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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 30: Lenyn Sosa

Even younger than Bryce Bush, this shortstop is likewise fielding his aggressive assignment in Kannapolis

Both sides now: Sosa has a rough go of it so far in 2019, struggling at the plate and making an error every four games at short.
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Lenyn Sosa
180 pounds
Bats: Right
Age: 19
SSS rank among all shortstops in the system: 3

Sosa was part of a large signing class in 2016, and after getting $325,000 from the White Sox, Sosa (a native of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) was projected by most scouts to begin 2017 in the Dominican Summer League with his fellow signees. Instead, he made a bold move forward, to the AZL White Sox.

Despite being so young on the AZL Sox, the teenager slashed a respectable .270/.330/.358 with 14 walks (7.8 BB%) and just 24 strikeouts (13.3%) in 180 plate appearances, while slugging two homers and swiping three bases.

In 2018 for Great Falls, Sosa’s slash line improved to .293/.317/.406 with seven walks (2.4%) and 36 strikeouts (12.4%) in 276 at-bats. His power numbers also saw an uptick with Great Falls, as he clubbed 20 extra-base-hits (including four homers), possibly a result of the thinner air in the Pioneer League’s ballparks. Currently, Sosa is a line-drive hitter with occasional gap power. However, with more strength, there is indeed room for power projection. Defensively in 2018, Sosa spent 76% of his time at short, 19% at third base, and 5% at second. Despite moving around, Sosa only committed seven errors in 65 games — not too shabby!

Sosa has shown quick bat speed and hand-eye coordination from the right side of the plate, along with good bat-to-ball skills in games. He actually fared better against righties (.303) than southpaws (.255). Sosa’s hitting is only expected to improve as he develops more patience, which usually comes with experience. Sosa is an excellent glove man, with a strong enough arm to continue playing shortstop and third base as he progresses through the system. It is possible, however, that he may end up moving to second base due to his average speed. Finally, Sosa is said to have a hard-nosed mentality, which speaks to future leadership abilities as well.

Sosa’s aggressive assignments continued in 2019, as he joined fellow 19-year-old Bryce Bush on the left side of the Kannapolis infield. Much more was made of Bush’s assignment, perhaps because he was just drafted (2018), but Sosa is six weeks younger, and well below the average age for Single-A ball. Unsurprisingly, Sosa has struggled out of the gate in his first taste of full-season ball, slashing just .220/.253/.313, with eight errors in his first 32 games with the Intimidators.

2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

25. Bryce Bush, 3B
30. Lenyn Sosa, SS
31. Ryan Burr, RHRP
32. Lincoln Henzman, RHSP
33. Caleb Frare, LHRP
34. José Ruiz, RHRP
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

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