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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 55: Víctor Quezada

A rough first season Stateside dims the glow of this rising star

Victor Quezada was a prospect caught in-between languishing in the DSL and getting challenged by the ACL — and the ACL won.

Víctor Quezada

Third Baseman
185 pounds
Age: 19
2022 SSS Top Prospect Ranking 50
2022 High Level Arizona (Rookie)
Age relative to high level -1.7 years
SSS rank among all third basemen in the system 3
Overall 2022 stats 36 games ⚾️ 4 HR ⚾️ 10 RBI ⚾️ .151/.256/.251 ⚾️ 17 BB ⚾️ 67 K

On Feb. 26, 2021, the White Sox signed Dominican infielder Víctor Quezada to a bonus close to $500,000. Chicago’s international scouting director, Marco Paddy, said of Quezada: “Big-time power, very impressive to find in a young guy. And we’ve known him for quite some years, too. We’ve known him since he was 14 years old, and the one thing that attracted us to Quezada was that he had easy power, big power, plus arm. He’s an average runner with a plus arm and he fits very well at third base.”

As a 17-year-old, almost a year younger than his competition, Quezada didn’t disappoint in his debut season in the DSL, as he mashed .250/.343/.436 in 49 games with 11 doubles, six triples, six homers, 20 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, 26 walks (14.1%), 52 strikeouts (28.3%) and 120 wRC+. With his triples total and success rate (87.5%) at stealing bases, Quezada was also, unexpectedly, a bit of a burner on the bases. Quezada also held his own defensively, as he committed just five errors despite playing in ballparks not so well manicured.

Arriving Stateside as possibly the most anticipated addition to the ACL squad in 2022, Quezada’s season was as disaster, from start to finish. Remember how bad Benyamín Bailey was, as a heralded DSL masher soaring Stateside? Well, Quezada was worse, almost impossibly worse.

Quezada’s Baseball Cube player ratings:
Power 75
Durability 75
XBH 57
Runs 52
Speed 51
RBIs 31
Hitting 31
Contact 18
Team Winning Percentage .441

The good news for Quezada is that his “lost” season merely lets the rest of the ACL almost catch up to him in age. So, 2022 was not necessarily the end of the world. However, a lot will have to change in 2023 if the third baseman wants to restore his prospect luster.

2023 South Side Sox Top 102 White Sox Prospects

55. Victor Quezada, 3B
56. Edgar Navarro, RHRP
57. Craig Dedelow, RF
58. Darío Borrero, 1B
59. Michael Turner, C
60. Tyler Osik, 1B
61. Haylen Green, LHRP
62. Mark McLaughlin, RHRP
63. Terrell Tatum, LF
64. Shawn Goosenberg, 2B
65. Randel Mondesí, LF
66. Emerson Talavera, RHRP
67. Declan Cronin, RHRP
68. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
69. Colby Smelley, C
70. Ethan Hammerberg, RHRP
71. Lincoln Henzman, RHRP
72. Vince Vannelle, RHRP
73. Brooks Baldwin, 3B-2B
74. James Beard, CF
75. Gabriel Rodríguez, RHSP
76. Ronny Hernandez, C
77. Troy Claunch, C
78. Brooks Gosswein, LHSP
79. Tim Elko, 1B
80. Yoelvín Silven, RHRP
81. Trey Jeans, LHRP
82. Jerry Burke, RHSP
83. Carlos Jiménez, 1B
84. Mason Adams, RHSP
85. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
86. Ernesto Jaquez, RHSP
87. Laz Rivera, 3B
88. Xavier Fernández, C
89. Álvaro Agüero, CF
90. Ben Norman, RF
91. Erick Bello, RHRP
92. Adisyn Coffey, RHRP
93. Arnold Prado, RF
94. Alsander Womack, 2B
95. Johan Domínguez, RHSP
96. Evan Skoug, C
97. Noah Owen, RHSP
98. Javier Mora, 2B
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Yohemy Nolasco, RHSP
101. Billy Seidl, RHRP
102. José Rodulfo, RHRP