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Monday, January 16, 2012

Kevin Goldstein: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP

Nine More
12. Juan Silverio, 3B: He’s a third baseman who has the ability to hit, and could move forward in 2012.
13. Jared Mitchell, OF: This former first-rounder still has tools, but the results have been disastrous.
14. Brandon Short, OF: His plus hit tool is matched with a poor approach and a lack of corner-outfield power.
15. Pedro Hernandez, LHP: He was acquired from the Padres in the Carlos Quentin deal. Martinez could pitch in the big leagues this year, but he has a seventh-inning ceiling.
16. Gregory Infante, RHP: Infante is another potential 2012 bullpen piece. He has a power arm, but does not have much to go with in.
17. Erik Johnson, RHP: This 2012 second-round pick has a plus fastball and slider, but he needs to refine his changeup and command.
18. Michael Blanke, C: He has raw power and a good arm, but there are big questions about his bat.
19. Dylan Axelrod, RHP: His ceiling is a fifth starter, but he might already be there.
20. Ozzie Martinez, SS: Martinez arrived from Florida in the Ozzie Guillen deal. He’s a future utility player.

Tripon Posted: January 16, 2012 at 02:15 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Barnaby Jones Posted: January 16, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4038325)
Sad.
   2. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 16, 2012 at 08:32 PM (#4038362)
When your #1 prospect is a pure reliever your system is in trouble.

Nestor Molina would barely have been in the Blue Jays' top 20 (BA says they had him at #18). He's #2 in this organization.

I have no idea where Marinez and Martinez would have wound up in the Marlins' list; they were 4-5 a year ago but I'm thinking their stock dropped enough this year so that they'd have been in the 11-20 range. I think Kevin's selling Martinez a little short here; I'd put him between Mitchell and Short.

Castro was San Diego's #3 prospect a year ago but dropped outside the top 10 before he was traded.

-- MWE
   3. Mark Edward Posted: January 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4038370)
As I've mentioned before, if you include two recently-promoted major leaguers, Chris Sale & Dayan Viciedo, the list still looks bad, but not horrible. Honestly, I was looking at the Indians' top 10 prospects at BA the other day, and it doesn't look much better than the Sox. IIRC, in their top 4 they've got a 17 year old SS, a pitcher who hasn't thrown a pro inning, and two relievers.

The Sox recently signed this guy, so maybe they'll be a bit more active in the international market. Plus, they're one of four teams seriously interested in Cespedes.
   4. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 16, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4038375)
Honestly, I was looking at the Indians' top 10 prospects at BA the other day, and it doesn't look much better than the Sox.


It isn't, but it doesn't include Kipnis or Chisenhall, if you're going to do that recently-graduated stuff (not to mention White and Pomeranz, traded for Ubaldo Jimenez). Lindor is a *much* better prospect than anyone on the White Sox list, and that's enough to push them above Chicago.

The AL Central farm systems in general (except for KC) are pretty weak. The Twins have Sano and Rosario, who are a long way away, and a pretty significant dropoff after that (I'm not as high on Benson as others are, and Hicks is going backward). The Tigers have Turner, Castellanos, and Smyly; below that, it's almost all guys with upside but no production yet.

-- MWE

   5. Tuque Posted: January 16, 2012 at 09:30 PM (#4038379)
a third baseman who has the ability to hit,

I get what he's saying here ("to hit well"). But I like the idea that there are legions of third basemen in the low minors who are somehow incapable of the act of hitting, like every time they're told to go up to the plate they fall over and start spasming around inside the batter's box until until the pitcher throws three strikes or they get taken out.
   6. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: January 16, 2012 at 09:35 PM (#4038380)
So, you're saying there's still hope for me?
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM (#4038398)
Are you a third baseman?
   8. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM (#4038399)
System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.

So is that a 4-word summary or a 2-word summary?

(Yes, I understand both 2 and 4 are <= 20) :-)
   9. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: January 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM (#4038410)
Like Bill Joyce.
Both lefty, both move like we're dead. (but, yeah, I was - and that was a fair description of me as a hitter . Not fear, incompetence.)
   10. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: January 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM (#4038416)
Isn't Addison Reed is the lead character in that crummy ABC doctor drama, Private Anatomy? Or was that a completely different thing I was just watching?
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 17, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4038441)
Yeah, Addison Reed and Dylan Axelrod are the hotshot surgery residents.
   12. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: January 17, 2012 at 03:06 AM (#4038447)
As a White Sox fan, I would like to pretend that the future isn't going to happen and that most of the past is a lie.

I was tricked into thinking about Rico Brogna tonight. Brogna was traded for Ricardo Jordan, who reminded me or Ricky Jordan, who, naturally, reminded me of David Green. How is this trade not discussed more often?

December 12, 1980: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with Dave LaPoint, Sixto Lezcano and Lary Sorensen to the St. Louis Cardinals for Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich.

That's the next two Cy Youngs and Ted Simmons.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4038496)
I like the idea that there are legions of third basemen in the low minors who are somehow incapable of the act of hitting, like every time they're told to go up to the plate they fall over and start spasming around inside the batter's box until until the pitcher throws three strikes or they get taken out.


Worked OK for Tony Lazzeri.
   14. Bob Evans Posted: January 17, 2012 at 01:58 PM (#4038721)
System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.


System in 20 Words or Less: Eighteen words: Sixteen words: Fourteen words: Twelve words: Ten words: Eight words: Six words: Four words: Two words: Not good.

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