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2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 6

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

Fans or not, second round pick Jared Kelley still got his ill-fitting suit photo op at Sox Park this past summer.
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It was close in round five, after two blowouts, with new Cuban signee Yoelqui Céspedes and summer draft pick Jared Kelley duking it out. Kelley, the second round pick with first round pedigree, leapfrogged Céspedes and finished as our No. 5 prospect, with 47% (163 of 346 votes).

In the 2020 poll, Dane Dunning finished fifth, with 48% of the vote.

In other movement this ballot, Jonathan Stiever separated himself from the five-and-under votes group with a plus-26 gain this ballot, finishing third. Blake Rutherford held steady in fourth place, and Andrew Dalquist slipped down into last place outright, with three votes.

Newcomer Benyamin Bailey earned four votes, good for ninth place.

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%)
  5. Jared Kelley — 47% (Céspedes 32%, Stiever 8%, Rutherford 4%, Thompson 3%, Adolfo/Vera 2%, Sheets 1.4%, Bailey 1.2%, Dalquist/0.9%)

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.


Luis González

Center Fielder
Age 23
2018 SSS poll ranking 17
2019 SSS poll ranking 12
2019 High Level Birmingham (AA)
2020 High Level Chicago White Sox (3 G, 1 AB, 1 R, 58 OPS+)
Overall 2019 stats 126 games ▪️ 9 HR ▪️ 59 RBI ▪️ .247/.316/.359 ▪️ 47 BB ▪️ 89 K

González made his (brief) major-league debut in 2020 with the White Sox and otherwise spent the season at the Schaumburg alternate site.


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 sixth-best prospect in the White Sox system?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Micker Adolfo
    (10 votes)
  • 3%
    Benyamin Bailey
    (10 votes)
  • 58%
    Yoelqui Céspedes
    (187 votes)
  • 1%
    Andrew Dalquist
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis González
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    Blake Rutherford
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    Gavin Sheets
    (6 votes)
  • 16%
    Jonathan Stiever
    (53 votes)
  • 8%
    Matthew Thompson
    (27 votes)
  • 2%
    Norge Vera
    (7 votes)
319 votes total Vote Now