White Sox well represented on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list for 2018 season. South Siders tied for second most prospects on the list with seven.
With Baseball America releasing its Top 100 Prospect lists earlier this week, MLB Pipeline released its list on Saturday and the White Sox were well represented. The Sox had seven prospects listed in the Top 100 for 2018 by MLB Pipeline.
Leading the list for the Sox is Eloy Jimenez, who had a stellar half-season in the team’s system in 2017. Jimenez was acquired from the Cubs last July in a trade that sent Jose Quintana across town. The 21-year-old outfielder was ranked fourth overall. Michael Kopech was ranked tenth overall.
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The Sox were tied with the New York Yankees with the second most prospects listed with seven. MLB Pipeline listed eight Atlanta Braves prospects in its Top 100 list. Shohei Ohtani was named the top overall prospect by MLB Pipeline.
The Sox were ranked by MLB Pipeline below:
28. Luis Robert
54. Alec Hansen
61. Dylan Cease
92. Dane Dunning
99. Blake Rutherford
After an impressive 2017 season for many of the Sox top prospects, the team enters 2018 with a high number of Top 100 prospects. The Sox did a good job of being patient with promoting many of its prospects last year. Although Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez are no longer considered prospects, the Sox still have many Top 100 prospects in their system.
Jimenez and Kopech could be promoted to the majors this season. However, it would take a lot of things going right in the minors for Jimenez to be promoted before September. For Kopech, he is a lot closer to the majors, but still needs time to develop with Triple-A Charlotte this year.