2023 DSL White Sox season review

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The White Sox’s approach of devoting the most international pool money to older Cubans hasn’t paid off, but it’s fair to wonder if that’s Marco Paddy’s preference, or whether it’s a strategy forced by Jerry Reinsdorf. Perhaps Reinsdorf looked at the swings and misses on seven-figure teenage signings like Franklin Reyes and Josue Guerrero and decided that he’d rather only spend the money on players who didn’t need to start in rookie ball, and so Paddy had to contort his approach accordingly.

In Paddy’s favor, this year’s Dominican Summer League White Sox affiliate had its best year in forever. The team finished 32-22, a record that’s the envy of every other White Sox minor-league team, and what stands out is an offense that was both disciplined and younger than average.

DSL White Sox17.36.6516.019.3.263/.408/.384

The White Sox had the second-highest OBP in the DSL by finishing second in walks and HBP, and the .263 average ranked fourth.

On the other hand, the pitching left a lot to be desired.

DSL White Sox18.06.4311.922.8

That doesn’t come as a surprise, because Baseball America’s international review only mentioned two pitchers, and one (Fabian Ysalla) was recently converted from shortstop. The White Sox emphasized hitting with their recent class, and at least that side of the ball came to play.


Javier Mogollon: Baseball America’s lead sleeper pick was wide awake in his debut season. The 17-year-old Venezuelan hit .315/.417/.582, and led the team with 10 homers despite standing a listed 5’8″ and 160 pounds. He also finished second on the team with 11 stolen bases, and while he played two-thirds of his innings at second base, he played an errorless shortstop. That only covered 108 innings, but errors can pile up even in small samples in the DSL. He counted as a sleeper because he signed for just $75,000.

Abraham Nunez: On the other side of the investment spectrum, the White Sox’s $700,000 signing out of the Dominican Republic lived up to the billing. The White Sox’s $700,000 hit .299/.427/.442 over 185 plate appearances, showing more gap power for the time being (eight doubles, two triples, three homers), but he led a surprisingly patient DSL team with 33 walks against just 22 strikeouts. He played most of his innings in center field. He turns 18 next February.

Stiven Flores: The 17-year-old, $250,000 signing out of Venezuela made a run at .400, but had to settle for .391/.456/.477, with 15 walks to just seven strikeouts over 147 plate appearances. He threw out a respectable 20 of 49 baserunners and made all 29 defensive appearances at catcher (with seven starts at DH), which could indicate promise of staying power behind the plate.

Angelo Hernandez: The fellow 17-year-old Venezuela catcher signed for twice as much as Flores, but didn’t offer nearly as much at the plate, hitting .232/.436/.304 over 78 plate appearances. His defense was more highly regarded in BA’s write-up, but it hasn’t yet reflected itself in the paltry stats available from the DSL.

Adrian Gil: Not to be confused with the other Adrián Jesus Gil who signed with the White Sox out of Venezuela as a 17-year-old in 2021 and pitched in seven games this year, Adrian Alejandro Gil, currently 17 and also out of Venezuela, hit .340/.481/.517 with five homers and 11 doubles over 190 plate appearances, and is another guy with more walks (25) than strikeouts (21). He’s shown the least defensive utility of the group, playing mostly first base with a sub-.900 fielding percentage at third.

Rafael Alvarez: Baseball America said the 18-year-old, $350,000 signing out of Cuba possessed right-handed power, and the White Sox liked his potential to convert from outfield to third base, but neither manifested itself in his first professional year. He hit .215/.461/.333 with just seven-extra base hits over 141 plate appearances, and his fielding percentage at third also started with an “8.” Like just about everybody on the DSL roster, he had more walks (32) than strikeouts (31), but the latter column is pretty high for an 18-year-old in the DSL.

D’Angelo Tejada: Finally, somebody who didn’t help the White Sox’s plate discipline numbers. Tejada, a $350,000 signing out of the Dominican Republic, hit .255/.324/.309 and didn’t homer over his 170 plate appearances. He led with his defense with what seems like credible shortstop play. He made all 37 of his defensive appearances there, and his 10 errors isn’t bad for the level.

Juan Uribe Jr.: The favorite son is not exactly a chip off the old block, because all he did was draw walks. He hit .131/.384/.150 with 24 walks in 86 plate appearances. He had nearly four times as many strikeouts (31) as hits (eight).

Marcelo Alcala: Alcala didn’t appear in the preseason write-ups, but he’s another 17-year-old Venezuelan who contributed to the team’s outstanding OBP. He finished the year hitting .245/.417/.408 with 11 extra-base hits over 127 plate appearances, drawing 20 walks and nine HBPs. The 29-percent strikeout rate suggests why he didn’t stand out before the season, and it might keep him from ascending, but let’s blurb him just in case.


Luis Reyes: Considering Reyes and Nunez shared the biggest signing bonus of the class ($700,000), his season line — 7.17 ERA, 30 walks over 37⅔ innings — isn’t the most encouraging initial ROI. Halfway through the season, the White Sox shifted him from starting to bulk/long relief, and he appeared to find something that worked:

First 9 games15.1276192114.09
Last 7 games22.111011282.42

He finished the year completing four innings with regularity, so I’d assume he’ll open the 2024 season as a starter. The bigger question is whether it’ll be in the DSL or AZL.

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DSL having winning record and the hitters showing patience is great. I love more catchers too, and potential up the middle guys.

Pitching needs some more emphasis.

As Cirensica

Thanks….always finding it impressive the hitting tools these kids can show in this league, and as soon as they start facing real pitchers, things start looking slightly different. Hopefully some nice prospects can surge from this list. I have also read good things about name-fellow Javier Mogollón.

Thank you for this summary.


I’m willing to replace slow hook with the manager of the DSL white sox right now.

As Cirensica

I am willing to replace slow hook with ChatGPT


How would you tell them apart?


That would be so White Sox if the first sign of intelligence for them is artificial.


Another feather in Chris Getz’s hat. Well done, Getzy

As Cirensica

Oh no…Pedro hacked joewho12 Sox Machine’s account


Congrats! Welcome to right field!


Really unbelievable that the sox have a guy like this in their system. BA on Colson

Montgomery was the only player in the minor leagues 25 years of age or younger that met the following thresholds over a 200 plate appearance minimum: contact rate of 75% or above, an in-zone contact rate above 85%, a chase rate below 19% and a 90th percentile exit velocity of 104.5 mph. Montgomery has easy plus plate skills making good decisions and consistently hitting strikes. His high end power is unusual for a player of his age and skill level.



Northern state, old for his class, definitely was not the obvious pick for the Sox even as far down in the 1st as they were picking, we finally got what looks like a real draft win!

Trooper Galactus

The only caution I’ve seen on Montgomery in terms of his future value are questions regarding his position (some seem to believe he’s a minus defender at SS and will need to move to 3B) and his health (back issues already at his age cannot be considered a good sign). The bat is absolutely legit, though, so even if he has to move down the defensive spectrum, even if all the way to DH, he should still bring enough production at the plate to make a difference.


“The White Sox’s approach of [what the hell, pick one] hasn’t paid off….”

Trooper Galactus

Mogollon, Nunez, and Flores have to be in the White Sox top-30, don’t they? I know we’ve been fooled by production in the DSL before (Benyamin Bailey!), but for now a trio of 17-year old players producing like that while playing premium defensive positions? That has to get them noticed in this system.


If the Sox pitchers are younger than average, and they’re walking and striking out opponents at better-than-average clips, that sounds like a win to me. 6.43 RA isn’t good, but it’s not awful in a league that gives up 6.05 runs. And the turnaround of Reyes might portend a future.

There are miles to go before these hitters and pitchers sleep, but there’s a lot to be encouraged about.