Thyago Vieira

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.

White Sox keep adding veteran — and potentially flippable — relievers


White Sox keep adding veteran — and potentially flippable — relievers

After flipping a significant chunk of their bullpen to contending teams last summer, the White Sox keep adding veteran arms to their bullpen mix for 2018 — potentially with the same outcome in mind.

Rick Hahn's front office has acquired a lot of relief pitching this offseason, even if most of the moves have flown under the radar. The latest additions came this week, as the South Siders reportedly signed a pair of former big league closers, Jeanmar Gomez and Bruce Rondon, to minor league deals.

Gomez spent the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, serving as their primary closer during the 2016 season, when he logged 37 saves. His ERA has been on the rise since he posted a career-best mark of 3.01 in 2015, jumping to 4.85 in 2016 and 7.25 last season, when he pitched just 22.1 innings with the Phillies.

Rondon had a crack at the Detroit Tigers' closing job in years past, saving a total of seven games during his career. He was at his best in 2016 — ironically the lone season of his four-year big league career in which he didn't record a save — when he turned in a 2.97 ERA in 36.1 innings. He threw just 15.2 innings in 2017, getting roughed up in his 21 appearances to the tune of a 10.91 ERA.

Both guys have yet to hit their 30th birthday.

As mentioned, these are just the latest of many bullpen additions Hahn has made this winter. Most notably, the White Sox acquired Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria in a three-team trade. They also added Jose Ruiz and Thyago Vieira to a relief corps that returns Aaron Bummer, Dylan Covey, Danny Farquhar, Jace Fry, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones and Juan Minaya from last year's team, meaning it should be a crowded race to make the Opening Day bullpen. And they reportedly added former Tampa Bay Rays reliever Xavier Cedeno on a minor league deal last weekend.

But the additions also speak to the strategy Hahn used last season, when he dealt a host of veteran relievers to contending clubs in exchange for rebuild-bolstering pieces.

Anthony Swarzak, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Dan Jennings were all traded away. Swarzak brought Ryan Cordell — a prospect who apparently has a lot of interest, according to Hahn — back from the Milwaukee Brewers. In a trade with the New York Yankees, Kahnle and Robertson, along with Todd Frazier, added Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin and others to the White Sox farm system. Jennings went to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for prospect Casey Gillaspie.

Who knows if any of these recent additions will produce the kind of productive seasons required to generate trade interest this summer. Heck, who knows how many of these additions even end up in the White Sox bullpen. But you can see the White Sox following a similar blueprint to what they did last year, when they turned Swarzak and Kahnle into valuable trade chips.

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

Meet the Prospects: Thyago Vieira

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.

Thyago Vieira

Vieira, the 24-year-old right-handed hurler, has just one inning of big league ball under his belt.

A native of Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut last season for the Seattle Mariners, pitching one scorless inning — and striking out one batter — in an Aug. 14 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He's since joined the White Sox rebuild, acquired in a November trade that sent international bonus slot money back to the Pacific Northwest.

In the minors last season, Vieira split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, combining for a 4.00 ERA in 54 innings of 41 appearances. He struck out 46 hitters and walked 22. In previous minor league seasons, he showed a good ability to strike out opposing hitters, posting a 10.8 K/9 with Class A Bakersfield in 2016.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Vieira rated as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Vieira in the video above.