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Excelling at all the typical small-ball tools, Eddie Park swiped eight bags in eight tries in his pro debut.
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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 48: Eddie Park

An impressive first taste of the pros for this toolsy center fielder

Eddie Park
Center Fielder
192 pounds
Age: 22
2023 High Level Kannapolis (Low-A)
Age relative to high level +0.1 years
SSS rank among all center fielders in the system 5
Overall 2023 stats 25 games ⚾️ 0 HR ⚾️ 6 RBI ⚾️ .330/.427/.372 ⚾️ 14 BB ⚾️ 20 K ⚾️ 8-of-8 (100%) SB

With the 239th overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft the White Sox selected CF Eddie Park out of Stanford University.

Park seemed destined to be the top grinder of the 2023 White Sox draft class, with top marks on defense, speed, and contact. The trend of his class, even more evident than usual, was player “makeup,” choosing a plurality of leaders and “play the right way” guys.

Until this 2023, Park literally flashed zero power in college ball — but then broke out for six big flies during his Stanford University season, putting some of those concerns to rest. However, if that flex this summer was a mirage, it will be hard for Park to translate his game to the majors, or even the upper minors.

In spite of above-average speed, Park also struggled with efficient base-stealing, converting on just 15-of-22 in his NCAA career.

Recent trends reversed in a monthlong taste of the pros, as Park put zero balls over the fence at Arizona and Kannapolis, but was an ace on the base paths: eight steals without a snag.

Park’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Contact 90 (-1 from his college season)
Hitting 82 (+11)
Runs 72 (+12)
Durability 69 (-9)
Speed 52 (+13)
RBIs 21 (+11)
Power 15 (+8)
XBH 13 (+8)

Park’s selection in 2023 was Chicago’s fourth bat, and fourth left-handed bat. The White Sox also stuck with their theme of recent College World Series participants, with Park playing in Omaha in both 2022 and 2023.

The 2023 season was Park’s first collegiate one cracking 100 wRC+, finishing at 117. He did so by hitting 10 more doubles and six more homers than he did in 2022, while also cutting his strikeout rate by 5%. Park actually chased pitches at a higher clip in 2023, but that coincided with a zone contact (and quality of contact) improvement. He also cut his ground ball rate by more than 8%.

Park really struggled against breaking balls in 2023. It’s not a swing-and-miss issue, it’s quality of contact, which is the overall question mark with Park. His Barrel rate was only in the 20th percentile in D1 Baseball in 2023. A somewhat redeeming factor, and one that Park will have to continue to optimize, is his SweetSpot% (how often his batted balls are at optimal launch angles), which sat in the 59th percentile.

Given his age and the maturity of his game, Park is a cinch to break camp with Winston-Salem, with a goal of Double-A Birmingham after the draft.

[Note: The makeup of the White Sox minors changes over the long course of this project, shifting ratings. The February 3 trades with Seattle and Arizona have added three highly-rated prospects to our list, sliding players ranked No. 57-100 down a couple of spots. The list below represents our updated rankings, although the stories they link to will retain original rankings (example, No. 57 Troy Claunch originally was our No. 55 prospect).]

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

48. Eddie Park, CF
49. Yoelqui Céspedes, CF
50. Christian Oppor, LHSP
51. Michael Turner, C
52. Tristan Stivors, RHRP
53. Caleb Freeman, RHRP
54. Jake Peppers, RHSP
55. Shane Murphy, LHRP
56. Troy Claunch, C
57. Edrick Felix, 2B
58. Gabriel Rodríguez, RHSP
59. Edgar Navarro, RHRP
60. Lucas Gordon, LHSP
61. Andrew Pérez, LHRP
62. Javier Mogollon, 2B
63. Aldrin Batista, RHSP
64. Ryan Castillo, 1B
65. Bryce Willits, 3B
66. Colby Smelley, C
67. Wes Kath, 3B
68. Alsander Womack, 2B
69. Jordan Sprinkle, SS
70. Connor McCullough, RHSP
71. Luis Rodriguez, RHRP
72. Jonah Scolaro, LHRP
73. Ben Beutel, LHRP
74. Stiven Flores, C
75. Adrian Gil, 1B
76. Yohemy Nolasco, RHRP
77. Ben Norman, LF
78. Josimar Cousín, RHSP
79. Juan Gonzalez, C
80. Chris Lanzilli, LF
81. Alex Speas, RHRP
82. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
83. Garrett Wright, RHRP
84. Duke Ellis, CF
85. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
86. Godwin Bennett, RF
8. Rikuu Nishida, LF
88. Caden Connor, LF
89. Zach Franklin, RHRP
90. Jeremy González, LHSP
91. Jerry Burke, RHRP
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

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