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2020 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 15

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Vote for the 15th-best prospect in the White Sox system!

Fine-tuned hitting machine: Mercedes mashed last season at Birmingham and Charlotte, earning him a spot on the 40-man roster.
Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights

Three years in, we finally have our act together enough to kick off our prospect vote so the end doesn’t run into the regular season.

Here’s how 2018 wrangled out — all 42 picks. Also, here’s an archive of every article in the 2018 series. Here’s how 2019 came together, all 50 picks, and the archive as well.

You’ll recall an odd Russian-bot sacking of our vote at some point last year around pick No. 10 or so, and we reduced the number of names on the ballot from 25 to five. Fingers crossed, we’ll put 10 players on the ballot for each round this year. There are some cursory stats attached to help you out in your decision-making, but all the great bio writing from WSM you’re used to seeing here is over at South Side Hit Pen, as we count down the Top 100 White Sox Prospects over there.

By starting our vote here and the Top 100 countdown at SSHP at the same time, by the time the SSHP Top 100 has counted from 100 to 50, this SSS poll vote will have counted down from 1 to 50. We’ll meet in the middle, with the SSS poll vote factoring in the order of our final 50 prospects.

Sound cool? Now, get voting!


After an extremely tight prior round, Yermín Mercedes won this ballot handily, with 25% (76 of 309 votes). Mercedes was our 42nd prospect in 2018, 49th (50th in the Top Prospect vote) in 2019.

Last year’s No. 14 prospect was Steele Walker.

Mercedes is the second catcher among our top 14 prospects:

The logjams that marked much of the previous ballot also broke up, leaving no ties this round. Voting was still tight overall, with four votes separating No. 3 from No. 5. Tyler Johnson managed exactly the same vote total as last round, while newcomer Seby Zavala slotted in at No. 9:

Also, we have our final Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee ballot up at South Side Hit Pen, so please take a second to click over and weigh in on our first-ever such vote.

South Side Sox Top White Sox Prospects for 2020

  1. Luis Robert — 86% (Kopech 7%, Madrigal 3%, Vaughn 2%, Basabe/Stiever 1%, Dunning 0% [2], Collins 0% [1], Johnson/Sheets 0% [0])
  2. Michael Kopech — 57% (Madrigal 29%, Vaughn 11%, Collins 1%, Adolfo/Dunning/Stiever 0% [3], Basabe/Johnson/Sheets 0% [1])
  3. Nick Madrigal — 70% (Vaughn 25%, Dunning 2%, Collins 1%, Basabe/Rutherford/Stiever 0% [3], Adolfo/Sheets 0% [2], Johnson 0% [1])
  4. Andrew Vaughn — 74% (Dunning 8%, Collins 7%, Stiever 4%, Adolfo/Basabe 2%, Rutherford 1% [6], Thompson 1% [5], Johnson/Sheets 1% [4])
  5. Dane Dunning — 48% (Collins 23%, Stiever 16%, Adolfo/Basabe 4%, Thompson 2%, Rutherford 1% [5], Sheets 1% [3], González/Johnson 0% [1])
  6. Zack Collins — 42% (Stiever 32%, Adolfo 10%, Basabe 5%, Rutherford 3%, Thompson 2%, [12], Johnson 2% [9], Sheets 2% [8], Dalquist 1% [5], González 1% [3])
  7. Jonathan Stiever — 51% (Adolfo 15%, Basabe 10%, Rutherford 9%, Sheets/Thompson 5%, Johnson 2% [9], Hamilton 2% [7], González 1% [4], Dalquist 1% [4])
  8. Luis Basabe — 32% (Adolfo 27%, Rutherford 13%, Thompson 11%, Sheets 7%, Johnson 3% Dalquist 2%, González/Hamilton 1% [6], Heuer 1% [3])
  9. Gavin Sheets — 45% (Adolfo 25%, Rutherford 12%, Thompson 8%, Bailey 3%, Johnson 2% [19], González 2% [17], Heuer 2% [15], Hamilton 1% [12], Dalquist 1% [10])
  10. Blake Rutherford — 45% (Adolfo 29%, Thompson 9%, Mercedes 5%, Bailey 3% [22], Hamilton 3% [21], Dalquist 2% [15], Johnson 2% [12], González 2% [11], Heuer 1%)
  11. Micker Adolfo— 50% (Thompson 16%, Mercedes 10%, González 5% [20], Johnson 5% [18], Bailey/Hamilton 4% [15], Dalquist 3% [12], Heuer 2%, Sosa 0%)
  12. Matthew Thompson— 35% (Mercedes 17%, Lambert 10%, Bailey 9%, Johnson 8%, Hamilton 7%, González 6%, Dalquist 4%, Heuer 2%, Sosa 0%)
  13. Andrew Dalquist — 20% (Mercedes 19%, Lambert 12% [39], Bailey/Johnson 12% [38], González 7% [23], Hamilton/Mendick 7% [22], Heuer 3%, Sosa 2%)
  14. Yermín Mercedes — 25% (Bailey 17%, González 13%, Johnson 12%, Lambert 11%, Mendick 8%, Heuer 7%, Hamilton 5%, Zavala 2%, Sosa 0%)

Poll

Who is the 15th-best prospect in the White Sox system?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Benyamin Bailey
    (79 votes)
  • 17%
    Luis González
    (67 votes)
  • 7%
    Ian Hamilton
    (30 votes)
  • 6%
    Codi Heuer
    (24 votes)
  • 13%
    Tyler Johnson
    (52 votes)
  • 13%
    Jimmy Lambert
    (50 votes)
  • 16%
    Danny Mendick
    (61 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Ramos
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Lenyn Sosa
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Seby Zavala
    (10 votes)
380 votes total Vote Now

Benyamin Bailey

Left Fielder
Age 18
2018 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 High Level DSL White Sox (Rookie)
Overall 2019 stats 55 games ▪️ 2 HR ▪️ 19 RBI ▪️ .324/.477/.454 ▪️ 10-of-12 SB ▪️ 52 BB ▪️ 40 BB


Luis González

Center Fielder
Age 22
2018 SSS poll ranking 17
2019 SSS poll ranking 12
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA)
Overall 2019 stats 126 games ▪️ 9 HR ▪️ 59 RBI ▪️ .247/.316/.359 ▪️ 47 BB ▪️ 89 K


Ian Hamilton

Right-handed Relief Pitcher
Age 25
2018 SSS poll ranking 25
2019 SSS poll ranking 16
2019 High Level Charlotte (AAA)
Overall 2019 stats 0-2 ▪️ 16 games ▪️ 3 saves ▪️ 16 ⅓ IP ▪️ 9.92 ERA ▪️ 20 K ▪️ 3 BB ▪️ 1.898 WHIP


Codi Heuer

Right-handed relief pitcher
Age 23
2018 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 SSS poll ranking 52
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA)
Overall 2019 stats 6-4 ▪️ 42 games ▪️ 11 saves ▪️ 67 ⅔ IP ▪️ 2.39 ERA ▪️ 65 K ▪️ 15 BB ▪️ 1.094 WHIP


Tyler Johnson

Right-handed relief pitcher
Age 24
2018 SSS poll ranking 31
2019 SSS poll ranking 18
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA)
Overall 2019 stats 2-1 ▪️ 22 games ▪️ 0 saves ▪️ 31 ⅓ IP ▪️ 2.59 ERA ▪️ 43 K ▪️ 10 BB ▪️ 0.989 WHIP


Jimmy Lambert

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Age 25
2018 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 SSS poll ranking 19
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA)
Overall 2019 stats 3-4 ▪️ 11 starts ▪️ 59 ⅓ IP ▪️ 4.55 ERA ▪️ 70 K ▪️ 27 BB ▪️ 1.500 WHIP

Lambert had his 2019 season cut short by Tommy John surgery at the end of June.


Danny Mendick

Second Baseman/Third Baseman/Shortstop
Age 26
2018 SSS poll ranking 38
2019 SSS poll ranking 42
2019 High Level Chicago (MLB)
Overall 2019 stats 149 games ▪️ 19 HR ▪️ 68 RBI ▪️ 19-of-27 SB ▪️ 67 BB ▪️ 107 K
Triple-A slash .279/.368/.444


Bryan Ramos

Third Baseman
Age 18
2018 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 High Level Arizona (Rookie)
Overall 2019 stats 51 games ▪️ 4 HR ▪️ 26 RBI ▪️ .277/.353/.415 ▪️ 19 BB ▪️ 44 K


Lenyn Sosa

Shortstop
Age 20
2018 SSS poll ranking 39
2019 SSS poll ranking 30
2019 High Level Kannapolis (A+)
Overall 2019 stats 122 games ▪️ 7 HR ▪️ 51 RBI ▪️ .251/.292/.371 ▪️ 6-of-12 SB ▪️ 27 BB ▪️ 102 K


Seby Zavala

Catcher
Age 26
2018 SSS poll ranking 16
2019 SSS poll ranking 20
2019 High Level Chicago (MLB)
Overall 2019 stats 87 games ▪️ 20 HR ▪️ 45 RBI ▪️ 26 BB ▪️ 125 K
2019 Triple-A stats: .222/.296/.471 ▪️ 18-of-53 (34%) CS ▪️ 27 BB ▪️ 102 K