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Old 01-08-2018, 08:34 AM
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Baseball America breaks the seal with the first White Sox top 10 of the year.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/mino...Y2KVZCqqahj.97
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:51 AM
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Baseball America breaks the seal with the first White Sox top 10 of the year.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/mino...Y2KVZCqqahj.97
That's an impressive list.
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Old 01-08-2018, 02:57 PM
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White Sox Top 10 Prospects, per @BaseballAmerica:

1. Eloy Jimenez, OF
2. Michael Kopech, RHP
3. Alec Hansen, RHP
4. Luis Robert, OF
5. Dane Dunning, RHP
6. Zack Collins, C
7. Jake Burger, 3B
8. Blake Rutherford, OF
9. Gavin Sheets, 1B
10. Dylan Cease, RHP

Someone explain Cease below Sheets, Collins, and Burger? Seems a risk.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:06 PM
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Someone explain Cease below Sheets, Collins, and Burger? Seems a risk.
Control issues, injury issues, hasn't been able to progress through levels at the pace most would like. High ceiling, but has a long way to go. Sheets, Collins and Burger are seen as very advanced bats with power and plate discipline.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:56 PM
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Pretty good list. For me I would move Sheets out and Fulmer in. The way Fulmer ended the season restores quite a bit of his stock in my opinion. He was back to pitching 92-95, which was his velocity back at Vandy and his curve has some good bite to it when he was on.
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:34 PM
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Nice list. Hard to argue, quibble maybe, but hard to argue with any of it. Glad to see Hansen get the recognition he deserves after his dominating performance last year. Interesting to see that Rutherford fell as much as he did and yes, that Cease is lower than Burger and Sheets but each of those last give guys have something you can point to as a detraction. It really matters what you consider to be more important and who you believe will overcome whatever it is.

Can't disagree with their comment that the talent drops off after the first 15 but that there are those even further down the list that could surprise and rise this year. I'm guessing their next five include Fulmer, Burdi, Gillaspie, Adolfo, and maybe Adams or Cordell. Hard to say for sure where they draw the line. Clarkin might get consideration as well.
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:55 PM
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Nice list. Hard to argue, quibble maybe, but hard to argue with any of it. Glad to see Hansen get the recognition he deserves after his dominating performance last year.
Really? I thought they dissed Hansen. He was ranked #3 and Robert #4, yet
"The top of the system is among the best in the game, with outfielder Eloy Jimenez, righthander Michael Kopech and Cuban import Luis Robert each having extremely high ceilings."

I happen to think Hansen has a ceiling of true #1 starter.
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:56 PM
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I can’t say that I object to the inclusions or even the order. As others have said, Fulmer merits consideration, as does Adolfo.

As for a dropoff after the top 15, what team wouldn’t see a dropoff after the top 15?
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:26 PM
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As for a dropoff after the top 15, what team wouldn’t see a dropoff after the top 15?
Boston. Their dropoff comes around #2.
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:50 PM
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Boston. Their dropoff comes around #2.
Fair point.

What I meant, though, is who has a system with more than 15 prospects who belong in or near the overall Top 100?
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:19 AM
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Fair point.

What I meant, though, is who has a system with more than 15 prospects who belong in or near the overall Top 100?
Atlanta is still super deep. But as far as 15 guys in the top 100? I can't ever recall a system like that.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:33 AM
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Atlanta is still super deep. But as far as 15 guys in the top 100? I can't ever recall a system like that.
15? If a team has 7 or 8 that's pretty remarkable. I'm not sure 10 has ever happened.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:47 AM
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That’s my point. The only “criticism” anyone levies against our current crop of prospects is that the level really falls off after the top 15. But that’s not really a legitimate criticism, because the prospects ranked 16-30 in any system are very unlikely to become significant major league contributors, unless they are extremely young and haven’t yet had much of an opportunity to prove themselves.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:52 AM
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Agreed. I think the criticism is that after the top 15 you have players with either little upside or little production to date.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:54 AM
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Really? I thought they dissed Hansen. He was ranked #3 and Robert #4, yet
"The top of the system is among the best in the game, with outfielder Eloy Jimenez, righthander Michael Kopech and Cuban import Luis Robert each having extremely high ceilings."

I happen to think Hansen has a ceiling of true #1 starter.
Yeah, I noticed that too. If he continues to perform this year the way he did last then I think he'll join that group. I too think he has #1 potential but can understand some hesitation given his previous inconsistency in performing at that level. Jiminez and Kopech don't have that record to overcome and Robert is all pure potential still at this point.
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