Jun 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; General view of a Chicago White Sox cap and equipment in the dugout before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The No. 8 Chicago White Sox prospect by Baseball America is Trey Michalczewski, a third baseman who played last season at two different Class-A levels within the organization.
At 19 years old, Michalczewski played for the Class-A Kannapolis Intimidators for 116 games and 19 games with the Advanced-A Winston-Salem Dash. At 18 years old in 2013, Michalczewski played 56 games with the Bristol White Sox in Rookie ball.
Michalczewski has a .255 career batting average in his 191 games as a professional, which began once he was drafted in the seventh round by the White Sox in 2013.
In a Jan. 13 article this year by Scott Merkin of WhiteSox.com, he wrote the following about Michalczewski:
"“Defense has become a priority for Michalczewski, after being switched to third from shortstop upon joining the White Sox. But he’s happy to even be in the White Sox thoughts at this point.”"
According to Michalczewski’s Baseball America page, he batted .273 with 118 hits in 116 games while with Kannapolis, along with adding 70 RBIs and drawing 45 walks.
Also with the Intimidators, Michalczewski had six steals and finished with an on-base percentage of .348 with a slugging percentage of .433 and OPS of .781.
In his 19 games with the Dash, Michalczewski batted .194 in 19 games with a .293 OBP, .222 SLG and .515 OPS. In those games, he totaled 14 hits (two doubles) with five RBIs and nine walks.
With Michalczewski, he has struck out 217 times in 191 total MiLB games with 77 career walks. Michalczewski also has 178 total hits in his three MiLB stops with 32 doubles and nine triples to go with his 13 home runs, giving him 54 extra-base hits thus far in his career.
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Being a right-handed batter, the 6-3, 210-pound Michalczewski had a .264 average against RHP pitching in Kannapolis and .196 with the Dash. Versus lefties, he batted .302 in Kannapolis and .190 with Winston-Salem.
It looks like it will be a little while before we see Michalczewski with an opportunity at the MLB level, but being in the Top 10 of the organizational ranking by Baseball America is a very good sign. Maybe the young Michalczewski can continue to improve at various levels within the farm system, and we’ll see what happens with his career.
He, like a few others in the farm system, will be worth keeping an eye on this spring and summer to see how far they can move up within the organization, because eventually, the White Sox are going to need a full-time third baseman to take over the hot corner, but hopefully not for a couple more seasons.