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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 101: Will Kincanon

Warning, Year 2: A comeback season is coming for The Cannon

It’s been a long road back, but our onetime No. 30 prospect is pitching pain-free again.

Will Kincanon

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
210 pounds
Age: 27
2019 SSS Top Prospect Ranking: 99
2020 SSHP Top Prospect Ranking: 38
2021 SSS Top Prospect Ranking: 30
2022 SSS Top Prospect Ranking: 67
2021 High Level Birmingham (AA)
Age relative to high level +0.4 years
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system 21
Overall 2021 stats 0-0 ⚾️ 4 games ⚾️ 4 IP ⚾️ 0.00 ERA ⚾️ 0.500 WHIP ⚾️ 4 K ⚾️ 1 BB

Will Kincanon, a native of suburban Berwyn, pitched for nearby Triton College for two seasons before transferring to Indiana State University. In his junior season with the Sycamores, he posted lackluster numbers (5.24 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) as a starting pitcher: In 14 starts totaling 79 innings, he surrendered 82 hits (.264 OBA) and 35 walks (9.6%) while striking out 93 (25.4%).

Nonetheless, the White Sox selected him in the 11th round of the 2017 draft, with the intent of converting him to a reliever. After receiving a $150,000 signing bonus, Kincanon entered 21 games for Great Falls and did quite well: a 3.94 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 29 2⁄3 innings with three saves, 24 hits (.220 OBA), 13 walks (10.2%) and 29 strikeouts (22.7%).

With Kannapolis in 2018, Kincanon continued to put solid numbers on the board, although his control was lacking at times. In 26 games spanning 34 2⁄3 innings for the Intimidators, he compiled a 3.63 ERA and 1.27 WHIP by relinquishing 29 hits (.218 OBA) and 15 walks (9.7%) while fanning 42 (27.3%). Pitching for Winston-Salem in 2019, Kincanon enjoyed his best season yet, with a 1.86 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, saving eight games and ceding 45 hits (.208 OBA) and 26 walks (10.6%) while striking out 71 (28.9%).

After missing the 2020 season due to the pandemic, Kincanon began 2021 ranked 28th in the Sox system per MLB Pipeline and No. 30 on South Side Sox. The righty started off well with Birmingham, as he allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out four in his first four innings. However, he missed the remainder of the season due to injury, and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery.

The good news is that The Cannon is back and ready to fire:

His Baseball Cube player ratings, from best to worst
Strikeouts 81
Hittable 72
vs. Power 72
Durability 71
K/BB 59
Walks 40
Team Winning Percentage .514

MLB Pipeline had graded his 92-95 mph heavy fastball and his mid-80s slider as 55 offerings, with his lower-speed curve and change both graded at 50.

Depending upon where he’s at in his recovery, Kincanon could begin the season with extended spring training in Arizona. However, given his age, barring any setback The Cannon should be seeing quick time in Birmingham.

2023 South Side Sox Top 104 White Sox Prospects

101. Will Kincanon, RHRP
102. Yohemy Nolasco, RHSP
103. Billy Seidl, RHRP
104. José Rodulfo, RHRP