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Old 07-20-2019, 04:43 PM
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Some of the DSL and AZL youngsters are putting up really impressive numbers. How excited should we be?

- In the DSL, 17-year-old Panamanian outfielder Benyamin Bailey has a 1.016 OPS through 115 AB, 38 walks to only 23 strikeouts, and a 10-1 SB-CS ratio. He's 6'4", literally a man among boys. I have to figure he starts making top 30 lists soon.

- 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher Jefferson Mendoza has a 1.158 OPS, but only through 58 AB, and with 13 SO and only 8 BB. Still, he's a catcher, and he's splitting time with 19-year old Venezuelan catcher Johneiker Betancourt, who has a .995 OPS through 61 AB with 11 SO and 11 BB. Maybe one of these guys will turn out to be something?

- 18-year-old Dominican centerfielder Johnabiell Laureano has a .977 OPS through 128 AB, but with more strikeouts than walks and more CS than SB.

- 16-year-old Dominican LHP Ronaldo Guzman is thriving through 33 IP, allowing only 24 H and striking out 45. Yes, he's walked 18.

In Arizona, 17 year-old Cuban 3B/DH Bryan Ramos has an .866 OPS. I have no idea if he is expected to stay at third. He is sharing time with 18-year-old Illinois 3B/DH DJ Gladney, who has an .889 OPS.

- 18-year-old Dominican SS/IF Jose Rodriguez has a .936 OPS. He has 6 HR to lead the team, one more than Gladney.

Regrettably, there are no really young pitchers on the AZL White Sox to get excited about. The youngest one showing any skills is 20-year-old Dominican RHP Yoelvin Silven.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:10 PM
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Some of the DSL and AZL youngsters are putting up really impressive numbers. How excited should we be?

- In the DSL, 17-year-old Panamanian outfielder Benyamin Bailey has a 1.016 OPS through 115 AB, 38 walks to only 23 strikeouts, and a 10-1 SB-CS ratio. He's 6'4", literally a man among boys. I have to figure he starts making top 30 lists soon.

- 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher Jefferson Mendoza has a 1.158 OPS, but only through 58 AB, and with 13 SO and only 8 BB. Still, he's a catcher, and he's splitting time with 19-year old Venezuelan catcher Johneiker Betancourt, who has a .995 OPS through 61 AB with 11 SO and 11 BB. Maybe one of these guys will turn out to be something?

- 18-year-old Dominican centerfielder Johnabiell Laureano has a .977 OPS through 128 AB, but with more strikeouts than walks and more CS than SB.

- 16-year-old Dominican LHP Ronaldo Guzman is thriving through 33 IP, allowing only 24 H and striking out 45. Yes, he's walked 18.

In Arizona, 17 year-old Cuban 3B/DH Bryan Ramos has an .866 OPS. I have no idea if he is expected to stay at third. He is sharing time with 18-year-old Illinois 3B/DH DJ Gladney, who has an .889 OPS.

- 18-year-old Dominican SS/IF Jose Rodriguez has a .936 OPS. He has 6 HR to lead the team, one more than Gladney.

Regrettably, there are no really young pitchers on the AZL White Sox to get excited about. The youngest one showing any skills is 20-year-old Dominican RHP Yoelvin Silven.
They have graduated a few to A ball this year also. Couple in Kannapolis are having solid first seasons and still quite young.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:59 PM
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They have graduated a few to A ball this year also. Couple in Kannapolis are having solid first seasons and still quite young.
Lenyn Sosa and Bryce Bush are the two youngsters you're thinking of (two 19-year-olds on a team where nobody else is under 21).

Bush was well known when he was drafted out of high school in Michigan and much has been written about him. Sosa was a mystery man when he surfaced, two years ago in Arizona. Both have now established themselves as legitimate prospects. Bush is #20 on the MLB Pipeline list and Sosa is #29 (though the list is overdue to be updated to include the 2019 draftees and maybe a Benyamin Bailey).
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Lenyn Sosa and Bryce Bush are the two youngsters you're thinking of (two 19-year-olds on a team where nobody else is under 21).

Bush was well known when he was drafted out of high school in Michigan and much has been written about him. Sosa was a mystery man when he surfaced, two years ago in Arizona. Both have now established themselves as legitimate prospects. Bush is #20 on the MLB Pipeline list and Sosa is #29 (though the list is overdue to be updated to include the 2019 draftees and maybe a Benyamin Bailey).
Was also thinking about Wilber Perez who's tearing it up out of the Kannapolis pen at 21, though we acquired him in the Soria trade froim the Brewers. He never pitched in short season A-Ball.

Bush actually is not out of the DSL. He went a more standard route and no he's not having a great year but you're correct he's very young.
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:33 PM
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Some of the DSL and AZL youngsters are putting up really impressive numbers. How excited should we be?

- In the DSL, 17-year-old Panamanian outfielder Benyamin Bailey has a 1.016 OPS through 115 AB, 38 walks to only 23 strikeouts, and a 10-1 SB-CS ratio. He's 6'4", literally a man among boys. I have to figure he starts making top 30 lists soon.

- 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher Jefferson Mendoza has a 1.158 OPS, but only through 58 AB, and with 13 SO and only 8 BB. Still, he's a catcher, and he's splitting time with 19-year old Venezuelan catcher Johneiker Betancourt, who has a .995 OPS through 61 AB with 11 SO and 11 BB. Maybe one of these guys will turn out to be something?

- 18-year-old Dominican centerfielder Johnabiell Laureano has a .977 OPS through 128 AB, but with more strikeouts than walks and more CS than SB.

- 16-year-old Dominican LHP Ronaldo Guzman is thriving through 33 IP, allowing only 24 H and striking out 45. Yes, he's walked 18.

In Arizona, 17 year-old Cuban 3B/DH Bryan Ramos has an .866 OPS. I have no idea if he is expected to stay at third. He is sharing time with 18-year-old Illinois 3B/DH DJ Gladney, who has an .889 OPS.

- 18-year-old Dominican SS/IF Jose Rodriguez has a .936 OPS. He has 6 HR to lead the team, one more than Gladney.

Regrettably, there are no really young pitchers on the AZL White Sox to get excited about. The youngest one showing any skills is 20-year-old Dominican RHP Yoelvin Silven.
I think historically the hitters are almost always ahead of the pitchers in the DSL, so any pitcher with any degree of success is intriguing. Homer Cruz and Ronaldo Guzman have put up some very promising numbers and are still just teenagers. They might be worth following up on some more.
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:48 PM
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Some of the DSL and AZL youngsters are putting up really impressive numbers. How excited should we be?

- In the DSL, 17-year-old Panamanian outfielder Benyamin Bailey has a 1.016 OPS through 115 AB, 38 walks to only 23 strikeouts, and a 10-1 SB-CS ratio. He's 6'4", literally a man among boys. I have to figure he starts making top 30 lists soon.

- 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher Jefferson Mendoza has a 1.158 OPS, but only through 58 AB, and with 13 SO and only 8 BB. Still, he's a catcher, and he's splitting time with 19-year old Venezuelan catcher Johneiker Betancourt, who has a .995 OPS through 61 AB with 11 SO and 11 BB. Maybe one of these guys will turn out to be something?

- 18-year-old Dominican centerfielder Johnabiell Laureano has a .977 OPS through 128 AB, but with more strikeouts than walks and more CS than SB.

- 16-year-old Dominican LHP Ronaldo Guzman is thriving through 33 IP, allowing only 24 H and striking out 45. Yes, he's walked 18.

In Arizona, 17 year-old Cuban 3B/DH Bryan Ramos has an .866 OPS. I have no idea if he is expected to stay at third. He is sharing time with 18-year-old Illinois 3B/DH DJ Gladney, who has an .889 OPS.

- 18-year-old Dominican SS/IF Jose Rodriguez has a .936 OPS. He has 6 HR to lead the team, one more than Gladney.

Regrettably, there are no really young pitchers on the AZL White Sox to get excited about. The youngest one showing any skills is 20-year-old Dominican RHP Yoelvin Silven.
Don't forget that we have Thompson and Dalquist waiting in the wings. They won't see action until the Fall instructional league.

Bailey may be an interesting prospect to follow as he moves up from the DSL next year.

In an interview for South Side Sox, Andrew Vaughn gives a nice shout-out to DJ Gladney:
https://www.southsidesox.com/2019/7/...n-game-changer
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Who did you see in the rookie league that White Sox fans should be excited about?DJ Gladney, the hometown kid, is killing it down there. Hes going to be something special. Hes got some special raw power.
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Old 08-03-2019, 12:17 PM
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Two weeks have passed, and the DSL kids are hanging in there.

Bailey is down to a .948 OPS (through 146 AB). I think he might have played a game in center, so maybe he can catch the ball a little.

Mendoza's only had 10 more at-bats and his OPS is now 1.081. Betancourt's only had 11 more at-bats and his OPS is .981. Not enough playing time to go around, unfortunately.

Laureano's OPS is still .976 through 166 AB. This kid could be good.

Guzman's thrown 8 more innings. If my math is right, he gave up 5 hits and 6 walks but struck out 15 in those 8 innings. 60 Ks in 41 innings on the year.

And an 18-year old Venezuelan RHP, Manuel Veloz, has emerged. He's looked great in his first 19.2 innings: 15 hits allowed, 5 walks, 19 strikeouts.
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