White Sox have many top prospects in camp this spring. Which prospect could make team debut this upcoming season?
With Spring Training underway, Chicago White Sox baseball is officially back. Since the team is rebuilding, it would make sense to take a look at some of the younger players that fans could see in 2017. Here are a few players we could see at Guaranteed Rate Field this summer.
Lucas Giolito (RHP)
Acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, Giolito is one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. With a fastball that scrapes triple-digits, power is a large element of his repertoire, not to mention the fact he has a plus curveball to go along with it. Assuming he develops a solid changeup, it is quite possible Giolito could become an ace at the big league level. One concern with Giolito is that he lost some velocity and command with his heater in 2016, however many scouts believe he can regain it with improved mechanics.
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Reynaldo Lopez (RHP)
Lopez was the second piece of the Adam Eaton deal, and also possesses some of Giolito’s qualities. He also throws in the upper 90’s with a plus curve, however his control can elude him at times. He walked 4.5 batters per nine innings at the big league level last year, and needs to throw more strikes if he is going to succeed in Chicago. Even if he is unable to harness his command, his plus stuff could have him destined for a bullpen role.
Yoan Moncada (2B)
Moncada was the pickup of the winter for the Sox, however there is a high probability he will start in the minors. He has been ranked as the number two prospect in baseball, and is a five-tool player. A solid physical comparison is Robinson Cano with speed, but keep in mind he has a lot of development left to do before he reaches Cano’s level of success. If he can learn how to lay off of pitchers out of the zone, it is possible for him to become a perennial All-Star on the South Side.
All in all, it is very likely all three of these players will begin the season in the minors. Sox fans need to keep in mind that rebuilding the organization isn’t a race, but a marathon that needs to be executed properly. Trying to accelerate the process will eventually lead to failure, as we have seen before. Therefore, the Sox brass needs to jog, not sprint over the next few years.
Baseball is back, Sox fans! Are you excited for the dawn of a new era on the South Side?