Tadahito Iguchi

The White Sox all-time prospect team is sick

0202_ordonez_thomas.jpg
AP

The White Sox all-time prospect team is sick

You know all about the current crop of White Sox prospects. Baseball America has five in its top 100. MLB Pipeline has seven.

But did you realize how many White Sox greats from the past three decades were rated as top-100 prospects?

Baseball Twitter had some fun earlier this week looking back at Baseball America's all-time top-100 prospect lists, the site's top-100 prospects for every year going back to 1990, and assembling all-time prospect squads for big league teams.

Well, I took a crack at assembling a 25-man roster for the White Sox, and it is very, very good.

Pre-2005 stars are well represented in this conversation, with guys like Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Lee and Ray Durham as no-doubt starters. But world champs like Tadahito Iguchi, Bobby Jenks and Jon Garland also made the cut. So too did a Hall of Famer in Frank Thomas and active players like Chris Sale, Jose Abreu and even Gio Gonzalez, who never pitched for the White Sox but had multiple stints in their farm system.

The choices were limited to guys who were ranked as top-100 prospects when they part of the White Sox organization. That, for example, is why you won't see Paul Konerko, who was a top-100 prospect (four times!) when he was part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Oh, and I also decided to leave off current prospects like Michael Kopech and Eloy Jimenez because there's no knowing what they'll be just yet. They might one day dominate this list. Though I did include current catching prospect Zack Collins backing up Tyler Flowers because those were the only two White Sox catchers on the lists.

Here's my 25-man team, and let me know if I left someone off you would've included. The full lists are right here. Just Ctrl+F "White Sox" — or any other team you choose — to zoom down the lists.

Pitchers

James Baldwin
John Danks
Jon Garland
Gio Gonzalez
Roberto Hernandez
Daniel Hudson
Bobby Jenks
Brandon McCarthy
Jon Rauch
Addison Reed
Carlos Rodon
Chris Sale

Catchers

Zack Collins
Tyler Flowers

Infielders

Jose Abreu
Gordon Beckham
Joe Crede
Ray Durham
Tadahito Iguchi
Robin Ventura

Outfielders

Mike Cameron
Carlos Lee
Magglio Ordonez
Ryan Sweeney

Designated hitter

Frank Thomas

And if I was forced to play manager and write up a starting lineup ...

1. Ray Durham, 2B
2. Mike Cameron, CF
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Frank Thomas, DH
5. Magglio Ordonez, RF
6. Robin Ventura, 3B
7. Carlos Lee, LF
8. Gordon Beckham, SS
9. Tyler Flowers, C

Chris Sale, SP

Tadahito Iguchi visits White Sox to celebrate retirement, is managerial job in his future?

Tadahito Iguchi visits White Sox to celebrate retirement, is managerial job in his future?

Tadahito Iguchi threw out the first pitch before Thursday night’s White Sox game. And no, he didn’t do it while horizontal to the ground.

The starting second baseman on the 2005 World Series championship team, Iguchi just retired from his professional baseball career, a 21-year tenure as a pro in both Japan and the United States.

In addition to his first pitch, Iguchi got a congratulatory video featuring messages from Ozzie Guillen, Paul Konerko, Kenny Williams, Geoff Blum, Hawk Harrelson and Jerry Reinsdorf.

Iguchi will always be remembered as a key cog on that championship squad, a much-beloved team that’s still very much in the minds of fans more than a decade after the fact.

“It was his dream,” Iguchi said through a translator before Thursday’s game, “and it came true.”

And, of course, he’ll be remembered for this:

Now that his playing days are behind him, Iguchi has his sights on what’s next, and what’s next could be a future as a major league manager, that is if Iguchi gets his way.

And maybe that future could be with the White Sox.

“He doesn’t know yet, but in the future he wants to wear the uniform in Major League Baseball.

“About two years ago, he was invited for SoxFest, and he remembers he spoke to Jerry about wanting to come back to the Chicago White Sox again.”

If the ovation he received at Guaranteed Rate Field was any indication, White Sox fans would be happy to see more of Iguchi, too.