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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 78: Carlos Hinestroza

A promising first pro season gets this righty right on the fast track.

Is this Carlos Hinestroza pitching for the White Sox at Boca Chica? It decidedly is not. DSL shots are tough to find, folks.

Carlos Hinestroza

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
190 pounds
Age: 19
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 12

Carlos Hinestroza put together a very solid campaign for the DSL White Sox in 2021, although his strikeouts were a bit lower than what fans would expect. In 22 relief outings totaling 36 2⁄3 innings, he relinquished 30 hits (.233 OBA) and 12 walks (8.0%) while fanning 27 (18.0%) on his way to a 2.45 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

A native of Panama, Hinestroza also fared much better against same-sided hitters (.210 OBA, 1.05 WHIP) than lefties (.271 OBA, 1.54). The disparity likely suggests he’ll need to establish a changeup (or at least develop a better one) to help neutralize lefties. Hinestroza’s low strikeout ratio indicates he doesn’t have a blazing heater, but at least he helped his cause by limiting his walks and keeping the ball down (48.5% ground ball rate). Hinestroza likely will begin next season with the ACL squad.

2022 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

78. Carlos Hinestroza, RHRP
79. Gunnar Troutwine, C
80. Kade Mechals, RHSP
81: Caberea Weaver, CF
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