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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 11: Micker Adolfo

This oft-injured manchild still screams with potential, so fingers crossed for a healthy 2021

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Micker Adolfo

Right Fielder
255 pounds
Age: 24
SSS rank among all right fielders in the system: 2
2021 SSS Top Prospect Vote: 17
2020 SSHP Top Prospect Ranking: 9
2019 SSS Top Prospect Ranking: 7
2018 SSS Top Prospect Ranking: 10

Thanks in large part to his power bat and arm, Dominican native Micker Adolfo received what was then the highest international signing bonus in White Sox history at $1.6 million on July 2, 2013.

However, his professional career has had trouble gaining traction primarily due to his inability to stay on the field. As a result, Adolfo found himself playing for the team’s AZL squad for all of 2014 and 2015, finally earning a promotion to full-season Kannapolis in 2016. Of course, he missed significant time that year as he slashed just .219/.269/.340 in 65 games with 13 doubles, one triple, five homers, 21 RBIs, 14 walks (5.3%) and 88 strikeouts (33.2%).

Adolfo played his most complete season to date (112 games) with Kannapolis in 2017 as he slashed .264/.331/.453 in 112 games with 28 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 68 RBIs, 31 walks (6.6%) and 149 strikeouts (31.5%). To avoid the risk of losing him in the upcoming Rule 5 draft that year, the White Sox added him to the 40-man roster.

Due to elbow pain, Adolfo missed the first half of the 2018 season with Winston-Salem, and when he returned he was limited to DH duties. Despite his injury, he still posted a career-high .833 OPS by slashing .282/.369/.464 in 79 games with 18 doubles, one triple, 11 homers, 50 RBIs, 34 walks (10.1%) and 92 strikeouts (27.4%).

After undergoing arthroscopic injury during the offseason, he was limited to just 36 combined games in 2019 with Birmingham and AZL (rehab assignment) and produced subpar results as he tried to shake off the rust. Despite then hitting four homers in 15 games in the Arizona Fall League, his results were still lacking as he slashed just .167/.262/.389.

Since Adolfo turned pro, he’s missed time due to injuries in each of his six seasons. Based upon his massive potential, however, he still finds himself ranked very highly among White Sox prospects.

Not including 2019 due to its small sample size, Adolfo had been gradually improving his walk and strikeout rates. It’s hard to believe, but he is still just 24. MLB Pipeline gives him an impressive 70 grade for arm, which makes him an ideal right fielder and is no doubt where he’ll play in 2021. His power is graded 55 as would be expected; his running and fielding are both graded 50, however, which is actually quite good considering his size. His weakest tool is a hit tool of 45, based in part to his large strikeout totals.

Due to only playing 23 games in Birmingham in 2019, Adolfo may begin the 2021 season there, to give him regular right-field reps; however, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him promoted to Charlotte fairly quickly due to his 40-man roster status.