Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus on the top White Sox prospects of 2012

Maybe Jhan Marinez is ranked this high because of his outreach to kids from Boston.

Baseball Prospectus published its list, authored by Kevin Goldstein, which includes 20 names:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP

12. Juan Silverio, 3B
13. Jared Mitchell, OF
14. Brandon Short, OF
15. Pedro Hernandez, LHP
16. Gregory Infante, RHP
17. Erik Johnson, RHP
18. Michael Blanke, C
19. Dylan Axelrod, RHP
20. Ozzie Martinez, SS

Note that #12-20 are not necessarily Two Star Prospects, as Goldstein does not assign stars after #11. Some commentary from me after the jump.

One name that hasn't been on other lists is Myles Jaye, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the recent Jason Frasor trade. That's probably more of a function of the trade being recent than anything else. He just turned 20 and completed his first year as a professional in the Short-Season Rookie Ball. He's pure projection at this point and it's an aggressive ranking but, in this system, it's hard to argue that he wouldn't fit in the back of the top ten.

Another name not on (most) other lists is Mike Blanke. I had him in my "next ten or so" so I think this is an appropriate ranking. Notable for his absence is Kevan Smith, the catcher John Sickels liked for his top ten. That #7 ranking was one of the only placements by Sickels with which I disagreed and it appears he's on his own on Smith.

Another discrepancy is Dylan Axelrod. He's at the back of Goldstein's list but ranked #8 by Sickels. I didn't rank him so I think Goldstein's ranking is about right.

Goldstein joins Baseball America with a relatively high ranking of Juan Silverio. I was a bit perplexed at seeing him at #9 on BA's list and #12 also strikes me as too high. Goldstein calls him a "third baseman". I think that's where we disagree. I don't see him sticking there and I'm unsure if his bat is good enough for another position.

Ozzie Martinez also appears to be a divisive guy. BA has him at #10, Goldstein has him at #20 and Sickels didn't rank him. I can see Martinez as a top 20 guy (he too was in my also-rans) but I have trouble with ranking a guy who I'm not sure is even a major league utility player in a top ten of even the barren White Sox system.

Goldstein does not like Hector Santiago. Not ranking a guy Sickels and I both put in our top five is certainly interesting and I'd like to hear more from him about his reasoning.

Jhan Marinez makes Goldstein's top ten, just like he did in BA's top ten. Sickels didn't rank him. I guess I'm in the middle. He's a guy who could be a very good reliever if he figures it out and that's probably the reason for the wide range of opinion.

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