range and touched 99 with impressive vertical break. His 79-81 mph curveball had extremely high spin rates and graded as one of the best available in the 2022 draft class. Pallette's curve is a potential wipeout offering and is at least a plus weapon. He complements his breaking ball with a firm 87-89 mph changeup with armside movement that generated both ground balls and strikeouts. White Sox player development has seen incredible work ethic from Pallette and believe his strong makeup will aid in his recovery. Pallette has impressive arm speed and a clean delivery, but he has a smaller, thinner frame. Durability was a question before his injury and is especially so now.

    The Future: Pallette had Tommy John surgery in January 2022, so it will likely be well into the 2023 season before he gets back on the mound in game action. While he has plenty to prove, Pallette will represent a draft bargain if he regains the crispness on his fastball and curveball that made him a first-round talent.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  8. 8. Norge Vera | RHP
    Norge Vera
    Born: Jun 1, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2021.
    Signed By: Marco Paddy/Ruddy Moreta/Doug Laumann.
    Minors: 0-3 | 3.31 ERA | 52 SO | 31 BB | 36 IP

    Track Record: The son of a Cuban baseball star by the same name, Vera signed with the White Sox in 2021 for $1.5 million. He began his career in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 and dominated much younger opponents but also missed time with arm fatigue. His 2022 season started late because of a lat injury, but he finally got on the mound in late May at extended spring training. Vera pitched his first official game in the U.S. on June 9, with 2.2 scoreless innings for Low-A Kannapolis. After seven more outings in Low-A, he moved to High-A Winston-Salem for two games before finishing the season with three starts for Double-A Birmingham.

    Scouting Report: When healthy, Vera dominates with a plus-plus fastball with excellent life and extension. It sits 95-96 mph and peaks at 99. The ball explodes out of his hand, gets good carry and can seem invisible to hitters. Vera's velocity dropped to the low-to-mid 90s late in the season. The issue most likely stems from being out of action for so long, both before and after starting pro ball. His slider is a future above-average pitch that needs to be tightened and thrown with more conviction. It sits in the 82-86 mph range but needs to be harder. Vera rarely uses his mid-80s changeup, which is more of a downer pitch that lacks good action. With further refinement, the pitch could get to average. Vera pitches with a free and easy delivery which is inconsistent when he gets across his body and doesn't use his back side. At other times he gets high with his arm, but overall he has shown good feel for fixing issues.

    The Future: Vera will spend the offseason in Arizona working out at Chicago's complex. How he looks in the spring will determine where and when he begins the 2023 season. He projects as a starting pitcher but could also thrive in a late-inning relief role.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 45

  9. 9. Jose Rodriguez | SS
    Jose Rodriguez
    Born: May 13, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 196
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Ruddy Moreta.
    Minors: .280/.340/.430 | 11 HR | 40 SB | 440 AB

    Track Record: Rodriguez signed with the White Sox for $50,000 in 2018 and didn't reach full-season ball until 2021. He spent the entire season at Double-A Birmingham in 2022 but was still young for the level at age 21. Rodriguez started slowly, with an OPS under .700 for the first three months, until getting hot during July and August. A hamate injury ended his season a few weeks early. Rodriguez was particularly special in August, when he posted a 1.181 OPS with nine of his 11 home runs. He also showed much better plate discipline, walking nearly as often as he struck out during those last two months.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez has a free-swinging, aggressive approach at the plate. His swing is simple and low maintenance, and he uses quick hands to drive the ball to all fields with gap-to-gap power. He also shows the ability to make adjustments during at-bats. Rodriguez should be able to stay in the middle infield, especially when he's locked in, but at times he's seen as too nonchalant on defense. While he is not a burner, he has a quick first step, a good internal clock and average arm strength and range. That lends optimism to the idea that he can develop into a more reliable defender at shortstop or second base as he matures. Rodriguez has been good for 30 to 40 stolen bases per year, supplementing his average speed with good baserunning instincts.

    The Future: Rodriguez's late-season surge could indicate that he is ready to take a step forward in 2023. He projects now as a utility infielder, but continued improvements on both sides of the ball might steer him toward a starting role. He'll be just 22 for most of the 2023 season, so a return to Birmingham could be in the cards before he reaches Triple-A Charlotte.

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

  10. 10. Lenyn Sosa | SS
    Lenyn Sosa
    Born: Jan 25, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 208
    Signed By: Amador Arias
    Minors: .315/.369/.511 | 23 HR | 3 SB | 483 AB

    Track Record: The White Sox signed Sosa for $350,000 on July 2, 2016. He was viewed as one of the best offensive shortstops from Venezuela in that international signing class. Sosa began his pro career at age 17 in the Rookie-level Arizona League and made steady progress through the system until he broke out in 2022. With added strength came home run power, and he hit a combined 23 longballs between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Sosa made his major league debut with 11 games over a 12-day span in August. His grades for both hitting and power have bumped up a half-grade from 2021, with his power output being most notable.

    Scouting Report: It was more than just added strength that made Sosa a better hitter. He spent time prior to spring training working on his stance by getting into his legs, using his back hip and having less movement in his load. Those changes led to improved bat speed and more consistent contact. Sosa now has power to all fields and drives balls with more loft. He also showed the ability to adjust to spin and handle fastballs up in the zone. He gets himself into trouble at times when his swing gets big. He gets better results when he stays within himself. Sosa is an above-average defender at both third base and second base, with fluid movements and good actions. He can also handle shortstop in a utility role. His average arm works wherever he's playing. Sosa is below-average runner but is better underway. He's credited with having good makeup, with the work he put in during the offseason a testament to his work ethic.

    The Future: Sosa profiles best as a utility infielder who sees lots of playing time at second base, third base and shortstop. He'll be just 23 in 2023 and will compete for a job on the major league team.

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

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