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How Baseball America envisions the White Sox starting lineup of the future

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How Baseball America envisions the White Sox starting lineup of the future

The White Sox rebuild is going just swimmingly, according to the fine folks at Baseball America.

The publication does its own rankings of each organization's top prospects every offseason, and their top 10 rankings of the players in the White Sox farm system is unexpectedly impressive, what with how general manager Rick Hahn has acquired so much minor league talent over the past year-plus.

But one of the fun things Baseball America also does is project a starting lineup for a few years down the road. That's been a favorite pastime of South Side baseball fans ever since Hahn kicked off the rebuild with those trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton more than a year ago. Now you can see how your fantasy future White Sox lineup matches up with Baseball America's.

They flash forward all the way to 2021, a year past when most White Sox fans have been dreaming about as the apex of the rebuild and when the South Siders start becoming perennial contenders. Notably, Baseball America also expects the White Sox to give long-term deals to Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia — not bad moves by any stretch — who are both currently under team control only through the end of the 2019 season.

Here's how Baseball America sees Rick Renteria's starting nine in 2021:

Of course, Baseball America goes a little more in depth than that, ranking the top 10 prospects in each farm system and laying out their picks for which players have the best tools in each organization.

Here are those respective lists for the White Sox:

Get ready, White Sox fans. The future's coming.

Meet the Prospects: Zack Burdi

Meet the Prospects: Zack Burdi

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.

Zack Burdi

Burdi, the 22-year-old right-handed hurler, has only thrown 71.1 innings in his two seasons with the White Sox.

A Downers Grove native, Burdi was a first-round draft pick in 2016 and already is at the Triple-A level. After playing college ball at the University of Louisville and posting a 3.32 ERA in 26 games over four different levels of minor league baseball in 2016, Burdi tossed just 33.1 innings at Charlotte last season. He turned in a 4.05 ERA in 29 appearances for the Knights before his season came to an end in early July.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Burdi rated as the No. 12 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Burdi in the video above.

Which White Sox prospects will be in Chicago in 2018?

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Which White Sox prospects will be in Chicago in 2018?

When the White Sox break camp in a little under three months, how many prospects will be in tow?

What about as the 2018 season progresses? 

Chuck Garfien and Chris Kamka believe eight White Sox prospects are destined to hit Chicago in the coming season, though not all at once:

Thyago Vieira and Charlie Tilson may make the big-league team out of spring training and Casey Gillaspie and Ryan Cordell may not be far behind.

But what about Michael Kopech? Eloy Jimenez? Zack Collins? Zack Burdi?

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Posted by NBC Sports Chicago on Wednesday, January 10, 2018