The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft has produced yet another fine prospect for the Chicago White Sox. With their second-round pick, number 57 overall, the Sox have picked up 3B/SS Wes Kath. Kath hails from Arizona and recently played at Desert Mountain High School. He just completed his senior season there. This 6’3”, 200-pound player bats left and throws right.
Here is a little bit about Kath from MLB.com:
"“Kath became a bit of a sleeper favorite among scouts because of his abilities from the left side of the plate. He showed the ability to impact the baseball repeatedly at a number of events against very good competition. There have been times in the past where he’s been more of a defensive hitter, but he attacked the ball more this summer and there’s size and strength to hope for more power if he can continue to be aggressive at the plate.”"
He was rated, by MLB.com as the 34th ranked prospect in the 2021 MLB Draft. Knowing that it looks like the Sox may have gotten a little bit of a steal. It will all depend on how he develops and when he makes it to the major leagues.
The Chicago White Sox are drafting a lot of young talent for the future so far.
The White Sox needed some depth at shortstop and they started out adding to that depth Sunday night by selecting Colson Montgomery. Now, with Kath, the Sox have stabilized that position depending on how fast they develop and give it some strength behind All-Star Tim Anderson.
How fast will Kath get to the major leagues? That remains to be seen. He has committed to Arizona State so, if he stays in college, he’s going to have some time develop there before he could even be considered for the top level. Perhaps he will “jump ship” and start moving up the ranks of the minor leagues in order to make it to the big time sooner.
Does Kath have the talent to jump right into the majors? No, not without a little seasoning but perhaps, thanks to his skill set and raw talent, he could be developed into a guy that can contribute sooner rather than later. The White Sox would really like that.