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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 51: Gunnar Troutwine

The offensive discipline is well-established; how he hones his catching skills will determine how far and fast this backstop will climb

OBP machine: Yet another offense-first catcher in the White Sox system, Troutwine is as disciplined as they come, no matter the position.
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Gunnar Troutwine
230 pounds
Bats: Right
Age: 23
SSS rank among all catchers in the system: 4

Troutwine was the ninth round pick for the White Sox in the 2018 draft, and his hitting ability was as good as advertised. After the draft, Troutwine hit .316/.412/.419 for the Voyagers with two homers, 18 RBIs, 19 walks, and 20 strikeouts over 117 at-bats. Troutwine destroyed southpaws in an admittedly small sample size, sporting a .471/.625/.588 slash line.

Troutwine is considered a slightly below-average defensive catcher, but allowed just two passed balls during his 34 games behind the plate in 2018; he did allow 45 stolen bases on his watch, stopping attempted thefts 23.7% of the time.

Troutwine has gotten off to a gangbusters start in Kannapolis in 2019, slashing .355/.512/.548 in his first 10 games. It’s wild that three of the top 10 (if not five) hitters in the White Sox system so far in 2019 include Troutwine, Yermin Mercedes and Zack Collins, all catchers.

Defensively, Troutwine has truly struggled in the early going, with six passed balls, two errors, and just a 15.4% (2-of-13) caught stealing rate.

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And, natch, “Behind the Beard”:

2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

51. Gunnar Troutwine, C
52. Codi Heuer, RHSP
53. Andrew Perez, LHRP
54. Josue Guerrero, LF
55. Jacob Lindgren, LHRP
56. Ryan Cordell, CF
57. Joel Booker, LF
58. Bennett Sousa, LHRP
59. Blake Battenfield, RHSP
60. Caberea Weaver, CF
61. Matt Foster, RHRP
62. Tate Blackman, 2B
63. Hunter Schryver, LHRP
64. Romy González, CF
65. Carlos Perez, C
66. Trey Michalczewski, 3B
67. Taylor Varnell, LHSP
68. John Parke, LHSP
69. Mike Morrison, RHRP
70. Zach Remillard, 3B
71. Luis Martinez, RHSP
72. Zach Lewis, RHSP
73. José Nin, RHRP
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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