7 White Sox prospects to play in Arizona Fall League


Sep 3, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (61) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins won 11-4. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Fall League will begin their 2014 season on Oct. 7, and there will be seven members of the Chicago White Sox organization on the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs.

Feb 22, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Scott Snodgress (68) poses for a photo during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Desert Dogs consists of prospects from the White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Milwaukee Brewers.

Players from the White Sox organization are:

• Chris Bassitt (RHP)

Francellis Montas (RHP)

Jefferson Olacio (LHP)

Scott Snodgress (LHP)

Kevan Smith (C)

Tim Anderson (INF)

Rangel Ravelo (INF)

Of those seven players listed, Anderson is the No. 2 overall prospect in the organization, according to MLB.com, and Montas is the No. 3 overall prospect.

This season, Anderson has played at three levels of MiLB with the AZL White Sox, the Winston-Salem Dash in Advanced-A and 10 games with the Birmingham Barons in Double-A.

Anderson was a first-round selection in 2013 (17th overall) by the White Sox. This summer, Anderson had a combined .303 batting average in 84 games at all three levels.

Montas took the same route this season as Anderson in terms of his MiLB stops. He pitched in a total of 15 games (all starts) with a combined ERA of 1.44 with a 5-0 record.

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Montas had one complete game coming in Advanced-A where he made 10 of his 15 starts. With the Dash, Montas has a 1.60 ERA. He made four starts in the AZL (1.29 ERA), and he had one start in Double-A where he went five innings, allowing one hit and no earned runs.

Managing the team is Lance Parrish, with his coaches being Andy Tomberlin (hitting coach), Chris Hook (pitching coach) and Mike Griffin (pitching coach).

Parrish played in the majors from 1977-1995. In his 19-year career, he played in 1,988 games. Parrish was an All-Star eight times.

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