White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 17, 2022

Just like Baseball America last week, MLB.com revised its top prospect lists to account for the newly drafted players.

The White Sox jumped five spaces in the overall organizational rankings, sitting 25th on the strength of Colson Montgomery’s jump to the No. 60 overall prospect, and Oscar Colás on the cusp of joining him.

As for the list, Jim Callis and Co. are higher on Noah Schultz than BA, placing him third, which may also give the system a little more juice in their eyes. Here’s the MLB Pipeline preseason top 10 compares to how it stands now.

PreseasonRankMidseason
Colson Montgomery1Colson Montgomery
Oscar Colás2Oscar Colás
José Rodríguez3Noah Schultz
Yoelqui Céspedes4Lenyn Sosa
Norge Vera5Bryan Ramos
Wes Kath6Norge Vera
Jake Burger7José Rodríguez
Romy González8Peyton Pallette
Bryan Ramos9Sean Burke
Jared Kelley10Cristian Mena

If you take recent draft picks Schultz and Pallette out of the equation, then Davis Martin and Yoelqui Céspedes slip into the top 10.

Wes Kath and Drew Dalquist continue to take the biggest hits, with Kath slipping 10 spots to No. 16, and Dalquist hanging by a thread at No. 29.

The most surprising name is Ryan Burrowes, who slipped into the rankings at No. 22. I’m mostly happy to see it for the detailed scouting report on a DSL guy whose numbers in his age-17 season are worth following (.258/.374/.384), even if he turns 18 today.

Charlotte 8, Syracuse 7

  • Yolbert Sánchez went 2-for-5.
  • Jake Burger, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Pérez was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.
  • Adam Haseley went 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.

Notes:

*The White Sox promoted an outfielder from Birmingham to Charlotte, but it was Craig Dedelow, who went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his Triple-A debut fater playing the entirety of the last two seasons with the Barons.

Birmingham 9, Tennessee 4

  • José Rodríguez reached double digits in homers while going 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Oscar Colás wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Highlights:

*Rodríguez is now slugging .776 in August, and making Barons history along the way.

Hickory 8, Winston-Salem 1

  • Colson Montgomery went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos hit his 19th homer during a 1-for-4 night, striking out once.
  • Luis Mieses singled and struck out thrice.
  • Drew Dalquist: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Columbia 12, Kannapolis 1

  • Wes Kath struck out thrice during an 0-for-4 night.
  • DJ Gladney singled, walked twice and struck out once.
  • Wilfred Veras was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Kohl Simas: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
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knoxfire30

Burrowes kind of snuck up there but maybe he shouldnt have… those numbers for a 17 year old are definintely worth keeping an eye on… ive been impressed with what chapelli has done but he is a few years older.

evenyoudorn

I’ll believe the hype when he’s traded away for Matt Harvey or RA Dickey at next year’s deadline.

HallofFrank

I’m old enough to remember when every White Sox prospect hit a wall at Birmingham.

Augusto Barojas

I gotta believe Rodriguez is closer to 3rd where he was at the start of the year. He’s done really well the past couple months after a horrible start. 40 steals too. He and Colas look like the brightest two players that fit the Sox needs in the future, to me. Montgomery as well, though he may be farther away.

Just John

Wow! His monthly splits tell a pretty fun story: he has definitely caught on to AA pitching. He’s had a more powerful August than Colas, who has received more attention.

lifelongjd

I am much higher on Vera and don’t understand why he’s not top 3

knoxfire30

Same

Schultz has like 10 high school innings under his belt Vera killed it in the dsl which he should of but looks good in A ball already too…

mrridgman

The dings may be he’s already 22 and it looks like he’s limited to 2 innings at the moment.

knoxfire30

22 isnt old when you throw 100 but I get it he isnt some 18 year old phenom. If he pitches well in double A at age 23, he will see the majors at age 24… not exactly a late bloomer basically in line with about when most college pitching arms get to the pros.

He would be 3rd on my list behind Montgomery and Colas.