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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 40: Isaiah Carranza

A lot of upside with this mystery man — but so far, upside is all we have to go on

Chicago White Sox

Isaiah Carranza

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
180 pounds
Age: 24
SSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system: 10

Perhaps the most enigmatic prospect in the entire White Sox system is Isaiah Carranza, drafted in the 12th round in 2018 but yet to have thrown a single professional pitch. Yes, injury and pandemic have prevented this high-ceiling arm from showing anything as of yet.

But wow, is there upside. Beyond his 6´5´´ frame, Carranza has an uncommon touch with his pitches, displaying great control while also flashing big-K ability.

While pitching for Division II Azusa Pacific in 2018, Carranza went 9-1 in 13 starts, with two complete games. He had a 3.89 ERA, with 86 strikeouts and 31 walks — and a 1.46 WHIP that built on his first two years of college pitching at Division I Oregon.

The righthander was drafted as a bargain by the White Sox at No. 348, given his ranking at 166th per MLB Pipeline.

Carranza was a reliever at Oregon, but took on a starting role at Azusa Pacific. Given his layoff and relatively advanced age, the White Sox might choose to shift him to a relief role. For now, he’s listed as a starter with us.