It’s been a long time since the Chicago White Sox’ system got people excited. There’s some talent there but most players either have fairly low ceilings or have had mixed results in the minor leagues. Our methodology for this list has been a little different. Nick Schaefer from Southside Showdown gave us a Top 10 list and we’ve supplemented it with some names of our own. Towards the top, we added a couple of players who haven’t played with the White Sox organization yet and then we added a few more prospects at the bottom.
Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (International League)
Double-A: Birmingham Barons (Southern League)
High-A: Winston-Salem Dash (Carolina League)
Class-A: Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League)
Advanced Rookie: Great Falls Voyagers (Pioneer League)
Complex-Rookie: AZL White Sox (Arizona League)
*note: This list was edited to reflect the 2014 minor league affiliates for the Chicago White Sox. They will be leaving the Appalachian League (the Pirates are taking over the Bristol team) and joining the Arizona League. Approval hasn’t been made final for the White Sox joining the Arizona League but, from what I understand, this is just a formality.
Tyler Danish – RHP
Date of Birth: September 12, 1994
Height/Weight: 6’2″/190 lbs
Acquired: 2nd round of the 2013 draft
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Analysis: Danish is an interesting arm that most people think will eventually wind up in the bullpen. Pitching mostly with Bristol in the Appalachian League, Danish was outstanding coming from his deceptive low-three-quarters delivery with great movement on the ball. His good control is extremely promising for such a young pitcher, walking only five batters to go with 28 strikeouts. Despite the tendency for higher level hitters to be more successful against “deception” pitchers, Danish has the velocity (low-90s) and pitch repertoire (fastball/sinker, slider, changeup) to be more successful than most.
2014 Prognosis: If the White Sox want him to start, expect his progression to be a bit slower but if he remains in the bullpen he could reach Double-A in 2014.
Keon Barnum – 1B
Date of Birth: January 16, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’5″/225 lbs
Acquired: 1st round (48th overall) of the 2012 draft
Analysis: Barnum is on the list because of the power potential in his bat. While it hasn’t manifested itself in game situations just quite yet, Barnum still had a fairly solid .149 ISO at the age of 20 in the South Atlantic League. While he strikes out too much (a recurring theme among White Sox prospects) and could walk a bit more, Barnum is one of the real legitimate power bats in this White Sox system.
2014 Prognosis: With only 223 plate appearances in 2013, the White Sox might want to hold Barnum back but their aggressive promotion of other prospects could be a sign that Barnum is going to head to Winston-Salem in 2014.
Scott Snodgress – LHP
Date of Birth: September 20, 1989
Height/Weight: 6’6″/225 lbs
Acquired: 5th round of the 2011 draft
Analysis: Snodgress had a relatively pedestrian season, at least statistically, but scouts really like what the big lefty has to offer. He has a good fastball that can touch 95 mph and his curveball and changeup have average potential. His command improved to 3.7 BB/9 this season but his strikeout rate fell considerably making some analysts wonder if he’s going to become more of a groundball pitcher who pitches to contact.
2014 Prognosis: It really depends on Spring Training for Snodgress. If he comes out with guns blazing, he could make the climb to Triple-A but, judging from the low K%, he might benefit from another few starts in Double-A.
Daniel Webb – RHP
Date of Birth: August 18, 1989
Height/Weight: 6’3″/210 lbs
Acquired: Traded from Toronto with Myles Jaye for Jason Frasor on January 1, 2012; drafted by Toronto in the 18th round of the 2009 draft
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Analysis: Webb reached the major leagues in 2013 thanks to a meteoric rise through the high minors after becoming a full-time reliever. With successful stops in Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte, Webb not only maintained his strikeout rates but increased them as he got to Triple-A. His walk rate spiked in Charlotte but was more acceptable when he reached the majors on September 4. Webb still has his rookie status despite getting into nine games (and pitching 11 1/3 major league innings) and used his upper-90s fastball and power curveball to excellent effect at all levels.
2014 Prognosis: Webb looks like he’ll make the White Sox’ bullpen in 2014.
Chris Bassitt – RHP
Date of Birth: February 22, 1989
Height/Weight: 6’5″/205 lbs
Acquired: 16th round of the 2011 draft
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Analysis: Bassitt is ranked a bit higher than Webb mainly because he’s still starting in the minors. Bassitt had a very good year split between High-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham and was able to show some good control numbers even though his strikeouts fell off in Double-A. Bassitt struggled with his control in the Arizona Fall League, walking eight in just 10 innings despite giving up only one run.
2014 Prognosis: Bassitt will likely return to Double-A to start the 2014 season, giving him some more experience against better hitters before moving up.
Topics: Chicago White Sox