As it turns out, there’s a ton of agreement:
Top 10 White Sox prospects
The first thing that jumps out is the strong Yoan Moncada-Lucas Giolito-Michael Kopech consensus up top. Keith Law is the only dissenter -- he’s all-in on Kopech (his top pitching prospect) while having the opposite reservations about Moncada’s hit tool.
The other thing that jumps out: There are only 11 names on this top-10 list. If you looked no further than 10 names on all the lists — which you can see by clicking the column headers — you might think there was a toggle switch between Spencer Adams, Dane Dunning and Luis Alexander Basabe. That isn’t entirely true, because Future Sox has Adams 13th behind Jordan Stephens and Alex Call, but it’s true enough. There’s far fewer variety on this list than in previous seasons:
This is mostly a good sign, especially if you look at a guy like Basabe. In previous years, he probably would’ve been a consensus top-five White Sox prospect. Instead, he’s relegated between eighth and 11th, which had been the territory for fliers and low-minors/international favorites. (I say “mostly” because Basabe’s placement does reflect the lack of steps forward from incumbent Sox prospects like Trey Michalczewski, Tyler Danish, Jacob May, and even Adams to some extent.)
There isn’t a whole lot to argue about. Law’s unique top three might be the only one that looks a little silly, but it’s less notable when considering that Kopech, Giolito and Moncada all rank in his top 20 overall.
If all goes according to plan, four spots should open up next year, as Moncada, Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Zack Burdi should all lose their rookie eligibility. One figures to be taken with the 11th pick of the 2017 draft, Luis Robert is a possibility, and others could fill in if and when Jose Quintana is dealt. That’ll open up a lane for guys like Basabe and Dunning, who have lower profiles than their friends in the Sale and Eaton trades.
Dunning hasn’t yet seen game action this spring, although you might not have noticed him under the higher-profile starts by Giolito and Lopez. Basabe has sneaked into one game as a pinch runner, but he’s getting noticed elsewhere in camp:
"I think I have five tools," Basabe said. "I can hit for average. I can hit for power. I have very good speed. My arm is very good. I feel I can do everything. But the one thing that I think that that's going to characterize me is I'm humble. I'm very humble."
Bar none he is the most humble-est. No. 1 at the top of the humble list. His apple crumble is by far the most crumble-est, but he acts like it tastes bad out of humbleness.
"You look at the tools, he's got a little bit of everything in there with a little bit more," [Chris] Getz said. "He has a smile on his face. He engages well with this teammates and coaches. He loves to play. That will bode well for him in the long term. I think we've got a chance to develop something special."
If he does, there will be room for him toward the top.