Abreu, four White Sox prospects in Baseball America's Top 100

Abreu, four White Sox prospects in Baseball America's Top 100
February 19, 2014, 9:15 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Abreu is the highest-rated among four members of the White Sox on the Baseball America Top-100 prospect list.

The Cuban native has been ranked the 29th best prospect in all of baseball by the publication, which released its top-100 list on Wednesday night. Pitcher Erik Johnson, third baseman Matt Davidson and infielder Marcus Semien also are rated among the game’s top 100 prospects. Johnson is believed to be the No. 63 prospect in baseball while Davidson moved up to No. 72 in his second season on the list. Semien is rated No. 91.

Abreu has received plenty of publicity since the White Sox offered him a franchise-record six-year, $68-million contract in October. The deal was also a record for an international player until the $155 million given to Masahiro Tanaka by the Yankees last month surpassed it.

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Abreu said on Tuesday he’s aware of the attention he has received and plans to use it to his benefit.

“I’m thankful for the attention,” Abreu said through a translator. “But for me that’s a source of motivation to be able to perform and prepare better. So it’s a good source of motivation.”

Minnesota’s Bryan Buxton has been rated the top prospect in baseball, per BA. Tanaka, whom the White Sox made a bid in excess of $100 million for, is rated No. 4 on the list.

Last year, only White Sox minor-league outfielder Courtney Hawkins was rated among the top 100 when he was ranked No. 55. However, current White Sox players Adam Eaton (No. 73), Avisail Garcia (74) and Davidson (88) were all among BA’s Top-100 prospects.