The Chicago White Sox are making the 11th overall pick and then have another four rounds after that in this 2020 Draft. They have a different purpose now.
The Chicago White Sox have a good team, we think. They haven’t stepped on the field yet in 2020 because of COVID-19 but all signs point to this team being pretty good once the players take the field again. 2020 was always the year that they were supposed to turn the corner and start winning lots of baseball games. If this season does ever get started following the pandemic, it is exciting to see how this team will perform.
They have some stud players at the MLB level that are already proven. Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, and Lucas Giolito are all trying to keep what they did in 2019 going when baseball comes back. Young prospects like Dylan Cease, Luis Robert, and Michael Kopech really want to be key pieces and they will all have their chance as well.
With that, the White Sox enter this 2020 Draft with mixed expectations. They took Nick Madrigal and Andrew Vaughn in 2018 and 2019 respectively which they hope will be solid additions to the team. They probably drafted Madrigal to be their future second baseman knowing that they would try Moncada at third-base one day and they probably drafted Vaughn with the intention of him replacing Jose Abreu, at least defensively.
Now that the rebuild portion is almost complete, it is time to change the focus of their drafting technique. There will always be positional needs but this organization has lots of young studs in many different positions. At this point, continuing to have organizational depth is the big key to this organization sustaining success.
In order for the rebuild to avoid running into a lot of one and done situations, they need to keep the farm replenished. They also might need some high-level prospects to make trades down the line. Adding pitching is also something they need to keep doing. An organization can never have enough and the White Sox are no exception. As fun as it is to hope that this 11th pick they are going to make is the highest pick they will make in a long time, they still need to draft well in order to sustain their rebuild success.