The Chicago White Sox has been dealing with high-level prospects for a few years now. Every since the rebuild began in December of 2016, there have been some really good players acquired and developed within the organization. Players like Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, and Eloy Jimenez amongst others have all graduated to MLB where they are now stars.
The team has been getting better as a result but the farm system will naturally take a hit when that happens. There aren’t any top ten MLB prospects at the top of the White Sox system right now but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good players.
In fact, there are quite a few good prospects to be excited about. One of them has been turning heads in the Arizona Fall League and that is Yolbert Sanchez. He was just named to be the AFL “Hitter of the Week” which is really nice to see.
In week four of the league, Sanchez hit .583/.667/.833 with seven RBIs which led the league. That 1.500 OPS is astonishing so it is no surprise that he has earned this honor. He is currently sitting as the team’s number 15 prospect but he should climb up if he continues to hit like this.
Yolbert Sanchez of the Chicago White Sox is the AFL “Hitter of the Week”.
If he can continue his development, there is always room for good players on good teams at the MLB level. That becomes especially true as a season goes on and injuries start to test a team’s depth. Sanchez playing for the White Sox someday would be really cool and prove that they are very good at developing prospects.
He is projected to make it to the MLB during the 2023 season. We don’t know where the White Sox will be as an organization by then but it should be a very good spot based on how things are going.
Another way to look at this is trade value. As mentioned before, there is no such thing as too many good players. However, the White Sox could use a prospect like Yolbert Sanchez to address a more pressing need if one presents itself over the next few years. Either way, it is good news for the team to see him play like this.
This should also serve as proof that building up the farm is very important. You never know if your number 15 prospect can pull off a week like this and maybe make a name for himself. We say what Gavin Sheets was able to do in 2021 and he isn’t anywhere near done making an impact. Hopefully, Sanchez is down the same path.