Meet the Prospects

Meet the Prospects: Michael Kopech

Meet the Prospects: Michael Kopech

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Michael Kopech

Kopech, the 21-year-old right-handed hurler, was one of the two big pieces acquired in last offseason's trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. And the White Sox are hoping they have their next Sale in Kopech, who at one point last season was baseball's top-ranked pitching prospect.

A Texas native, Kopech was the Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher after he finished with a 3.39 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 119.1 innings over 22 starts with the Birmingham Barons. After a promotion to Triple-A Charlotte, he allowed five runs and struck out 17 hitters in 15 innings in three more starts there.

There is perhaps more excitement about the 2014 first-rounder than any other member of this rebuilding effort, and the expectations are sky high, not just for fans but Kopech and those around him, too. He said right before this weekend's SoxFest festivities that he already feels ready for the big leagues.

Our NBC Sports Chicago cameras went to Texas and spent three days with Kopech as he went through his offseason training. This is a must-watch piece on a guy who could soon be the White Sox ace.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Kopech rated as the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Kopech in the video above.

Meet the Prospects: Micker Adolfo

Meet the Prospects: Micker Adolfo

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Micker Adolfo

Adolfo, the 21-year-old outfielder, is another young player White Sox fans are dreaming about seeing in the outfield of the future.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Adolfo has been in the White Sox organization since he was 17 back in 2014. In 2016, he saw his first action at the Class A level and slashed .219/.269/.340 in 65 games at Kannapolis. Last year, he logged a full season at Kannapolis, seeing those numbers jump up to .264/.331/.453 with 16 home runs, 28 doubles and 68 RBIs in 112 games.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Adolfo rated as the No. 14 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Adolfo in the video above.

Meet the Prospects: Luis Robert

Meet the Prospects: Luis Robert

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Luis Robert

Robert, the 20-year-old outfielder, has only been part of the White Sox organization for a short while, but he's already one of the biggest stars of the rebuild.

A Cuban native, Robert signed with the White Sox last May, and the scouting reports already had South Side baseball fans dreaming of Robert as the team's center fielder of the future. And hopes are high everywhere. Manager Rick Renteria offered his own scouting report at the Winter Meetings after seeing Robert play in the Dominican Republic: “He’s a pretty impressive specimen. Listen, this kid can fly. I saw him run down to first I think it was like 3.56 after a full swing on a ground ball. He ran down a ball in center, right-center field effortlessly. He hit a ball against the wind and a gust into center, left-center field that I thought had no chance and it ended up going over the trees.”

Robert has yet to play a game of minor league baseball in the United States, his lone action since joining the White Sox coming in 28 games in the Dominican Summer League. But there's been talk of the possibility that he could begin the 2018 season as high as Double-A Birmingham.

There's reason for all this hype, though. Robert is good. In those 28 games in the Dominican Summer League, he slashed .310/.491/.536 with 12 of his 26 hits going for extra bases.

And have you seen him swing?

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Robert rated as the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Robert in the video above.