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The top eight top 10 White Sox prospect lists of 2016

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Top-heavy system only causes mild disagreements throughout rest of rankings

Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
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Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels posted his top 20 White Sox prospects list, which finally allows us to bring farm system ranking season to a close.

Stacking up his list against all the others, there isn't as much disagreement as I expected -- at least for a list with such a gulf between the top three and the rest of the system.

Let's take a look at the big board:

Anderson
Fulmer
Anderson
Anderson
Anderson
Fulmer
Adams
Anderson
Fulmer
Anderson
Fulmer
Fulmer
Fulmer
Anderson
Anderson
Fulmer
Adams
Adams
Adams
Adams
Adams
Adams
Fulmer
Adams
Michalczewski
Engel
Michalczewski
Adolfo
Michalczewski
Engel
Engel
Michalzewski
Guerrero
Guerrero
May
Michalczewski
Guerrero
Michalczewski
Guerrero
Danish
May
Danish
Danish
Guerrero
Danish
Guerrero
Danish
Guerrero
Engel
Michalczewski
Engel
Peter
Zangari
May
May
May
Danish
Hawkins
Guerrero
Danish
Leyer
Adolfo
Beck
Engel
Hawkins
Zangari
Hawkins
Engel
Engel
Hawkins
Zangari
Hawkins
Alfaro
May
Zangari
Lowry
Adolfo
Zangari
Michalczewski
Adolfo

There's quite a bit of general consensus, in that six prospects appeared on every top 10 list, in basically this order:

  1. Tim Anderson
  2. Carson Fulmer
  3. Spencer Adams
  4. Trey Michalczewski
  5. Jordan Guerrero
  6. Adam Engel

Unlike last year, when a writer/outlet had to stretch to rank anybody but Carlos Rodon first, there's a little more disagreement at the top. Part of it is Anderson's questionable plate discipline, but Fulmer has some superfans (I'm looking at you, Friend of the Podcast Jim Callis), which isn't all that odd considering he was the most accomplished collegiate pitcher of 2015. FanGraphs putting Adams first, though, makes one long for the days of Kiley McDaniel. I'm guessing he would've slotted Fulmer at the top.

Even at the bottom of the list, Tyler Danish didn't suffer the First Bad Year penalty like others before him, and Courtney Hawkins still appears on more than half the lists despite injury issues joining his other shortcomings.

The true oddities are limited:

*Baseball Prospectus has two of them, ranking Micker Adolfo at No. 4 despite a lack of true traction in rookie ball (due to pure upside), and Jake Peter making his only appearance on any list at No. 7 (due to his high floor). Thad Lowry makes his only appearance at No. 10, but that's much less of a reach.

*Keith Law was the only one to find room for Robin Leyer, and with two spots to spare.

*FanGraphs has the same thing going with Chris Beck, if you can look past the Adams inflation.

But there aren't nearly enough idiosyncrasies to throw the list into chaos. Rather, it's a pretty stable top 10, with Jacob May, Danish, Courtney Hawkins and Corey Zangari rounding it out in that order, more or less.