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2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 5

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Who is the fifth-best prospect in the White Sox system?

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If you’re unsure of what this is, read our Top Prospect Vote primer.


The first two rounds were tight races, and these second two have been blowouts. After Michael Kopech won the No. 3 spot with 70% support, Nick Madrigal became our No. 4-voted prospect with another runaway, 76% (244 of 321 votes). Last year, Madrigal was named the No. 3 prospect in our poll, taking 70% of the vote.

In the 2020 poll, Andrew Vaughn finished fourth, with 74% of the vote.

In other movement this ballot, Yoelqui Céspedes jumped back ahead of Jared Kelley this round, which sets up another possible barnburner to decide our fifth prospect vote.

Newcomer Andrew Dalquist earned one votes, good for a tie for last place at 0.3%.

South Side Sox Top White Sox Prospects for 2021

  1. Andrew Vaughn — 45% (Crochet 26%, Kopech 19%, Madrigal 9%, Kelley 1.0%, Rutherford 0.6%, Adolfo/Sheets 0.2% Stiever/Thompson 0%)
  2. Garrett Crochet — 42% (Kopech 19%, Madrigal 14%, Céspedes 4%, Kelley 0.7%, Rutherford 0.4%, Adolfo/Stiever 0.2%,Sheets/Thompson 0%)
  3. Michael Kopech — 70% (Madrigal 22%, Kelley 4%, Céspedes 3%, Vera 1%, Adolfo/Rutherford/Sheets/Thompson 0.4%, Stiever 0%)
  4. Nick Madrigal — 76% (Céspedes 10%, Kelley 9%, Rutherford/Vera 1.2%, Stiever/Thompson 0.6%, Adolfo/Dalquist/Sheets 0.3%)

Micker Adolfo

Right Fielder
Age 24
2018 SSS poll ranking 10
2019 SSS poll ranking 7
2020 SSS poll ranking 11
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA) (participated at the Schaumburg alternate site in 2020)
Overall 2019 stats 36 games ▪️ 2 HR ▪️ 12 RBI ▪️ .227/.346/.367 ▪️ 21 BB ▪️ 57 BB

Adolfo missed the first half of 2019 recovering from arm surgery and only DHed in the minor league season. All 10 of his Arizona Fall League games were spent in right field, however, with one error and one assist.


Benyamin Bailey
Left Fielder

Age 19
2018 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 SSS poll ranking N/A
2020 SSS poll ranking 26
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


Yoelqui Céspedes

Right Fielder
Age 23
2018 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 SSS poll ranking N/A
2020 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 High Level Cuba (Canadian-American Association)
Overall 2018-19 stats 28 games ▪️ 0 HR ▪️ 7 RBI ▪️ 2 BB ▪️ 24 K ▪️ 2-for-2 SB

Céspedes defected from Cuba on June 25, 2019, while playing for Team Cuba during a Can-Am game in Toledo, Ohio. He has not played competitively since then. Baseball America broke the news on Dec. 22, 2020 that Céspedes had agreed to a $2 million contract with the White Sox, to be announced in mid-January.


Andrew Dalquist

Right-handed starting pitcher
Age 20
2018 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 SSS poll ranking N/A
2020 SSS poll ranking 13
2020 High Level Schaumburg alternate site
Overall 2019 stats 0-0 ▪️ 3 starts ▪️ 3 IP ▪️ 0.00 ERA ▪️ 2 K ▪️ 2 BB ▪️ 1.333 WHIP

Stats are for Dalquist’s cup of coffee in the Arizona Rookie League.


Jared Kelley

Right-handed starting pitcher
Age 19
2018 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 SSS poll ranking N/A
2020 SSS poll ranking N/A
2020 High Level Schaumburg alternate site
Overall 2020 stats 3-0 ▪️ 3 starts ▪️ 12 IP ▪️ 0.00 ERA ▪️ 34 K

Stats are for Kelley’s shortened season at Refugio (Texas) H.S.; in his prep career, Kelley went 32-3 with a 0.43 ERA


Blake Rutherford


Right Fielder
Age 24
2018 SSS poll ranking 9
2019 SSS poll ranking 8
2020 SSS poll ranking 10
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA) (participated at the Schaumburg alternate site in 2020)
Overall 2019 stats 118 games ▪️ 7 HR ▪️ 49 RBI ▪️ .265/.319/.365 ▪️ 9-of-11 SB ▪️ 37 BB ▪️ 118 K


Gavin Sheets

First Baseman
Age 24
2018 SSS poll ranking 15
2019 SSS poll ranking 11
2020 SSS poll ranking 9
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA) (was not invited to participate at the Schaumburg alternate site in 2020)
Overall 2019 stats 126 games ▪️ 16 HR ▪️ 83 RBI ▪️ .267/.345/.414 ▪️ 54 BB ▪️ 99 K


Jonathan Stiever

Right-handed starting pitcher
Age 24
2018 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 SSS poll ranking 27
2020 SSS poll ranking 7
2020 High Level Chicago White Sox
Overall 2020 stats (projected to a full season) 0-3 ▪️ 5 starts ▪️ 17 IP ▪️ -0.8 bWAR ▪️ 9.95 ERA ▪️ 8 K ▪️ 11 BB ▪️ 1.737 WHIP


Matthew Thompson

Right-handed Starting Pitcher
Age 20
2018 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 SSS poll ranking N/A
2020 SSS poll ranking 12
2019 High Level Arizona (Rookie) (participated at the Schaumburg alternate site in 2020)
Overall 2019 stats 13-0 ▪️ 17 games (8 starts) ▪️ 2 CG ▪️ 1 SHO ▪️ 74 ⅔ IP ▪️ 0.82 ERA ▪️ 126 K ▪️ 41 BB ▪️ 0.884 WHIP


Norge Vera

Right-handed starting pitcher
Age 20
2018 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 SSS poll ranking N/A
2020 SSS poll ranking N/A
2019 High Level Santiago de Cuba (CNS)
Overall 2019 stats 2-3 ▪️ 11 starts ▪️ 54 23 IP ▪️ 3.79 ERA ▪️ 37 K ▪️ 32 BB ▪️ 1.610 WHIP

Vera is the son of famed Cuban National Series player Norge Luis Vera and is 6´4´´, 185 and still filling in. He’s projected at a possible No. 1 starter. The stats from 2018-19 above are from his only CSN season, where he was at least 10 years younger than the average player age. A $1.5 million deal was reached last February, but the postponement of the July international signing period means Vera to the White Sox can only be made official next month.

Poll

Who is the fifth-best prospect in the White Sox system?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Micker Adolfo
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Benyamin Bailey
    (4 votes)
  • 31%
    Yoelqui Céspedes
    (109 votes)
  • 0%
    Andrew Dalquist
    (3 votes)
  • 47%
    Jared Kelley
    (163 votes)
  • 3%
    Blake Rutherford
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    Gavin Sheets
    (5 votes)
  • 8%
    Jonathan Stiever
    (28 votes)
  • 2%
    Matthew Thompson
    (9 votes)
  • 1%
    Norge Vera
    (6 votes)
346 votes total Vote Now