White Sox top prospects having success in first week of Minor League season. South Side prospects making strides in their progress down on the farm.
Chicago White Sox top prospects have done well so far in their first week of the season. With many of the Sox top prospects contributing early, the future does look to be bright for a franchise that finally chose to rebuild this past offseason.
The Sox top prospect according to mlbpiepline.com Yoan Moncada has gotten off to a hot start for Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Through three games, Moncada is hitting .500 with one home run. The 21-year-old Cuban second baseman had a four hit game for the Knights on Friday, the first of his professional career in America.
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While Moncada is off to a torrid start, another top prospect Carson Fulmer had an impressive outing for the Knights on Friday. Fulmer, the Sox sixth top prospect pitched six innings for the Knights on Friday giving up two earned runs and recording five strikeouts. The 2015 first round pick (8th overall) allowed just one walk and six hits in his start. This is encouraging as Fulmer is working on making a return to the Sox.
Zack Collins, the Sox 2016 first round pick (10th overall) and its sixth top prospect has started well for Single-A Winston Salem Dash. Collins through three games is hitting .400 with one home run, two doubles and three walks. The catcher has also caught two runners stealing early in the season.
Another 2016 first round pick, Zack Burdi (26th overall) had a solid outing for the Knights in relief on Friday. Burdi, the Sox seventh top prospect pitched 1.2 scoreless innings for the Knights. The right-handed pitcher recorded three strikeouts and just one walk in relief. Burdi could be the first of the aforementioned prospects to make his way to Chicago this season.
Michael Kopech, the Sox third top prospect made his season debut on the mound on Saturday for Double-A Birmingham Barons. Kopech pitched 4.1 innings giving up three hits, two earned runs and recording 10 strikeouts. The 20-year-old pitcher allowed one home run, but was able to record double-digit strikeouts in his first start of the season.
Dane Dunning, the Sox tenth top prospect had a stellar debut for Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday night. Dunning pitched six innings allowing one earned run on four hits, and recording eight strikeouts. The 2016 first round pick for the Washington Nationals (29th overall) could find himself promoted to the Dash if he can have more outings like his performance on Saturday.
While the Sox should be impressed with the early results shown by some of their top prospects early, there’s still progress to be made for each player. Sox fans should be excited to see the team’s top prospects having success early. However, they will have to remain patient as the Sox are in no rush to promote their top prospects to a team that isn’t expected to contend this season.