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2024 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 25

Ryan Burrowes wins our 24th round. Who is the 25th-best prospect in the White Sox system?

It is the seventh year of Top Prospect voting at South Side Sox!

Here’s how 2018 wrangled out — all 42 picks. Also, here’s an archive of every article in the 2018 series. Here’s how 2019 came together, all 50 picks, and the archive as well. Here’s 2020, with the archive. Here’s the 2021 wrap-up of just 35 picks due to flagging participation, along with the full archive. And here’s the 2022 link to the 27-pick wrap, along with the full archive. And Round 24 of voting was 2023’s last (we didn’t do an actual wrap for last year’s voting, but Jordan Sprinkle ended up being our final pick!), with the full archive.

Our Top 100 is now underway, as well. We’ll try for a daily Top 100 entry on site, and the Prospect Vote will turn over as soon as the top vote-getter seems to have an insurmountable lead — but we’ll take no longer than a week to vote each round.

We have six of 10 players from last year’s initial prospect vote poll on our first ballot this year, with two players matriculating out of rookie status (Oscar Colás and Lenyn Sosa) and two pitchers falling out of Top 10 consideration (Norge Vera and Sean Burke). And though “we’re not rebuilding,” four of the Top 10 on the ballot to begin were acquired were not even in the system in 2023; put another way, not a single player from our farm system has moved up onto the first ballot in 2024. Oof.

Last year, Sosa was spending his sixth year among our Top 100 Prospects, and this year we have three players in their fifth years on the list: Bryan Ramos, Cristian Mena and José Rodríguez.

All right, let’s have some fun. And get voting!


The pitcher streak is broken! Ryan Burrowes, on his 12th ballot, advanced with 46 of 218 (21.1%) votes. It’s the third straight win by a player earning just more than 21% of all votes:

Burrowes is the third shortstop to advance in our poll:

This is Burrowes’ first time on our Prospects Poll. He was still on the ballot in 2023 when voting cut off.

The No. 24 winner in 2023 was Jordan Sprinkle. Our 2022 vote lasted only 17 rounds. The No. 24-voted prospect in 2021 was DJ Gladney, and in 2020 it was Codi Heuer.

Adam Hackenberg leaped over his two rival hitters at the top of the poll, setting up for a possible advance in Round 25. Mason Adams finished in seventh place in his ballot debut, with 16 votes. This round, catcher Calvin Harris joins the ballot.


South Side Sox Top-Voted White Sox Prospects for 2024

  1. Colson Montgomery — 65% (Rodríguez 16%, Schultz 13%, Nastrini/Quero/Ramos 1.6%, Eder/Mena 0.8%, González/Pallette 0%)
  2. Noah Schultz — 64% (Quero 11%, Ramos 10%, Nastrini 5%, Rodríguez 4%, Mena 2.4%, Bush 1.6%, Eder/González/Pallette 0.8%)
  3. Bryan Ramos — 29% (Quero 25%, Nastrini 13%, Eder 8%, Rodríguez 6%, González 5%, Bush 4.3%, Mena 3.7%, Cannon 3.2%, Pallette 2.7%)
  4. Edgar Quero — 36% (Nastrini 18%, Eder/Rodríguez 8%, Mena 7%, Leasure 6%, González 5.1%, Bush 4.6%, Cannon 4%, Pallette 3%)
  5. Nick Nastrini — 27% (Mena 13%, Eder 11.2%, Leasure 10.6%, Rodríguez 10.1%, J. Burke 9.5%, González 8.9%, Bush 4%, Cannon 3.4%, Pallette 2.8%)
  6. Cristian Mena — 17% (Eder 14%, Leasure 13.0%, González/Rodríguez 12.6%, J. Burke 11.8%, Cannon 6%, Bush 5%, Pallette 4.3%, Tatum 3.9%)
  7. Jake Eder — 20% (Leasure 14%, González 13.0%, Rodríguez 12.5%, J. Burke 12.0%, Cannon/Wolkow 7%, Bush 6%, Pallette 5.2%, Tatum 4.7%)
  8. Jordan Leasure — 23% (González 12%, Rodríguez 11.3%, J. Burke 10.8%, Tatum 9.3%, Wolkow 8.8%, Bush 7.2%, Cannon 6.7%, Pallette 5.7%, S. Burke 5.2%)
  9. Jacob González — 20% (Rodríguez 13%, J. Burke 12%, Tatum 11%, Wolkow 10%, Veras 9%, Cannon 7%, Bush 6.4%, Pallette 6.0%, S. Burke 5%)
  10. Jacob Burke — 29% (Rodríguez 22%, Tatum 10%, Wolkow 9%, Veras 8%, Bush 5.3%, Cannon 4.9%, Pallette 4.6%, Keener 3.9%, S. Burke 3.5%)
  11. José Rodríguez — 24% (Wolkow 14%, Tatum 13%, Veras 12%, Drohan 7.3%, Bush/Cannon 6.9%, Keener 5.5%, S. Burke/Pallette 5.1%)
  12. Wilfred Veras — 28% (Tatum 14%, Wolkow 12%, Taylor 10%, Drohan 8.1%, Bush 7.7%, Cannon 6.5%, Pallette 6.1%, Keener 4.6%, S. Burke 4.2%)
  13. Terrell Tatum — 22% (Wolkow 13%, Taylor 11.0%, Drohan 10.9%, Bush/Cannon 10.1%, Keener 6.7%, Pallette 6.2%, S. Burke 5.7%, Burrowes 4.8%)
  14. George Wolkow — 21% (Taylor 13%, Cannon 12%, Drohan 11%, Bush 10%, McDougal 9%, S. Burke 8%, Pallette 7%, Keener 6.1%, Burrowes 5.5%)
  15. Grant Taylor — 18% (Cannon 12.8%, Shuster [ineligible] 11.9%, Drohan 10.9%, Bush 10.4%, McDougal 9%, Pallette 8%, S. Burke 7%, Keener 6%, Burrowes 5%)
  16. Jonathan Cannon — 23% (Chapelli 12%, Drohan 11%, Bush 10%, McDougal 9%, S. Burke/Pallette 8%, Keener 7%, Burrowes 6%, Baldwin 5%)
  17. Loidel Chapelli Jr. — 21% (Pallette 14%, Drohan 13%, Bush 11%, McDougal 10%, S. Burke 9%, Baldwin 7%, Burrowes 6%, Keener 5%, Thompson 4%)
  18. Peyton Pallette — 22% (Drohan 11.4%, Bush 10.9%, Hackenberg 10.3%, McDougal 9.2%, Baldwin 8.7%, S. Burke 8.2%, Burrowes 7.1%, Keener 6.5%, Thompson 6.0%)
  19. Ky Bush — 18% (Keener 11.4%, S. Burke 10.6%, Burrowes 10.2%,Drohan 9.9%, Thompson 9.5% McDougal 9.1%, Baldwin 8.7%, Hackenberg 7.6%, Martinez 5%)
  20. Seth Keener — 21% (Drohan 11.1%, S. Burke 10.7%, Burrowes 10.2%, Thompson 9.8% McDougal 8.9%, Shewmake 8.4%, Baldwin 8.0%, Hackenberg 7%, Martinez 5%)
  21. Shane Drohan — 19% (S. Burke 11.2%, Burrowes 10.8%, Thompson 10.4% McDougal 9.7%, Schweitzer 9.3%, Shewmake 8.9%, Baldwin 8.5%, Hackenberg 7%, Martinez 5%)
  22. Sean Burke — 21% (Schweitzer 13%, Burrowes 11%, Thompson 10.4% Shewmake 9.6%, Baldwin 8.8%, McDougal 7.9%, Adler 7%, Hackenberg 6%, Martinez 5%)
  23. Tyler Schweitzer — 21% (Shewmake 12%, Baldwin 11.5%, Burrowes 10.6%, Hackenberg 9.4%, Thompson 8.5%, McDougal 7.7%, Adler 6.8%, Martinez 6.4%, Carela 5.5%)
  24. Ryan Burrowes — 21% (Hackenberg 14%, Baldwin 12%, Shewmake 11%, Thompson 10%, McDougal 8%, Adams 7%, Adler 6.4%, Martinez 5.5%, Carela 4.6%)

Mason Adams

Right-handed Starting Pitcher
Age 24
2023 High Level Birmingham (AA)
Age relative to high level -1.3 years
Overall 2023 stats 6-5 ▪️ 23 games (13 starts, 2 finishes) ▪️ 1 SV ▪️ 109 IP ▪️ 3.14 ERA ▪️ 1.202 WHIP ▪️ 125 K ▪️ 29 BB

Adams, a 13th-rounder in 2022, has been a pleasant surprise, sprinting from Low-A to Double-A last summer. There’s still much to prove with just three Birmingham starts under his belt, but at this juncture Adams could be the best high-minors starter in the system.


Eric Adler

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
Age 23
2023 High Level Winston-Salem (Low-A)
Age relative to high level -1.1 years
Overall 2023 stats 2-0 ▪️ 5 saves ▪️ 28 games (17 finishes) ▪️ 31 1⁄3 IP ▪️ 2.87 ERA ▪️ 42 K▪️ 18 BB ▪️ 1.309 WHIP

Drohan was a Rule 5 pick from Boston, which means he’ll have to impress enough in spring training — and frankly, throughout the season, as he must remain on the active roster in the majors for all of 2024 — or get sent back to the Red Sox. He was otherworldly in Double-A but terrible at Triple-A in 2023; if the White Sox gave up on Nick Avila last spring, it seems a stretch that Drohan sticks with our Sox.


Brooks Baldwin

Third Baseman
Age 23
2023 High Level Winston-Salem (High-A)
Age relative to high level -0.2 years
Overall 2023 stats 93 games ▪️ 15 HR ▪️ 58 RBI ▪️ .269/.349/.460 ▪️ 22-of-27 (81.4%) SB ▪️ 42 BB ▪️ 86 K

“Just” a 12th-rounder, Baldwin opened eyes in 2023 and even saw substantial time at shortstop. He’s a bit of a Swiss Army knife player who seems destined to follow in Danny Mendick/Romy González footsteps to the majors.


Juan Carela

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Age 22
2023 High Level Winston-Salem (High-A)
Age relative to high level -2.1 years
Overall 2023 stats 3-7 ▪️ 23 games (22 starts, 1 finish) ▪️ 115 2⁄3 IP ▪️ 3.58 ERA ▪️ 136 K▪️ 43 BB ▪️ 1.193 WHIP

There is a lot to be very excited about with Carela, who is somewhat lost among higher-profile, trade-deadine acquisitions. Despite being young for the level, he dominated at High-A. It seems Carela is what we’ve been hoping, at least results-wise, Norge Vera would be.


Adam Hackenberg

Catcher
Age 24
2023 High Level Charlotte (AAA)
Age relative to high level -3.3 years
Overall 2023 stats 101 games ▪️ 8 HR ▪️ 38 RBI ▪️ .276/.384/.386 ▪️ 42 BB ▪️ 89 K ▪️ 28-of-124 (22.6%) CS

On-base machine Adam Hackenberg managed a swift jump up to Triple-A in spite of the White Sox importing two blue-chip catchers into the system at the trade deadline last summer. While the bat won’t necessarily play at first base or DH, the organization seemingly has made on-base and bat discipline a big priority under Chris Getz, which bodes well for Adam.


Calvin Harris

Catcher
Age 22
2023 High Level Kannapolis (Low-A)
Age relative to high level +0.1 years
Overall 2023 stats 34 games ▪️ 1 HR ▪️ 22 RBI ▪️ .238/.352/.312 ▪️ 12-of-17 (70.6%) SB ▪️ 21 BB ▪️ 28 K ▪️ 10-of-47 (21.3%) CS

Harris is an offense-first catcher who so far has not flashed the bat he had on display at the University of Mississippi in 2021 and 2022.


Máximo Martinez

Right-handed starting pitcher
Age 19
2023 High Level ACL (Rookie)
Age relative to high level -2.3 years
Overall 2023 stats 0-0 ▪️ 9 games (5 starts) ▪️ 26 2⁄3 IP ▪️ 4.73 ERA ▪️ 28 K ▪️ 17 BB ▪️ 1.425 WHIP

Martinez was the younger addition last year along with Aldrin Batista, after the White Sox dealt international money to the Dodgers. Very young, very raw, very powerful (95-98 mph fastball), and very destined for a third ACL season, it would seem.


Tanner McDougal

Right-handed starting pitcher
Age 20
2023 High Level Kannapolis (Low-A)
Age relative to high level -1.6 years
Overall 2023 stats 0-3 ▪️ 21 starts ▪️ 69 1⁄3 IP ▪️ 4.15 ERA ▪️ 80 K ▪️ 43 BB ▪️ 1.399 WHIP

Poor Tanner fell off the map a bit, getting surgery pretty much right after starting his pro career.


Braden Shewmake

Shortstop
Age 26
2023 High Level Atlanta (MLB)
Age relative to high level -3.2 years
Overall 2023 Triple-A stats 122 games ▪️ 16 HR ▪️ 69 RBI ▪️ .234/.299/.407 ▪️ 27-of-28 (96.4%) SB ▪️ 39 BB ▪️ 104 K

Shewmake came to the White Sox this offseason, as one of the pieces in the Aaron Bummer trade. The consensus seems to see him as average-to-plus defense. He clearly boasts great speed and base-stealing instincts. With Nicky Lopez, Paul DeJong, Lenyn Sosa, Romy González and José Rodríguez all ahead of or equal to him on the org depth chart, it would take a hot Cactus League to see Shewmake break north with the White Sox; however, Shewmake is on the 40-man roster, so if starting in Charlotte, he could be a painless call-up to Chicago.


Matt Thompson

Right-handed Starting Pitcher
Age 23
2020 SSS Prospect Vote ranking 12
2021 SSS Prospect Vote ranking 10
2022 SSS Prospect Vote ranking 15
2023 SSS Prospect Vote ranking 21
2023 High Level Birmingham (AA)
Age relative to high level -2.3 years
Overall 2023 stats 6-15 ▪️ 27 starts ▪️ 124 1⁄3 IP ▪️ 4.85 ERA ▪️ 136 K ▪️ 85 BB ▪️ 1.568 WHIP

Thompson showed his best signs yet of turning a corner in, with a solid, upper-3.00s ERA from June through August. There’s still considerable wildness in his approach, but he is still significantly young for Double-A. Things could finally be looking up.


Poll

Who is the 25th-best prospect in the White Sox system?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Mason Adams
    (15 votes)
  • 6%
    Eric Adler
    (12 votes)
  • 15%
    Brooks Baldwin
    (31 votes)
  • 3%
    Juan Carela
    (7 votes)
  • 27%
    Adam Hackenberg
    (53 votes)
  • 5%
    Calvin Harris
    (11 votes)
  • 4%
    Máximo Martinez
    (9 votes)
  • 8%
    Tanner McDougal
    (16 votes)
  • 11%
    Braden Shewmake
    (23 votes)
  • 9%
    Matt Thompson
    (19 votes)
196 votes total Vote Now

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