Looking Back: White Sox Top Prospects of 2010 Review
With the season winding down, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at my 2010 top prospect lists and see how I did in my projections and how each team’s farm system held up over the course of the season.
This needs to be emphasized: the list below reflects each prospect’s status prior to the 2010 season. This is not a new list. Please keep that in mind.
The next team up is the Chicago White Sox:
1. Tyler Flowers | C | Age – 24 | Grade – B | Top-100 Ranking: #53
Seems to be somewhat overmatched in Triple-A…biggest issue is his defense hasn’t been getting good reviews.
2. Jared Mitchell | OF | Age – 21 | Grade – B | Top-100 Ranking: N/A
Kept him off the top-100 list because an ankle injury ended his season before it started.
3. Dan Hudson | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B | Top-100 Ranking: #87
Traded to Arizona and doing well…he’s somewhere in the range of a No. 4 or No. 3 starter in the NL West.
4. Jordan Danks | CF | Age – 23 | Grade – B-
We now have over 800 plate appearances of a sub-.700 OPS performance against high level pitching.
5. Brent Morel | 3b | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
Doesn’t walk a lot, but he can hit for average with moderate power and has the versatility to play shortstop in a pinch.
6. Dayan Viciedo | 3b | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
He’s much better than he was in 2009, but his poor plate discipline is still a major red flag.
7. Trayce Thompson | OF | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
Numbers don’t completely reflect it, but he’s made a lot of progress since last year. Upside remains huge, but as big as his upside is, he’s just as raw.
8. David Holmberg | LHP | Age – 18 | Grade – C+
Traded to Arizona…advanced for his age, but he’s lacking present stuff. Numbers since being traded look strong, however.
9. Miguel Gonzalez | C | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
Disappointing season…still young, though.
10. Christian Marrero | 1b/OF | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
Discipline was better this year, but his power suffered…stock is down.
11. C.J. Retherford | 2b/UTI | Age – 24 | Grade – C+
Numbers completely collapsed this year.
12. Santos Rodriguez | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
Missed a ton of bats and allowed a ton of free passes. Went on the DL with an injury in July, but I’m unsure what the injury was.
13. Jhonny Nunez | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – C+
A decent season for Nunez, but hardly great.
14. Josh Phegley | C | Age – 22 | Grade – C
Injured for much of the year…didn’t impress much in the at bats he did get.
15. John Shelby Jr. | OF | Age – 24 | Grade – C
Wasn’t able to bounce back from his poor 2009 season.
HONORABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order) – Dan Remenowski (LHP) | Joe Serafin (LHP) | Nick Ciolli (OF) | Nathan Jones (RHP) | Brady Shoemaker (OF) | Hector Santiago (LHP) | Greg Infante (RHP) | Clevelan Santeliz (RHP) | Stephen Sauer (LHP) | Brandon Hynick (RHP) | Carlos Torres (RHP) | Santo Luis (RHP) | Charles Leesman (LHP) | Justin Collop (RHP) | Maurice Gartrell (OF) | Lucas Harrell (RHP) | Nevin Griffith (RHP) | Kyle Bellamy (RHP) | Eduardo Escobar (SS) | Ryan Buch (RHP) | Jon Gilmore (3b) | Taylor Thompson (RHP)
What’s interesting about the players in the Honorable Mentions section is most of them actually have had solid seasons, but none of them has really emerged as more than a C-level prospect. The only guy I can really make a case for is Eduardo Escobar, the young shortstop who’s defense is well ahead of his offense.
The organization did have a couple of guys emerge who were not mentioned anywhere in outfielder Brandon Short and pitcher Andre Rienzo.
The Bottom Line
The system seems very ordinary to me…not a lot jumps out. They lack players who can generate any sort of excitement though perhaps Jared Mitchell could become that sort of player next year. I don’t think the team’s most recent draft did anything to address that concern either even though I like Chris Sale a lot. So until the White Sox do more to invest in younger and cheaper talent, I don’t think they’ll reach their full potential. That said, it’s hard to argue with the kind of success the organization has had over the past few years. Much of that success has come from well executed trades.