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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 35: Lency Delgado

His first, truncated pro season was a mixed bag, but expect this talented middle infielder to take a big step forward, perhaps into Montana, in 2019

No tooling: Size, power, speed — Delgado truly has it all.

Lency Delgado
215 pounds
Bats: Right
Age: 19
SSS rank among all shortstops in the system: 4

Delgado was drafted in last year’s fourth round and signed to a bonus of $525,000, which was enough to pry him away from his verbal commitment with the Alabama State Hornets. Although born in Havana, Delgado moved with his family to the U.S. as a 16-year-old, and he graduated from Doral Charter Academy in Miami.

What did he do at Doral Charter? Oh, only hit .480 with 14 homers and 33 RBIs. At the time of the draft, Delgado was described by PerfectGame as athletic, with a strong arm, and defensively advanced. He also ran a 60-yard dash in 6.87.

However, a move to the pros from high school is almost always difficult, as the game moves at a much faster pace. For the AZL White Sox in 2018, Delgado slashed .233/.309/.301 with one homer, 22 RBIs, 4-for-4 in stolen bases, nine walks (6.0%) and 40 strikeouts (26.7%) in 133 at-bats. He committed nine errors in 35 games, which is quite high; however, he did show sufficient range at the position.

Expect Delgado to return to the AZL for 2019, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him promoted to Great Falls later in the year if he hits a hot stretch.

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2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

35. Lency Delgado, SS
36. Zach Thompson, RHRP
37. Camilo Quinteiro, 2B
38. A.J. Puckett, RHSP
39. Amado Nuñez, 2B
40. Jordan Guerrero, LHSP
41. Tyler Frost, RF
42. Danny Mendick, SS
43. Yeyson Yrizarri, SS
44. Kade McClure, RHSP
45. Luis Mieses, CF
46. Ti’quan Forbes, 3B
47. Thyago Vieira, RHRP
48. Corey Zangari, 1B
49. Yermin Mercedes, C
50. Anderson Comas, RF
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

More information on South Side Top Prospects.