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Moncada adjusting with promotion to Majors

Second baseman, Anderson could form thrilling double-play combo for many years
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CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada, the top prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, is up. Who's coming next?

Moncada made his White Sox debut against the Dodgers, drawing a nine-pitch walk in what would be an 0-for-2 night. He's opened his Chicago career by going 1-for-13 with four RBIs entering Monday's series opener against the Cubs, but he still provides the immense promise of a brighter future for the franchise.

CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada, the top prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, is up. Who's coming next?

Moncada made his White Sox debut against the Dodgers, drawing a nine-pitch walk in what would be an 0-for-2 night. He's opened his Chicago career by going 1-for-13 with four RBIs entering Monday's series opener against the Cubs, but he still provides the immense promise of a brighter future for the franchise.

Between Moncada and shortstop Tim Anderson, the organization has its projected future double-play combo up at the Major League level. Now it's just a matter of who else of the club's nine MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects will join Moncada in the big leagues.

The White Sox farm system is stacked, and it has a strong case for its best baseball taking place right now. It showed an impressive week for the system as a whole, with several players continuing hot runs and others making sterling impressions for the future. So who has stood out down in the Minors?


Reynaldo Lopez, Triple-A Charlotte
Lopez has made his big league case a pretty loud one, as MLB.com's Scott Merkin wrote last week. The right-hander, who is the White Sox No. 7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has five consecutive quality starts for the Knights, including a pair of double-digit strikeout performances. He was strong on Friday, giving up an earned run on two hits while striking out six RailRiders over six innings. Lopez is 6-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 19 starts with Charlotte this season.

Zack Collins, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
The White Sox 2016 first-rounder and current No. 10 prospect hasn't hit for that high an average this season -- .218 entering Monday -- but he continues to get on base at a high clip and throw out runners from behind the dish. Oh, Collins has shown the power, too. He enters Monday having homered in back-to-back-to-back games and having gone deep in five of his past 10 games, giving him 15 homers this season after six in his first professional season last year.

Eloy Jimenez, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Jimenez, baseball's No. 8 prospect and the new White Sox No. 2 after being acquired on July 13 in the Jose Quintana deal, drawing some scares after a left foot bruise labeled him as day to day. Then Sunday happened.

The outfielder went  5-for-6 on Sunday with a homer and three RBIs, including a game-tying single in the ninth inning as the Dash rallied for a comeback win. Jimenez is 14-for-31 with a pair of homers and 10 RBIs in nine games since the trade.


Worth noting
Class A Kannapolis right-hander Dylan Cease, the other major prospect included in the Quintana deal, made his second start with the organization on Sunday and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven. He's the White Sox No. 9 prospect.


The White Sox acquired outfielder Blake Rutherford, MLB Pipeline's No. 30 prospect, in the deal that shipped Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees. The new White Sox No. 6 prospect made his team debut with Class A Kannapolis, and he has gone 4-for-17 with a double a pair of RBIs in four games.


Left-hander Ian Clarkin, another piece in the Yankees deal, made his team debut with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem and allowed two runs over five innings. He's not currently among the White Sox top 30 prospects.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com.

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