White Sox organizational depth ranked in top five of MLB by Baseball America. The South Siders improved tremendously in comparison with last season.
The Chicago White Sox continued to be recognized by baseball publications for their successful offseason and draft from 2016. Baseball America ranked the Sox fifth in its recent organizational rankings . This is a much better ranking than last season when BA ranked the Sox 23rd.
The Sox haven’t been ranked this high by BA in the past five seasons, and the ranking shows just how much of a good job the front office has done in the past year. After a successful draft in 2016, the Sox embarked on a rebuild in the offseason. The rebuild started with the trade of Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.
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With the trade of Sale, the Sox received four of the Red Sox top prospects in Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz. However, the Sox didn’t stop there as they would trade Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for more top prospects. The Sox would receive the Nationals top prospects in Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning.
The offseason trades vaulted the Sox minor league system from the bottom half of MLB to the top five as evidenced by BA’s latest organizational rankings. Over the past five seasons, the Sox organizational rankings have been 23 (2016), 20 (2015), 24 (2014), 29 (2013) and 30 (2012). The Sox high ranking by BA shows the front office finally did something right this offseason by choosing to rebuild.
The top organization ranked by BA belongs to the Atlanta Braves. The New York Yankees were ranked second, Houston Astros were third and the Los Angeles Angels were ranked fourth. Although the Sox didn’t get ranked first, being in the top five is still a major accomplishment given where this team was ranked last season.
The Sox still have a lot of work to do in order to completely rebuild this team. With the 11th overall pick in the draft, and more tradeable assets, the Sox could very well draft and trade for more top prospects. This will add to an already impressive farm system and provide more depth for the Sox.