Bonus White Sox Prospects: Nos. 21-25
21. Trey Michalczewski, 3b. Because he’s a physical, switch-hitting third baseman, he drew some Chipper Jones comps before the White Sox signed him for $500,000 as a seventh-rounder in the 2013 Draft. Don’t put him in the Hall of Fame just yet, but Michalczewski shows bat speed and power from both sides of the plate, and he has good actions at the hot corner.
22. Jake Petricka, rhp. After three seasons as a starter, he became a full-time reliever last year and made his big league debut in August. Petricka averaged 94 mph with his fastball and 84 mph with his slider while with Chicago, though his lackluster control and command limit his ceiling to that of a set-up man.
23. Scott Snodgress, lhp. He spent three years at Stanford as a reliever, but he shifted to starting in pro ball and spent his second full season in Double-A. Snodgress’ curveball and changeup are better than his 87-92 mph fastball, which he’ll need to command better to make it as a back-of-the-rotation option.
24. Eric Surkamp, lhp. An extremely polished lefty, he made his big league debut in 2011 with the Giants before having Tommy John surgery that cost him all of 2012. Claimed on waivers by the White Sox after the 2013 season, Surkamp relies heavily on his breaking ball and changeup and his ability to put his high-80s fastball wherever he wants.
25. Andy Wilkins, 1b. One of the more consistent power hitters in the system, he has slugged 57 homers in his three full pro seasons. Wilkins may not have enough bat to project as a Major League regular, especially with Jose Abreu blocking him, but he might have enough pop and enough of an eye at the plate to get a chance somewhere.
My favorite deep sleeper: Brad Goldberg, rhp. He had to sit out one year after transferring from Coastal Carolina to Ohio State and another because of a transcript snafu, making him a 23-year-old fifth-year senior when the White Sox signed him for $10,000 as a 10th-rounder last year. More than just a money-saver, Goldberg has a lively 92-96 mph fastball, a hard sinker and a chance to rush to the big leagues as a reliever.