clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
Though suddenly much younger for his level, and in the U.S for the first time professionally, Frankeli Arias held his own in Arizona.
@f__arias___60/Instagram

Filed under:

2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 92: Frankeli Arias

A more solid Stateside debut than most

Brett Ballantini started at South Side Sox in 2018 after 20 years of writing on basketball, baseball and hockey, including time on the Blackhawks and White Sox beats. Follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and email your site feedback to brettballantini@yahoo.com

Frankeli Arias

Left-Handed Starting Pitcher
6´0´´
170 pounds
Age: 20
2022 High Level ACL (Rookie)
Age relative to high level -1.3 years
SSS rank among all left-handed starting pitchers in the system 11
Overall 2023 regular season stats 13 games (10 starts) ⚾️ 54 IP ⚾️ 4.67 ERA ⚾️ 1.444 WHIP ⚾️ 52 K ⚾️ 23 BB

Frankeli Arias snuck into the White Sox system as a late signing on March 14, 2022, and never really looked back. He was basically a starter for the short DSL season, despite not starting 100% of the time (13 games, five starts). His 3.33 was stellar, as was his command, which yielded an uncharacteristically low DSL WHIP. His control numbers, relative to his DSL competition, were in the 90th+ percentile.

A move up to Arizona was expected, and in that role (still primarily as a starter), Arias held his own in 2023. With a slightly bigger workload and Ks remaining steady, the southpaw did see his walks double. But a jump from 12 to 23 isn’t something the organization can’t solve.

Arias’ Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 91 (+10 from 2022)
Walks 78 (-13)
K/BB 73 (-17)
vs. Power 49 (-15)
Hittable 49 (-15)
Strikeouts 40 (-4)

While nearly all of these rankings are down, keep in mind the jump Arias just made is the biggest of his career, suddenly significantly younger than his competition, and expected to hit the ground running in a foreign country.

Still, 2024 will prove to be a big year for Arias, as early success in the ACL or even at Kannapolis will put him on a faster track with the org, while any floundering in Arizona will see him slipping off of the radar.


2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

92. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
93. Mikey Kane, 3B
94. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
95. Tyler Neslony, LF
96. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
97. Jason Matthews, SS
98. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
99. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
100. Daniel González, LHRP


White Sox Game Recaps

White Sox 5, Diamondbacks 2: Yes ... yes, they did

White Sox Gamethreads

Gamethread: Diamondbacks at White Sox

Meet the Players

Meet the Players: International Women’s Day Edition with Melissa Sage-Bollenbach