Wednesday, February 8, 2023

White Sox Add Top 50 International Prospect 

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If there is one area the White Sox excels as an organization, it’s adding international talent. The list of global talent the White Sox have acquired over the last decade is substantial. 



On Monday, the White Sox added to the list, agreeing to a $700,000 deal with pitcher Luis Reyes. Reyes headlines a current class of seven international signees that includes the son of former White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe Jr. 

Luis Reyes 

Reyes is considered the No.41 Prospect on MLB.com’s list of the Top 50 international Prospects. The 17-year-old is a 6’2, 190 lb right-hander out of the Dominican Republic. 

Scouts say he has a loose arm and a plus fastball. He also throws a curveball, slider, and changeup that all grade as a 50, which is considered average. His fastball is his highest-graded pitch, at 55. It clocks in the mid-90s and features some arm-side run. 

As he continues to develop, that fastball could turn into a lethal weapon for him. He has experience playing in the United in tournaments and showcases and has performed well. Before getting signed by the White Sox, he was training with the Miami Miracles. MLB Pipeline calls him poised, competitive, and hard to rattle. 

His fall and muscular frame make him an intimidating presence on the mound. He has been bulking up in recent years, which has translated into more power and athleticism. 

Reyes wasn’t the only prospect the White Sox signed. They also inked right-hander Denny Lima ($10,000), outfielders Abraham Núnez Jr. ($700,000) and Albert Alberto ($50,000), and infielders D’Angelo Tejada ($350,000), Rafael Alvarez ( $350,000) and Juan Uribe Jr. ($200,000). The total contracts used up $2,360,000 of their base signing pool of $5,284,000. 

Juan Uribe Jr. 

Juan Uribe Jr. is the son of the 2005 World Series champion. Uribe Sr. helped secure the two final outs of the Fall Classic. The most famous is when he tumbled into the stands to track down a foul ball and get the White Sox within one out of their first title in 88 years.  

Rumblings of his son signing with the organization began last January when Hector Gomez reported that Uribe Sr. would like his son Juan Uribe Jr. to play for the White Sox. 

Gómez talked to Uribe and wrote on Twitter: 

Juan Uribe: “Several teams have shown interest in my son, but I would like him to sign with the White Sox because he was born and raised in Chicago, and I played for them for five seasons. I love the White Sox fans.”  

Uribe played 16 years in the show, including five, with the White Sox beginning in 2004. He was a career .255 hitter, with his best season coming in 2009 while he was a member of the San Fransico Giants. He batted .289 with a .834 OPS and a career-high 24 home runs. 

Uribe Jr. plays shortstop like his dad. While he is not ranked in MLB.com’s top 50 players in this year’s class, he is an intriguing prospect for several reasons. 

The 16-year-old has a good build with some raw power. Uribe Jr also looks like he has good technique at short with a pretty slick glove. Name recognition and a good gene pool don’t hurt, either. According to his father, several other MLB teams expressed interest last winter. 

Rafael Alvarez 

Alvarez is a right-handed outfielder from Cuba. He is 6’2 185 lbs. MLB reporter Francys Romero calls Alvarez a disciplined hitter who could develop into a good offensive player in the future. 

Alvarez slashed .366/.505/.662 with the Cuban National Team U15 club in 2020. He had 12 extra-base hits, including three homers, three homers, and three triples. Alvarez also drove in 24 RBIs. He left Cuba in 2022. 

Abraham Nuñez Jr.

Besides Reyes, Abraham Nunez Jr. is the only White Sox international prospect that signed for $700,000 or more and one of just eleven international players who received a contract of that size from any MLB team so far. 

Nunez is the son of former major leaguer Abrhamham Nunez. Nunez Sr. is a minor league hitting instructor for the Kansas City of the Royals’ Double-A team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

His son is a left-handed hitting shortstop. He has a smooth swing and a high ceiling. He will begin his career in the Dominican Summer League in 2023. 

D’Angelo Tejada

Tejada is a 17-year-old from Villa Vázquez, a town in the Monte Cristi province of the Dominican Republic. He is a 6’0, 160 lb shortstop who bats and throws right-handed. He received the third-largest deal in the White Sox international signing class. 

Albert Alberto 

Alberto is a muscular 6’3, 200 lb outfielder. The Nizao, Dominican Republic native, bats and throws right-handed. 

Denny Lima 

Lima is a right-handed hurler from Santigo, Dominican Republic. The 18-year-old is 6’0 160 pounds. 

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lou zearing
lou zearing
Jan 16, 2023 7:22 pm

Why Denny Lima only $10000?

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