Chicago White Sox 2020 Top-25 Prospects
When the White Sox dealt their disgruntled ace, Chris Sale, to my Boston Red Sox in the winter of 2016/2017, they gave a much-needed jolt in the arm to a middling farm system. Injecting Michael Kopech, Yoan Moncada, and Luis Alexander Basabe, three top-10 caliber organizational prospects, into the system was just what the Doctor orders. However, since then, this system has taken an interesting path. Moncada took a while to find his footing before breaking out in 2019 while Kopech and many other top prospects in this system have been bitten hard by the injury bug. Fast forward to this 2020 list and we have a very top-heavy top-25 Chicago White Sox prospects list with a plethora of lottery ticket types in the 15-25 range.
So let me ask you one question. Do you feel lucky? One of these dart throw prospects in the back half of these rankings is bound to be a bullseye right? RIGHT?!
Overall System Grade: C-
Minor League Affiliates
Triple-A: Charlotte – International League
Double-A: Birmingham – Southern League
Advanced Single-A: Winston-Salem – Carolina League
Low Single-A: Kannapolis – South Atlantic League
Short Single-A: None
Rookie: Great Falls – Pioneer League, Arizona League (1), Dominican Summer League (1).
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Top-25 Chicago White Sox Prospects – 2020
1. Luis Robert, OF
What a season. The entirety of the 2019 minor league season was basically just the Luis Robert show. Sure, you had players like Yordan Alvarez dominate in the first half and Gavin Lux in the second half, but Robert dominated from opening day right through until the final pitch on Labor Day weekend. The end result was a stat line most prospects could only dream of. In 122 games across three levels, Robert slashed .328/.376/.624/1.001 with 74 extra-base hits, 32 home runs, 36 stolen bases, 92 RBI, and 108 runs scored. The late-season call-up that everyone was clamoring for didn’t happen, but Robert has proven that he has absolutely nothing left to prove in the minor leagues and should be up with Chicago by the end of April 2020. Robert making the opening day roster is also not out of the question.
So, what type of player can we expect with Luis Robert? Can we expect 30-plus home runs annually? Maybe, but probably not. His 32 home runs were boosted by his 47-game Triple-A stint where he cranked 16 dingers in just 202 at-bats. However, there’s plus raw power in Robert’s bat and he consistently smacks the piss out of the ball with quick wrists and ridiculous bat speed. He might have some 30-homer seasons sprinkled in every now and then, but I’d anticipate Robert settling in as a 25-homer type longterm to go along with a batting average near .300.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 29, 2019
Now, to keep that average at or above .300, Robert will need to improve his plate approach. The contact skills are above-average to plus and the swing itself is simple and fluid without much noise. However, Robert doesn’t walk much and does have a little swing and miss to his game. The strikeout rate around 24% isn’t too concerning to me in the long haul, but I would love to see Robert that 5.1% walk rate and be more patient at the plate while looking for a pitch to drive. Major League pitchers aren’t going to give him as many good pitches to hit, so remaining patient and waiting for his pitch will go a long way for his average remaining high.
I haven’t even gotten to the best part of Robert’s game either. The speed upside here is off the charts. Robert is a very athletic 6’3/185 with double-plus speed that has translated on the bases and in the outfield where he is a plus defender. This type of speed and base running acumen should translate into 35-plus steals annually. Depending on where he slots in the lineup, that might drop a little, but the overall package here is a .300/25/35 offensive juggernaut that is an early-round fantasy asset for years to come.
2. Andrew Vaughn, 1B
In a very talented 2019 FYPD crop, Andrew Vaughn is the one with the best combination of ceiling and floor. The White Sox drafted Vaughn 3rd overall back in June and quickly promoted him twice, finishing 2019 in the Class-A Advanced Carolina League. With how advanced of a bat Vaughn is, that type of quick ascension up the ladder will likely continue for Vaughn if he performs like he’s capable of. He didn’t necessarily tear the cover off the ball in the minors this season, but Vaughn showcased his advanced plate approach with 30 walks to just 38 strikeouts in his 55 games.
As you’d likely expect with a slugging first baseman, there’s basically zero speed upside here. But who cares when the upside in the other four-categories is so robust? Vaughn is one of the rare plus hit, plus power prospects capable of hitting over .300 with 30-plus home runs annually. While Vaughn isn’t a massive guy at 6’0/215, he has a very strong and powerful frame, especially his hips and lower half. He incorporates that very well into his swing which is quick from the right side with natural loft. With his plus contact skills, easy plus raw power, and ability to use the entire field, Vaughn should have no issues hitting for both a high average and plenty of home runs as a middle of the order force.
If you want a nice lofty comp for Vaughn, the name J.D. Martinez sticks out as the type of hitter Vaughn is capable of becoming at peak.
3. Michael Kopech, RHP
Yup, he’s still a prospect. Still one of the top prospects in the game too. It’s been quite the tumultuous tenure with the White Sox since coming over from Boston in the Chris Sale deal. In a perfect world, Michael Kopech wouldn’t still be a prospect. He’d be fronting the White Sox rotation as one of the top pitchers in baseball, not just one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. But here we are.
After debuting with the White Sox in 2018, Kopech suffered a significant tear to his UCL and had to undergo Tommy John surgery, costing him the entire 2019 season. Although players have come back from this injury better than they used to, one can never know how a player will look post-surgery. It might’ve only been fall instructs, but Kopech looked damn good, hitting triple-digits with his fastball at times, just like he did before the surgery. A very welcome sign for the big right-hander.
Michael Kopech's 4th strikeout:
98mph painted up-and-in to Joe Mauer. Gorgeous. pic.twitter.com/iicWoxjCX0
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) August 22, 2018
In addition to the gas, Kopech also possesses one of the best sliders you’ll see. Not just in the minors either, I’m talking at any level of baseball. He throws it in the low to mid-80’s with hard two-plane break and has shown good feel and command of the pitch. Kopech will also mix in a high-70’s curveball and high-80’s changeup, both of which are well behind but show glimpses of being Major League average offerings. Long story short, Kopech is still one of the most electric and talented prospect arms around and should be treated as such in dynasty. Once he gets back on the mound, any sort of buy-low window will disappear.
4. Nick Madrigal, 2B
To say Nick Madrigal is an advanced college bat is actually an insult to him. Advanced doesn’t even begin to describe Madrigal at the plate. Witnessing a Madrigal strikeout is about as rare as a Dee Gordon home run or Daisuke Matsuzaka gyroball. It just doesn’t happen. Madrigal has now played just over a full season’s worth of minor league games (163) since being drafted 4th overall in 2018 and his strikeout total currently sits at 21. That’s a two, followed by a one. On average, Madrigal strikes out around once every eight games. Who does that these days? Madrigal bucks the trend of strike-out prone sluggers like no other. He’s the spotless dalmatian if you will.
Madrigal combines plus bat to ball skills with quick wrists and a compact swing that produces plenty of bat speed. Madrigal uses a bigger leg kick to time pitches and loads fairly deep onto his back leg pre-pitch. The bat path is short and direct to the ball as Madrigal doesn’t use a deeper hand coil. He can use the entire field well and has incredible barrel control. If you close your eyes and imagine a plus hit tool, this is it. Madrigal should have no issues hitting at or above .300 annually, although, don’t expect more than a handful of home runs to go with it. The approach is more of the line-drive variety and there’s not much loft to his swing or raw power in general.
What he lacks in power, Madrigal makes up in speed with plus foot speed on the bases and above-average range at second base. He did play shortstop at Oregon State, but Madrigal’s throwing arm is much more suited for the keystone. With his contact skills, speed, and ability to get on base, Madrigal has top of the order hitter written all over him. Don’t expect much in the HR or RBI departments, but there’s rock-solid three-category upside here in AVG, R, and SB.
5. Jonathan Stiever, RHP
A 5th round pick in 2018, Jonathan Stiever flourished in 2019, squarely putting himself on the map as one of the top rising pitching prospects in the game. The reason for that being the vast improvements to his arsenal, mainly his fastball. After sitting more in the 88-93 range a year ago, Stiever’s velocity has steadily climbed to the point where he sits in the low to mid-90’s now and can touch 97. And not only has the velocity improved, but the command and control of the pitch have also been refined, turning it into a true plus offering. As the arsenal has improved, so has the strikeout rate. Stiever was mostly around a 7.0 K/9 while at Indiana but has since rocketed up over a strikeout per inning as a pro.
Out of Stiever’s trio of secondaries, both his curveball and slider have proven to be effective offerings with both flashing above-average potential. Which is the better pitch seems to fluctuate start to start. Rounding things out is a fringy changeup that has the makings of becoming an average fourth offering for Stiever with a little bit of fade and tumble to it. I’d rate Stiever as a plus control, average to above-average command pitcher with the arsenal and strong frame necessary to start and develop into a mid-rotation arm. There is some effort to his delivery, but Stiever has managed to repeat it consistently so it’s not really a big concern moving forward.
6. Steele Walker, OF
I’m trying to figure out if Steele Walker is a better baseball name or action movie star name. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s a great name for both. A career in Hollywood will have to wait as Walker the baseball player is making a name for himself in prospect circles. Now, not one single tool here will knock your socks off (as I sit here wearing no socks), Walker possesses solid across the board upside with the potential for a bunch of 50 or 55 grades on his offensive tools.
If I were to give any tool of Walker’s a plus grade, it would be his raw power. Walker has a smooth left-handed swing with plenty of bat speed and natural loft due to a slight uppercut swing path. Although, that power is mostly to his pull side and I’d like to see him use the entire field more. Like with any prospect that performs well in the low minors while being old for the level (23yo in High-A), how Walker handles more advanced pitching as he advances into the Double-A Southern League in 2020 will be interesting to follow. The potential ceiling with Walker is in the vicinity of .280/25/15, making him a prospect worth rostering in moderately deep dynasty leagues where 200-plus prospects are rosters.
7. Micker Adolfo, OF
It feels like every system I’ve written up so far has at least one prospect that fits the power-hitting, strong-armed, strikeout-prone corner outfield mole perfectly. Last time it was the free-falling Seuly Matias in the Royals org. Here in the White Sox system, Micker Adolfo has a lot of the same qualities as Matias, but with a not so bleak future outlook. Mainly, I still see some upside here as power-hitting Major Leaguer, albeit, one that will likely hit in the bottom half of the order.
At 6’4/255, Adolfo is an NFL defensive end disguised as an outfielder out there. The power upside is enormous with 70-grade raw power and a swing that generates plenty of loft from his uppercut swing path. However, his aggressive approach and below-average contact skills have pulled the reigns back on his in-game power throughout his minor league career.
— Jake Eisenberg (@JakeEisenberg_) April 3, 2018
Now, the reason why I’m still optimistic here is that Adolfo has improved as a hitter over the last couple of seasons. The 2019 season was basically a washout after needing season-ending elbow surgery in mid-May (although he did get some time out in the AFL), but Adolfo was making more contact than ever before in 2018, resulting in a career-best .282 average and .369 OBP. It will be interesting to see if he can continue that momentum into 2020 which will be a very telling season for Adolfo. If Adolfo can continue making strides at the plate, there’s a nice little .260/30 upside here.
8. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF
While Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech were the big gets for the While Sox in the December 2016 Chris Sale trade with the Red Sox, Luis Alexander Basabe is far from just a throw-in prospect. This isn’t like when the Red Sox added in Nick Punto to the Adrian Gonzalez/Josh Beckett/Carl Crawford package to the Dodgers (Thanks again Magic). What currently stands out for Basabe is his speed and defense in the outfield, both of which grade as above-average to plus. Unfortunately, the offensive side of his game has been and remains a work in progress. That’s not to say there aren’t some tools to work with at the plate.
Basabe is a switch-hitter with exceptional bat speed from both sides of the plate. He’s shown he can really turn around premium velocity and showcased that by turning around a 102 mph fastball from Hunter Greene in the 2018 futures game. Although not overly big in stature, Basabe is deceptively strong, especially in his hips and lower half which he incorporates well in his swing. There’s at least average raw power potential here from the left side (minimal from right side) with the upside for 15 home runs or so down the road. But he’ll need to reverse the ground ball spike he had in 2019 if he wants to fully tap into his power potential.
The contact skills are as average as average can be, but Basabe has shown a good feel for the strike zone and can work the count. Peak Basabe numbers could be in the .250-.260/15/25 range, but he has a lot to work on to get to that level.
9. Dane Dunning, RHP
Remember him? Of course you do. Before Tommy John eliminated Dunning’s 2019 campaign, he was a borderline top-100 prospect that checked off all the boxes. An arsenal full of average to plus pitches? Check. Strong frame? Check. Solid command and control? Check. But like I said earlier with Kopech, it’s always tough to gauge how pitchers return from elbow surgery and I’ve yet to see any reports that he’s throwing yet post-surgery.
Before the surgery, Dunning sat in the low-90’s with run and sink on his fastball and can get up into the 95-96 range at times. His best secondary is an above-average to plus curveball with depth that he showed a really good feel for. His changeup lags behind and is very straight at times, but has shown the makings of an average Major league offering when Dunning is commanding it well. There’s still some reliever risk here with Dunning, but the ceiling is a mid-rotation arm. Proceed with caution.
10. Gavin Sheets, 1B
While Gavin Sheets doesn’t have the upside of the guys ahead of him, he’s without question one of the top floor guys in the system. A big, hulking first baseman at 6’4/230, Sheets has displayed easy plus raw power in batting practice but has been a raw over game power type throughout his professional career before finally tapping into that raw power for 16 home runs in 2019. A big reason for the power suppression has been a lower fly ball rate. There’s some additional power upside to be had here with Sheets, but I wouldn’t expect more than 25 or so at peak unless he starts hitting more flyballs. Take advantage of your power Gavin!
Outside of power, Sheets’ contact skills are good enough to keep his batting average respectable and the plate approach is sound. He’s basically the 1st base version of Zack Collins with better contact skills and a slightly lower walk rate. Sheets will likely begin the 2020 season at Triple-A and should make his MLB debut sometime in the summer. Longterm, Sheets has .260/25 upside.
11. Bryan Ramos, 3B
The White Sox haven’t made many big splashes lately on the international market but have brought in plenty of intriguing under the radar talent, highlighted by Bryan Ramos. Signed in 2018 out of Cuba, Ramos is a physically imposing 17-year-old at 6’2/190 with plenty of physical projection left on his frame. He’s already shown above-average to plus raw power in the Arizona League and will likely only add to that as he develops physically. While power is his calling card, Ramos has shown a solid feel for hitting from the right side with plenty of bat speed. He also has displayed an advanced approach and can work the count well for his age. Ramos is still miles away but has the tools to develop into an offensive-minded corner infielder.
12. Zack Collins, C/1B
Zack Collins isn’t a hard prospect to describe. He has plus power, walks a ton, strikes out a ton, and doesn’t hit for a high average. There, all done. But seriously, Collins is a prospect that you’ll need to target for specific reasons in fantasy, mainly if you’re in an OBP league. With well below-average contact skills, I can’t see Collins hitting for an average above the .230-.240 range at best, but his patience at the plate has led to very high walk rates with have salvaged his OBP. In 362 minor league games, Collins has a stout 18.5% walk rate and was able to continue that during his late-season stint with the White Sox. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of swing and miss to his game as well, as evident by his 38.2% strikeout rate with Chicago.
Zack Collins CRUSHED this ball 447 feet for his first MLB hit 😱
— Sox On 35th (@SoxOn35th) June 22, 2019
There’s nothing glaringly wrong with Collins’ swing that concerns me moving forward, but one aspect that sticks out is his lower hand slot before he starts his swing. Collins’ drops his hands during load and that creates an uppercut swing path which has helped his easy plus power show up fairly consistently in games. Don’t count on the average, but those in OBP leagues can look forward to a likely .350-plus OBP with the upside for 25 home runs annually. Let’s just hope he can remain behind the plate, which isn’t currently a lot due to his below-average defensive skills. He’s probably a DH long-term.
13. Matthew Thompson, RHP
Now here’s a name to keep a close eye on in 2020. The White Sox drafted Matthew Thompson in the 2nd round back in June and it’s easy to see why. Thomson toes the rubber at 6’3/190 with some physical projection remaining. he already sits in the low-90s currently and could end up as a mid-90s offering with some added bulk. There’s not a ton of life on Thompson’s fastball but he’s been able to succeed due to his above-average command of the offering. Thompson will offset his fastball with a curveball that has flashed plus at times and an average changeup he’s shown feel for. If Thompson can add a tick or two to his fastball without sacrificing his mechanics or command and also establish his secondaries more consistently, there’s SP3/4 upside here.
14. Blake Rutherford, OF
Sure, he’s a former first-round pick, but damn is Blake Rutherford one of the most boring prospects around for dynasty. He can do just enough of everything to remain on the prospect map, but at this point, I’m not so sure he’s a locked-in future starting outfielder. Rutherford has displayed average to above-average contact skills with a mechanically sound swing from the left side. There’s some nice bat speed as well with the ability to make hard contact to all fields, but Rutherford’s swing is mostly linear which has led to high ground ball rates at every level. Unless he adds some loft, 10 home runs is likely his power ceiling. Add in average foot speed and you might have a .270/10/15 type as a best-case scenario. Just don’t bank on much more than that.
15. Yolbert Sanchez, SS
The White Sox didn’t land any big names in the 2019 international signing period, but did nab themselves Yolbert Sanchez, a 22-year-old Cuban shortstop that will make a much more immediate impact than the rest of the 2019 J2 crop. Although the upside isn’t overly high, Sanchez has a lot of things working for him. First, he’s a plus defender, more than capable of remaining at shortstop longterm while being at least an above-average defender. There’s also above-average to plus speed that Sanchez is still learning how to tap into.
Those tools alone should allow him to reach the Majors in some capacity as long as he shows any type of competency with the stick, which I believe he’ll do. From what I’ve seen, the contact skills project to 45 or 50 grade and there’s enough raw power for 8-10 homers annually. If all clicks, we could have a poor man’s Andrelton Simmons on our hands.
16. Benyamin Bailey, OF
I’ll spare you with the curious case of Benjamin Bailey jokes, but the joke is fitting as Bailey is one of the most intriguing prospects in the system. Mainly because we still don’t know too much about him. When you see Bailey and his 6’4/215 pound frame as an 18-year-old, you instinctively dream of the power upside. From what video I have seen of him and the reports I’ve read, there’s definitely some power upside, but that has yet to translate into game power as Bailey hit only two home runs in 55 Dominican Summer League games.
What we can take from his DSL stint is that Bailey has a good feel for hitting and can work the count. But then again, always take DSK numbers with a grain of salt. Due to not knowing a ton about him, I can’t rank Bailey too highly yet, but this is definitely a name to monitor in dynasty leagues.
17. James Beard, OF
Without question, James Beard is the biggest boom or bust pick on this list. That’s not to say he has big upside or anything even close to that, but Beard brings plenty of intrigue due to his elite speed. Offensively, he’s lightyears away from being a finished product and is even less advanced than most prep hitters his age. Beard’s speed has gotten him to where he is today and will likely get him promoted up at least a couple levels.
White Sox 4th Round pick James Beard might have the easiest speed a baseball diamond has ever seen pic.twitter.com/Aj5lypLXBO
— Red Line Radio (@RedLineRadio) June 26, 2019
This is the type of speed that you give a long leash to and cross your fingers something develops with the bat. There’s some quick bat speed here to work with at least and a projectable frame that could develop into a 45-grade power type with added bulk and loft to his linear swing path. With some further development, Beard could honestly be a 50-steal threat if given enough opportunity or a 4th outfielder that doubles as one of the most dynamic pinch runners in the game. But as of now, Beard is nothing more of a five o’clock shadow at the plate.
18. Jake Burger, 3B
Jeez, we’ve been waiting for Jake Burger to return to action longer than Harold and Kumar waited to get their burgers in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. A pair of Achilles tears and subsequent setbacks have kept the burly third baseman out of action for the last two seasons, placing a major storm cloud over his value as a prospect. Even with the long layoff, there’s still hope for Burger in dynasty leagues due to his plus raw power, solid plate approach, and at least average contact skills. The ceiling is a .260/25 type, but the floor is made of lava, as my four-year-old would say. It’s best to just monitor Burger at this point and see how he looks once he finally does make it back to the field.
19. Luis Gonzalez, OF
I’m starting to really drop Luis Gonzalez down my rankings. After showing us a little something in 2018 with a .307/14/10 line, Gonzalez struggled in his first taste of Double-A in 2019, losing 60 points of batting average and nearly 200 points of OPS. You’ll often hear me say that Double-A is the true test for guys like Gonzalez that are older for the Single-A level. Now, Gonzalez didn’t stink up the joint by any means, but a .247/9/17 line was considered a slight disappointment.
Despite the struggles this past season, it’s not time to write off Gonzalez entirely. His strong defensive skills will likely carry him to the Majors and there’s enough offensive upside to make some sort of an impact for fantasy. With an average hit tool, minimal power, and average to above-average speed, that impact might look something like .260/10/15 at peak. Gonzalez will need to improve his efficiency stealing bases to reach that 15-20 steal range as well. Is than an impact? Yes. An exciting one? Not quite.
20. Konnor Pilkington, LHP
There’s something to be said for the guys that just go out and produce. They might not always have the sexiest tools around, but they know how to get the most out of their skillset and consistently get the job done. That’s Konnor Pilkington in a nutshell. His numbers this season won’t necessarily wow you, but it was his first full season and Pilkington pitched most of the season in the Class-A Advanced Carolina League. That’s a tough assignment for your first full season.
When you look at Pilkington’s arsenal, it’s a bunch of average offerings with his changeup acting as the lone standout pitch, flashing above-average with fade and tumble. Pilkington is more command than control presently but Pilkington doesn’t shoot himself in the foot too badly with the free passes, recording a 3.5 BB/9 this past season. With his feel for pitching, solid command, and durable frame, Pilkington should settle in as an innings-eating back end rotation arm.
21. Bernardo Flores, LHP
Ditto for Bernardo Flores. Like with Pilkington, Flores is much more of a safe-reliable floor type. He’ll likely carve out a role at the Major League level due to his above-average to plus command and control of his four-pitch arsenal, but none of the four project as plus offerings. Flores will sit in the low-90’s with some arm-side life, but the velocity will dip to 88-89 at times. Out of his three secondaries, Flores’ changeup is the best of the bunch with both fade and depth. Both of his breaking balls are fringy Major League pitches.
22. Zack Burdi, RHP
There are a few different relievers you could slot here, but I’m going with Burdi as I believe he has the highest upside. Burdi has missed a bunch of time over the last couple of seasons, first for Tommy John surgery and then another surgery earlier in 2019 to fix a patella ligament tear. Due to all the injuries and surgeries, Burdi hasn’t been able to really get any momentum, but he’s pitched enough to showcase an elite fastball and wipeout slider that could make him a late-inning weapon. Hopefully, with more consistent reps, Burdi’s command and control will improve a tad as well. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?
23. Bryce Bush, 3B
As I mentioned in the open, this White Sox system is full of lottery tickets and dart throws. Bryce Bush is just another example of that. Signability concerns caused Bryce Bush to slide to the 33rd round in the 2018 draft. The White Sox somehow managed to lure him away from a strong collegiate commitment thanks to a well above-slot bonus. Money talks people. Bush proceeded to his over .300 combined between the Arizona League and Pioneer League in 2018 before struggling this past year against more advanced competition in the Sally.
The reason why Bush makes this list is due to his power potential. Bush has exceptional bat speed from the right side of the plate and a swing that is geared for fly balls due to a lower hand slot during load. That lower slot translates into an uppercut swing path for Bush, allowing him to elevate balls with ease during batting practice. In games has been a different story though as Bush hasn’t hit for as much power as expected and was very ground-ball heavy in 2018 especially. With some swing and miss concerns and suspect contact skills, Bush is a power over contact prospect right now, but one worth keeping an eye on in dynasty leagues.
24. Andrew Dalquist, RHP
I’m just going to go ahead and mix in a back-end starter type in the middle of all these raw upside types. A third-round pick this past June, Andrew Dalquist will sit in the low to mid 90’s with his four-seamer and will turn it over into a two-seamer with good sinking action. At times. Dalquist has mixed is as many as three secondary offerings, but the only one of note right now is an above-average to plus curveball in the upper-70s.
As of now, I’m teetering on the fence on whether Dalquist is a back-end rotation arm or a middle reliever profile. One thing is for certain, he’ll need to develop his changeup a fair amount if he wants to stick as a starter. There’s also some effort to Dalquist’s delivery, so if forced to choose now, I’m picking reliever. He’s still only 19 though, so there’s plenty of time to develop him as a starter.
25. D.J. Gladney, 3B
Let’s end with another dart throw. On upside alone, D.J. Gladney could’ve been taken several rounds higher than his 16th round selection in the 2019 amateur draft. There’s already plus raw power here with some physical projection remaining. Gladney gladly put that power on display in the Arizona League with eight taters in 50 games, but there are some major swing and miss tendencies to iron out of Gladney want’s to consistently tap into his power. It’s not just the strikeouts either, Gladney’s whole approach is overly aggressive with a gut-wrenching 82/10 K/BB ratio. If Gladney can make strides with the approach, this will be a serious power bat.
Media Credit: Robert Robinson, Red Line Radio, Chicago White Sox, Pitcher List, Jake Eisenberg, White Sox Talk
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