Compiling the White Sox prospect lists

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Compiling the White Sox prospect lists

It's pretty well-accepted that the White Sox have the worst farm system in baseball. Kevin Goldstein (Baseball Prospectus) described it in two words: "Not good." John Sickels (Minor League Ball) described it in four: "The horror, the horror." Larry (South Side Sox) said putting his list together was "painfully difficult."

But thanks to the efforts of Goldstein, Sickels, Larry, Phil Rogers (Baseball America) and Marc Hulet (FanGraphs), we have five pretty reputable top prospect lists for the White Sox. With that in mind, I compiled a table looking at each prospect's ranking among the five lists -- of note, not all prospects were part of the White Sox system when these lists were made. For example, Simon Castro wasn't with the Sox when Fangraphs released its list, and Myles Jaye only appears on one list in part because the Sox acquired him on New Year's Day.

On to the table:

PlayerFGBProBASSSSickelsAddison Reed
1111
2
Nestor Molina
2
2
2
2
1
Simon Castro
NA
5
3
NA
NA
Trayce Thompson
4
3
4
7
4
Jake Petricka
6
4
5
5
6
Keenyn Walker
3
6
6
8
11
Jhan Marinez
148
7
Other
Other
Eduardo Escobar
8
7
NR
6
13
Tyler Saladino
7
10
8
3
3
Hector Santiago
10
NR
NR
4
5
Jared Mitchell
9
13
NR
10
12
Brandon Short
12
14
NR
9
Other
Juan Silverio
NR
12
9
NR
8
Gregory Infante
13
16
NR
Other
15
Andre Rienzo
NR
11
NR
Other
9
Charles Leesman
11
NR
NR
Other
14
Dylan Axelrod
5
19
NR
NR
8
Scott Snodgress
15
NR
NR
Other
18
Erik Johnson
NR
17
NR
Other
10
Mike Blanke
NR
18
NR
Other
Other
Kevan Smith
NR
NR
NR
NR
7
Nate Jones
NR
NR
NR
NR
16
Jeff Soptic
Other
NR
NR
Other
17
Jose Quintana
NR
NR
NR
Other
19
Blair Walters
NR
NR
NR
NR
20
Ozzie Martinez
NR
20
10
NR
Other
Myles Jaye
NA
9
NR
NA
NA
Pedro Hernandez
NA
15
NR
NA
NA

Number of prospects listed: 10 (South Side Sox, Baseball America), 15 (FanGraphs), 20 (Baseball Prospectus, Sickels)Other: Player was listed, but not rankedNA: Player was not in organization when list was made

--The biggest disagreement among these guys is on Hector Santiago, who both Larry and Sickels are high on but isn't ranked by Goldstein or Rogers. If Santiago becomes a full-time starter, his high ranking by Larry and Sickels should be justified; if he's a middle reliever, he's probably a fringe top-20 guy.

--Larry ranks Trayce Thompson the lowest of anyone, although he notes that "With more repetitions both at the plate and in the field, maybe this will be the breakout year."

--Jared Mitchell is firmly a fringe prospect. Being ranked in the Nos. 9-13 range in a White Sox system this thin isn't very encouraging.

--Sickels is the only one who even mentioned Kevan Smith, who put up gaudy numbers in rookie ball as a 23-year-old last year. We'll see if he can hit at the Single-A level and maybe justify Sickels' ranking, although even then, he'll be pretty low in the system for someone who will turn 24 in late June.

--There are plenty of power arms here, but few of those arms have a developed third pitch. The worry is that most of these pitchers will wind up in relief, leaving the Sox seriously short-handed in arguably baseball's most important commodity: young, inexpensive starting pitching.

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White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

“(Greinke) keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to try to get him up. Our approach was to try to make him throw a lot of strikes. He ended up hammering the strike zone early and then finally he just came into a groove.”

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez was one of two pitches the White Sox right-hander would have liked back. After Gonzalez walked Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth inning, his only free pass of the night, he left the curveball over the middle and Descalso deposited it in the right-center field stands to break a scoreless tie.

He also left a pitch up to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning and the All-Star first baseman ripped it for a solo shot.

But overall Gonzalez rebounded from his previous two starts when he walked nine batters. He was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. He just missed to Owings in the fourth, which brought up Descalso.

Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings.

“You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight. A lot of positives. Nothing to worry about. Keep working hard and things are going to go my way.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Those two pitches, if I take those back, you never know. It’s a different ballgame.”

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.