Where top CWS prospects are starting 2021

May 4th, 2021

With the Minor League season opening Tuesday, here's where the White Sox Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

  1. Andrew Vaughn (MLB No. 12), 1B -- Chicago (MLB)
  2. Michael Kopech (MLB No. 33), RHP -- Chicago (MLB)
  3. Garrett Crochet (MLB No. 47), LHP -- Chicago (MLB)/injured list (back)
  4. Jared Kelley, RHP -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  5. Yoelqui Céspedes, OF -- Extended spring training
  6. Matthew Thompson, RHP -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  7. Jonathan Stiever, RHP -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  8. Andrew Dalquist, RHP -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  9. Micker Adolfo, OF -- Birmingham (Double-A)
  10. Norge Vera, RHP -- Dominican complex
  11. Blake Rutherford, OF -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  12. Gavin Sheets, 1B -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  13. Luis Gonzalez, OF -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  14. Zack Burdi, RHP -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  15. Jake Burger, 3B -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  16. Bryan Ramos, 3B -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  17. Benyamin Bailey, OF -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  18. Jose Rodriguez, SS -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  19. Jimmy Lambert, RHP -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  20. Yermin Mercedes, C -- Chicago (MLB)
  21. Yolbert Sanchez, SS -- Winston-Salem (High-A)
  22. D.J. Gladney, 3B -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  23. Tyler Johnson, RHP -- Charlotte (Triple-A)
  24. Caleb Freeman, RHP -- Winston-Salem (High-A)
  25. Bryce Bush, OF -- Winston-Salem (High-A)
  26. James Beard, OF -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  27. Lenyn Sosa, SS -- Winston-Salem (High-A)
  28. Bailey Horn, LHP -- Kannapolis (Low-A)
  29. Kade McClure, RHP -- Birmingham (Double-A)
  30. Chase Krogman, OF -- Kannapolis (Low-A)

Team to watch

The White Sox entered 2021 with four Top 100 Prospects and likely will have graduated all of them to the big leagues by the end of this month, so the future of their system will be on display at Low-A Kannapolis. Right-handers Jared Kelley, Matthew Thompson and Andrew Dalquist, who signed out of high school for a combined $7.1 million in the last two Drafts, will headline the Cannon Ballers rotation and be joined by sleeper left-hander Bailey Horn. Kannapolis also will be home to many of the best young hitters in the system, including third basemen Bryan Ramos and D.J. Gladney, shortstop Jose Rodriguez and outfielders Benyamin Bailey, James Beard and Chase Krogman.

Teams on MiLB.TV

Triple-A Charlotte
Double-A Birmingham
High-A Winston-Salem

New faces

MLB Pipeline's top-rated international prospect in the 2020-21 class, outfielder Yoelqui Céspedes signed for $2.05 million in January. The younger brother of Yoenis Céspedes is currently in extended spring training but will head to Double-A Birmingham once some visa issues are resolved. Another Cuban who signed in January, right-hander Norge Vera is at the White Sox's Dominican complex and may not debut in the United States until 2022.

On the shelf

Chicago's lone Top 30 Prospect on the injured list is big league left-hander Garrett Crochet, who was deactivated with an upper back strain on April 29. Before he went down, he logged a 1.00 ERA in nine relief appearances.