By: Luke Crabb | July 19, 2017 6:36 pm CT
For those of you who haven’t noticed, the White sox have been sellers at the trade deadline. Yet, calling the White Sox sellers may be a false statement. The Sox are projecting for the long term and buying stock in a company that is sure to pay dividends by 2020. The White Sox have now stockpiled their farm system to emulate a zombie apocalypse bunker.
The White Sox now have 10 of the top 100 prospects in baseball.
A few of those top prospects that are projecting to start running the MLB in 2020, are as follows:
The White Sox currently hold the #1 prospect in all of baseball, Yoan Moncada. Scouts claim Moncada is a more athletic version of Robinson Cano. The switch hitting 2B was acquired in a trade to send Chris Sale to the Red Sox. Speed plays at all levels, and Moncada has plenty of it. Moncada has 111 stolen bases in his three year minor league career.
Michael Kopech’s ranking as the #11 prospect in baseball isn’t the only thing that jumps – his fastball has jumps as well. The twenty-year-old right hander has a triple digit heater that has him on the fast track to the big leagues. Kopech was part of the Sale deal that went down at this past year’s Winter Meetings.
The funny thing about this time in the season is MLB analysts trying to explain who is the “winner” and who is the “loser”, in a given trade. I know it’s hard to believe, but both teams can get what they want out of a trade.
It looks like that’s exactly what happened in the Jose Quintana trade. The Cubs got the starting pitcher they were looking for to propel them into playoff contention, and the White Sox added to their nuclear farm system. The White Sox added a power bat in Eloy Jimenez, the #8 prospect in the MLB. Jimenez lacks speed, but other than that he is a complete player and a huge addition for the Sox.
Carson Fulmer, the most competitive and electric arm in the 2015 draft class is still with the Sox organization. Fulmer had a rough start to his 2017, but is still sporting his electric breaking ball and a fastball that are guaranteed to get him back in the big leagues in the nick of time. Fulmer is #59 on the MLB’s prospect list.
This is just the short list of the prospects in the top 100 for the White Sox. This list does not include, Luis Robert #23, Lucas Giolito #28, Blake Rutherford #30, Reynaldo Lopez #36, Dylan Cease #63, and Zach Collins #68.
I will admit, there’s risk with any prospect in baseball. But let me be clear, the White Sox are more dangerous than any team in AL Central.
If you find your team at the top of their division, the bottom of their division, or even two and a half games back in the AL Central, consider that the White Sox are carrying a loaded weapon and it’s set to explode in 2020.