Comparing the White Sox top prospect rankings

Comparing the White Sox top prospect rankings
January 18, 2014, 1:15 pm
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The White Sox have slowly begun to build talent back up in their minor league system, though it's hardly an overnight process to construct an elite farm system. Moves to add young talent like Avisail Garcia, Jose Abreu, Matt Davidson and Adam Eaton will bring quick returns, but the Sox also depth that the lower levels of the farm system -- something Baseball America's John Manuel pointed out hadn't been the case in about a dozen years.

Here, we're comparing Manuel's top 10 with the top 20 of MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. You'll notice right off the bat Abreu isn't ranked by Mayo, though it appears that's the case because Mayo's rankings are based off of 2013 performance.

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Abreu aside, there are some key differences in where players are ranked in here. Click the links below for the reasoning behind them:

Player BA rank MLB rank
Jose Abreu 1 NR
Erik Johnson 2 3
Tim Anderson 3 4
Matt Davidson 4 1
Marcus Semien 5 8
Micah Johnson 6 16
Courtney Hawkins 7 2
Trayce Thompson 8 5
Chris Beck 9 6
Jacob May 10 15
Tyler Danish NR 7
Carlos Sanchez NR 9
Jared Mitchell NR 10

As a post-script, it's worth noting that 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata (signed by the White Sox last July) ranks No. 2 on MLB.com's top 30 international prospects rankings.