There is an awful lot of hype surrounding the White Sox bevy of talented prospects.
Michael Kopech can hit triple digits. Eloy Jimenez has light-tower power. Alec Hansen can probably strike out Babe Ruth. Stuff like that.
But the team's director of player development, former White Sox infielder Chris Getz, had some interesting comments about one of the less-heralded guys in the farm system, a guy who could definitely factor into the team's outfield of the future.
"That was the first time I’d ever seen Micker Adolfo," Getz said during a Sunday afternoon SoxFest panel at the Hilton Chicago. "I don’t know the Micker Adolfo prior to 2017. Ultra talented, lots of tools.
"When I saw this kid for the first time, I thought, ‘This is one of the most physically gifted players I’ve ever seen.’"
White Sox fans have been getting real excited over the likes of Kopech, Jimenez, Hansen and Luis Robert. And it's not to say that Adolfo has been completely off folks' radar screen. But "one of the most physically gifted players I’ve ever seen" is a heck of a rave review from Getz.
Adolfo had a breakout minor league season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 home runs, 28 doubles and 68 RBIs in 112 games at Class A Kannapolis, and he's creeping further into the forefront of the conversation about the White Sox lineup of the future.
"Those were raw skills. He just needed to play baseball. He needed to get comfortable on a baseball field," Getz continued. "From an offensive standpoint, he was a guy who was trying to generate power, but he was already strong enough, he didn’t need to do that. So he really became disciplined last year with an approach. He stayed on top of the ball longer, and he would run into balls naturally and drive them out of the park.
"It was great to see him take strides. And now the confidence is coming, so who knows what’s in store next."