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2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 10

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Who is the 10th-best prospect in the White Sox system?

Yet another weapon in the mid-2020s rotation is new White Sox addition, Norge Vera.
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It was a tight battle, and a come-from-behind win, but Norge Vera edged out Matthew Thompson for our No. 9 prospect, taking 31% (102 of 331 votes). Vera is not even officially on the White Sox yet, so it goes without saying this is his first year in our poll.

In the 2020 poll, Sheets finished as our No. 9 prospect in the vote.

In other movement this ballot, Thompson’s strong showing puts him in position to be our No. 10 winner. Blake Rutherford made a strong move up, jumping to third place from sixth. Andrew Dalquist, often the 1a to Thompson’s 1, is not drafting behind his draft-year counterpart, stuck down at No. 8 with just seven votes. Luis González earned his first goose egg of the poll, stuck in 10th.

Newcomer Yermín Mercedes had a solid debut, finishing fourth, with 30 votes.

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%)
  9. Norge Vera— 31% (Thompson 27%, Rutherford 12%, Mercedes 9%, Burdi 8%, Bailey 7%, Adolfo 4%, Dalquist 2%, Rodriguez 1%, González 0%)

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.


Jimmy Lambert

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Age 26
2018 SSS poll ranking N/R
2019 SSS poll ranking 19
2020 SSS poll ranking 18
2020 High Level Chicago White Sox
Overall 2019 stats (Birmingham) 3-4 ▪️ 11 starts ▪️ 59 ⅓ IP ▪️ 4.55 ERA ▪️ 70 K ▪️ 27 BB ▪️ 1.500 WHIP

Lambert appeared in two games and pitched two scoreless innings (0.1 bWAR) before having his season cut short with forearm soreness. He had his 2019 season cut short by Tommy John surgery.


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

Poll

Who is the 10th-best prospect in the White Sox system?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Micker Adolfo
    (13 votes)
  • 8%
    Benyamin Bailey
    (21 votes)
  • 8%
    Zack Burdi
    (21 votes)
  • 4%
    Andrew Dalquist
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis González
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Jimmy Lambert
    (10 votes)
  • 9%
    Yermín Mercedes
    (23 votes)
  • 0%
    José Rodriguez
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Blake Rutherford
    (21 votes)
  • 49%
    Matthew Thompson
    (120 votes)
243 votes total Vote Now