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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 79: Chris Lanzilli

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Chris Lanzilli
Left Fielder
225 pounds
Age: 25
2023 High Level Winston-Salem (High-A)
Age relative to high level +2.8 years
SSS rank among all left fielders in the system 3
Overall 2023 stats 94 games ⚾️ 8 HR ⚾️ 53 RBI ⚾️ .270/.366/.399 ⚾️ 42 BB ⚾️ 86 K ⚾️ 3-of-6 (50%) SB

Chris Lanzilli came to the White Sox in 2022 as an undrafted free agent from the University of Arkansas, where he played one season as a graduate transfer. Before that, the outfielder played four seasons at Wake Forest. The South Siders must be pretty fond of the Razorbacks program, as they also signed free agent pitcher Kole Ramage and drafted Peyton Pallette and Michael Turner from Arkansas that year.

According to Perfect Game, the Stoneham, Mass. native was a Top 400 recruit heading into college. After a slow start at Wake, he caught fire in the second half of the season and ended up as a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and then a Golden Spikes finalist in his sophomore year.

After two successful collegiate seasons, the San Francisco Giants drafted Lanzilli in Round 39 (No. 1,166) in 2019, but Lanzilli bet on himself to earn a higher draft slot by returning to college. Over 656 career at-bats with the Demon Deacons, he slashed .299/.378/.561 with 42 homers. The 42 dingers tied him for eighth all-time in Wake Forest history.

Lanzilli’s best was yet to come when he hit the transfer portal as a fifth-year player, looking for a chance to contend for a national title. Lanzilli ended up at the University of Arkansas, where he played some of the best ball of his career and helped lead the Razorbacks to the Semifinals of the NCAA College World Series. He smacked a team-leading .326/.424/.513 with 11 long balls and 40 RBIs. He also hit four round-trippers in postseason play, including three in the CWS.

Even with no leverage as a fifth-year player, Lanzilli’s outstanding season wasn’t good enough to earn a draft pick in 2022. Lanzilli signed with the White Sox as a free agent and played in seven ACL games for the Sox. He performed extremely well, likely due to his age, hitting .333/.429/.625. In 2023, he started in Kannapolis and ended the season with Winston-Salem. He saw more success with the Cannon Ballers, slashing .302/.391/.459 with six homers and 14 doubles over 205 at-bats. Unfortunately, his production dropped off significantly in 38 games with the Dash, where he only hit .219/.327/.305.

Lanzilli’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Power 81
RBIs 79
Durability 77
Hitting 77
XBH 68
Contact 62
Runs 37
Speed 32

Sheer age might find Lanzilli moving up to Birmingham to begin 2024, as otherwise he will play in High-A at four years older than his competition. You hate to look at things as do-or-die for a player with just one full year as a professional, but the UDFA world is a harsh one.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

79. Chris Lanzilli, LF
80. Alex Speas, RHRP
81. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
82. Garrett Wright, RHRP
83. Duke Ellis, CF
84. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Elier Gil, C

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