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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 86: Emerson Talavera

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A mighty impressive debut for a young pitcher who could be heading Stateside early.

Emerson Talavera might well have pitched in this very park in the Dominican Republic. We just don’t know.

Emerson Talavera

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
5´10´´
160 pounds
Age: 19
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 14

Emerson Talavera, a native of Venezuela, signed with the White Sox on March 4, 2020 but didn’t enter into any action until 2021 for the DSL Sox due to the pandemic.

In 17 appearances (five starts) totaling 51 innings, he posted an impressive 2.47 ERA and 1.14 WHIP by surrendering just 36 hits (.197 OBA) and 22 free passes (10.3%) while striking out 47 (22.1%). Even more impressive: Talavera was younger than the average DSL player by more than six months.

Righties struggled against him (.155 OBA) but lefties found Talavera more to their liking (.269 OBA), so a changeup may be a way to counteract their effectiveness. He was more effective in his 33 2⁄3 innings as a reliever (0.80 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, .164 OBA) than he was as a starter (5.71 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, .254 OBA). Talavera seems like a good bet to begin next year with the ACL White Sox.


2022 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

86. Emerson Talavera, RHRP
87. Isaiah Carranza, RHSP
88. Davis Martin, RHSP
89. Tyler Osik, 1B
90. Samil Polanco, 3B
91. Manuel Veloz, RHRP
92. Pauly Milto, RHRP
93. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
94. Colby Smelley, C
95. Manuel Guariman, C
96. Everhett Hazelwood, RHRP
97. Garrett Schoenle, LHRP
98. Kyle Kubat, LHRP
99. Anderson Comas, RF
100. Jake Elliott, RHRP