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South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 25

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Who is the 25th-best prospect in the White Sox system?

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Close, But: Not, it’s not Ian, but Josh. But something tells me ascendant reliever Ian will be getting some snaps next spring in Glendale.
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Congratulations, Charlie Tilson, SSS still has faith in you, as you’re the 24th-best prospect in the our rankings!

The fragile speedster grabbed 40% (27 of 68 ballots) in his first turn on the ballot.

Next up is an ascendant reliever in the White Sox system.

South Side Sox Top White Sox Prospects for 2018

  1. Eloy Jimenez — 70% (Kopech 16%, Robert 11%, Hansen 2%, Cease 1%)
  2. Michael Kopech — 75% (Robert 18%, Hansen 4%, Cease 2%, Dunning 1%)
  3. Luis Robert — 63% (Hansen 24%, Cease 8%, Dunning 4%, Collins 1%)
  4. Alec Hansen — 64% (Cease 25%, Dunning 6%, Burger 2%, Collins 2%)
  5. Dylan Cease — 70% (Dunning 21%, Rutherford 4%, Burger 3%, Collins 2%)
  6. Dane Dunning — 68% (Burdi 14%, Collins 7%, Burger 6%, Rutherford 5%)
  7. Zack Burdi — 39% (Collins 30%, Rutherford 17%, Burger 14%, Sheets 1%) (+3 jump from consensus)
  8. Jake Burger — 29% (Rutherford 26%, Adams/Collins 21%, Sheets 3%) (-1 fall from consensus)
  9. Blake Rutherford — 31% (Collins 26%, Adolfo 20%, Adams 19%, Sheets 4%)
  10. Micker Adolfo — 39% (Collins 25%, Adams 22%, Clarkin 8%, Sheets 6%) (+2 jump from consensus)
  11. Luis Alexander Basabe — 47% (Collins 26%, Adams 16%, Sheets 6%, Clarkin 5%) (+4 jump from consensus)
  12. Zack Collins — 46% (Adams 22%, Clarkin 17%, Sheets 14%, Puckett 2%) (-4 fall from consensus)
  13. Spencer Adams — 38% (Clarkin 29%, Sheets 19%, Gonzalez 8%, Puckett 6%) (+1 jump from consensus)
  14. Ian Clarkin — 47% (Sheets 25%, Gonzalez 15%, Puckett 7%, Stephens 6%) (+1 jump from consensus)
  15. Gavin Sheets — 45% (Gonzalez 21%, Cordell 14%, Stephens 11%, Puckett 9%) (-3 fall from consensus)
  16. Seby Zavala — 55% (Gonzalez 16%, Cordell 13%, Stephens 10%, Puckett 6%) (+4 jump from consensus)
  17. Luis González — 43% (Puckett/Stephens 18%, Cordell 13%, Gillaspie 7%)
  18. Jordan Stephens — 28% (Puckett 26%, Cordell 25%, Vieira 15%, Gillaspie 6%) (+1 jump from consensus)
  19. Ryan Cordell — 35% (Puckett 22%, Guerrero 21%, Vieira 17%, Gillaspie 6%) (-1 fall from consensus)
  20. A.J. Puckett — 39% (Guerrero 25%, Vieira 16%, Gillaspie 13%, Skoug 7%) (-4 fall from consensus)
  21. Jordan Guerrero — 49% (Vieira 20%, Henzman 15%, Gillaspie 9%, Skoug 7%) (+2 jump from consensus)
  22. Thyago Vieira — 34% (Henzman 21%, Skoug 17%, Yrizarri 16%, Gillaspie 11%)
  23. Lincoln Henzman — 43% (Yrizarri 20%, Flores 15%, Gillaspie 12%, Skoug 9%) (+2 jump from consensus)
  24. Charlie Tilson — 40% (Flores 24%, Yrizarri 22%, Skoug 12%, Gillaspie 3%) (+4 jump from consensus)

Here are your choices for the 25th round of voting:

Bernardo Flores, SP

2018 Age: 22

2017 High Level: Winston-Salem (A+)

Overall 2017 stats: 23 starts ▪️ 118 13 IP ▪️ 3.42 ERA ▪️ 103 K ▪️ 32 BB ▪️ 1.25 WHIP

At USC, Flores worked out of the bullpen, with just eight starts before being drafted. On paper, he was a borderline prospect, with a 5.34 ERA as a Trojan and never once cracking 100 innings in a season. He was a seventh-round choice and got 12 starts at Great Falls, grabbing a 3.66 ERA. Last season, Flores started at Kannapolis (14 starts, 3.35 ERA) and got bit a little after an aggressive promotion to Winston-Salem. His fastball runs as fast as 97 mph, although scouts have flagged his velocity as inconsistent. He boasts a solid change, as well as a curve and a cutter, with the changeup earning the most praise given its screwball movement.


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.


Ian Hamilton, RP

2018 Age: 23

2017 High Level: Birmingham (AA)

Overall 2017 stats: 44 games ▪️ 7 saves ▪️ 71 23 IP ▪️ 3.27 ERA ▪️ 74 K ▪️ 16 BB ▪️ 1.05 WHIP

Hamilton was both a starter and reliever during his college career at Washington State, but is now counted on for late relief in the White Sox system. After being drafted in 2016, he made a token appearance in the AZL before an instant promotion to Kannapolis. He threw 31 23 innings there and was solid throughout. His first full season in pro ball started at Winston-Salem in 2017, which proved little challenge for Hamilton. After his promotion to Birmingham, however, the righty ran into trouble, and he was eventually dropped back down to W-S. Hamilton has been likened to Carson Fulmer, and as you might expect from Fulmer if he is ever transitioned into a short relief role, Hamilton has seen his fastball gain velocity out of the pen — up to 99 mph.


Evan Skoug, C

2018 Age: 22

2017 High Level: Kannapolis (A)

Overall 2017 stats: 25 games ▪️ 3 HR ▪️ 10 RBI ▪️ 11 BB ▪️ 36 K ▪️ .232/.333/.427

OK, let’s get this right out of the way, because Brett won’t shut up about it, but apparently Skoug is the only player on Baseball-Reference with the same school affiliations as his: Libertyville High School, and Texas Christian University. Somehow, I believe our dear leader’s playing career fell somewhat short of young Evan’s. Something about eight walks in a single doubleheader is on the back of his baseball card, somewhere. Anyhow, Skoug was a seventh-round pick of the White Sox last year and led TCU to three consecutive College World Series appearances. In his final Horned Frogs season, Skoug hit .272/.378/.544, with 20 homers and 71 driven in. Skoug fits the profile that is running rampant through the White Sox system: hit-first, field-later backstops. He’s started his season at Kanny a bit slowly.


Yeyson Yrizarri, SS-2B

2018 Age: 21

2017 High Level: Winston-Salem (A+)

Overall 2017 stats: 113 games ▪️ 8 HR ▪️ 48 RBI ▪️ 8 BB ▪️ 78 K ▪️ .268/.290/.380

Yrizarri is another guy the White Sox have had their eye on for a long time, to the point of thinking they had a good shot at signing him out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. No surprise four years later, when Chicago swapped some international money to the Texas Rangers in order to acquire him. Yrizarri’s top tool is a monster arm, so he really needs to be on the left side of the infield to maximize his value. He’s got a bit of pop, as well. On the flip side, Y.Y. is not fond of walks. He’s on the young side for his placements in both the Texas and Chicago systems, so take his numbers with a grain of salt.

Poll

Who is the 25th-most important prospect in the White Sox system?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Bernardo Flores
    (17 votes)
  • 7%
    Casey Gillaspie
    (8 votes)
  • 34%
    Ian Hamilton
    (35 votes)
  • 13%
    Evan Skoug
    (14 votes)
  • 27%
    Yeyson Yrizarri
    (28 votes)
102 votes total Vote Now