Jake Burger was the White Sox first-round draft pick last summer, but he's gone a bit under the radar thanks to the organization's wealth of highly touted prospects.
Well, MLB Pipeline hasn't missed Burger's big bat, ranking him as one of the top 10 third-base prospects in baseball Tuesday.
MLB Pipeline has been rolling out its top-10 lists at every position since last week, and the White Sox have been well represented, with Michael Kopech the site's No. 3 right-handed pitching prospect and Zack Collins its No. 9 catching prospect. The site will unveil its shortstop and outfield lists on Wednesday and Thursday, and you're almost guaranteed to see Eloy Jimenez's name at or near the top of that list of outfielders.
But seeing Burger's name this high should give White Sox fans yet another reason to get excited about the future. After all, third base has been projected as one of the few places on the diamond that might need an outside addition to put the South Siders over the hump — especially with huge names like Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado slated to hit the free-agent market in the next couple offseasons.
But Burger's rise might prevent a need for a superstar upgrade at the hot corner. He hit a combined 43 home runs in his final two seasons at Missouri State, and he slashed .271/.335/.409 with nine doubles, four home runs, 27 RBIs and 13 walks compared to 28 strikeouts in 47 games at Class-A Kannapolis last season.
Whether Burger sticks at third base or not remains to be seen — something that's been speculated about — as he's obviously got plenty of development left, having just joined the organization last summer.
But to have some folks in the know to rate Burger so highly is only a good sign for the White Sox as the rebuild rolls on.
Plus, look what he's been doing during the offseason: