CHICAGO -- Tony La Russa had a great deal of time to watch the White Sox organization’s Minor League talent before the official start of big league Spring Training in Arizona. And the Hall of Fame manager came away highly encouraged by what he viewed.
Although the White Sox system remains ranked near the bottom in baseball, there is some burgeoning young talent on the way, aided by the recent additions in the 2022 Draft. The re-ranking of the White Sox Top 30 and the Top 100 prospects overall certainly illustrate that point.
Colson Montgomery, the team’s top pick in the 2021 Draft, has produced tremendous results between stops at Single-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem in ’22, as a prime example. The shortstop represents the White Sox lone Top 100 prospect, checking in at No. 60.
For more information on the White Sox prospect re-ranking, check out the story below.
Here’s a look at the White Sox top prospects:
Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the preseason list:
Jump: Sosa, SS (Preseason: 22 | Midseason: 4) -- Sosa not only made the biggest leap within the system, but he’s now getting regular playing time with a White Sox team fighting for the postseason after All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson had surgery on the middle finger of his left hand. Sosa had 16 home runs and an .878 OPS between stops at Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.
Fall: Andrew Dalquist, RHP (Preseason: 12 | Midseason: 29) -- Dalquist has a 5.76 ERA over 47 career starts after being selected in the third round of the 2019 Draft. He has a 6.70 ERA for High-A Winston-Salem this season, but sometimes the development path for a pick out of high school, as Dalquist was, is a bit lengthier.
New to the list
Here are the players added to the Top 30 from outside the organization:
No. 3, Schultz, LHP (2022 first round pick)
No. 8, Peyton Pallette, RHP (2022 second round pick)
No. 11, Jonathan Cannon, RHP (2022 third round pick)
No. 18, Jordan Sprinkle, SS (2022 fourth round pick)
No. 19, Tyler Schweitzer, LHP (2022 fifth round pick)
No. 22, Ryan Burrowes, SS (Signed as a free agent on April 3)
No. 25, Erick Hernandez, OF (International free agent)
Davis Martin, RHP (No. 12)
One of the biggest breakout performers in the White Sox system, Martin already has made seven trips to Chicago this year and acclimated quite well, with a 4.25 ERA, logging 26 strikeouts and 10 walks in 36 innings. The 2018 14th-rounder from Texas Tech pitches primarily with a 92-95-mph fastball that reaches 97 with a flat approach angle and a solid mid-80s slider with depth.
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. Players in parentheses have the same grade.
Hit: 55 -- Colson Montgomery (Jose Rodriguez)
Power: 60 -- Oscar Colas
Run: 60 -- Jordan Sprinkle
Arm: 65 -- Oscar Colas
Field: 60 -- Jordan Sprinkle
Fastball: 70 -- Norge Vera
Curveball: 65 -- Peyton Pallette
Slider: 60 -- Noah Schultz
Changeup: 60 -- Jarred Kelley
Control: 60 -- Jonathan Cannon