Congratulations, Jordan Stephens, you’re the 18th-best prospect in the SSS rankings!
The impressive hurler earned 28% (34 of 121 ballots). The voting was very tight among Stephens, A.J. Puckett and Ryan Cordell.
We’ll swap out one Jordan for another in this round.
South Side Sox Top White Sox Prospects for 2018
- Eloy Jimenez — 70% (Kopech 16%, Robert 11%, Hansen 2%, Cease 1%)
- Michael Kopech — 75% (Robert 18%, Hansen 4%, Cease 2%, Dunning 1%)
- Luis Robert — 63% (Hansen 24%, Cease 8%, Dunning 4%, Collins 1%)
- Alec Hansen — 64% (Cease 25%, Dunning 6%, Burger 2%, Collins 2%)
- Dylan Cease — 70% (Dunning 21%, Rutherford 4%, Burger 3%, Collins 2%)
- Dane Dunning — 68% (Burdi 14%, Collins 7%, Burger 6%, Rutherford 5%)
- Zack Burdi — 39% (Collins 30%, Rutherford 17%, Burger 14%, Sheets 1%) (+3 jump from consensus)
- Jake Burger — 29% (Rutherford 26%, Adams/Collins 21%, Sheets 3%) (-1 fall from consensus)
- Blake Rutherford — 31% (Collins 26%, Adolfo 20%, Adams 19%, Sheets 4%)
- Micker Adolfo — 39% (Collins 25%, Adams 22%, Clarkin 8%, Sheets 6%) (+2 jump from consensus)
- Luis Alexander Basabe — 47% (Collins 26%, Adams 16%, Sheets 6%, Clarkin 5%) (+4 jump from consensus)
- Zack Collins — 46% (Adams 22%, Clarkin 17%, Sheets 14%, Puckett 2%) (-4 fall from consensus)
- Spencer Adams — 38% (Clarkin 29%, Sheets 19%, Gonzalez 8%, Puckett 6%) (+1 jump from consensus)
- Ian Clarkin — 47% (Sheets 25%, Gonzalez 15%, Puckett 7%, Stephens 6%) (+1 jump from consensus)
- Gavin Sheets — 45% (Gonzalez 21%, Cordell 14%, Stephens 11%, Puckett 9%) (-3 fall from consensus)
- Seby Zavala — 55% (Gonzalez 16%, Cordell 13%, Stephens 10%, Puckett 6%) (+4 jump from consensus)
- Luis González — 43% (Puckett/Stephens 18%, Cordell 13%, Gillaspie 7%)
- Jordan Stephens — 28% (Puckett 26%, Cordell 25%, Vieira 15%, Gillaspie 6%) (+1 jump from consensus)
Here are your choices for the 19th round of voting:
Ryan Cordell, OF
2018 Age: 26
2017 High Level: Colorado Springs (AAA)
Overall 2017 stats: 68 games ▪️ 10 HR ▪️ 45 RBI ▪️ 25 BB ▪️ 65 K ▪️ .284/.349/.506
For a second there, it looked like Ryan Cordell might be the White Sox’s Opening Day center fielder. After a hot start, Cordell came close to making the cut in spring, and things have taken a bad turn for him since. First, he got off to a godawful start in Charlotte, wildly striking out. Just a couple of days ago, he fractured his collarbone crashing into the outfield wall and will be sidelined for two months. Before being acquired by the White Sox in the Anthony Swarzak trade last year, Cordell went from the Texas Rangers to Milwaukee Brewers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade. Injury is nothing new to Cordell, as his back was injured when the White Sox traded for him and he didn’t play at all for Charlotte after the trade last summer. Considered an ideal fourth outfielder, Cordell has shown he might hang as a CF, with basestealing speed and some power to boot. He certainly made an impression with his bat on the White Sox in camp. He’s going to have to re-set himself while out with injury, and it seems Cordell’s track record in coming back from injury and other setbacks indicates he’ll do just that. Strikeouts aside, look for Cordell to arrive in Chicago at some point this season.
Casey Gillaspie, 1B
2018 Age: 25
2017 High Level: Charlotte (AAA)
Overall 2017 stats: 125 games ▪️ 15 HR ▪️ 62 RBI ▪️ 50 BB ▪️ 100 K ▪️ .223/.297/.373
The White Sox struck at the right time in grabbing Casey Gillaspie (younger brother of steely-eyed former Sox, Conor), in a trade for Dan Jennings in 2017. The first baseman was a a quick track to Tampa’s major league roster before the trade, but flagged for Durham (AAA) in 2017, a performance that carried over to his play at Charlotte with the White Sox: .223/.297/.373 in 125 games. Adding to the challenge of adjusting to AAA pitching was an injury (broken toe). At the higher level, Gillaspie’s power has tailed off, and without plus-offensive ability, his value evaporates.
Jordan Guerrero, SP
2018 Age: 24
2017 High Level: Birmingham (AA)
Overall 2017 stats: 25 starts ▪️ 146 1⁄3 IP ▪️ 4.18 ERA ▪️ 136 K ▪️ 43 BB ▪️ 1.32 WHIP
Guerrero is the definition of an under-the-radar prospect, so much so that he is still pretty much under the radar. (This past offseason the White Sox didn’t protect him in the Rule 5 draft, which incurred Twitter wrath from the lefthander.) He first made a mark in 2014, two years after being drafted, with 9.2 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in Kannapolis. In 2015, Guerrero had a 2.28 ERA for Kanny in nine starts and was sent up to Winston-Salem, where he posted a 3.94 ERA in 16 starts. Birmingham was the aggressive assignment for Guerrero in 2016, and it showed: 4.83 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 4.8 BB/9. In 2017, Guerrero repeated AA and improved all of his peripherals. Guerrero’s fastball can get to 93 mph and has sinking action, and he boasts an average-to-above-average change. Perhaps gun-shy after throwing Guerrero to the wolves in 2016, the White Sox are asking Guerrero to earn his way to Charlotte during the 2018 season, and early returns indicate he’ll do just that.
A.J. Puckett, SP
2018 Age: 23
2017 High Level: Winston-Salem (A+)
Overall 2017 stats: 25 starts ▪️ 135 2⁄3 IP ▪️ 3.98 ERA ▪️ 119 K ▪️ 51 BB ▪️ 1.42 WHIP
A.J. Puckett has one hell of a crazy origin story. A blue-chip prep quarterback, he was in a car accident and suffered an epidural hematoma while in high school in 2011, and spent weeks in a coma. The righty quit football and eventually starred on the diamond at Pepperdine, becoming a Kansas City Royals second-rounder (67th overall) in 2016 and ranking as the No. 5 prospect in the Royals system entering 2017 (per Baseball America). That might say a bit about the weakness of the Royals system, but still, he was a Carolina League All-Star in 2017 with a 7.9 strikeout rate. Despite the All-Star honor, Puckett dropped to No. 13 on K.C.’s prospect list by midseason (MLB Pipeline), perhaps explaining how he was acquired by the White Sox for the relatively low price of Melky Cabrera. Puckett’s fastball can hit 94, and he has great control. His curve needs work. But cutting against the grain and avoiding, in the words of larry, prospect trope, Puckett actually has a great changeup — BA called it the best in the White Sox system. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.
Thyago Vieira, RP
2018 Age: 24
2017 High Level: Seattle (MLB)
Overall 2017 stats (minors): 41 games ▪️ 54 IP ▪️ 4.00 ERA ▪️ 46 K ▪️ 22 BB ▪️ 1.30 WHIP
Signed by the Seattle Mariners out of Brazil in 2010 at age 16, Vieira pitched for two seasons in Venezuela before coming to the U.S. for rookie ball. A converted starter, his wildness steered him into the pen. In 2016, things started to click for the righthander, and by last season he’d gotten a cup of coffee in the bigs. The White Sox, tapped out after the Luis Robert signing, sent half a million of international pool bonus space to Seattle (which was scrambling to lure Shohei Ohtani) to get Vieira — not a bad swap at all. He has touched 100 mph on the gun with his fastball, and boasts a power curve to boot. Here nor there, but he’s fun to watch.
Who is the 19th most-important prospect in the White Sox system?
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