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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 82: Layant Tapia

This speedster’s debut was worth the wait.

Is this White Sox shortstop Layant Tapia? It most definitely is not. But it is a shot from White Sox DSL action in Boca Chica, which is the best we can do here.

Layant Tapia

160 pounds
Age: 20
SSS rank among all shortstops in the system: 6

Dominican native Layant Tapia signed with the White Sox organization on Sept. 11, 2019 but didn’t get into his first professional action until 2021, due to the pandemic. Despite hitting just .208, Tapia contributed a 111 wRC+ by displaying patience at the dish and speed on the base paths. In 49 games totaling 189 at-bats, he slashed .208/.374/.340 with five doubles, four triples, two homers, 39 walks and 54 strikeouts while successfully stealing 16 bases in 20 attempts. His stats would’ve been better if not for a September slump, when he hit just .172. Tapia did commit 13 errors, but that’s not unusual due to his youth and the quality of fields he played on. Expect the speedster to begin the 2022 season in the Arizona Complex League (ACL).

2022 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

82. Layant Tapia, SS
83. Homer Cruz, RHRP
84. Kaleb Roper, RHSP
85. Jerry Burke, RHSP
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