Before MLB Pipeline released its list of top farm systems after the draft, there was quite a divide between the first two that published their lists. Baseball America still ranked the White Sox at No. 4, but FanGraphs said the Sox slid all the way down to ninth.
9. Chicago White Sox
Preseason Top 10 Rank: No. 4
The White Sox have the most top-heavy system in the game with five of the top 43 prospects but not a lot of clear standouts beyond them. Developing pitching will be key, especially with Kopech and right-hander Dane Dunning recovering from Tommy John surgery, though righty Jonathan Stiever has impressed in his first full pro season.
- Luis Robert went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
- Nick Madrigal was 0-for-4 with a walk.
- Zack Collins, 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and an HBP.
- Yermin Mercedes was 0-for-2 with two walks and an HBP.
- AJ Reed, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Danny Mendick doubled, walked twice and struck out twice.
- Kyle Kubat: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
- Kelvin Herrera: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
*Robert’s line makes it look as if Keith Law was there. Oh no —
- Steele Walker went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
- Andrew Vaughn was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Carlos Perez, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Romy Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Corey Zangari went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Anthony Espinoza was 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Yolbert Sanchez went 0-for-5 with a K.
- Benyamin Bailey came up a homer short of the cycle while going 3-for-5, striking out once. He was caught stealing.
- Alberto Bernal walked four times and struck out once.
- Ronaldo Guzman: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP