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White Sox position player prospects ranked best in baseball

White Sox position player prospects ranked best in baseball

The White Sox are shifting from rebuilding to win-now mode as some of the team’s top prospects make it to the majors and the front office has beefed up the team via free agency. However, the farm is still stocked with some premium talent, especially when it comes to position players.

MiLB.com ranked each team’s farm system in terms of position player prospects and the White Sox came out on top. Considering how MLB Pipeline ranks Luis Robert (No. 3), Andrew Vaughn (No. 16) and Nick Madrigal (No. 40) in its overall prospect rankings, this isn’t a big surprise.

Robert signed a major-league deal this offseason and is expected to be the Opening Day starting centerfielder. Vaughn could start the year in Double-A and is probably about a year away. Madrigal figures to be up sometime early in 2020.

Luis Alexander Basabe, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, Gavin Sheets and Zack Collins also got mentions, although all of those prospects have some pockmarks on their resumes when compared to Robert, Vaughn and Madrigal.

“It's a group with plenty of potential and is spread out well across the diamond,” Joe Bloss wrote. “It's MiLB.com's top group of position-player prospects going into the 2020 season.”

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Lucas Giolito’s top 10 games in a White Sox uniform

Lucas Giolito’s top 10 games in a White Sox uniform

Lucas Giolito had a transformative 2019, going from the pitcher with the worst statistics in baseball to the ace of the White Sox staff.

He’s only been on the South Side for a little more than two seasons, but he’s already turned in some impressive performances, many of them, unsurprisingly, from last season.

Click here to see Giolito's 10 best outings in a White Sox uniform.

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A.J. Reed, who played 14 games with the White Sox in 2019, retired

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A.J. Reed, who played 14 games with the White Sox in 2019, retired

A.J. Reed, the one-time slugging prospect who made his way to the White Sox last season, retired earlier this month.

The news went unnoticed by many, though there it is on the International League's transactions page: Reed, a second-round draft pick in 2014, retired on March 4. He's 26 years old.

The White Sox picked Reed up on a waiver claim midway through last season, taking a flier on a guy who had no trouble racking up home runs in the minor leagues. He hit 34 of them playing at two levels of the Houston Astros organization in 2015, 34 more at Triple-A in 2017 and another 28 at Triple-A in 2018.

But Reed could never make it happen at the major league level, and that includes in the 49 plate appearances he got in just 14 games with the White Sox in 2019. He picked up only six hits, including one home run, and struck out a whopping 21 times.

Reed did manage a highlight in a White Sox uniform. He moved over from first base and pitched in relief during the ninth inning of an 11-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins, retiring all three batters he faced.

He played his final game with the White Sox on Aug. 1 and spent the remainder of the season in Triple-A Charlotte.

In the midst of another rebuilding season, the White Sox were in position to take that sort of a low-risk gamble on Reed and see if they could help him discover something he couldn't at the big league level in Houston. Fans weren't happy watching him struggle at the plate, but that's life in the middle of a rebuild.

Thanks to breakout seasons from so many of their young core players and a busy offseason of big-name veteran additions, the White Sox don't figure to be in such a position again for the foreseeable future.

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