Seby Zavala

MLB Pipeline ranks White Sox farm system third in baseball: Here are their top 30 Sox prospects


MLB Pipeline ranks White Sox farm system third in baseball: Here are their top 30 Sox prospects

MLB Pipeline is often the go-to when it comes to each team's top prospect lists.

Well, after ranking the White Sox farm system as the third best in the game, the site revealed its preseason picks for the organization's top 30 prospects.

The top seven appeared on MLB Pipeline's list of the top 100 prospects in baseball in January: outfielder Eloy Jimenez (4), pitcher Michael Kopech (10), outfielder Luis Robert (28), pitcher Alec Hansen (54), pitcher Dylan Cease (61), pitcher Dane Dunning (92) and outfielder Blake Rutherford (99).

Every one of those guys, by the way, were acquired in the last 14 months. Same goes for the No. 8 prospect, third baseman Jake Burger, the team's first-round draft pick in 2017.

But considering the incredible amount of talent the White Sox have injected into their system in the last year-plus, the entire top 30 should be of great interest to fans. Here's the full list. Click on the players' names to Meet the Prospects.

1. Eloy Jimenez, OF
2. Michael Kopech, P
3. Luis Robert, OF
4. Alec Hansen, P
5. Dylan Cease, P
6. Dane Dunning, P
7. Blake Rutherford, OF
8. Jake Burger, 3B
9. Zack Collins, C
10. Carson Fulmer, P
11. Micker Adolfo, OF
12. Gavin Sheets, 1B
13. Zack Burdi, P
14. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF
15. Spencer Adams, P
16. Charlie Tilson, OF
17. Ian Clarkin, P
18. Ryan Cordell, OF
19. Luis Gonzalez, OF
20. Aaron Bummer, P
21. Ian Hamilton, P
22. Jordan Stephens, P
23. Seby Zavala, C
24. Evan Skoug, C
25. Luis Curbelo, SS
26. A.J. Puckett, P
27. Tyler Johnson, P
28. Lincoln Henzman, P
29. Thyago Vieira, P
30. Justin Yurchak, 1B/3B

And remember, that doesn't include guys who graduated from prospect status just last year and have yet to play their first full season in the majors, guys like Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, who were all at or near the top of this list last year.

Get excited, White Sox fans.

Why White Sox are sending Rule 5 pick Dylan Covey to the Arizona Fall League


Why White Sox are sending Rule 5 pick Dylan Covey to the Arizona Fall League

MINNEAPOLIS — Dylan Covey is headed back to the Arizona Fall League and he’s OK with the reason for his trip.

In order to make up for the innings he lost to injury this season, the White Sox Rule 5 pick will pitch as a starter for the Glendale Desert Dogs. It’s the same role in which Covey performed last year in the AFL. Covey is one of seven White Sox players who was announced to the AFL on Tuesday. The others include pitchers Jace Fry, Connor Walsh and Matt Foster, catcher Seby Zavala, infielder Danny Mendick and outfielder Tito Polo.

“I look at it as a good thing,” Covey said. “It means they want me to be a starter, so I need to get those innings up. I’ve started my whole career. I’m kind of looking forward to it. It was a good experience for me last year. It’s what got me to the White Sox. It’s an extra six weeks of baseball, but it’s also going to get me ready for next season.”

An oblique injury in May that sidelined Covey for three months has limited him to 56 innings between the minors and majors this season. Covey also suffered an oblique injury in 2016, which limited him to 54 frames. He pitched 140 or more innings in each of the previous two seasons, making a combined 51 starts.

“We’re trying to get him to get a few more innings,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Obviously he’s been down a while. Try to get him a few more innings, continue to command the zone, continue to develop and use what we consider to be a pretty good sinker effectively. I think that just getting a few more innings for him will be good to extend him a little bit longer.”

Covey went 4-0 with a 4.74 ERA in six AFL starts in 2016.

White Sox Minor League Report: Time to take notice of Seby Zavala

White Sox Minor League Report: Time to take notice of Seby Zavala

As part of a weekly series, presented by Ozinga, will highlight the top performances of several prospects in a weekly minor league report.

White Sox Blueprint Player of the Week: Seby Zavala (C), Winston-Salem Dash

While Zack Collins gets all the attention in the White Sox farm system, catcher Seby Zavala has quietly flown under the radar this season.

A 12th round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft out of San Diego State, Zavala just recently earned a promotion from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem.

Zavala has been on a tear at the plate in his last 10 games as he's collected nine hits while blasting four home runs and an eye-opening 15 RBI.

Charlotte Knights

After struggling in the early part of June, Nicky Delmonico has found his stroke with the Knights.

Delmonico has 12 hits in his last 10 games and has mashed two homers and six RBI during that time. 

Starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez had his best outing of the season on Thursday night when he picked up the win against Columbus after allowing one earned run in 6.2 innings while collecting a season-high 11 strikeouts.

Birmingham Barons

Recently named Southern League Pitcher of the Week, White Sox prospect Jordan Guerrero has been lights out in the month of June for the Barons.

In his last three outings, the left-hander has allowed just two earned runs on 11 hits with 16 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

Kannapolis Intimidators 

It's hard to not get excited about the future of Micker Adolfo.

The 20-year-old outfielder continues to rake in Single-A as he's reached base in 8 out of his last 10 games and has pushed his batting average up to .284 on the season. Adolfo cranked out three home runs and eight RBI in his last 10 contests.

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Great Falls Voyagers

The White Sox may have a keeper in 2017 12th round selection Justin Yurchak.

Once a highly-recruited preps star out of New York, Yurchak transferred to Binghamton University after just one year at Wake Forest in which he garnered ACC All-Freshman Team honors.

It's been a smooth transition into the White Sox organization for Yurchak as the third baseman has reached base in every game with the Voyagers and has belted two home runs to go along with seven RBI.

AZL White Sox

After signing with the White Sox as an undrafted free agent last November, the former Bellarmine University standout has started his professional career on a high note.

In his first week in the Arizona League, Austin Crutcher is slashing .286/.385/.476 with a home run and five RBI. The 24-year-old outfielder has two stolen bases in his first six games.

DSL White Sox

We should just change the name of this section to "your weekly Luis Robert update".

The 19-year-old Cuban outfielder has a .277 batting average while boasting a ridiculous .500 OBP. Robert added three stolen bases this week to push his total to seven this season.