Fringe Prospects That Could Shine
The success for a team rebuilding does not always come from top prospects. Many times, there are prospects that aren’t highly rated that eventually become stars. With the Sox depth of talent in the minors, they also have fringe prospects that could very well become key contributors at the major league level.
Players such as Luis Gonzalez, Seby Zavala, and Steele Walker are just a few prospects that aren’t highly-ranked but could become decent players in the Majors someday. As with all prospects, there’s no guarantee any of them make it to the Majors. However, the Sox have a decent crop of fringe prospects that could strengthen their depth on the major league team in a few years.
Out of all the aforementioned players, Zavala is close to making his major league debut as soon as this season. He will need to have a successful season with Triple-A Charlotte, however, but with the Sox needing catchers going into the 2020 season, Zavala has a chance to get a lot of playing time as a major league catcher next year.
The Sox having depth throughout their farm system, especially with pitching as previously discussed, will help their rebuild sustain success over the coming years. A heavy reliance on needing top prospects to pan out wouldn’t help the Sox achieve their goal of sustained success. By having some fringe prospects that could also become contributors in the future, the Sox are in a good position to build a sustainable contender.