MLB.com came out with its list of the top farm systems. To no surprise, the White Sox were No. 1 and Atlanta was No. 2.
As expected, MLBpipeline.com ranked the Chicago White Sox farm system No. 1 in baseball during their midseason rankings. Since the last rankings came out, the team has added the likes of Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Luis Robert and Blake Rutherford. And they already have a talented pool highlighted by Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Kopech may be the best pitching prospect in baseball.
It’s been a major transformation for this team. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has rebuilt this farm system and given fans something to be excited about. And it should only get better. The White Sox could potentially be looking at a top three draft pick next year. They could do the same in 2019.
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The important thing is the organization picked a lane and is sticking to it. They’re not very good right now but they are fun to watch. That’s the thing about a rebuild. In order to become good you have to be really bad. And the White Sox have been bad. At 41-65 there’s a strong possibility they will lose 100 games this season. And they may do the same next season. But that means they will get two quality draft picks in back-to-back years.
They have obviously collected a lot of talent but it doesn’t mean much if they don’t develop it. This development now falls on Chris Getz, director of player development, and his team to help these guys reach their potential. Most are pretty certain Moncada and Jimenez are future superstars. Kopech looks like a future ace. But you never know what can happen.
This could be a very good team by 2019 or 2020 depending on how everyone’s development goes. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see this team keep adding to the mix. You can never have too many prospects and its clear Hahn understands that.