If the White Sox didn't have the top farm system in baseball before Thursday morning, you can sure make the case after a crosstown blockbuster with the Cubs.
The White Sox acquired MLB Pipeline's No. 8 prospect in outfielder Eloy Jimenez and No. 63 prospect in pitcher Dylan Cease. Infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose, who were both included in the deal, weren't ranked in the Cubs' Top 30 prospects.
With the deal, the White Sox now have nine players ranked in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects.
Get to know the players the White Sox received from the Cubs for Jose Quintana:
The 20-year-old outfielder is the prized piece of the trade. Jimenez, who just represented the World roster in the All-Star Futures Game, had a slash line of .271/.351/.490 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 42 games this season.
Check out MLB.com's scouting report on Jimenez:
Here's what Twitter is saying about the new White Sox outfielder:
White Sox's waited and they get a massive haul. Eloy is likely to be the best prospect traded this deadline season. Cease among top pitchers https://t.co/YwG7eBWQyB— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) July 13, 2017
Cease, a former 6th round pick of the Cubs in 2014, has flown up prospect rankings in 2017. In 13 starts with Class-A South Bend, Cease had a 2.79 ERA and 1.258 WHIP with 74 strikeouts.
Here's MLB.com's scouting report on Cease:
What Twitter is saying about Cease:
I haven't seen Dylan Cease much but I am told his stuff is ridiculous. If stays healthy has chance to be really good.— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) July 13, 2017
Was just told by someone in MiLB that a frequent comp for Dylan Cease is AJ Burnett. #WhiteSox— Slavko Bekovic (@SBekovic) July 13, 2017
Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease will make it very hard to argue the White Sox don't have the top farm system in the game— James Fegan (@JRFegan) July 13, 2017
The 22-year-old Rose was an 11th round pick of the Cubs out of Georgia State in 2015.
Rose had a .227/.281/.481 slash line with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 65 games at Class-A Myrtle Beach this season.
Flete, 24, has played all over the diamond in 70 games with Myrtle Beach this season. He was slashing .305/.355/.425 with six home runs and 37 RBI before the trade.