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Chicago White Sox: 3 prospects off to a blazing start

SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Jake Burger #78 of the Chicago White Sox strikes out during the second inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 03, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Jake Burger #78 of the Chicago White Sox strikes out during the second inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 03, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Micker Adolfo
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Micker Adolfo

Micker Adolfo has been in the Chicago White Sox organization for a while now.

Micker Adolfo is another talented prospect that has been hampered with injuries. His strong arm and power make him one of the more intriguing names in the White Sox farm system In 2017 he was named to the South Atlantic League postseason All-Star team and was among the league leaders in homers (5th, 16), RBIs (8th, 68), and total bases (9th, 192).

He looked to build off that in 2018 but only played 79 games before being shut down with Tommy John’s surgery on his right elbow. The next year he was limited to 36 games due to arthroscopic surgery on the same elbow. After spending the 2020 season in the Schaumberg training facility, he is back in full force.

He is coming off arguably the best week of his Minor League career. Adolfo hit .444 with four extra-base hits, two home runs, three runs scored, six RBIs, and a walk. His isolated power has been on full display, evident by his .293 ISO. Adolfo also has a 139 wRC+ to go along with it.

On May 21st, he showed off his strength by hitting an absolute laser that took under four seconds to clear the fence. It was his fifth home run of the season. Adolfo is slugging .525 on the year. His strikeout rate is down, indicating that he is seeing the ball a lot better. These are promising signs for a prospect who started the year in Double-A Birmingham. The White Sox don’t think he is Major League ready but that could soon change if he keeps pushing the envelope.

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