White Sox minor league system ranked third by mlbpipeline.com. South Siders high ranking an improvement over last year thanks to offseason trades.
The Chicago White Sox minor league system continues to get solid recognition. The Sox farm system was ranked third by mlbpipeline.com on Friday. This comes after Baseball America ranked their farm system fifth last week.
With the Sox trading away veterans Chris Sale and Adam Eaton this past offseason, the organization received a wealth of prospects in return. The Sox received top prospects Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, and Reynaldo Lopez in return for both Sale and Eaton. They also received other prospects in Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz and Dane Dunning from both offseason trades.
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The Sox minor league system ranking by mlbpipeline shows just how much of a good job the front office did with their offseason trades. The Sox haven’t had a minor league system ranked this high this decade by mlbpipeline.com.
However, Rick Hahn isn’t resting on his laurels as he knows there’s more work ahead for the Sox according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.
According to Merkin, Hahn mentioned the Sox don’t spend a lot of time on prospect rankings. However, Hahn did state that it’s nice that external analysts are seeing the same things the Sox scouts saw initially saw in their prospects.
"“We’ve made it clear we’re still early in this process, so having a well-regarded farm system is nice. Ultimately we know having a good farm system is great, but what we need is wins at the big league level. And hopefully that’s the next step in this process after we build up that system.” Rick Hahn"
The Sox still have more work to do, and will need to add more depth to its farm system. With the upcoming draft in June, the Sox can certainly add more top prospects to its minor league system. The Sox can also add more talent during the international signing period as well.
With the Sox having a top five minor league system, the future is indeed bright on the south side. The Sox most likely won’t be contending for a few seasons, and they will have more than enough time to continue stockpiling talent in the minor leagues. This won’t be the only year the Sox will have a top five farm system.