The Chicago White Sox knows how good Jared Kelley has the potential to be. He was taken by the White Sox in the second round (47th overall) of the 2020 MLB Draft. He has quite the arm but he needs to put all his tools together. It is going to be a long time before he is in the MLB but once he gets there he could be a really good one. Some people believe that if there was a high school season, he would have proven to be an even higher draft pick.
Jared Kelley currently sits as the number six prospect in the White Sox system. Two spots below him as the number eight prospect is Matthew Thompson. Like Kelley, Thompson is a right-handed pitcher. Thompson was drafted in the second round as well (45th overall) but in the 2019 Draft. It appears that they have similar scouting grades which makes sense as they were picked at almost the exact same spot of the draft in back to back seasons.
Sending both of these studs away for Wheeler would be tough but worth it. The White Sox are in a little bit different of a spot than Philly is right now. The White Sox rebuild worked a little bit better so Philly has to regroup. Adding a few stud pitchers who are young might really help them in place of an aging star pitcher. The White Sox, meanwhile, would really love to have a third starter like this join their rotation.
As mentioned before, the Phillies disputed any claims that they are open to trading Wheeler or even retooling their roster but it is hard to believe. We should get a good grasp of their intentions during the Winter Meetings this week. It will be cool to see the White Sox add Wheeler but as long as they get a third starter they will be fine.