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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 93: Erick Bello

A slow start, not of his making, has stymied progress so far in the system

We would have to wait two years after this 2019 photo was taken before even seeing Erick Bello in action.

Erick Bello

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
170 pounds
Age: 20
2022 High Level Arizona (Rookie)
Age relative to high level -2.2 years
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system 19
Overall 2022 regular season stats 1-4 ⚾️ 18 games ⚾️ 3 saves ⚾️ 27 2⁄3 innings ⚾️ 5.20 ERA ⚾️ 1.663 WHIP ⚾️ 44 K ⚾️ 19 BB

Erick Bello was part of the Cristian Mena (and Wilfred Veras, and Yolbert Sánchez) signing class, back on July 1, 2019. But that’s the only overlap among the two pitchers and four players, as Mena has taken off and is arguably the top arm in the organization, while Bellow has stalled in Arizona.

Of course, missing the pandemic season gutted some key development time for Bello, and it has shown through two tough campaigns in rookie ball. However, like No. 94 prospect Adisyn Coffey, Bello is being given late-inning, game-closing relief slots, and that’s not for nothing.

Bello’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 98
Strikeouts 66
vs. Power 27
Hittable 27
K/BB 18
Walks 11
Team Winning Percentage .424

Let’s not overlook the fact that Bello was assigned to the ACL (perhaps aggressively, due to the pandemic season lost) at a very young age, and even last year he was still more than two years younger than the hitters facing him. Nothing in Bello’s profile merits a move to full-season ball quite yet, but not many players languish for three years in the ACL, either, so he is likely starting 2023 in Low-A Kannapolis.

2023 South Side Sox Top 104 White Sox Prospects

93. Erick Bello, RHRP
94. Adisyn Coffey, RHRP
95. Arnold Prado, RF
96. Alsander Womack, 2B
97. Johan Domínguez, RHSP
98. Evan Skoug, C
99. Noah Owen, RHSP
100. Javier Mora, 2B
101. Will Kincanon, RHRP
102. Yohemy Nolasco, RHSP
103. Billy Seidl, RHRP
104. José Rodulfo, RHRP