Chicago White Sox 2014 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

1. Jose Abreu 1B


2. Matt Davidson 3B


3. Erik Johnson RHP


4. Tim Anderson SS


5. Micah Johnson 2B


6. Courtney Hawkins OF


7. Marcus Semien SS


8. Scott Snodgress LHP


9. Leury Garcia 2B


10. Trayce Thompson OF


11. Daniel Webb RHP


12. Frank Montas RHP


13. Adam Engel OF


14. Chris Beck RHP


15. Trey Michalczewski 3B


16. Tyler Danish RHP


17. Micker Zapata OF


18. Andrew Mitchell RHP


19. Cleuluis Rondon SS


20. Carlos Sanchez 2B

Chicago White Sox 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospects

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 7/19/2012)

1) Courtney Hawkins
Highest Level: Rookie League Bristol White Sox
2012 Stats:
MILB: .280, 6(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 12RBI

2) Jared Mitchell
Highest Level: AA Birmingham Barons
2012 Stats:
MILB: .241, 13(2B), 11(3B), 10HR, 53RBI, 20SB

3) Keon Barnum
Highest Level: Rookie League Bristol White Sox
2012 Stats:
MILB: .421, 3HR, 7RBI

4) Carlos Sanchez
Highest Level: High-A Winston Salem Dash
2012 Stats:
MILB: .312, 14(2B), 5(3B), 1HR, 42RBI, 18SB

5) Keenyn Walker
Highest Level: High-A Winston Salem Dash
2012 Stats:
MILB: .280, 15(2B), 5(3B), 1HR, 39RBI, 39SB

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White Sox Prospect Terry Doyle Passes On Teaching Job To Instead Dominate Batters In Arizona Fall League

Chicago White Sox prospect Terry Doyle has been the breakout pitching star of the Arizona Fall League. The soon to be 26 year old is currently 4-0 with a 0.92ERA in five starts for the Mesa Solar Sox. He’s walked three batters and struck out fifteen in 19.2 innings of work. Doyle played for both the Winston Salem Dash and Birmingham Barons during the regular season, posting a 3.07ERA in 173 innings of work. He was a 37th round pick of the White Sox in the 2008 draft. In the story link below, Doyle talks about passing on his regular offseason job as substitute math teacher in Rhode Island in order to take the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League, his love of high level mass, and being excited to be noticed for his work on the mound.

Doyle’s career starting to add up — Chicago Tribune

2012 Chicago White Sox Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
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2012 Chicago White Sox Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Chicago White Sox Top Prospects.

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Keenyn Walker OF
Born: 8/12/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Kannapolis Intimidators
2011 Combined Stats: .257, 8(2B), 3(3B), 24RBI, 21SB

#2 Addison Reed RHP
Born: 12/27/1988
Highest Level Reached: MLB Chicago White Sox
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 2-1, 1.26ERA, 5 Saves, 78.1IP, 14BB, 111K, .157BAA
MAJORS: 0-0, 3.68ERA, 7.1IP, 1BB, 12K, .313BAA

#3 Simon Castro RHP
Born: 4/9/1988
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Tucson Padres (Traded to White Sox December 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: 7-8, 5.63ERA, 115IP, 34BB, 94K, .286BAA

#4 Eduardo Escobar SS
Born: 1/5/1989
Highest Level Reached: MLB Chicago White Sox
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .266, 23(2B), 4(3B), 4HR, 49RBI, 13SB
MAJORS: .286 (2 hits in 7 big league at-bats)

#5 Jhan Marinez RHP
Born: 8/12/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)
2011 Combined Stats: 3-8, 3.57ERA, 3 Saves, 42BB, 47K, .223BAA

#6 Jared Mitchell OF
Born: 10/13/1988
Highest Level Reached: High-A Winston Salem Dash
2011 Combined Stats: .222, 31(2B), 8(3B), 9HR, 58RBI, 14SB

#7 Nestor Molina RHP
Born: 1/9/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays)
2011 Combined Stats: 12-3, 2.21ERA, 130.1IP, 16BB, 148K, .234BAA

#8 Ozzie Martinez SS
Born: 5/7/1988
Highest Level Reached: MLB Florida Marlins
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .245, 15(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 26RBI, 11SB
MAJORS: .130, 1RBI (3 hits in 23 at-bats)

#9 Kyle McMillen RHP
Born: 3/14/1990
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Great Falls Voyagers
2011 Combined Stats: 0-1, 45.00ERA, 1IP, 3BB, 2K, .429BAA (4th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#10 Brandon Short OF
Born: 9/9/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Birmingham Barons
2011 Combined Stats: .262, 29(2B), 5(3B), 13HR, 60RBI, 21SB

#11 Kevan Smith C
Born: 6/28/1988
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Great Falls Voyagers
2011 Combined Stats: .355, 22(2B), 3(3B), 9HR, 48RBI

#12 Pedro Hernandez LHP
Born: 4/12/1989
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Tucson Padres (Traded To White Sox December 2011)
2011 Combined Stats: 10-3, 3.49ERA, 116IP, 22BB, 94K, .262BAA

#13 Tyler Saladino SS
Born: 7/20/1989
Highest Level Reached: High-A Winston Salem Dash
2011 Combined Stats: .270, 26(2B), 9(3B), 16HR, 55RBI, 7SB

#14 Erik Johnson RHP
Born: 12/30/1989
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Great Falls Voyagers
2011 Combined Stats: 0-0, 4.50ERA, 2IP, 1BB, 2K, .444BAA (2nd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#15 Trayce Thompson OF
Born: 3/15/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Kannapolis Intimidators
2011 Combined Stats: .241, 36(2B), 2(3B), 24HR, 87RBI

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

VIDEO: Take A Look At White Sox Prospect Nick Ciolli’s Minor League Baseball’s Play Of The Year

Chicago White Sox minor league outfielder Nick Ciolli has won the Minor League Baseball Play Of The Year award. He made the catch while playing for the Winston Salem Dash back in July. Here is a look at the play compliments of WTHI TV 10 News out of Ciolli’s hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana. Enjoy.

Ciolli’s catch wins play of the year: wthitv.com

2011 Chicago White Sox Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Chicago White Sox preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Chris Sale GRADE A
Through September 10th Sale has gone 2-1 with 6 saves in 52 appearances for the White Sox. He has walked 22 and struck out 71 in 64 big league innings. Big leaguers are hitting just .200 against Sale.

#2 Jared Mitchell GRADE C+
Mitchell hit .222 with 31 Doubles, 8 Triples, 9 Home Runs and 58 RBI’s for the High-A Winston Salem Dash.

#3 Brent Morel GRADE B-
Through September 10th Morel has batted .254 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 5 Home Runs and 30 RBI’s for the White Sox. He has walked 12 times and struck out 47 times in 358 big league at-bats.

#4 Tyler Flowers GRADE C+
Flowers hit .261 with 8 Doubles, 15 Home Runs and 32 RBI’s for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. He struck out 84 times in 65 games. At the big league level through September 10th, Flowers was hitting .210 with 4 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 Home Runs, and 10 RBI’s in 27 Games.

#5 Eduardo Escobar GRADE B-
Escobar batted .266 with 23 Doubles, 4 Triples, 4 Home Runs, and 49 RBI for Triple-A Charlotte. Through September 10th he was 1-3 in three big league at-bats.

#6 Dayan Viciedo GRADE A
Viciedo batted .296 with 28 Doubles, 20 Home Runs, and 78 RBI’s for Triple-A Charlotte. He walked 45 times and struck out 83 times in 119 games. The .296 average was a career high. In the big leagues through September 10th Viciedo was hitting .356 with 1 Double, 1 Home Run, and 4 RBI’s in 45 at-bats.

#7 Jacob Petricka GRADE B-
Petricka went a combined 7-8 with a 3.35 ERA between the Low-A Kannapolis Intimidators and High-A Winston Salem. He walked 39 and struck out 99 in 113.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .262 off Petricka on the season.

#8 Addison Reed GRADE A+
Reed went a combined 2-1 with 5 Saves and 1.26ERA between Low-A Kannapolis, High-A Winston Salem, the Double-A Birmingham Barons, and Triple-A Charlotte. He walked 14 and struck out 111 batters in 78.1 innings. Opposing minor league hitters batted just .157 off Reed. Through September 10th Reed was 0-0 with a 3.38ERA and 6 strikeouts in 2.2 innings with the big league White Sox.

#9 Gregory Infante GRADE B
Infante went a combined 3-4 with 11 saves and a 2.54ERA between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He walked 28 and 54 strikeouts in 63.2 innings. Opposing hitters batted just .235 off Infante.

#10 Trayce Thompson GRADE B
Thompson batted .241 with 36 Doubles, 2 Triples, 24 Home Runs and 87RBI’s for Low-A Kannapolis. He walked 60 times and struck out 172 times in 136 games.

#11 Jon Gilmore GRADE B-
Gilmore who was out much of the season, batted .283 with 13 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 Home Runs, and 28 RBI’s in 50 games for Double-A Birmingham.

#12 Brandon Short GRADE B-
Short batted .262 with 29 Doubles, 5 Triples, 13 Home Runs and 60 RBI’s for Double-A Birmingham. He also had 21 stolen bases on the season.

#13 Matt Heidenreich GRADE C
Heidenreich went 10-10 with a 4.32ERA for Low-A Kannapolis. He walked 31 and struck out 101 batters in 154.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .277 off Heidenreich.

#14 Miguel Gonzalez GRADE C
Gonzalez batted .255 with 7 Doubles, 2 Home Runs and 21 RBI’s in 55 Games for Low-A Kannapolis.

#15 Mike Blanke GRADE C
Blanke batted a combined .246 with 22 Doubles, 1 Triple, 9 Home Runs, and 43 RBI’s between Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston Salem.

VIDEO: Kannapolis Intimidators Coach Charles Poe Blows Up On Umpire And Gets Ejected

If you were a fan of minor league baseball back in the 1990′s you probably remember Charles Poe. The former Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres farmhand broke into professional baseball as an 18 year old, and left nine years later after spending three seasons in Triple-A without making it to the majors. These days Poe is the hitting coach for the Kannapolis Intimidators the Low-A affiliate of the White Sox, and he was none too pleased last Friday against the Augusta GreenJackets. With Kannapolis nursing a 2-1 lead late in the game, home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz called four consecutive Intimidators batters out on strikes including the side in the top of the ninth. Between innings Poe went nuts as seen in the video below. After Poe was sent to the showers, Augusta came back and won 3-2 on a walk off single by Adam Duvall.

Negro Leaguer Willie “Curly” Williams Dies At Age 86

Willie “Curly” Williams a one time star in the Negro Leagues had died at age 86. Williams was an infielder for the Newark Eagles, Houston Eagles, and the New Orleans Eagles in the Negro Leagues in the late 40′s and early 50′s before a brief stint in the Chicago White Sox organization and a near decade long run playing baseball in Canada. In the story, writer Nick Diunte shares his memories of spending a full day with Williams back in 2007.

“Curly” Williams was a beacon for Negro League baseball — Examiner.com

Journeyman Catcher Corky Miller Plans To Keep Playing Baseball As Long As People Are Offering Him Jobs

I’m not sure if it is a record, but Corky Miller has spent parts of the last 11 consecutive seasons playing in the International League including this season as a member of the Louisville Bats. He has also spent parts of the last 10 years playing in the big leagues, compiling a total of 199 big league games with the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. His career batting average in the big leagues is just .188 but his impact both in the majors as well as in Triple-A in helping develop pitchers, has kept Miller in baseball for all these years and led to lots of success for a number of current big league pitchers who Miller caught for in the minor leagues. In the story Miller talks about his journeyman career in which he has seen and done about everything there is to see or do, how he plans to continue to play baseball until teams stop calling, and stealing home his rookie season. Also some of the pitchers for whom he has caught offer their antidotes about Miller’s brutal honesty behind the plate. It’s a very good read.

Corky Miller a once-in-a-lifetime guy — Cincinnati.com

White Sox Farmhand Scott Snodgress & Two Relievers Toss Combined No Hitter In Rookie Pioneer League

Chicago White Sox pitching prospects Scott Snodgress, Blake Drake, and Joe Dvorsky threw a combined No Hitter on Thursday in the Great Falls Voyagers 4-0 win over the Casper Ghosts in the Rookie Pioneer League. Snodgress, a fifth round pick in 2011 out of Stanford, threw six hitless innings, did not walk a batter, and struck out nine. Drake, a 22nd round pick out of Indiana State, pitched one hitless inning in relief, striking out one. Dvorsky, a 35th round pick out of Texas State, closed out the no hitter, pitching two hitless innings while striking out one. Two Great Falls fielding errors separated the trio from the combined perfect game.