South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 56: Lency Delgado

Fast-moving delegation: Delgado, still very young, should get his first taste of full-season ball in 2020. (Phrake Photography/South Side Hit Pen)



Lency Delgado
Shortstop
6´3´´
215 pounds
Age: 20
SSHP rank among all shortstops in the system: 5
2019 South Side Sox Top Prospect Ranking: 35

Lency 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 later that season. 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%).

In 2019 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.

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.




White Sox Weekly Minor League Update: Week 22

Mercedes running hot: Yermín had two bombs, trying to singlehandedly pull the Knights into the playoffs. / Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights

Charlotte Knights

Yermín Mercedes: .450 BA, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K **MVP of the Week**
Nick Madrigal: .393 BA, 6 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
Luis Robert: .267 BA, 2 HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 7 K
Danny Mendick: .231 BA, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K
Zack Collins: .174 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 9 K
Seby Zavala: .143 BA, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 SB
Matt Foster: 4 IP, 5.62 FIP, 4.5 K/9, 9.0 BB/9


Birmingham Barons

Gavin Sheets: .150 BA, 1 HR, 3 R, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 8 K
Luis González: .111 BA, 4 R, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 9 K, 2 SB
Luis Basabe: .391 BA, 4 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 SB
Blake Rutherford: .350 BA, 2 R, 3 RBI, 8 BB, 7 K
Alec Hansen: 4 IP, 4.55 FIP, 18.0 K/9, 15.75 BB/9
Tyler Johnson: 6 IP, 0.96 FIP, 10.5 K/9, 0.0 BB/8 **MVP of the Week**
Codi Heuer: 4 IP, 2.55 FIP, 6.75 K/9, 2.25 BB.9
Kodi Medeiros: 4 1/3 IP, 3.76 FIP, 4.15 K/9, 2.08 BB/9
Blake Battenfield: 10 IP, 4.80 FIP, 6.3 K/9, 0.9 BB/9
Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 3.13 FIP, 15.0 K/9, 3.0 BB/9


Winston-Salem Dash

Steele Walker: .152 BA, 1 HR, 6 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 SB
Andrew Vaughn: .308 BA, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K **MVP of the Week**
Andrew Perez: 4 1/3 IP, 4.53 FIP, 4.15 K/9, 6.23 BB/9
Jacob Lindgren: 2 IP, 3.88 FIP, 4.5 K/9, 4.5 BB/9
Bennett Sousa: 2 2/3 IP, 2.17 FIP, 10.12 K/9, 3.37 BB/9
Jonathan Stiever: 6 IP, 4.55 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 3.0 BB/9
Konnor Pilkington: 10 IP, 3.68 FIP, 7.2 K/9, 0.9 BB/9


Kannapolis Intimidators

Ian Dawkins: .226 BA, 3 R, 6 BB, 6 K
Lenyn Sosa: .414 BA, 2 HR, 7 R, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP of the Week**
Davis Martin: 6 IP, 1.99 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Jason Bilous: 8 IP, 6.11 FIP, 12.37 K/9, 11.25 BB/9
Caleb Freeman: 4 1/3 IP, 6.26 FIP, 10.38 K/9, 4.15 BB/9 — Two promotions in his draft year


Great Falls Voyagers

Harvin Mendoza: .100 BA, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K
Caberea Weaver: .150 BA, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K
Lency Delgado: .450 BA, 5 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 8 K **MVP of the Week**
Luis Mieses: .188 BA, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K
Karan Patel: 2 IP, 1.05 FIP, 13.5 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Avery Weems: 10 IP, 3.95 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 0.9 BB/9

White Sox Minor League Update: August 28, 2019

AAAA for you: Dylan Covey threw a fabulous game in Charlotte’s loss, pushing his ERA to less than 3.00. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)


Durham Bulls 3, Charlotte Knights 2

Nick Madrigal: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.304 BA, .791 OPS)
Luis Robert: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K (.301 BA, .993 OPS)
Zack Collins: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.293 BA, .975 OPS)
Yermin Mercedes: 3-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.301 BA, .989 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.225 BA, .784 OPS)
Danny Mendick: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K (.281 BA, .820 OPS)
Dylan Covey: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (2.84 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) **MVP**
Carson Fulmer: 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K (5.01 ERA, 1.47 WHIP)

It is not going well in Charlotte down the stretch. Their four-game lead in the wild card is down to one, due to a losing streak that continued tonight. Dylan Covey started the game and was very good. It seems like he and Daniel Palka are the most AAAA players in baseball history. Covey went six good innings and just allowed one run, and left with the lead. However, Carson Fulmer, who is on a rehab assignment, allowed two runs on just one out. So his rehab assignment is not close to over. Once Fulmer lost that lead the Knights never go it back, but they had two cool hits, though!

Danny Mendick hit a home run in the third inning, his 17th of the season. Luis Robert, of course, had a homer himself, his 15th of the season.


Winston-Salem Dash 12, Salem Red Sox 3

Steele Walker: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.275 BA, .787 OPS)
Andrew Vaughn: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.237 BA, .739 OPS)
Konnor Pilkington: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (5.15 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) **MVP**

It was an all-around great performance for the Dash, especially the top guys. Both Steele Walker and Andrew Vaughn had home runs in their 12-3 win. In fact, the Dash had a lot of homers. Craig Dedelow and Yeyson Yrizarri had bombs of their own to make four total, and eight of their 12 runs came from those hits.

The pitching was also great led by Konnor Pilkington. He went seven innings in what is his second straight quality start and third straight start of allowing two runs or fewer. Pilkington has put together quite the streak for about 30 days. His ERA has fallen from 5.98 from a month ago, now to 5.05. He again looks like the third round pick, and the Dash needed that to end their losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive.


Kannapolis Intimidators 3, Hagerstown Suns 1

Ian Dawkins: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K (.301 BA, .761 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.244 BA, .639 OPS)
Tyler Osik: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.250 BA, .837 OPS) **MVP**
Kevin Folman: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (5.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)

Though they’ve been eliminated from the playoffs, the I’s are still competing, and winning. This one was off the backs of the pitchers. Kevin Folman got the start, and threw five innings of one-run baseball. That was obviously the only run allowed of the game for the I’s. Wilber Perez took over for him and went three innings. The converted starter has averaged more than two innings an appearance, and he’s turning into an interesting arm down the road. J.B. Olson closed out the game, earning his third save of the season in the 3-1 win.

Clearly, a lot of offense was not needed, and the I’s didn’t provide much. They were just very efficient. Kannapolis had three hits, and it scored three runs. Michael Hickman drove in the first run in the second inning, and Tyler Osik gave them the lead for good with a two-run homer in the sixth. Other than that, this win was all because of the pitching.


Idaho Falls Chukars 6, Great Falls Voyagers 2

Caberea Weaver: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.261 BA, .709 OPS)
Lency Delgado: 3-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (.275 BA, .720 OPS) **MVP**
Luis Mieses: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.244 BA, .633 OPS)
Sean Thompson: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (6.66 ERA)

It was not the Voyagers’ night, as they were down and out for most of the game. Sean Thompson started out looking fine through the first two innings, but he faltered in two of his last three. He allowed two runs in the third inning, and three more in the fifth. While Thompson wasn’t doing all that well, the offense was arguably worse. Its first run didn’t come until the sixth inning, on a Luis Mieses sacrifice fly. Mieses also drove in the final run for Great Falls, with a double in the eighth. The bullpen was able to do better against the Chukars. They only allowed one run in the last three innings, as McKinley Moore (14th round pick) made his Great Falls debut after the AZL season was over.