Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chicago White Sox Mid-Season Top 15 Prospects

This is my Top 15 prospects for the Chicago Cubs here at the halfway point. This list WILL include 2011 draft picks that I think will sign. Stats are as of July 30, 2011.

1. Dayan Viciedo, OF/3B - 374 AB, .307/.365/.500, 16 HR, 65 RBI, 31 BB, 70 K, 2 SB 1 CS (AAA)

Viciedo has shown that he has nothing left to prove in AAA and he is just waiting for an opportunity to open up in the Majors. Will never be even average defensively but will add some much needed offense to the White Sox lineup.

2. Jacob Petricka, RHP - 5-5, 3.38 ERA, 74.2 IP, 73 H, 26 BB, 71 K (SS/A/A+)

The hard throwing righty has made a somewhat surprisingly good transition to the pro level, showing solid control and a power repertoire.

3. Addison Reed, RHP - 2-1, 1.37 ERA, 59 IP, 36 H, 11 BB, 87 K (A/A+/AA/AAA)

Although I would have rather seen him as a starter, Reed has been flat out filthy out of the pen and could definitely help Chicago in September.

4. Trayce Thompson, OF - 375 AB, .232/.330/.445, 17 HR, 62 RBI, 48 BB, 124 K, 5 SB 2 CS (A)

The power numbers are impressive, but the strikeout numbers and his lack of pitch recognition are awful and pitchers will eat him alive at higher levels if he doesn't improve.

5. Zach Stewart, RHP - 5-5, 4.20 ERA, 94.1 IP, 106 H, 27 BB, 74 K (AA)

Stewart hasn't quite lived up to the expectations that his stuff has set for him and I could possibly see a move to the bullpen after coming over in the Jackson/Teahen trade.

6. Tyler Saladino, SS - 263 AB, .240/.337/.487, 15 HR, 39 RBI, 33 BB, 65 K, 5 SB 5 CS (A+)

Saladino has had an up and down year so far but I like his power and I think he could turn it around in August.

7. Jared Mitchell, OF - 377 AB, .239/.317/.419, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 39 BB, 139 K, 8 SB 6 CS (A+)

Mitchell has just about as bad a year as possible for him with the strikeouts and the trouble on the bases. Yet he is still a raw toolsy player and raked in July so there is definitely some signs of encouragement from the 2009 1st-rounder.

8. Keenyn Walker, OF - 66 AB, .318/.432/.455, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 10 BB, 19 K, 12 SB 5 CS (SS/A)

The White Sox first selection this year, Walker is a similar player to Mitchell and is off to a solid start in his professional debut.

9. Jordan Danks, OF - 339 AB, .260/.349/.451, 12 HR, 49 RBI, 43 BB, 98 K, 14 SB 3 CS (AAA)

Danks is starting to look like just a 4th OF, but he is very versatile and should be a Major Leaguer for a long time.

10. Andy Wilkins, 3B/1B - 370 AB, .262/.341/.462, 17 HR, 65 RBI, 45 BB, 69 K, 1 SB 1 CS (A+)

I have always like Wilkins' bat and he has shown a great approach at the plate and good power so far this year. Could really rise up this list with continued production at higher levels in 2012.

11. Brandon Short, OF - 404 AB, .272/.327/.433, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 29 BB, 99 K, 21 SB 5 CS (AA)

It's been a solid year for Short as he has held his own and more at Birmingham, something comparable Sox prospect John Shelby failed to do his time around.

12. Tyler Flowers, C - 222 AB, .261/.390/.500, 15 H, 32 RBI, 39 BB, 84 K, 2 SB 0 CS (AAA)

Flowers is trying to salvage his prospect status after an abysmal 2010 and hit for enough power in Charlotte to get a recent call to the bigs when Ramon Castro went down.

13. Eduardo Escobar, SS - 371 AB, .256/.295/.358, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 21 BB, 74 K, 10 SB 5 CS (AAA)

Escobar continues to flash a plus glove at SS, but his future is as a utility player if that OBP remains at that level.

14. Gregori Infante, RHP - 2-3, 2.08 ERA, 47.2 IP, 42 H, 19 BB, 43 K (AA/AAA)

Another guy who can bolster Chicago's bullpen for a playoff push, Infante was solid in his brief stint in the Majors last September.

15. Andre Rienzo, RHP - 3-4, 3.89 ERA, 88 IP, 89 H, 53 BB, 87 K (A+)

A sleeper pick for many at the beginning of the season, Rienzo has been solid at Winston-Salem showing good strikeout numbers, but a lack of control is keeping him from a higher spot on this list.


Kevan Smith, C - 108 AB, .370/.465/.676, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 16 BB, 15 K, 1 SB 2 CS (RK)

The Sox 7th-round pick in 2011 out of Pittsburgh, Smith is an athletic catcher who played quarterback in college as well. Also has displayed solid power and could be the answer behind the plate Chicago has so desperately been looking for.

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