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2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 9

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Who is the ninth-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.


Well, it took eight rounds to get our first curious result, with Gavin Sheets skyrocketing from eighth place, with 10 votes, to the win, at 29% (136 of 472 votes). Sheets’ win as the No. 8 poll prospect wasn’t decisive, per se, but it was a 25-vote win over Norge Vera, so not too tight, either.

Last year, Sheets finished as our No. 9 prospect in the vote.

In the 2020 poll, Luis Basabe finished eighth, with 32% of the vote.

In other movement this ballot, Vera did maneuver himself into second place and perhaps as the favorite for the No. 9 spot, leapfrogging Matthew Thompson. Blake Rutherford is stalled at No. 6, gaining just two votes overall.

Newcomer José Rodriguez earned five votes, placing him at No. 9, ahead of a lagging Luis González.

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%)
  6. Yoelqui Céspedes — 59% (Stiever 17%, Thompson 9%, Rutherford 4%, Adolfo/Bailey 3%, Vera 2.2%, Sheets 1.9%, Dalquist 1.6%, González 0.3%)
  7. Jonathan Stiever — 41% (Thompson 18%, Vera 11%, Bailey 8%, Burdi 7%, Rutherford 6%, Dalquist 3.2%, Adolfo/Sheets 2.9%, González 0.6%)
  8. Gavin Sheets— 29% (Vera 24%, Thompson 21%, Burdi 9%, Bailey 6%, Rutherford 5%, Dalquist 4%, Adolfo 3%, Rodriguez 1%, González 0.2%)

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


Zack Burdi

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
Age 26
2018 SSS poll ranking 7
2019 SSS poll ranking 15
2020 SSS poll ranking 22
2020 High Level Chicago White Sox
Overall 2020 stats 0-1 ▪️ 8 games ▪️ -0.6 bWAR ▪️ 7 13 IP ▪️ 11.05 ERA ▪️ 11 K ▪️ 3 BB ▪️ 1.909 WHIP


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.


Yermín Mercedes

Catcher
Age 28
2018 SSS poll ranking 42
2019 SSS poll ranking 49
2020 SSS poll ranking 14
2020 High Level Chicago White Sox
Overall 2019 stats (Birmingham and Charlotte) 95 games ▪️ 23 HR ▪️ 80 RBI ▪️ .317/.388/.581 ▪️ 41 BB ▪️ 67 K

Mercedes played in one game for the White Sox in 2020, grounding out to second base in one plate appearance.


José Rodriguez

Shortstop
Age 20
2018 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 SSS poll ranking 32
2019 High Level Arizona (Rookie)
Overall 2019 stats 44 games ▪️ 9 HR ▪️ 31 RBI ▪️ .293/.328/.505 ▪️ 7-of-8 SB ▪️ 9 BB ▪️ 45 K


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


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 ninth-best prospect in the White Sox system?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Micker Adolfo
    (14 votes)
  • 6%
    Benyamin Bailey
    (23 votes)
  • 7%
    Zack Burdi
    (25 votes)
  • 2%
    Andrew Dalquist
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis González
    (0 votes)
  • 9%
    Yermín Mercedes
    (30 votes)
  • 0%
    José Rodriguez
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    Blake Rutherford
    (38 votes)
  • 27%
    Matthew Thompson
    (90 votes)
  • 30%
    Norge Vera
    (102 votes)
331 votes total Vote Now