CHICAGO -- Carson Fulmer and Tim Anderson help bring the White Sox future to the present this weekend at SoxFest 2016 as two of the handful of prospects in attendance at the Hilton Chicago.They carry with them the tag of the most Major League-ready among the White Sox Top 30
CHICAGO -- Carson Fulmer and Tim Anderson help bring the White Sox future to the present this weekend at SoxFest 2016 as two of the handful of prospects in attendance at the Hilton Chicago.
They carry with them the tag of the most Major League-ready among the White Sox Top 30 Prospects. They also have been anointed as two of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects for 2016. The right-handed throwing Fulmer checks in at No. 38 after being ranked No. 42 in the 2015 midseason listing, while shortstop Anderson rises to No. 47 after sitting at No. 77 prior to the '15 season.
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Neither player figures to break camp with the team. But don't overlook the White Sox mode of operation for quickly moving their top young players to the Majors when they are ready.
The 22-year-old old Fulmer was selected eighth overall in the 2015 Draft, a situation that left the White Sox as satisfied as when Carlos Rodonfell to No. 3 overall in '14. Rodon needed just 34 1/3 Minor League innings before joining the White Sox bullpen. He posted a 3.75 ERA over 26 games and 23 starts in the Majors last season.
That path might not be quite as quick for Fulmer, although he opened strong last season with a 1.96 ERA over nine starts between the Arizona Rookie League team and Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Anderson, the team's top pick and 17th overall in the 2013 Draft, appears to be a little closer.
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Anderson, also 22, hit .312 with five homers, 46 RBIs, 79 runs scored, 49 stolen bases, 21 doubles and 12 triples for Double-A Birmingham in 2015. The concern remains Anderson's defense, although he has shown improvement in both instinct and range over the past three seasons.
As a team, the White Sox ranked 18th with 117 Prospect Points. The team rankings are calculated by assigning 100 points to the No. 1 rated prospect, 99 to No. 2 and right on down the line.
The annual ranking of baseball's Top 100 Prospects is assembled by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status entering the 2016 season are eligible for the list. The rankings follow the guidelines laid out by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, in terms of who falls under the international pool money rules: Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
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