Monday, June 17, 2024

Updated Top 100 Prospect List Provides Hope For White Sox

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Baseball America released its newest top 100 prospect list earlier today, and White Sox fans will like what they see. The list contains four White Sox prospects in the top 100, including two in the top 12. While the MLB team is enduring one of their worst seasons in franchise history, the farm system looks better than it has in several years.

#9 – Noah Schultz

According to Baseball America, Colson Montgomery is no longer the White Sox best prospect. That title now belongs to Noah Schultz. The White Sox first-round pick in 2022, Schultz has dominated since entering the ranks of professional baseball and has continued that this season. He began the 2024 season in High-A but got promoted to AA a few weeks ago. Despite being over four and a half years younger than the average AA player, Schultz has allowed just two hits in his first 7.2 AA innings. He has also struck out 12 while not walking anyone. The 6’9 left-hander is not only the best pitching prospect in the White Sox organization, but one of the best in all of MLB.

#12 – Colson Montgomery

Despite being leapfrogged by Schultz in Baseball America’s rankings, Montgomery is no slouch either. The White Sox first-round pick in 2021, the 22-year-old shortstop has eight doubles and seven home runs in 50 AAA games this season. Montgomery also walks nearly 12% of the time. He is also striking out almost 30% of the time this season, but Montgomery is over four and a half years younger than the average AAA player. He will likely get more comfortable over time, and we should see him in Chicago sometime next season.

#41 – Drew Thorpe

Drew Thorpe has had an incredible season in AA. Acquired from the Padres earlier this year as part of the Dylan Cease trade, the 23-year-old right-hander has a 1.33 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 in 54 innings over 10 AA starts. Thorpe has nothing to prove at the AA level and will receive a promotion shortly. We could see him in Chicago as early as this season. Thorpe will likely be in the White Sox starting rotation for years to come.

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#90 – Edgar Quero

Edgar Quero joined the White Sox through a trade with the Angels at last year’s trade deadline. The White Sox catcher of the future, the 21-year-old switch hitter got off to a scorching hot start in AA this season. While he has cooled off some since then, Quero has five doubles and eight home runs this season, all while being the primary catcher for one of the best pitching staffs in the minor leagues. Like Schultz and Montgomery, Quero is also young for his level and will likely improve even more as he gets older and more experienced.

Other Top Prospects In The Pipeline

While Schultz, Montgomery, Thorpe, and Quero are the only White Sox representatives who made the top 100 list, the organization also has several other intriguing prospects. Infielders Jacob Gonzalez and Bryan Ramos, outfielder Samuel Zavala, and pitchers Jairo Iriarte, Ky Bush, Mason Adams, and Jake Eder are just a few of many White Sox prospects who could reach Chicago over the next few years. 

Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

The White Sox current MLB roster lacks talent and is an unwatchable product. It will take time for the team to return to being respectable again. Thankfully, the organization has reinforcements coming up through the minor leagues. Those prospects, combined with hopefully some spending this offseason, will make the White Sox a more watchable team in 2025 and beyond.

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Southside Mike
Southside Mike
Jun 6, 2024 11:32 am

The White Sox are a halfway house for mostly washed up, journeyman players looking to do ANYTHING to stay in the big leagues, like playing for the White Sox. Just a great strategy by the Reinsdorf & Getz Carpetbagging Company with Grifol playing the GriFool. The current team is unwatchable. The sooner we can bring in these young guys the better. You don’t want to rush them in but the fans deserve better than the zombie roster that Getzdorf is rolling out onto the field every day.

carlitopen
carlitopen
Jun 6, 2024 5:23 am

Sox suck

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