The Major League Baseball season is a week old. But Opening Day in the minors comes Thursday.
In the White Sox loaded farm system, there are highly touted prospects scattered across the organization. With their campaigns getting underway Thursday, here's where each of your favorite White Sox prospects are starting the 2018 campaign.
Winston-Salem Dash (Class A)
Dylan Cease: The "other guy" acquired in that midseason trade with the Cubs last summer, Cease had a great spring, pitching 6.1 shutout innings in three Cactus League appearances.
Dane Dunning: Things didn't go so well this spring, with Dunning posting a 7.00 ERA (seven runs in nine innings) during Cactus League play, but he was good at Winston-Salem last year, with a 3.51 ERA in 118 innings.
Gavin Sheets: Last year's second-round draft pick (after the White Sox took Burger in the first round), Sheets slashed .266/.346/.365 in 52 games with Kannapolis last season.
Micker Adolfo: Adolfo's health status will be of great interest this season after he hurt his elbow during the spring, but he's playing through it as the White Sox hope he can avoid surgery.
Luis Alexander Basabe: A pretty good spring flew under the radar, with Basabe slashing .273/.333/.545 in 22 at-bats in Cactus League play.
Luis Robert: He'll be out for a significant stretch as he recovers from a torn ligament in his thumb, suffered while sliding into second during a Cactus League game — the same game he later homered in.
Blake Rutherford: Acquired in that seven-player trade with the New York Yankees, Rutherford went hitless in seven Cactus League at-bats after slashing a disappointing .213/.289/.254 in 30 games at Kannapolis in 2017.
Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
Spencer Adams: Adams will be back at Birmingham after posting a 4.42 ERA in 152.2 innings there last season.
Ian Clarkin: Three outings and 5.2 innings are all Clarkin got during the spring, though he didn't allow a single run. He'll move up to Double-A after making just three starts with Winston-Salem last season.
Alec Hansen: He made just one appearance during Cactus League play, giving up three runs in 1.2 innings, but that won't dampen the excitement after he struck out 191 hitters between three minor league levels last year. He'll be here eventually after getting completely healthy in Arizona.
Zack Collins: There wasn't much success to be had in just 11 spring at-bats for Collins, and he'll get a more lengthy crack at Double-A after playing just 12 games there in 2017.
Seby Zavala: What a catching tandem it'll be in Birmingham when Collins gets paired with Zavala, who slashed .282/.353/.499 between two levels of Class A last season.
Eloy Jimenez: Though he seemed ready to pick up where he left off in the spring — two homers and a triple in seven at-bats — a strained pec will keep Jimenez out of action as the season begins.
Charlotte Knights (Triple-A)
Zack Burdi: He'll stay sidelined as he battles back from surgery last season.
Michael Kopech: The star of the show down at Charlotte, the White Sox top-ranked pitching prospect will have plenty to work on after a mixed bag of a spring that featured an 11.57 ERA in seven innings.
Thyago Vieira: A flamethrower picked up in a trade with the Seattle Mariners, Vieira was a trendy pick to make the big league bullpen, but he'll start at Charlotte after giving up four runs and getting just three outs during spring training.
Casey Gillaspie: He had a rough spring, hitting just .189 in 37 at-bats.
Ryan Cordell: Another popular pick to make the Opening Day roster, Cordell had a great spring, slashing .317/.417/.512 with eight RBIs and eight runs scored in 41 at-bats.
Charlie Tilson: Injured ever since joining the White Sox organization in 2016, a finally healthy Tilson picked up just three hits in 18 spring at-bats.