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The White Sox product is much better than recently, definitely helped through the inclusion of 2014#3 overall pick LHP Carlos Rodon, just the White Sox second top ten overall pick since 1990. The White Sox mixed drafting history has ticked up recently, with their top two picks in their last two drafts (Rodon, Adams, Anderson, Danish) all showing up about this list with 50+ FVs (no small feat), accompanied by a power armacquired from the Red Sox within the few White Sox dump trades in recentyears.
Chicagos system isnt exceptionally deep, but recent solid drafts andan increased presence in South america have helped the system, along with an increased concentrate on young players. Jose Abreu, Chris Sale, Adam Eaton and Jose Quintanadidnt entitled to the MLB growth a sets list, but thats two stars and 2 excellent everyday players, all in their control years which were acquired for below market prices. Combine by using an improved farm, the upper tier of which is mostly in the upper levels, and thatgivesWhite Sox fans some hopethat, with anotherstep forward fromthe big league team, succe s could be sustained for awhile.
Heres theprimerfor the series and adisclaimerabout the way we dont really know anything. See the hyperlinks above for that ongoing seriesabout how I evaluate, together with a five-part around the ever-complicated hit tool.
Most of the items you should know with this listis in the above links, but I should include that the risk ratings are in accordance with their position, so average (3) risk for a pitcher is riskier than average risk (3) for a hitter, due injury/attrition being more common. Id also take a 60 Future Value hitter over a 60 FV pitcher for the same reasons. Also, risk has a dozen different things and that i mention the key components of it for each player within the report. The upside line for hitters may be the realistic best-case scenario (a notch better than the projected tools, or a 75% projection while the projected tools are a 50% projection) and also the Future Value encompa ses this upside along with the risk rating for one overall rating number.
Below, Ive included a fast ranking of the growth a sets that the White Soxhave in the majors that arent eligible for the list and Dave Cameron shares some general thoughts on the busine s. Scroll further down to see Carson Cistullis fringe prospect favorite. Up next are the Reds and Phillies in that order. The next group of 3 orgs that Im doing research on right arethe Padres, Rays and Marlins.
Big League Growth A sets1.Marcus Semien, 2B, Age 24 (Video)2.Avisail Garcia, RF, Age 233.Erik Johnson, RHP, Age 244.Daniel Webb, RHP, Age 25
Organizational Overview by Dave Cameron
Rick Hahn has done a fantastic job of rebuilding the teams talent base through Major League acquisitions, helping to move the team forward without having to wait years for prospects to build up. The White Sox probably arent quite contenders yet, but theyre close enough now where its not too hard to see the path to get there. With significant financial flexibility this winter season, several more pieces could be put into the teams core, putting the White Sox in position to become respectable in 2015 and contenders by 2016. It is really an organization headed in the right direction, and their turnaround shouldnt take an exce sive amount of longer.
50+ FV Prospects1.Carlos Rodon, LHPCurrent Level/Age: AAA/21.9, 60/235, L/LDrafted: 3rdoverall (1st round) in2014 from New york Stateby CHW for $6.582 million bonusFastball: 55/60,Slider: 60/70,Changeup: 50/55,Command: 45/50
Scouting Report: Rodon was a notable prospect out of high school, but hada 3rd-4th round grade from most teams, because the fastball sat around 90, there was no projection and some teams had him off the board due to a back i sue. His velocity spiked right after they got to campus at N.C. State and that he was sitting 92-95 mph and flashing a plus-plus slider on the way to a dominating freshman season that began hype that Rodon would go #1 overall in 2014. Early in 2013, his velo dipped to around 90 for very long stretches, but he still was hitting 95-96 mph regularly and scouts werent playing close attention yet. Shown in the above video, Rodon had one of his best outings summer time after his sophomore year as he shut-downCuba (free agent OF Yasmany Tomas was the type of in the lineup) in Durham, NC (near Rodons home), with that same dominating stuff from his freshman year along with a changeup that was now flashing above average.
In his draft year, Rodon only flashed that premium stuff in two outings and showed the greater ordinary stuff (mostly 89-92 with little life, touching 95 mph within the first inning, a 60 or 70 slider Mike Person Jersey at an abnormally high velo of 87-90 mph and inconsistent changeup he didnt use enough) in each and every other outing. In a cold weather outing at Maryland, he was visibly bothered by a back i sue while, in each and every other outing, he threw way too many sliders, generally threw a lot of pitches each start for scouts liking and the fastball command suffered as a result of some of these things and also the inconsistent effort in the delivery. The White Sox said their doctors didnt see anything wrong with Rodons during the MRI.
By draft time, Rodon had played himself down from a slam-dunk #1 overall pick to being in the very best tier of three prospects, with two prep arms sliding in front of him on draft day. The White Sox needed to pay for their fortune with the aid of agent Scott Boras, giving Rodon the very best bonus within the draft that also wouldve been tops even if Brady Aiken signed for his originally-agreed-upon $6.5 million bonus.
The White Sox had some draft room theories about Rodons draft year struggles (the draft hype created unreasonable expectations, target on his back, etc.) and they thought they might get him back to his premium stuff at some stage in pro ball. To everyones surprise, Rodon had the premium stuff in every pro start after signing: 92-96, hitting 97 mph with at least a 70 slider that he didnt throw much (as instructed through the White Sox) and the above average changeup that he finally had serious amounts of work on. For the reasons mentioned previously, I still think Rodon settles in at 90-94 mph (still a 55 pitch), but Im not going to act like I understand when thats going to happen.
Rodon still needs to cleanup the delivery a little (hes already made some tweaks since signing) and focus on his fastball command (he mi ses an exce sive amount of to hisarm side), but the changeup flashed 55 to 60 potential after signing, so that above grade might be light, and the slider is an 80 when the fastball is in the mid-90s, to ensure that grade could be light too. I rounded up on the fastball and also the command, as both could settle a little below that, but the White Sox have a great track record with pitchers in the big league level and Rodons development isnt following any rubric Im conscious of. If youd like to get a sense of Rodons personality, he analyzedthe July 4th hot dog eating competition on a podcast.
Summation: Theres ince sant chatter that Rodon will open the growing season in the big league rotation and a buzz-filled Spring Training may serve to force Chicagos hand. Im gue sing he spends a few weeks within the minors to work on the few things, make sure mechanical adjustmentsarein order, wait for a White Sox to need a 5th starter and wait long enough to give them an additional year of control. Scott Boras got his list price in the draft and hes likely to need it again after Rodonssix years of big league control, so its only fair for Chicago to get what they can.
FV/Role/Risk: 65, #2/3 starter, Low(2 on 1-5 scale)Projected Path: 2015: AAA/MLB, 2016: MLB
2. Tim Anderson, SSCurrent Level/Age: AA/21.4, 61/180, R/RDrafted: 17thoverall (1st round) in2013 out of Mi si sippi JCby CHW for $2.164 million bonusHit: 30/50+,Raw Power: 50/50,Game Power: 20/45+,Run: 65/65,Field: 50/55,Throw: 60/60
Scouting Report: Anderson was almost completely unknown entering his draft year, because he went undrafted in 2012 at the same junior college. He arrived on the scene late in spring 2012after basketball season ended to experience baseball and it was often hidden in left field, so it wasnt easy for scouts to pick up around the raw tools at a rural junior college game using their pref lists mostlyset. Anderson were built with a big summer within the lower-tier Jayhawk League, stood out in a fall JC showcase, then had first round hype by March 2013. Scouts are still baffled the way they all mi sed on this kid out of high school and the freshman year of junior college, with basketball and limited reps a clear excuse, but Anderson went to senior high school miles from the University of Alabama and the Tide completely mi sed on him as well.
Anderson is the loose athlete every scout is looking for, with 65-70 speed, a Victor Ochi Jersey plus arm and, despite some i sues hes focusing on (fundamentals/footwork), he has all the tools to stay at shortstop. He has plus bat speed, above average bat control and surprising pop, flashing average raw power. Andersonsfeel to hit can sometimes get in his way: he isnt as patient while at bat because he ought to be, with his ability to square up most pitches holding him back. That said, hes still hasntplayed much high level baseball, hes already in Double-A at 21 and he hasabove average tools acro s the board; focusing on some plate discipline/contact i sues and finer points of defensive consistency is really a shockingly narrow your search of problemsat this stage.
Summation: Anderson should head to Double-A Birmingham the coming year for his age 21/22 season and when he is able to result in the nece sary adjustments, ought to be on the right track for a big league debut in 2016.
Upside: .280/.330/.450, 15-18 homers, solid averagedefense, plus baserunning valueFV/Risk: 60, High(4 on a 1-5 scale)Projected Path: 2015: AA, 2016: AAA/MLB, 2017: MLB
3. Francellis Montas, RHPCurrent Level/Age: AA/21.6, 62/205, R/RSigned: International Free Agent, signed for $75,000 bonusout of Dominican Republic by BOSon 12/14/09Fastball: 60/70,Slider: 55/60,Changeup: 45/50,Command: 40/45+
Scouting Report: Montas would be a low-profile Dominican signee that started turning heads at a negative balance Sox system as he hit 100 mph in Rookie ball, but had little else to provide at that point. The White Sox acquiredhim from the Red Sox last year within the Jake Peavy deal, which also netted Chicago RF Avisail Garcia. Montas has made lots of progre s because the trade, turning a typical slider into a plus slider that flashes 65 at times while turning a usable changeup into a typical pitch that flashes above average for many scouts. He has a low effort delivery and usually keeps the ball down in the zone but the delivery is arm heavy, inconsistent and a little stiff from a high slot.
The White Sox have a very good track record with pitchers and theyve already helped Montas make a lot of progre s, but it may be too big of the task to show him right into a starter. Hell venture out the coming year in Double-A like a starter, but Chicago is aware of this might not work out and everyone knows theres easy closer upside here. Montas sits 93-97 striking 99 mph like a starter, working more 95-99 mph as a reliever. With a typical changeup and 60-65 slider thats 89-91 mph along with a little funk/deception in the delivery, he or she is a dominating reliever quickly, but has mid-rotation upside if all would go to plan.
Summation: I usually dont like putting projected relievers this high, but Montas still has a shot to start and isnt only a max-effort guy that throws hard and spins it simply enough to strike out minor league hitters. Hes the best a set that may be an effect big league option as early as late 2015.
FV/Role/Risk: 55, #3/4 starter or Closer, Medium(3 on 1-5 scale)Projected Path: 2015: AA, 2016: AAA/MLB, 2017: MLB
4.Spencer Adams, RHPCurrent Level/Age: RK/18.6, 64/170, R/RDrafted: 44thoverall (2nd round) in2014 from Georgia HSby CHW for $1.282 million bonusFastball: 55/60, Slider: 45/50+,Curveball: 50/55,Changeup: 45/55,Command: 40/50
Scouting Report: Like Anderson, Adams is another premium athlete rich in level basketball in the background. Adams velocity took off once he focused fully on baseball: he was mostly 86-89 mph like a junior, 88-92 in the summer, then 91-96 touching 97 mph as a senior. Adams off-speed stuff varies depending on whenever you saw him. He threw an above average changeup over the summer but didnt utilize it much early in the year and the curveball slowly was marginalized in favor of a short cutter-type slider that slowly turned into a true slider. Adams throws all pitches plus they all flash excellent to go with his plus fastball.
Adams is really a premium 64 athlete having a dual-sport background and a good delivery which should create at least average command and he flashes four above average pitches. I dont visit a plus secondary pitch, though its still early to rule out that one could develop, and I worry that his narrow frame wont permit him to add a lot more weight, though hitting 97 mph isnt exactly a soft-to ser. Adams velocity faded a little on the stretch in pro ball, siting within the low-90s, however that completely normal for a skinny high school pitcher after his longest season.
The White Sox prefer the curveball as Adams has better sense of the pitch also it will work better given his arm slot, but Adams should still throw the slider. Throwing two distinct breaking balls without one undermining the other is a huge problem for a lot of young pitchers which, along with how fast hes taken to pitching making adjustments with pro instruction all talk to Adams intangibles. The White Sox were shocked he lasted until the 44th overall pick and that i was as well.
Summation: Adams should head out to Low-A for his full season debut in 2015 and that he could rocket up prospect lists if he is able to put all these elements together against hitters a few years over the age of him.
FV/Role/Risk: 50, #4 starter, High(4 on 1-5 scale)Projected Path: 2015: Low-A, 2016: High-A, 2017:AA, 2018: AAA/MLB
5.Tyler Danish, RHPCurrent Level/Age: Hi-A/20.2, 60/205, R/RDrafted: 55thoverall (2nd round) in2013 out of Florida HSby CHW for $1.001 million bonusFastball: 50/55,Slider: 50/55,Changeup: 45/50+,Command: 45/50+
Scouting Report: I scouted Danish a great deal in 2013 as we were both based in Tampa and I were built with a difficult time getting past his smallish frame, low arm slot, high pitch counts and borderline grisly arm action (it appears much worse in super slo-mo). I place a 3rd-4th round grade on him and figured hed visit school unle s a team closed their eyes until he released the ball, however it ended up that multiple teams had him in the 2nd round. It shouldnt have surprised me that the team that took a chance alternatively guy that has confounded mechanics experts (LHP Chris Sale) would take a shot on Danish.
Danishs velocity will vary depending on the day, but hes mostly 88-92 mph and can hit a tick higher at times with plus-plus life made from his low slot and extension. Hes very aggre sive and spots the pitch perfectly along with his excellent two-plane slider, which will flash plus every now and then and may play in short stints. Danish is promoting a changeup since signing thats excellent at times, again due to the life he is able to placed on the ball from his low slot.
Hell find it difficult making your way around the ball sometimes, leaving pitches up at these times. Danish is a true bulldog and gets hitters out when hes only pitching at 87-90 mph. In a large matchup in high school, I watched Danish strike the side in the first, then lead from the next inning, see the third baseman standing too much back, attempt to bunt for any hit, then dive headfirst into first base. Along with Sale and Rodon, Ive given up trying to puzzle out whose mechanics and history will undermine their future and appear more at the makeup/competitivene s and current ability, with the White Sox looking like theyll go 3 for 3 on these cases.
Summation: When they wish to rush him, Danish could be a big league bullpen piece late in 2015, but hell likely spend most of the year like a starter in Double-A. I had multiple scouts asking me all year basically was going to reverse course on Danish, because hes their favorite guy currently within the minors and you dont wish to bet from this guy. Danish might just end up a great setup guy, but hes got a rubber arm, an average streak and a crazy capability to manipulate the ball, so Ive given up trying to fight it. I have confidence in Tyler Danish.
FV/Role/Risk: 50, #4 starter/Late Setup, Medium(3 on 1-5 Cairo Santos Jersey scale)Projected Path: 2015: AA, 2016: AAA/MLB, 2017: MLB
6. Trey Michalczewski, 3B Video: Scouts were just a little underwhelmed with Michalczewski this year and didnt see a carrying tool, but agreed theres a good average third baseman having a smooth stroke from both sides along with a nice 63/210 frame that creates average power. He might be mostly average acro s the board, but Michalczewski performed well in Low-A as a teenager, has limited reps against elite pitching and wore down late in 2014. Theres some real sleeper potential here in 2015 like a 20-year-old in High-A with added bulk, particularly if he can integrate more power into his contact stroke.
7. Micah Johnson, 2B, Video: Johnson is definitely an 65-70runner that has good range atsecond base, makes a lot of contact and spent most of last year in Triple-A. Theres a brief path to being a big league contributor in 2015, but Johnson doesn't have power in the swing, still requires a little effort defensively and had twohamstring injuries in 2014, so he may fit very best in a utility role long-term, particularly with Tim Anderson, Marcus Simien and Carlos Sanchez allplaying middle infield at the upper levels.
8. Courtney Hawkins, RF Video: Hawkins has above average tools overall headlined but easy plus power all packed into a linebacker-like 63/220 frame, especially noteworthy as hes done multiple backflips on camera, one coming after the White Sox took him 13th overall this year out of a Texas high school. Hes had a large amount of trouble making contact due to an aggre sive approach, a failure to put off soft stuff off the plate and engine repairs and faults. Hawkins swing is fine, but he needs to tighten his zone and remain centered on keeping a good base at the plate. Hes a big personality, who have served tosnowball some of the offensive problems that included the struggles ofan aggre sive High-A a signment at age 18, but Hawkins showed indications of adjustments late in 2014.
9. Micker Adolfo, RF Video: Adolfo would be a big July 2nd singing for $1.Six million in 2013 from the Dominican, but Adolfo was created within the U.S. Virgin Islands and it is bilingual, relocating to the Dominican to train years before July 2; I interviewed him in January 2013 and hes a very nice, soft-spoken kid. He has excellent tools overall with plus bat speed, power potential and arm strength because the carrying tools. He'd huge troubles in his pro debut this year, striking out 85 times within 200 PA within the Rookie-level AZL, but things clicked in instructs, withWhite Sox officials and rivals scouts raving about his adjustments at the plate. Chicago chalks this up to not seeingmuch high level pitching and being thrown intoa new country after receiving a huge amount of money; Adolfo and Michalczewski are the two picks to click in 2015 for White Sox officials.
10. Trayce Thompson, RF Video: Thompson may be the son of Lakers great Mychal and the brother of Warrios star Klay. Trayce is also a ridiculous athlete in the own right at 64/220 with above average speed and long strides that allows himtoplay a fringycenter field, an above averagearm andabove average to plus power with excellent bat speed along with a smooth swing. Like many big athletes, Thompson is a slow developer and hes had a large amount of trouble making consistent contact but there isnt any one problem: his zone can expand sometimes, he's long limbs and the mechanics can break up sometimes. This past year in Double-A, he hit. 237/.324/.419 with 20 steals and 16 homers; thats roughly his big league ceiling and that he might be able to do it in center field, but is much more likely a good 4th outfielder.
11. Matt Davidson, 3B Video: The 23-year-old was acquired from Arizona for RHP Addison Reed and looked ticketed for some big league time at third base in 2014, but he had lots of unexpected struggles at the plate. Davidson hit.199 having a career-high 30.4% K rate inside a full season at Triple-A as a result of looser approach while at bat and a bat path that got too steep with the zone; both ought to be fixable.. He was always fringy defensively and appeared as if an eventual first baseman, but his excellent power and feel hitting made that a secondary i sue; its now hard to call him more than a corner utility platoon bat until Davidson hits again.
12. Jacob May, CF Video: May would be a 3rd rounder out of Coastal Carolina in 2013 and the carrying tool is his plus-plus speed, which he didnt have the go-ahead to make use of in college but he now does, racking up 37 stolen bases in 2014. He will a good job controlling the strike zone and becoming on base having a swing thats just as good from both sides. He has 40-45 raw power that he is able to get to in games and he might be able to produce double digit homers in the majors, but he must strike a contact/power balance at the plate as getting on is made of his meal ticket and a few scouts question his contact ability. May was ga sed in the first half in 2014 following a summer in the Australian League, but following a breather, he put up far better numbers in the second half before a hand injury ended his season; May isa guy to watch on which ought to be a solid 2015 club at Double-A Birmingham.
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13. Carlos Sanchez, SS Video: Sanchez almost didnt qualify for Demarcus Robinson Jersey their list after 104 PA within the big leagues at age 22; hes almost a finished product like a limited upside utility infield type. Hes a part of a cramped middle infield in the upper levels; he is able to play shortstop and second base and is an above average runner, but has little pop and also the bat may be average.
14. Nolan Sanburn, RHP Video: Chicago picked up Sanburn late this year from Oakland in exchange for noted Toby Keith lookalike Adam Dunn. Sanburn was utilized within the bullpen at Arkansas (Oakland took him in the 2nd round this year) and gone to live in the pen last year in High-A for Oakland, however the White Sox want to develop him in 2015 like a starter. Hes only 60/175, but he sits 92-95 mph having a lively fastball and a four pitch mix headlined by an above average curveball and solid average changeup. There are a few durability questions, so the starter thing is much more of the experiment, with the likely fit like a setup guy.
15. Chris Beck, RHP Video: Beck had high first round hype after a dominating Cape Cod League, but his stuff backed up early in the year with added weight and limited flexibility which helpedhis breaking ball disappear; hes basically the same pitcher today after going in the 2nd round this year. He continues to have an above average fastball (90-94, touching 95 mph) and changeup, but is dealing with both a slider and curveball to see if one can become a 50 and permit him to slot in a rotation. The command is simply okay and hes a swing man type at this time having a opportunity to become a back-end starter; Beck made some progre s late in 2014, so hell be someone to watch early in 2015.
16. Rangel Ravelo, 1B Video: Ravelo has feel hitting, somebat control and advanced plate discipline, but he recently moved over the infield to first base and has onlyaverage raw power, so the profile is limited towards the wrong side of the first base platoon. Some scouts see more of a 4-A hitter and indicate 2014s career-high 11 homers as proof he doesnt have sufficient loft in his swing for his hitting capability to matter in the big leagues. Ravelo has solid arm strength and hands, so he ought to be at least average at first base.
17. Keon Barnum, 1B Video: Barnum is a big 65/225 lefty bat with easy plus power that went in the sandwich round out of the Tampa-area senior high school this year and drew Ryan Howard comparisons at that time. Barnum was excellent like a prep junior and also over the subsequent summer, then had an up-and-down draft spring with lots of teams moving him down to the 3rd-4th round over contact concerns, in addition to him turning 19 before his senior season started. Those contact concerns were well-founded as Barnum has struck out about 30% of the time in full-season ball, including 163 this season in High-A like a 21-year-old. Hes a great athlete that may play an outfield corner if needed and also the White Sox actually want him to be more aggre sive while at bat, as his gentle giant type persona doesnt play well together with his imposing set of skills. The swing is prettysimple and also the adjustments needed are mainly mental, especially following the Sox moved him nearer to the plate to enhance his plate coverage. Scouts need to see some production before they buy in, but theres still something here worth monitoring.
18. Scott Snodgre s, LHP Video: Snodgre s was twelve months ahead of Matt Davidson at Yucaipa HS in California but Snodgre swent to Stanford while Davidson signed as a sandwich round pick from the Diamondbacks a year later. The 66/225 Snodgre s would be a 5th rounder this year after being used only within the bullpen for that Cardinal, but hitting 95 mph at his best. Since signing, Snodgre s has been primarily a starter and also got a few big league relief innings at the end of 2014. Hes big and has a cool delivery with deception, working 88-91 with life like a starter and 90-93, touching 94 mph in relief. His two-plane breaking ball is solid average sometimes and the changeup can be average, so theres fringy to average stuff as a potential 5th starter or solid average stuff as a long man/middle reliever.
19. Jace Fry, LHP Video: Fry had Tommy John surgery after his freshman year at Oregon State and it was slowed with a back i sue later in 2014, but he looked solid throwing bullpensin instructs. Fry worked 88-91 sometimes and 90-93 mph at other times when he was fresher, but always with above average life and he includes a four pitch mix led by a slider thats excellent at times along with a curveball and changeup which are both average. Fry is just 61/190, so theres no projection, the arm slot is lower and he needs the margin for error with higher velocity to allow his solid average stuff to play in a rotation, but he may also wind up fitting as a 7th or 8th inning guy.
20. Tyler Saladino, SS Video: Saladino is a little injury prone having a knee injury in 2013 and Tommy John surgery in August of the year, that was especially disappointing after a breakout offensive year in Triple-A. Hes okay defensively at shortstop but probably fits best like a utility guy long-term and hes also just okay offensively, with fringy raw power that could permit him to hit double digit homers and solid plate discipline but not a lot of bat speed along with a line drive bat path. Saladino ought to be back at some point later in 2015 and has big league value, but his upside is as a backup.
21. Adam Engel, CFVideo: Four of Engels tools look like the ones from a real prospect: an easy plus-plus runner, a plus glove, 50 raw power along with a 50arm in a strong 60/215 frame that drew D-1 football curiosity about high school. The i sue is hes stiff at the plate and cant really hit. He signed for $100,000 in the 19th round in 2013 from Louisville after stealing a ton of bases but never really hitting attending college. Chicago made some adjustments to his swing and hes hit alright at short-season and Low-A, but had some trouble inside a brief High-A look late last yearand he turns 23 next month. The White Sox think theres still a reserve outfielder in there, but Engel is now obtaining the reputation as a guy that tinkers together with his swing an exce sive amount of. His speed and defense will get him towards the upper quantity of a minors, but there are enough questions on the bat he may not be greater than replacement level within the big leagues.
22. David Trexler, RHP: Trexler is among those crazy cases where a guy have a huge step forwardrightafter the draft. He signed for any $5,000 bonus within the 17th round this season and was well-known to area scouts after going to Florida State, a junior college and showing inconsistentglimpsesof dominance at both, prior to being drafted this season out of North Florida. Trexler was mostly 89-92 mph with an average breaking ball and no changeup like a starter this spring; veteran area scout Joel Grampietro was at his first draft with the White Sox and argued strongly for Trexler. With some small directional adjustments to his delivery after signing, Trexler was suddenly sitting 92-96 mph with an above average curveball and slider in the short-season Pioneer League and at instructs. Chicago will quickly scrap the slider so Trexler can focus on a fastball-curveball-changeup repertoire and also the plan's to move Trexler aggre sively to High-A as a starter in 2015, as he recently turned 24.
Andre Wheeler, LHP
A 15th-round selection through the White Sox in 2013, Wheeler spent nearly all his freshman year at Texas Tech being an outfielder after which, even if he switched to pitching exclusively, only worked in a relief capacity. Nor was he particularly effective in that role, recording only a 21:18 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 32.0 innings in the this past year of school. He earned 18 profe sional appearances between the Rookie-level Appalachian and Cla s-A South Atlantic Leagues following a draft all in relief, once more before relocating to a tandem-starting role earlier this season with Cla s-A Kannapolis and producing excellent strikeout and walk rates (27.3% and 7.9%, respectively) over 98.1 innings. Nor does Wheelers succe s appear to be the product merely of that command typical to college-type pitches: a report by Charlie Drysdale from August suggests that Wheelers fastball sat at 92-94 mph in that start above-average figures, those, even among major-league starters.
As the next GIFs (proper care of footage by Nathaniel Stoltz) also reveals, Wheelers slider isnt without merits, either.
First, in real-time:
And, for no real reason, in slow-motion, as well:
Others Of Note
Two corner bats within the upper levels have big league reserve upside: 3BNick Basto (Video, has 50 raw power and can play all four corner positions, has a chance to be a platoon bat) and 1BAndy Wilkins(had a big league cup of coffee this year after hitting 30 homers in AAA; has excellent raw power but is stiff enough most scouts have him like a 4-A bat). Two infielders acquired this season also have some upside: 2BJake Peter(7th rounder from Creighton has advanced lefty bat and huge arm thats been as much as 95 mph around the mound; he could start as high as Double-A the coming year) and SS Amado Nunez (top White Sox July 2nd signing this year got $900,000 and in all likelihood moves to 3rd base, with tools which are average overall). Two more hitters have carrying tools but real contact i sues: RFJared Mitchell (Video, former first rounder has excellent tools but huge contact problems that have held him back at the upper levels) and SSCleuluis Rondon(defensive wizard acquired with Avisail Garcia and Francellis Montas in the Jake Peavy deal doesnt need to hit much to be a big leaguer and is still 20, but has had some trouble on the bottom).
The White Sox took two catchers within the recent draft:Brett Austin (Video,Rodons catcher at N.C. State whowent within the sandwich complete of high school then the 4th round this season; he hasfringe to averagetools) andZach Fish (Video, transformed into catcher after signing, has some background behind home plate, an average arm and excellent raw power, but is a 30 runner with contact i sues). The White Sox also signed DominicanC Jhoandro Alfaro(Video)for a $750,000bonus on July 2nd, the younger brother of Rangers C Jorge Alfaro;Jhoandrois a stout 61/180with advanceddefensive skills anda solid swing with a few pop from each side, but nowhere near the quick-twitch tools of his brother. You will find three more catchers important to note within the system, all with the upside to become big league backups:Omar Narvaez(510/175 switch hitter was Double-A Rule 5 pick from the Rays this past year and it has advanced catch and throw skills and plate discipline), Adrian Nieto(MLB Rule 5 pick spent the year in the big leagues and may develop into offensive backup), Kevan Smith (Video, former QB at Pitt is 64/230 and it was late to baseball, but has excellent raw power and merely enough defensive ability to keep back there).
In top of the levels, you can choose from the number of hard throwing Latin relief types: RHPBraulio Ortiz(65/205 righty is frequently 93-98 mph with no work, but just about everything else is a disaster), RHPRaul Fernandez(waiver claim from Colorado has mixed track record, but at his best sits 94-98 mph having a 50 splitter and below average command), RHPMiguel Chalas (Video, acquired this Augustin Alejandro De Aza deal; gets into the mid-90s with a solid average changeup and usable breaking ball) andLHPJefferson Olacio(enormous 67/270 lefty has improved mechanics to simply bad rather than terrible, sits 90-95 and hits 97 mph with slider and changeup that both flash average, but lots of consistency i sues). Of the domestic arms within the upper levels, we have four righties:Chris Ba sitt(average FB/SL combo, up to 94 mph with life like a starter, but lacks command to begin, comes from lower slot with angles and stuff could play up better in a nutshell stints),Brandon Brennan(former 4th rounder worked 93-96 mph before TJ surgery, is now 90-94 with solid average slider and command i sues that could push him to relief), Kyle Hansen (Vide0, brother of Craig Hansen is really a lanky68/200 and sits 92-96 mph with an inconsistent slider that is 55 sometimes) andMike Recchia(25-year-old was Jarrod Pughsley Jersey signed from the independent Frontier League after being released through the Yankees, it isnt pretty but hes up to94 with an average three pitch mix and deception that may lead him to a 5th starter).
In the low levels, there are some starter type prospects to monitor: RHPThaddius Lowry(64/215 kid is still new to pitching and hits 95 mph having a potential 55 curveball, but nonethele s is loaded with lots of labor to complete), LHPJordan Guerrero(63 lefty is mainly 88-91 mph with items that flashes average and feel to pitch), RHP Robin Leyer(Sits 92-95 and hits 96 mph with fringy slider and changeup to go with some feel)and RHPZach Thompson(66/210 righty is up to 95 mph with a 55 curve like Lowry and Thompsonhas more projection but still has trouble putting it all together). Theres also twoprospects to monitor that are likely relief types, bothrighties:Yelmison Peralta (Video, can sit 92-95 mph in shorts stints having a potential 55 slider but its still just a little rough)andAdam Lopez(tore his ACL in instructs last fall, returned late this season and sits 92-94 mph with a potential 55 slider and usable changeup when hes right).
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