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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 75: Brooks Baldwin

Versatility should only help him speed through the system

Without a doubt, Brooks Baldwin was the most versatile player of the 2022 White Sox draft.

Brooks Baldwin

Third Baseman
175 pounds
Age: 22
2022 High Level Kannapolis (Low-A)
Age relative to high level +0.3 years
SSS rank among all third basemen in the system 5
Overall 2022 stats 27 games ⚾️ 0 HR ⚾️ 5 RBI ⚾️ .219/.294/.254 ⚾️ 12 BB ⚾️ 29 K

Brooks Baldwin declared for the 2021 draft, but was selected in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants. With his senior year looming, he made the choice to return to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington to help increase his draft stock. And with a very strong 2022, Baldwin did just that, moving up to the 12th round last summer, where the White Sox snagged him.

Baldwin is a 6´2´´, 175-pound corner infielder who fits a bit of the Romy González profile of being able to play anywhere. Baldwin started all four years for the Seahawks, slashing .347/.406/.616 as a senior and .298/.348/.501 for his 180-game career. He also put up an .866 OPS in 2022’s Cape Cod League, playing for the Cotuit Kettleeers.

Baldwin definitely brings versatility, as not only a switch-hitter but a player who’s seen action in college at every position but pitcher and catcher. Strangely, despite never playing a game at third base for the Seahawks and just 10 over two seasons in the Cape Cod League, Baldwin is listed as a third baseman in the MLB draft tracker and by the drafting party — usually an indication that’s how the drafting team sees the player.

It’s not only the scouts; The Cube likes Baldwin a lot, too:

Baldwin’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 81
Speed 77
Runs 70
Hitting 63
Contact 60
Power 55
RBIs 54
XBH 52
Team Winning Percentage .564

Although the situation hasn’t been pressed, Baldwin’s versatility will only help his climb through the system; over just 27 pro games, this youngster has already seen significant time at second base, third base and all three outfield positions. Given his age and ability, it’s expected that Baldwin will start the 2023 season in Winston-Salem — or get there awfully quick.

2023 South Side Sox Top 104 White Sox Prospects

75. Brooks Baldwin, 3B-2B
76. James Beard, CF
77. Gabriel Rodríguez, RHSP
78. Ronny Hernandez, C
79. Troy Claunch, C
80. Brooks Gosswein, LHSP
81. Tim Elko, 1B
82. Yoelvín Silven, RHRP
83. Trey Jeans, LHRP
84. Jerry Burke, RHSP
85. Carlos Jiménez, 1B
86. Mason Adams, RHSP
87. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
88. Ernesto Jaquez, RHSP
89. Laz Rivera, 3B
90. Xavier Fernández, C
91. Álvaro Agüero, CF
92. Ben Norman, RF
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