CHICAGO -- One of the perks of a Minor League rehab assignment is an organization's young prospects are exposed to Major League talent and wisdom, something the Chicago White Sox have seen plenty of with injuries shelving several veterans.Right-hander James Shields and left-hander Carlos Rodon each are among those who
CHICAGO -- One of the perks of a Minor League rehab assignment is an organization's young prospects are exposed to Major League talent and wisdom, something the Chicago White Sox have seen plenty of with injuries shelving several veterans.
Right-hander James Shields and left-hander Carlos Rodon each are among those who have spent time in the Minors in recent weeks due to injury, which each giving rave reviews of a White Sox farm system that entered the season ranked third-best in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.
"There's a lot of talent," Rodon said. "It was good to go down there and watch those guys. It was a little different. Those guys are kind of more my age. I mean, we have a young team, but the mean age there is 24, 23 years old. Everyone is the same age. It's a young team. It's fun to be there. It's not where you want to be, but it was good to hook up with those guys and be a teammate there for a little while."
So who has stood out from the system?
Tanner Banks, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Banks sought to match Lambert's performance the next day, making it two consecutive Dash starters to not allow a hit in their outing. Banks, making his first start since tossing a complete game shutout on June 13, threw five no-hit innings, allowing six walks while striking out six before being pulled. The Dash's team bid wound up lasting 6 1/3 innings in an eventual 4-0 victory. Banks is also not in the White Sox top 30 prospects list.
Video: Moncada growing in Charlotte
Yoan Moncada,Triple-A Charlotte
The No. 1 prospect in baseball has been getting things brewing for the first time since coming off the disabled list with a wrist injury, going 15-for-42 (.357) with a pair of homers and eight RBIs over his last 10 games.He was a standout on Friday, falling just a double short of the cycle. Rodon came away impressed with Moncada's performance during his rehab stint, leaving little concern about his potential.
"There's no doubt," Rodon said. "He's strong, a good player, good defense, and he can swing the hell out of it."
• Adam Engel, the White Sox No. 17 prospect, has been making an impact in his stints in the Majors, including launching his first big league homer in Sunday's 5-3 loss to Oakland.
• Michael Kopech, the No. 2 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball, was solid in his last start, allowing two runs over six innings in an eventual 3-2 loss for Double-A Birmingham on Friday. Aaron Bummer, the Sox No. 26 prospect, produced another scoreless outing and hasn't been scored upon in his last 7 2/3 innings.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.