South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 55: Logan Glass

Rock, et: Glass impressed with his pro cameo in 2019. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)



Logan Glass
Right Fielder
6´4´´
215 pounds
Age: 18
SSHP rank among all right fielders in the system: 4
2020 SSS Top Prospect Vote ranking: 50

With his build, Logan Glass was quite the physical specimen for his Mustang H.S. (Okla.) varsity squad. According to Prep Baseball Report, he’s got a great arm and throws 92 mph from the mound, and his speed is better than average as he runs the 60-yard-dash in 6.65. Also, according to PBR, his exit velocity sits at 96 mph, which is quite impressive.

Glass was verbally committed to Kansas, so the White Sox had to pry him from out of it after selecting him in the 22nd round of the 2019 draft. In 17 games for the AZL squad, Glass slashed an impressive .284/.342/.403 with five doubles, one homer, nine RBIs, one stolen base, two walks (2.7%) and 23 strikeouts (31.5%). The low walk and high strikeout rates are slightly concerning but understandable considering he played against competition 16 months older than he, in addition to factoring in his acclimation to the speed of the game.

Glass likely will remain in the AZL to begin 2020, but should an early promotion to Great Falls if he gets off to a solid start.  

 

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 77: Anthony Coronado

Fast mover: Still young, Coronado saw his offensive production spike last season in Arizona. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)



Anthony Coronado
Left Fielder
6´1´´
180 pounds
Age: 19
SSHP rank among all left fielders in the system: 5

Part of the same 2016 international signing class as Anderson Comas, Venezuelan outfielder Anthony Coronado received a significantly smaller signing bonus of $150,000. Baseball America’s Ben Badler said this of him at the time, “He’s 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with above-average speed and a fringy arm. He’s a right-handed hitter with gap power now but the physical projection to hit 12-15 home runs down the road, though there is swing-and-miss in his game.”

Coronado acquitted himself nicely in his first professional season in 2017, as he combined with the AZL and DSL squads in 58 games to produce a .265/.354/.425 slash line with 20 doubles, four homers, 28 RBIs, one stolen base, 17 walks (7.4%) and 60 strikeouts (26.1%). However, he struggled in his first full season with the AZL squad in 2018 (in part due to lack of consistent playing time) as he slashed just .145/.229/.194 in 21 games with one double, one triple, four RBIs, six walks (8.6%) and 23 strikeouts (32.9%).   

Coronado’s playing time increased in 2019, and his results reflect this. In 28 games totaling 101 at-bats with the AZL White Sox, he slashed a respectable .307/.358/.475 with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, 14 RBIs, five walks (4.6%) and 27 strikeouts (24.8%). Even though this was Coronado’s second full season playing for the team, he was still a tad younger than league average. Although he played some right field this past season, Coronado really does profile best at left due to his fringy arm. In all likelihood, he’ll begin 2020 with Great Falls.

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 79: Josue Guerrero

Pick to click: It might finally all be coming together for the young outfielder. (Phrake Photography/South Side Hit Pen)



Josue Guerrero
Left Fielder
6´2´´
190 pounds
Age: 20
SSHP rank among all left fielders in the system: 6
2019 SSS Top Prospect Rank: 54 

Josue Guerrero was the biggest and highest-profile signing of 2016’s International Signing Day for the White Sox. With more than nine players signed, his signing bonus ($1.2 million) and his pedigree (nephew of Vladimir, Sr. and cousin of Vladimir Jr.) and much had been expected of him as a result. However, his progress has been slowed due to inconsistencies at the plate.

For his first professional year in 2017, Guerrero slashed .222/.290/.348 for the DSL squad in 55 games with 13 doubles, two triples, three homers, 25 RBIs, five stolen bases, 16 walks (6.9%) and 54 strikeouts (23.3%). He played for the AZL squad in 2018, but struggled immensely in part to a lack of playing time due to a crowded outfield. With the AZL Sox, he slashed just .192/.231/.288 in 23 games with five doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, three walks (3.8%) and 27 strikeouts (34.6%). 

With more consistent playing time in 2019, Guerrero began to find his rhythm. For the year with the AZL Sox, he slashed .240/.307/.404 in 43 games with nine doubles, five homers, 20 RBIs, 13 walks (7.8%) and 55 strikeouts (33.1%). In the final half of the season, however, he slashed a respectable .274/.333/.488 with improved walk and strikeout rates. Hopefully, something clicked for him and he can build upon that momentum for next year.

At the time of his signing three years ago, Baseball America said of him, “He is a strongly built corner outfielder whose best tool is his raw power. He’s 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with good strength now and the frame that suggests potential to become even more physical. It’s not huge raw power right now, but he has good bat speed from the right side and the ball jumps off his bat with good exit velocity when he makes contact.”

Like Luis Mieses and Logan Glass, there’s still enough to dream on here. Expect Guerrero to begin 2020 with Great Falls, but receive a promotion to Kannapolis by year’s end if all goes well.   

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 83: Harold Diaz

Crisp contact: After a strong start to his pro career in the DSL was followed by a tough 2019, Diaz is looking to attack Arizona in 2020. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)


Harold Diaz
Second Baseman
5´10´´
170 pounds
Age: 20
SSHP rank among all second baseman in the system: 6 

Harold Diaz, a native of Havana, received a $300,000 signing bonus from the White Sox during 2018’s International Signing Day. Unlike most prospects who sign on that date, however, Diaz opted to play immediately and actually did quite well. In 2018 for the DSL squad in 18 games, Diaz slashed .290/.388/.406 with four doubles, two triples, seven RBIs, six stolen bases, seven walks (8.8%) and nine strikeouts (11.3%).

In 2019, however, Diaz struggled with his transition Stateside. In 19 games for the AZL White Sox spanning 65 at-bats, he slashed just .215/.278/.338 with three doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBIs, one stolen base, four walks (5.6%) and 17 strikeouts (23.6%). As opposed to last year, when he split much of his time also at shortstop and the hot corner, Diaz spent this year exclusively at second base and did relatively well. However, with his struggles offensively, expect to see him return to the AZL for 2020.

 

 

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 97: Trey Jeans

Two ways: Jeans was a starter in college, a reliever in his first professional year — and could be called on to fill either role as he advances through the White Sox system. (@SunBelt)


Trey Jeans
Left-handed relief pitcher
5´10´´

195 pounds
Age: 24
SSHP rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 8
Top Prospect ranking a year ago: N/R

Jeans was a well-traveled collegian, as he attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Seminole State College and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He posted his best season with Louisiana-Monroe in 2019 as a senior, compiling a 3.76 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 15 starts. In his 79 innings for the Warhawks, Jeans surrendered 61 hits (.213 OBA) and 37 walks (11.0%) while striking out 69 (20.5%). As a result of his efforts, Jeans was selected in the 33rd round of this year’s draft.

Jeans sailed through the AZL season in 18 relief outings, and pitched his final three games of 2019 for Great Falls. In a total of 27 ⅔ combined innings, he allowed 28 hits (.252 OBA) and just five walks (4.2%) while fanning an eye-popping 43 (36.4%). Righties (.253) and lefties (.250) hit Jeans at about the same rate this year.

Jeans offers a three-pitch repertoire including a fastball, curveball (his plus pitch) and changeup. Although he only pitched three games at Great Falls, Jeans is also likely to begin the 2020 season with Kannapolis due to his age. It’s unclear, however, if he’ll be a starter or reliever at the next level. Based on his results this year, it seems that Jeans may be better suited out of the pen.

Deep Dive: Rookie league right fielders

In case of emergency: Logan Glass was one of the most intriguing selections of this year’s MLB draft by the White Sox. (@BFeldo14)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

While there aren’t a lot of household names among RF rookie leaguers, there is an incredible amount of untapped talent in this class. Five of these six players will be younger than 20 when this season starts, and there’s serious power potential in the likes of Luis Mieses, Logan Glass and Josue Guerrero. This will be a fun group to watch in 2020.  

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Great Falls Voyagers

Luis Mieses
6´3´´
180 pounds
B/T: L/L
Other positions played: Left field, Center field
Age: 19

Just over a month after turning 16, Dominican native Mieses received a signing bonus from the White Sox on July 2, 2016 for $428,000, as part of a large International Signing Day class that included Josue Guerrero, Lenyn Sosa, Anderson Comas and Kleyder Sanchez among others. Mieses began professional ball with the DSL squad in 2017, and slashed .263/.302/.320 in 59 games with eight doubles, three triples, 25 RBIs, three stolen bases, 10 walks (3.8%) and 42 strikeouts (16.0%). It was enough to receive a promotion stateside for 2018, when he slashed .226/.236/.328 in 48 games with the AZL squad with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers, 26 RBIs, three stolen bases, four walks (2.0%) and 35 strikeouts (17.2%).

Mieses’ numbers improved a bit this year with Great Falls, although it could be attributed in part to the thinner air. In 59 games for the Voyagers, he slashed .241/.264/.359 with 14 doubles, four homers, 28 RBIs, seven walks (3.0%) and 46 strikeouts (19.9%). The production has been a bit disappointing, unless you consider that Mieses has been more than a year younger than his competition at every level he’s played thus far.

He currently ranks 29th among all White Sox prospects per MLB Pipeline with a 60 grade on his throwing arm, 50 grades for fielding and power, 45 for hit and 40 for running. Pitch selection has been Mieses’ biggest issue, which is evidenced by his extremely low walk numbers. While Mieses really should return to Great Falls for 2020, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him promoted to Kannapolis, for two reasons: He will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft in 2020, so the White Sox would like to see what he can do in full-season play; also, the White Sox may want to make room in Great Falls for some of the remaining right fielders on this list. 

Bryan Connell 
6´3´´

195 pounds
B/T: R/R
Age: 21

On International Signing Day of 2015, Connell (a native of Panama) joined the Milwaukee Brewers. In his first two years (2016-17) with the Brewers DSL squad, he however, he hit just a paltry .189 and .177. In his third year for the team, he finally hit his stride and .256/.408/.512 in 27 games. With that effort, he was promoted to Helena, where he slashed .219/.288/.342 in 21 games before being traded with pitcher Johan Dominguez to the White Sox for southpaw reliever Xavier Cedeño on August 31. He remained in the Pioneer League to play three games with Great Falls before year’s end.  

The 2019 season wasn’t much to write home about for Connell. In 29 games totaling 92 at-bats, he slashed just .163/.238/.380 with two doubles, six homers, 13 RBIs, seven walks (6.9%) and 45 strikeouts (44.6%). On the plus side, he has shown impressive power when he’s been able to connect. On the down side, he’s struck out 36% of the time during his career with a lifetime .190/.298/.325 slash line. He was about six months younger than his competition this year, but that will change if asked to return to Great Falls for 2020.


Arizona League White Sox

Logan Glass
6´4´´
215 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Center field, Left field
Age: 18

With his build, Glass was quite the physical specimen for his Mustang H.S. (Okla.) varsity squad. According to Prep Baseball Report, he’s got a great arm and throws 92 mph from the mound, and his speed is better than average as he runs the 60-yard-dash in 6.65. Also, according to PBR, his exit velocity sits at 96 mph, which is quite impressive. Glass was verbally committed to Kansas, so the White Sox had to pry him from out of it after selecting him in the 22nd round of the 2019 draft. In 17 games for the AZL squad this year, Glass slashed an impressive .284/.342/.403 with five doubles, one homer, nine RBIs, one stolen base, two walks (2.7%) and 23 strikeouts (31.5%). The low walk and high strikeout rates are slightly concerning but understandable considering he played against competition 16 months older than he, in addition to factoring in his acclimation to the speed of the game. He likely will remain in the AZL to begin 2020, but should an early promotion to Great Falls if he gets off to a solid start.  

Josue Guerrero
6´2´´

190 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Left field
Age: 20

Guerrero was the biggest and highest-profile signing of 2016’s International Signing Day for the White Sox. With more than nine players signed, his signing bonus ($1.2 million) and his pedigree (nephew of Vladimir, Sr. and cousin of Vladimir Jr.) and much had been expected of him as a result. However, his progress has been slowed due to inconsistencies at the plate. For his first professional year in 2017, Guerrero slashed .222/.290/.348 for the DSL squad in 55 games with 13 doubles, two triples, three homers, 25 RBIs, five stolen bases, 16 walks (6.9%) and 54 strikeouts (23.3%). He played for the AZL squad in 2018, but struggled immensely in part to a lack of playing time due to a crowded outfield. With the AZL Sox, he slashed just .192/.231/.288 in 23 games with five doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, three walks (3.8%) and 27 strikeouts (34.6%). 

With more consistent playing time this year, Guerrero began to find his rhythm. For the year with the AZL Sox, he slashed .240/.307/.404 in 43 games with nine doubles, five homers, 20 RBIs, 13 walks (7.8%) and 55 strikeouts (33.1%). In the final half of the year, however, he slashed a respectable .274/.333/.488 with improved walk and strikeout rates. Hopefully, something clicked for him and he can build upon that momentum for next year.

At the time of his signing three years ago, Baseball America said of him, “He is a strongly built corner outfielder whose best tool is his raw power. He’s 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with good strength now and the frame that suggests potential to become even more physical. It’s not huge raw power right now, but he has good bat speed from the right side and the ball jumps off his bat with good exit velocity when he makes contact.” Like Mieses and Glass, there’s still enough to dream on here. Expect Guerrero to begin 2020 with Great Falls, but receive a promotion to Kannapolis by year’s end if all goes well.   

Chase Krogman 
5´11´´

180 pounds
B/T: L/L
Other positions played: Left field
Age: 19

Krogman, a native of the St. Louis area, played ball for Wentzville Liberty H.S. (Mo.). He certainly may have drawn the interest of area scouts, as he played for the Chi-Town Cream last summer. According to Baseball Factory, “At the dish, he has a repeatable swing path and stays compact with the barrel. He sprays the ball to all fields and created fast bat speed with his smooth rhythm/timing.”

Krogman has a good arm, but because he doesn’t have blazing speed (he ran the 60-yard-dash in 7.02 per Perfect Game), he may be relegated to the corners. He has performed on the mound in front of scouts and posted an 83 mph fastball, along with a 72-74 mph curveball and changeup according to Prep Baseball Report. However, it’s with the bat that his future will lie. When this Missouri State commit was selected in the 34th round by the White Sox in the 34th round, it wasn’t clear whether or not he’d sign. However, with a $190,000 signing bonus, the White Sox were able to reel him in.

Krogman struggled in what little playing time he had with the AZL Sox in 2019, with four singles, a walk, and six strikeouts in 21 official at-bats. Expect him to receive much more playing time with the AZL Sox for the 2020 campaign. 


DSL White Sox

Roberth Gutierrez
6´0´´
170 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Center field, Left field
Age: 18

As a 17-year-old native of Maracay, Venezuela, Gutierrez’s first taste of professional ball came this year, and he acquitted himself relatively well by slashing .274/.365/.378 in 47 games with four doubles, five triples, 15 RBIs, seven stolen bases, 21 walks (15.6%) and 33 strikeouts (24.4%). He had nine assists as opposed to two errors, so it appears he has a solid arm. His numbers get lost when compared to the DSL squad’s other two outfielders (Benyamin Bailey and Johnabiell Laureano), but while he may not have the higher ceiling of those two guys, Gutierrez seems to fit the bill of a reserve outfielder due to his lack of power and game-changing speed. While he may return to the DSL team to begin the 2020 season, Gutierrez should earn a shot for promotion to the AZL squad before the end of the year.


 

Deep Dive: Rookie league center fielders

The Flash: James Beard, who ran the 60-yard-dash in just 6.21 seconds, may just be the fastest man in baseball. (@MLBPDP) 


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

These four prospects have yet to reach drinking age. While James Beard may be the most highly touted of these guys due in large part to his blazing speed, the other three center fielders are emerging prospects as well. All are tremendous athletes with above-average speed.

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Great Falls Voyagers

Caberea Weaver
6´3´´
180 pounds
B/T: R/R
Age: 20

Weaver was an amazing athlete out of South Gwinnett, Ga. In fact, Perfect Game ranked him as the 14th-best high school outfielder in the 2018 draft class in part due to his projectable bat and running the 60-yard dash in 6.27 seconds on a slow track. Baseball America said of him at the time of the draft, “He is an athletic, wiry outfielder with impressive athleticism that should allow him to become an above-average defender in center field. There is a lot of rawness in Weaver’s current game, both offensively and defensively. At the plate, Weaver has a whippy, quick bat and present strength that should continue to improve as he fills out.” The White Sox selected him in the seventh round, and it took a $226,200 signing bonus to pry Weaver from his commitment to the University of Georgia. 

In 2018 with the AZL squad, Weaver slashed .248/.367/.342 in 50 games with five doubles, three triples, one homer, 11 RBIs, eight stolen bases, 18 walks (10.0%) and 52 strikeouts (28.9%). This year with Great Falls, he posted similar numbers as he slashed .254/.317/.377 in 62 games with 13 doubles, five triples, two homers, 18 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, 18 walks (6.9%) and 85 strikeouts (32.6%). Weaver strikes out way too much, but it doesn’t appear he’s swinging for the fences, as he does hit the ball much more frequently on the ground. Instead, it seems he has way too many moving parts which causes his swing to get too long — this is common for someone of his build. Hopefully, with a little more experience and confidence, he can reduce his strikeouts and thereby get full use of his speed.

Weaver has shown good range in the outfield, with just two errors in professional ball thus far. He was nearly 17 months younger than his competitors in the Pioneer League, so it wouldn’t be out of the question if Weaver returned to Great Falls. However, it seems likelier that he’ll begin the 2020 season with Kannapolis instead. 


Arizona League White Sox

James Beard
5´10´´
170 pounds
B/T: R/R
Age: 19

Beard dominated as an outfielder for Loyd Star High School in Brookhaven, Miss. this year. In 27 games, he slashed an impressive .429/.626/.1000 with eight doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 30 RBIs, 46 runs, 31 walks (29.0%) and 10 strikeouts (9.3%) while being perfect in 26 stolen base attempts. Flashing back to the East Pro Showcase before his senior year, Beard ran the 60-yard dash in a rapid 6.21 seconds. He was verbally committed to Meridian Community College, so when the Sox selected him in the fourth round of this year’s draft, he actually received an under-slot bonus of $350,000. Baseball America said of him at the time of the draft, “He has a chance to develop into an average hitter thanks to his speed and solid swing. Beard does not project as a power hitter by any stretch, but he has shown he’s can run into 10-12 home runs in pro ball. Defensively, Beard outruns his mistakes for now, but he has potential to be an above-average center fielder with more experience to improve his routes and reads.”

With the AZL Sox this year, Beard struggled acclimating to the speed of the game. In 31 games totaling 127 at-bats, Beard slashed just .213/.270/.307 with four doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBIs, nine stolen bases, eight walks (5.8%) and 54 strikeouts (39.1%). He did hit the ball on the ground (1.65 GO/FB), but he had difficulty hitting curveballs. MLB Pipeline ranks Beard 20th among all White Sox prospects and grades his running at 80, fielding at 55, and hitting, power and arm at 45.

It may take a while for Beard to show what he can do on the diamond, as he likely didn’t face much competition in varsity ball. He’s a bit raw offensively, but he’s been compared favorably to Billy Hamilton at the same stage. Beard may be best served to continue his development with the AZL squad next year (he was about 16 months younger than league average), but he likely will begin in Great Falls instead.       

Misael Gonzalez
6´0´´

175 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Left field, Right field
Age: 18

Gonzalez was a relative unknown when he was selected in the 12th round of this year’s draft by the White Sox. Shortly after the draft, then-Amateur Scouting Director Nick Hostetler called him an 80-grade runner who showed power potential at his pre-draft workout at Guaranteed Rate Field. Gonzalez unsurprisingly scuffled in his first professional season as he slashed just .195/.246/.237 in 36 games with five doubles, six RBIs, one stolen base, eight walks (6.3%) and 52 strikeouts (40.9%). Of the four center fielders listed in this group, he’s the youngest and most raw. Expect to see him return to the AZL for the 2020 season. 


DSL White Sox

Johnabiell Laureno
6´0´´
180 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Left field, Right field
Age: 19

A native of San Pedro de Macris in the Dominican Republic, which is arguably the most famous baseball community in the world, Laureano received an international signing bonus from the White Sox in February 2018. In his first taste of baseball last year, at about nine months younger than his average competitor, Laureano slashed just .220/.329/.262 in 65 games with nine doubles, 13 RBIs, four stolen bases, 31 walks (12.3%) and 54 strikeouts (21.4%).

This year was a much different story in his return to the DSL, as he slashed an impressive .357/.437/.543 in 59 games with 15 doubles, three triples, six homers, 36 RBIs, six stolen bases, 28 walks (11.4%) and 43 strikeouts (17.5%). His OPS this year was better than everyone in the Sox organization not named Luis Robert, and he did it while performing in the shadow of the highly-esteemed Benyamin Bailey.

Certainly, there are some red flags as his strikeout-to-walk ratio will likely get worse with each new competition level he encounters. Also, he was a tad bit older (three months) than his competition this year, which doesn’t sound like much but it can make a big difference in how he’s viewed by scouts. It’s quite possible that, even though Laureano may not have the blazing speed of the three guys above, he may actually be a bit more polished. We should find out more next year, as he’s expected to begin the season with the AZL Sox.      


 

Deep Dive: Rookie league left fielders

Head of the class: Anderson Comas is one of the top outfield prospects in the system — although the DSL’s Benyamin Bailey is gaining quickly. (Phrake Photography/South Side Hit Pen)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

Although not currently on the Top 30 list of White Sox prospects found on MLB Pipeline, these outfielders all have the upside to appear on that list relatively soon — especially Benyamin Bailey. The 2020 season will be big for all of them, as they hope to make big strides forward.

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Great Falls Voyagers

Anderson Comas
6´3´´
185 pounds
B/T: L/L
Other positions played: Center field, Right field

Age: 20

Ranked as Baseball America’s 37th best international prospect, the Dominican Republic’s Comas received a $450,000 signing bonus from the White Sox on July 2, 2016. He was highly-touted by Ben Badler of Baseball America, although Comas didn’t play ball for the DSL Sox until the 2017 season, when he slashed a respectable .291/.316/.329 in 63 games with five doubles, two triples, 17 RBIs, one stolen base, eight walks (3.2%) and 45 strikeouts (18.2%). He followed that up with an even better 2018 season with the AZL Sox in which he slashed .306/.339/.388 in 41 games with six doubles, two triples, one homer, 22 RBIs, five stolen bases, seven walks (4.1%) and 26 strikeouts (15.1%).

Comas struggled unexpectedly with Great Falls in 2019. In 54 games and 194 at-bats with the Voyagers, he slashed just .222/.251/.351 with seven doubles, six triples, two homers, 33 RBIs, seven walks (3.4%) and 58 strikeouts (28.6%). According to FanGraphs last year, Comas’ swing has gotten “disconcertingly long” which could equate with his struggles. For someone as lanky as he is, that evaluation makes sense. Provided he can make adjustments, Comas has the potential to gradually move up the system. Because of his relatively limited range, he really profiles as a corner outfielder. He’d have to hit better in order to fit that profile, however, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to see him return to Great Falls to hone that swing a bit.      


Arizona League White Sox

Anthony Coronado
6´1´´
180 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Right field
Age: 19

Part of the same 2016 international signing class as Comas, Venezuelan outfielder Coronado received a significantly smaller signing bonus of $150,000. Badler said this of him at the time, “He’s 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with above-average speed and a fringy arm. He’s a right-handed hitter with gap power now but the physical projection to hit 12-15 home runs down the road, though there is swing-and-miss in his game.”

Coronado acquitted himself nicely in his first professional season in 2017, as he combined with the AZL and DSL squads in 58 games to produce a .265/.354/.425 slash line with 20 doubles, four homers, 28 RBIs, one stolen base, 17 walks (7.4%) and 60 strikeouts (26.1%). However, he struggled in his first full season with the AZL squad (in part due to lack of consistent playing time) as he slashed just .145/.229/.194 in 21 games with one double, one triple, four RBIs, six walks (8.6%) and 23 strikeouts (32.9%).   

Coronado’s playing time increased in 2019, and his results reflect this. In 28 games totaling 101 at-bats with the AZL Sox, he slashed a respectable .307/.358/.475 with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, 14 RBIs, five walks (4.6%) and 27 strikeouts (24.8%). Even though this was Coronado’s second full season playing for the team, he was still a tad younger than league average. Although he played some right field this year, Coronado really does profile best at left due to his fringy arm. In all likelihood, he’ll begin 2020 with Great Falls.


DSL White Sox

Benyamin Bailey
6´4´´
215 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Right field, Center field
Age: 18

Bailey, a native of Panama, received a minimal signing bonus from the White Sox on April 27, 2019, with literally no fanfare. However, by the time he ended the season, Bailey was the best-known prospect on the entire DSL roster. In 55 games totaling 185 at-bats, he slashed an incredible .324/.477/.454 with 12 doubles, three triples, two homers, 19 RBIs, 52 walks (21.4%), 40 strikeouts (16.5%) and 10 stolen bases. Bailey’s OBP was hovering around .500 for most of the year, before a late-season slump dropped him to .477. With that said, Bailey still led the league in that department and was near the top in walks and OPS as well. In most cases, the DSL leaders are either returning players and/or much older than the league average; in Bailey’s case, this was his first year in professional ball and he was about six months younger than his competition. 

While it’s likely that he won’t steal in the double digits going forward due to his size, it’s hoped that Bailey’s size will help enable him to hit the long ball. In the meantime, his batting eye and hitting prowess have certainly earned him the opportunity to play ball for either the AZL Sox or Great Falls in 2020. Also, expect to see him mentioned in some prospect lists next year as well.   

Lazaro Leal
6´2´´
210 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Right field, First base
Age: 23

Leal, a native of Cuba, played for the Pinar del Rio squad in 2016 before legally emigrating to Mexico. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he played ball in the Mexican League’s AA and AAA circuit before signing with the White Sox on February 5. Leal was assigned to the DSL squad for the 2019 season, with the hopes that he could perhaps move Stateside by season’s end. However, the year didn’t turn out as well as he had hoped. In 55 games totaling 182 at-bats, Leal slashed .225/.372/.357 with 13 doubles, one triple, three homers, 23 RBIs, two stolen bases, 38 walks (16.8%) and 29 strikeouts (12.8%). He has the athleticism to play both corner outfield spots fairly well, and his plate discipline should warrant him another opportunity in the minors. With his age, he likely won’t return to the DSL in 2020. Provided he stays in the organization, he’s likely to begin the season with Great Falls.


 

Deep Dive: White Sox rookie league shortstops

Step forward: Lency Delgado, a fourth round pick from 2018, hit .274 for Great Falls this year. (@lency_delgado)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

There is indeed some rookie league talent at shortstop, with a decent degree of upside both offensively and defensively. In fact, the talent level here may actually exceed any at the higher levels, with the possible exception of Lenyn Sosa.

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Great Falls Voyagers

Lency Delgado
6´3´´
215 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Third base
Age: 20

Delgado, a native of Miami, played his varsity ball with Doral Academy prior to being selected in the fourth round of the 2018 draft by the White Sox. After receiving an over-slot $525,000 bonus that pried him from his verbal commitment with Florida International, Delgado received his first taste of professional ball with the AZL White Sox last year. Not surprisingly, he struggled with the speed of the game and slashed just .233/.309/.301 in 38 games with four doubles, one triple, one homer, 22 RBIs, four stolen bases, nine walks (6.0%) and 40 strikeouts (26.7%).

This year with Great Falls, Delgado turned in a much better season as he slashed .274/.325/.377 in 57 games with 14 doubles, one triple, two homers, 32 RBIs, one stolen base, 14 walks (6.0%) and 87 strikeouts (37.5%). However, there are obvious concerns regarding his high strikeout totals. Many scouts believe that, in part because of his size, he makes a better fit as a third baseman. If he does end up switching positions, he’ll eventually need to tap into his above-average power. Delgado does have a long swing, so with extra work and a few adjustments, it is hoped that he could indeed become much closer to reaching his full potential — Delgado is still only 20, after all. It seems likely that he’ll begin next season with Kannapolis.


AZL White Sox

Jose Rodriguez
5´11´´
175 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Second base, Third base
Age: 18

Rodriguez received a signing bonus from the White Sox in February 2018 and was inserted into the DSL lineup just a few months later. He turned out to be was one of the few bright spots on a miserable 2018 DSL squad, slashing .291/.318/401 in 60 games with 13 doubles, three triples, two homers, 23 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, nine walks (3.8%) and 29 strikeouts (12.1%). Rodriguez even participated in that year’s DSL All-Star game.

This year with the AZL White Sox, he started hitting more homers while avoiding any significant decline in any of the other batting categories (besides strikeouts). In 44 games spanning 188 at-bats, Rodriguez slashed .293/.328/.505 while producing seven doubles, three triples, nine homers, 31 RBIs, seven stolen bases, nine walks (4.5%) and 45 strikeouts (22.5%). He walloped southpaws by slashing .423/.423/.788. Rodriguez did commit 13 errors in his 32 games with the AZL team this year, so he still needs improvement on that front. He has played multiple positions during his first two seasons, and may be establishing himself as a power-hitting utility infielder going forward. Expect Rodriguez to begin next season with Great Falls.


DSL White Sox

Yolbert Sánchez
5´11´´
176 pounds
B/T: R/R
Age: 23

After playing three years in the Cuban professional league, including the final two seasons with the Industriales de La Habana, the White Sox paid Yolbert Sánchez a $2.5 million signing bonus on this year’s International Signing Day, designating him as one of the top international prospects of 2018 and 2019. Sánchez has a reputation as an excellent fielder, with a plus throwing arm and speed; the only concerns are with the bat. He ranks 22nd among all White Sox prospects per MLB Pipeline, and is the system’s top-ranking shortstop. MLB gives him a 60 grade for fielding, 55 grades for his arm and running, and lower grades for hitting (45) and power (40).

For tax purposes, Sánchez played this season with the DSL squad and did reasonably well. In 33 games totaling 111 at-bats, Sanchez slashed .297/.386/.441 with eight doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBIs, three stolen bases, 15 walks (11.8%) and 12 strikeouts (9.4%). It’s difficult to translate these stats. On one hand, Sánchez was more than four years older than DSL average; on the other hand, it had been a year-and-a-half between his games in the Cuban league and the DSL, which likely created some rust until he got into a certain rhythm. In Sánchez’s last 10 games he slashed .333/.442/.528, which seems to bear that out.

While his defense may be major league ready, Sánchez’s bat certainly isn’t. Expect him to begin the 2020 season with Kannapolis, and work his way up the system rapidly provided he can hold his own offensively.

Wilber Sánchez
5´10´´
160 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Second base
Age: 18

Wilber Sánchez, a native of Venezuela, received a signing bonus from the White Sox in February, to little fanfare. With that said, despite the fact that he was the lesser-known Sánchez on the DSL squad, he still found a way to make a name for himself. In 52 games totaling 177 at-bats, Sánchez slashed .288/.391/.395 with 13 doubles, three triples, 25 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, 28 walks (13.5%) and 33 strikeouts (15.9%). Interestingly, he fared far better versus righties (.304/.416/.415) than he did southpaws (.238/.304/.333). Sánchez was about seven months younger than his competition, so there’s nothing fluky about his stats. When Yolbert joined the team, Wilber moved over to second base, where he played fairly well. He made a combined 13 errors this year, which could likely be attributable to his youth and perhaps the quality of the playing field. Sánchez should be ready for a promotion to the AZL squad in 2020.




Deep Dive: White Sox rookie league third basemen

Local product: D.J. Gladney made a huge impact with the AZL White Sox in 2019. What will next year have in store for him? (Kim Contreras/South Side Hit Pen)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

This article delves into the third basemen who finished the year with Great Falls, along with the Arizona and Dominican League affiliates. There is indeed some talent here, though it’s mostly raw. The AZL third basemen appear to be the best of this group.

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Great Falls Voyagers

Luis Curbelo
6´3´´
185 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Shortstop, Second base
Age: 22

Born in Puerto Rico, Curbelo moved to Florida for his senior year of high school. Before coming to Florida, however, he played for the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, whose most famous alumnus is Carlos Correa. At the time of the 2016 draft, Baseball America said of Curbelo that he “is a physical infielder with promising power potential. He has plenty of strength and produces good bat speed, enabling him to drive the ball out of the park. He has a balanced swing and does a good job of getting to his power. Curbelo is a below-average runner, limiting his range up the middle. He has good hands and a strong arm, giving him a good chance to settle at third base as a professional.”

The Sox drafted him in the sixth round that year, prying him from his verbal commitment with the University of Miami with a $700,000 bonus — more than $413,000 more than his slot value. As an 18-year-old, Curbelo struggled in his first taste of professional ball with the AZL squad in 2016 when he slashed just .226/.303/.323 with two homers in 45 games.

After a terrific three-game start in 2017 with Great Falls, Curbelo tore his miniscus and missed a year of development time. He struggled a bit with Kannapolis the following year, which wasn’t a huge surprise as he was about 16 months younger on average than his competitors. For the year in 83 games spanning 317 at-bats, Curbelo slashed .237/.282/.338 with 19 doubles, two triples, three homers, 31 RBIs, 18 walks (5.2%) and 87 strikeouts (25.4%).

This year in Curbelo’s return to Kannapolis, he hit rock bottom by slashing just .169/.216/.287 in 64 games with 11 doubles, five homers, 30 RBIs, 13 walks (5.1%) and 105 strikeouts (41.0%). As a result, Curbelo was demoted to Great Falls, where he bounced back in his 56 games to slash .262/.294/.266 with nine doubles, six triples, eight homers, 24 RBIs, 11 walks (4.7%) and 76 strikeouts (32.3%). He will obviously have to cut down on his strikeouts to better tap into his impressive power.

Expect Curbelo to begin 2020 with Kannapolis, with a chance for promotion to Winston-Salem by the end of the year if he can indeed make more contact. He will be eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft but likely won’t be selected.


AZL White Sox

Bryan Ramos
6´2´´
190 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: First base
Age: 18

Labeled as a power-hitting third baseman by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Ramos received a $300,000 signing bonus from the White Sox during last year’s International Signing Day. The native Cuban skipped past the DSL and instead played the full 2019 season with the AZL team. As a 17-year-old, he was 2.4 years younger than league average but certainly held his own. In 51 games for the AZL Sox spanning 188 at-bats, he slashed .277/.353/.415 with 10 doubles, two triples, four homers, 26 RBIs, three stolen bases, 19 walks (8.7%) and 44 strikeouts (20.2%). Despite his youth, his walk and strikeout totals were quite respectable and showed some polish. As a result, he likely will begin the 2020 season with Great Falls.

D.J. Gladney
6´3´´
195 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: First base
Age: 18

Gladney, a native of Matteson, played varsity ball with Illiana Christian Academy (Lansing, Ill.). As a product of the White Sox ACE program, Gladney caught the attention of White Sox scout J.J. Lally at the Area Code Games in 2018, as he told South Side Sox: “My initial thoughts were that he showed excellent bat speed but was a raw talent.” The White Sox gladly selected him in the 16th round of this year’s draft, and after eschewing his verbal commitment to Eastern Kentucky University by accepting an over-slot $225,000 bonus, Gladney immediately began paying dividends.

Though Gladney struggled making contact this year with the AZL White Sox, he still slashed a solid .264/.309/.428 in 50 games with five doubles, two triples, eight homers, 25 RBIs, one stolen base, 10 walks (4.5%) and 82 strikeouts (37.2%). The White Sox will likely be patient with the young man as he adapts to the speed of the game. Thus, while it’s possible he could earn a promotion to Great Falls for 2020, it may make more sense to see him return to the AZL White Sox. For additional information on him, read the terrific, in-depth piece by South Side Hit Pen’s own Dan Victor.


DSL White Sox

Edwin Peralta
6´3´´
175 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Shortstop
Age: 18

Peralta, a lanky third baseman from the Dominican Republic, received a signing bonus from the White Sox in February 2018. As a 17-year-old for the DSL squad, he scuffled with a .193/.322/.234 slash line in 52 games with three doubles, one homer, 18 RBIs, five stolen bases, 21 walks (12.0%) and 41 strikeouts (23.4%).

With a year of experience under his belt, Peralta enjoyed a much more successful 2019 campaign. This year in 54 games with the DSL Sox, he slashed .241/.372/.306 with nine doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, 34 walks (16.4%) and 46 strikeouts (22.2%). He does need to improve his power numbers, though it seems he has a good batting eye with the high walk rates. Peralta also needs to work on his defense, as he committed 15 errors in his 48 games at the hot corner. With that said, we should see Peralta Stateside at some point in 2020.