MLB Dirt - 2013 Chicago White Sox Top 16 Prospects


1Courtney Hawkins (19-OF)Drafted 13th overall in 2012 largely due to his plus-plus raw power that one team scout I spoke to graded an 80. He has a plus arm, perfect for RF, and he should have above-average range in RF. He is a bit raw and is suspect to breaking balls and offspeed stuff, especially down-and-away, but there is a lot of potential in this bat and arm. -Jonathan C. Mitchell
2Carlos Sanchez (20-SS/2B)Say quick bat three times, because Sanchez has one heckuva quick bat. He should be able to hit .290 or so, with the ability to spray line drives to all fields. In the field, it is questionable whether or not he can stick at shortstop or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised either way. -Spencer Schneier
3Trayce Thompson (22-OF)Thompson has plus power and a career 10% walk rate in the minors. He is a true center fielder with good range, speed, and plenty of arm for the position. So far he sounds like he should be a #1 prospect but his “but” is huge. He strikes out A LOT, I mean, Drew Stubbs territory. Even with the strikeout problem he could be a Big League regular who finds his way to a few All-Star games in his career. -JCM
4Erik Johnson (23-RHP)The 2011 2nd round pick has the body of a workhorse starter and the chance to be a very good #3 starter in the Majors. He has an above-average fastball/slider combination and his change-up is developing. He has above-average command of the first two pitches and excellent control and goes right after hitters. -JCM
5Keon Barnum (20-1B)A bit old for a player just out of high school but the power potential is unquestioned and his size, power, and position have drawn comparisons to Ryan Howard. He has a long ways to go to reach that potential with the bat but he has the chance to be an even better fielder than Howard (not saying a lot) and could be above-average at first base or potentially moved to LF. -JCM

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Charles said...

Oh Courtney, what could have been...

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