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February 9, 2012

MLB.com’s 2012 Top 20 White Sox Prospects

Jonathan Mayo:

1. Addison Reed, RHP (video)
2. Nestor Molina, RHP (video)
3. Trayce Thompson, OF (video)
4. Eduardo Escobar, SS (video)
5. Jacob Petricka, RHP (video)
6. Erik Johnson, RHP (video)
7. Keenyn Walker, OF (video)
8. Simon Castro, RHP (video)
9. Tyler Saladino, SS (video)
10. Jhan Marinez, RHP (video)
11. Marcus Semien, SS (video)
12. Nate Jones, RHP (video)
13. Hector Santiago, LHP (video)
14. Charlie Leesman, LHP (video)
15. Kevan Smith, C (video)
16. Andy Wilkins, 1B (video)
17. Michael Blanke, C (video)
18. Scott Snodgress, LHP (video)
19. Jose Quintana, LHP (video)
20. Josh Phegley, C (video)

No Dylan Axelrod, Jared Mitchell, Andre Rienzo, Gregory Infante, Jeff Soptic, Rangel Ravelo on the list.

January 27, 2012

FutureSox’s 2012 Preseason Top 25 White Sox Prospects

Matt Cassidy:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP     [NEW]
2. Addison Reed, RHP     [Previous Rank: 2nd, no change]
3. Simon Castro, RHP     [NEW]
4. Tyler Saladino, SS     [Previous: 9th, +5]
5. Trayce Thompson, OF     [Previous: 3rd, -2]
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP     [Previous: 4th, -2]
7. Hector Santiago, LHP     [Previous: 16th, +9]
8. Keenyn Walker, OF     [Previous: 7th, -1]
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS     [Previous: 6th, -3]
10. Dylan Axelrod, RHP     [Previous: 19th, +9]
11. Jared Mitchell, OF     [Previous: 5th, -6]
12. Andre Rienzo, RHP     [Previous: 11th, -1]
13. Jhan Marinez, RHP     [NEW]
14. Gregory Infante, RHP     [Previous: 14th, no change]
15. Erik Johnson, RHP     [Previous: 17th, +2]
16. Charlie Leesman, LHP     [Previous: 15th, -1]
17. Pedro Hernandez, LHP     [NEW]
18. Andy Wilkins, 1B     [Previous: 13th, -5]
19. Scott Snodgress, LHP     [Previous: UNR]
20. Brandon Short, OF     [Previous: 12th, -8]
21. Jeff Soptic, RHP     [Previous: UNR]
22. Kevan Smith, C     [Previous: 24th, +2]
23. Ozzie Martinez, SS/2B     [NEW]
24. Ryan Buch, RHP     [Previous: 18th, -6]
25. Michael Blanke, C     [Previous: 32nd*, +7]

December 29, 2011

John Sickels’ Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012

John Sickels:

1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.

2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.

3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.

4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.

5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.

The best closer prospect in baseball” comment helps explain Sergio Santos’ trade.

March 29, 2011

Jeff Marquez clears waivers

Gonzales @ CT:

Pitcher Jeff Marquez was expected to accept an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday after clearing waivers.

Good. We’ll see how his Spring Training K & BB ratios hold up.

Gonzales also reports the minor league teams where some of the Sox prospects will be assigned to. Jared Mitchell will go to A+ Winston-Salem; Josh Phegley and Andy Wilkins to AA Birmingham; Mike Blanke, Trayce Thompson, Jacob Petricka, and Addison Reed to A Kannapolis.

March 14, 2011

FutureSox looks at the White Sox infield prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2011 8:00 pm
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The IF prospects were Eduardo Escobar, Brent Morel, Dayan Viciedo, Andy Wilkins, Jon Gilmore, and Tyler Saladino:

Wilkins is a definite sleeper candidate this year. Any early draft pick hitter coming from an advanced college program (Arkansas) that has a strong rookie debut is expected to continue that success. Wilkins showed power, plate discipline and contact. As a corner infielder, he sits behind Morel, Viciedo, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko. Sounds like a possible trade piece to me.

January 24, 2011

Andy Wilkins scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 24, 2011 10:00 pm
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Wilkins was a somewhat advanced college bat from the SEC so at face value there is an expectation to move rather quickly through the system. However, he is a bit of a project. The corner infielder has a powerful bat, but he strikes out too much. …

November 23, 2010

FutureSox’ White Sox Top 25 post-season prospects list [UPDATE]


1. Chris Sale
2. Dayan Viciedo
3. Brent Morel
4. Jared Mitchell
5. Tyler Flowers
6. Trayce Thompson
7. Eduardo Escobar
8. Jacob Petricka
9. Jordan Danks
10. Addison Reed

UPDATE: Jim covers the White Sox Top 10 prospect list by Phil Rogers for Baseball America.

November 5, 2010

Fangraphs’ “must watch” and more 2011 White Sox prospects

Both articles are from Bryan Smith. First the “must watch” prospects:

In 56 plate appearances (so, sample size alert), Sale held right-handers to a .120/.214/.240 batting line. He did it while throwing them six change-ups in 220 pitches (2.7%), which accounted for 3 balls, 2 called strikes and 1 swinging strike. It was a non-factor. as he went with a two-pitch approach: 66.8% four seamers, 26.4% sliders. And, to my surprise, looking at his Texas Leaguers chart, he wasn’t just back-dooring the slider everytime. It’s a pitch he trusts, and a pitch that works, against right-handers. …

and those prospects outside the ‘Top 10’:

I credit Baseball America and Matt Eddy being the first to make me aware of Mike Blanke, the team’s 13th-round pick from the Division II University of Tampa. Blanke hit .329/.400/.508 in the Pioneer League, where Eddy ranked him as the number seven prospect. He wrote, “…he would have gone much earlier had clubs had any inkling that he would show plus power, arm strength and receiving skills in his pro debut.” …

August 18, 2010

Fangraphs reviews the 2010 AL Central draft classes


I have to hope and assume that Sale will soak in some knowledge from Don Cooper these last two months, but then be ready to open next season in Double-A, as a starter. Petricka has some fantastic potential, and don’t sleep on ninth-round pick Kevin Moran, who also has a good arm. …

August 14, 2010

Big Andy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2010 9:42 pm
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Great Falls manager Chris Cron on 2010 5th round draft pick and Great Falls 1B Andy Wilkins:

BASEBALL OFFICIALS and the writers who quiz them are always making comparisons. So Cron was asked about Wilkins, who has a powerful left-handed stroke at the dish. Turns out he’s got a fellow in mind.

“I want to say a certain guy, because back in the day when this kid came up he was a third baseman, just like Andy,” Cron said. “He was a first baseman, and then he became a DH. He’s still playing and he’s having a Hall-of-Fame career.”

Any idea who the skipper is referring to?

“Back in the day,” said Cron, ” Jim Thome looked very similar to Andy Wilkins.”

August 13, 2010

FutureSox looks at how the 2010 draft class is doing so far

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 13, 2010 2:35 pm
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It’s been just over 2 months since the draft and most of the top picks have been signed, and signed for a while, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how they were performing. Now it should be noted that sample sizes of this size are relatively meaningless, but it’s interesting to look at nonetheless.

Top 10 rounds plus a selected other:

August 3, 2010

14th round pick C Michael Blanke is off to a great start in Great Falls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 3:48 pm
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A hitting catcher? FutureSox:

Blanke had a strong pedigree coming from the D2 power University of Tampa so the 14th rounder’s sparkling start for Great Falls shouldn’t come as a major surprise. His July slash line (.341/.404/.647) shows his power, but he’s also able to avoid the strikeout. On the year he has just 15 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. The 21 year-old is hitting .341 with a .984 OPS overall. It’s just rookie ball and Blanke’s defense needs to improve, but it’s always nice to have a strong batting catcher.

Michael Blanke’s stats: .341/.391/.593/.984 with 10 BB and 15 K in 123 AB (Minor League Splits)

Also off to a great start in Great Falls: 5th round pick 1B Andy Wilwins: .341/.431/.560/.992 with 16 BB and 12 K in 91 AB (Minor League Splits)

July 28, 2010

Kevin Goldstein on Tyler Saladino and Andy Wilkins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2010 2:18 pm
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  • Tyler Saladino, SS, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI.  Seventh-round pick isn’t loaded with tools, but he sure can play baseball; .327/.414/.469 in 13 Low-A games.
  • Andy Wilkins, 1B, White Sox (Rookie-level Great Falls): 3-for-5, HR (2), R, 3 RBI, K.  Fifth-round pick is a bat-only first baseman, but hitting .333/.398/.514 so far as a pro.

MiLB: Saladino, Wilkins.

Minor League Splits: Saladino, Wilkins.

July 22, 2010

FutureSox’ Midseason Top 25 Prospects


Rank Player Points Previous Change
1 Dan Hudson 179 1 unch
2 Dayan Viciedo 172 4 +2
3 Chris Sale 168 n/a NEW
4 Tyler Flowers 161 2 -2
5 Jared Mitchell 156 5 unch

I’d rank them in this order: Hudson, Sale, Flowers, Mitchell, Viciedo.

July 9, 2010

White Sox sign 5th round pick 1B Andy Wilkins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2010 10:43 am
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Matt Jones @ Times Record:

Arkansas junior first baseman Andy Wilkins has signed a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox, officially ending his career with the Razorbacks. Wilkins signed the contract Wednesday and was assigned to the White Sox’ rookie affiliate in Great Falls, Mont., Thursday.

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
158 5 Wilkins, Andrew Arkansas 1B L/R 6’02″ 230 1988-09-13 JR
Comments: As a sophomore in 2009, Wilkins was named the NCAA Norman Regional’s Most Outstanding Player and was a member of the All-Tournament Team. He was a 25th-round selection of the Texas Rangers in 2007 but did not sign.


Year avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
.281 63-62 225 49
66 14 1 15 69 127 .540 44 5 44 0 .397 6 0 4-5 360 65 10 .977
.319 65-65 235 54 75 18 0 19 58 150 .638 48 6 51 3 .442 3 1 8-9 496 54 6 .989
.331 35-34 136 29 45 11 0 8 38 80 .588 20 0 29 0 .411 2 0 1-1 210 32 3 .988

From the college baseball blog:

He is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and attended Broken Arrow High School. He had an outstanding high school career as a senior batted .538 (63 for 117) with 18 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs. He also scored 52 runs and drove in 53 his final year with a .635 on-base percentage and slugged 1.017. He also hit .496 as a junior with a school record 17 home runs and 16 doubles while scoring 30 runs and driving in 60. He finished the season with a 1.109 slugging and .519 on-base percentage. He was named a Louisville Slugger High School All-American twice and rated as the 11th best prospect out of Oklahoma by Baseball America. …Wilkins had a solid freshman season with the Razorbacks as he missed nearly a month with a rib cage injury but finished the season with a .331 for the season with 45 hits, 38 RBI, 11 doubles and eight home runs in 35 games. He was primarily used at first base but also appeared in six games at third and five as the DH. He spent the summer of 2008 with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League where he played in 40 games hitting .271 with five homers and 26 RBI.

Andy had a solid 2009 campaign as he hit .319 with a team high 19 homers and 58 RBI playing in all 65 Razorbacks games. He started 55 games at first, six at third, and the other four games at DH. He spent the summer of 2009 with the USA National Team where they went 19-5 with victories in the World Baseball Challenge and a trip to play the Japanese College All-Stars. He finished the summer with a .232 average with two homers and 16 RBI in 24 games.


The scouting reports indicate that Wilkins has very good power potential, and this is backed up by the college numbers, but the scouts also see holes in Wilkins’ swing and suggest that he could have major problems hitting quality breaking pitches. Scouts also see him as a player who could take a while to adjust to hitting with a wood bat, although he put in a decent showing at the ’08 Cape Cod League hitting .271/.356/.450 with Yarmouth-Dennis. Defensively he is at least average at 1B. General consensus had Wilkins listed as a 7th to 10th round prospect, making him a slight overdraft here in the 5th round.


He’s big and when he’s on, he can crush the ball, hitting .276 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs for the Razorbacks. But, he’s streaky and that seems to be the biggest knock on Wilkins. If the Sox can get a measure of consistency from him he could be impressive.

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