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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 73: José Nin

Discarded by the Phillies, Nin has resurrected his relief career in the White Sox system

It’s not just the head shot: Nin is getting tougher as he advances through White Sox the system.
Kannapolis Intimidators

José Nin
220 pounds
Throws: Right
Age: 23
SSS rank among all right-handed relievers in the system: 10

Though José Nin has only been pitching in the White Sox organization for two years, he has been playing professionally since signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on Jan. 22, 2014. Nin’s first two years in professional baseball were spent with the DSL Phillies, where he combined for a 3.09 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 58 13 innings of work, walking 21 (7.5 BB%) and striking out 46 (16.4 K%) while allowing 67 hits (.273 OBA). His numbers seemed to improve in 2016, as he pitched for three Phillies squads and ultimately made it to their A+ team in Clearwater. In 20 games totaling 22 23 innings, he combined for a 1.59 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, and surrendered just 18 hits (.231 OBA), five walks (5.7 BB%), and 17 strikeouts (19.5 K%). He also saved seven games overall. Despite those impressive numbers, Nin was released just prior to the 2017 season.

The Sox signed him on June 8, 2017, and he spent the full season with the DSL White Sox. In saving 12 games in 40 13 innings of work, Nin posted a 2.68 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while allowing 37 hits (.252 OBA) and just nine walks (5.5 BB%) while punching out 28 hitters (17.1 K%). While the numbers were good, they were relatively unexceptional considering he was three years older than the DSL’s average age.

Because of his age, Nin was promoted past the AZL White Sox and Great Falls and began this year with Kannapolis, where he posted even better results than he did in 2017 in the Dominican League. In 37 games (32 finished), Nin garnered 10 saves over 48 innings, with a 1.68 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. During this time, he only allowed 35 hits (.202 OBA) and 13 walks (6.8 BB%) while striking out 40 (21.0 K%). Thus, even though he pitched against a more age-appropriate league than he did last year, his numbers have basically improved across the board. Nin should begin the year in Winston-Salem.

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2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

73. José Nin, RHSP
74. Colton Turner, LHSP
75. Jhoandro Alfonso, C
76. Ramon Beltre, 2B
77. Charlie Tilson, CF
78. Hunter Kiel, RHRP
79. Jason Bilous, RHSP
80. Nick Johnson, RHRP
81. Danny Dopico, RHRP
82. Harvin Mendoza, 1B
83. Logan Sowers, RF
84. Maiker Feliz, 3B
85. Brayan Herrera, RHSP
86. Craig Dedelow, LF
87. Wilber Pérez, RHSP
88. Kyle Kubat, LHRP
89. Johan Dominguez, RHRP
90. Mitch Roman, 2B
91. Ty Greene, C
92. Tanner Banks, LHSP
93. Jake Elliott, RHRP
94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP

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