CHICAGO -- The White Sox and Braves are locked in a heated competition, but that doesn't mean they will ultimately end up facing off in the postseason -- at least, not yet.The two teams sit tied atop MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 Prospects list with 527 Prospect Points each. Atlanta holds
CHICAGO -- The White Sox and Braves are locked in a heated competition, but that doesn't mean they will ultimately end up facing off in the postseason -- at least, not yet.
The two teams sit tied atop MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 Prospects list with 527 Prospect Points each. Atlanta holds an edge with nine players in the Top 100, while the rebuilding White Sox rank second with eight.
• Midseason Top 100 Prospects list | White Sox Top 30
White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada retains his No. 1 spot among the Top 100. He made his sixth start for the White Sox on Tuesday at Wrigley Field, entering the game with two hits in 18 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte. But Moncada's approach has been solid and consistent, despite four strikeouts in the series opener with the Cubs.
"Obviously, he looks a little more settled into the organization and what he's doing," White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson said. "It's never easy for a highly touted player like himself to really just go out there and play without having to answer questions. It's part of the game. That's what we've got to do.
"When you are touted as a No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, there comes a little expectation with that. I think he's starting to have his own expectations of what he wants to do, and those other things are what those other things are. It's what other people say."
Outfielder Eloy Jimenez, acquired as part of the Jose Quintana trade with the Cubs, ranks seventh in the new Top 100. Right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, the second cornerstone of the Quintana deal, checks in at No. 69.
Michael Kopech ranks as the game's top pitching prospect, with a No. 12 overall ranking. He's followed by outfielder Luis Robert (No. 26), outfielder Blake Rutherford (No. 45), righty Reynaldo Lopez (No. 60) and righty Lucas Giolito (No. 61). The White Sox had six in the preseason Top 100, but general manager Rick Hahn has strongly continued with the building process toward sustained success.
The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done 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 are eligible for the list. 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.
Moncada, Jimenez, Kopech, Robert, Rutherford, Lopez, Giolito and Cease lead the midseason White Sox Top 30. They are followed by right-hander Alec Hansen and catcher Zack Collins, who dropped four spots. Collins was the team's top pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Third baseman Jake Burger, the team's top selection in the 2017 Draft, makes his debut on the White Sox list at No. 13, behind righties Dane Dunning and Carson Fulmer. Second-round selection Gavin Sheets checks in at No. 17, and seventh-round pick Evan Skoug enters at No. 23. Left-handed pitcher Jordan Guerrero also re-entered the rankings at No. 21.
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