Bonus White Sox Prospects: Nos. 21-25

The White Sox are next up in our ongoing series of bonus prospects for organizations whose Top 20 lists I recently updated for’s Prospect Watch. Chicago’s system is more bountiful than it has been in years, though that depth doesn’t extend past the White Sox Top 20.

21. Chris Bassitt, rhp. After a breakthrough 2013 season, he fractured his pitching hand in an off-field incident and didn’t return to the mound until mid-July. His 91-95 mph fastball is his lone plus pitch, so he may be more of an asset as a reliever than as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

22. Jace Fry, lhp. Coming all the way back from Tommy John surgery in 2012, Fry went 11-2, 1.80 at Oregon State this spring and signed for $760,000 as a third-round pick. He’s a pitchability lefty who relies on his ability to command and mix three pitches, the best of which might be his changeup.

23. Eric Surkamp, lhp. Another southpaw who had his elbow reconstructed in 2012, he has transitioned from a starter throughout his pro career to a situational reliever in Chicago’s bullpen this summer. Surkamp works at 85-88 mph with his sinker and can miss some bats with his curveball.

24. Kyle Hansen, rhp. He’s trying to follow his brother Craig’s path from St. John’s to a big league bullpen. Kyle is a sinker/slider guy who can reach 95 mph with his fastball.

25. Tyler Saladino, inf/of. After two down years with the bat, he was having a strong season in Triple-A before he blew out his elbow making a throw from the outfield. Saladino lacks a plus tool, but he’s versatile and offers some gap power and on-base ability.

Newcomer To Watch: Jake Peter, inf/rhp. A seventh-round pick in June, he has hit .353/.419/.522 in his first 34 pro games at Rookie-level Great Falls. Peter is a middle infielder who handles the bat well and has average speed, but he tantalizes scouts the most with his arm. He showed a 92-96 mph fastball as a reliever at Creighton, though repeated elbow soreness limited his work on the mound.


I am a huge fan of your work Mr. Callis & also a huge White Sox fan. While I do trust you & everyone else that contributed to these rankings, I’m not sure how Rangel Ravelo isn’t at least #16 let alone not on your top 25. I can’t see how players that are struggling in lower levels are ranked instead of him. He doesn’t have the power numbers one would like from a first baseman, but he’s shown consistency with getting hits & his 30 doubles this season and 31 last season are pretty good. Kevan Smith is 4 years older & plays in AA Birmingham as well. Ravelo has better numbers across the board yet Smith is ranked #20. Again, I respect all the hard work you’ve put into all of these rankings. This would be my 2014 White Sox top 25 Prospects:

1. LHP Carlos Rodon
2. 2B Micah Johnson
3. SS Tim Anderson
4. OF Courtney Hawkins
5. RHP Tyler Danish
6. RHP Spencer Adams
7. 3B Matt Davidson
8. 2B/SS Carlos Sanchez
9. RHP Francellis Montas
10. 1B Rangel Ravelo
11. 3B Trey Michalczewski
12. UTIL Tyler Saladino
13. RHP Chris Beck
14. OF Jacob May
15. Trayce Thompson
16. 1B Keon Barnum
17. RHP James Dykstra
18. OF Adam Engel
19. RHP Andrew Mitchell
20. OF Micker Adolfo
21. RHP Chris Bassitt
22. LHP Jace Fry
23. RHP Kyle Hansen
24. INF Jake Peter
25. LHP Kevin Escorcia

Escorcia (19) is just about the average age for players in the Rookie Dominican Summer League & is pitching well once again. Interesting why he wasn’t put on the same AZL team as Micker Adolfo. Of course the level of competition in the DSL isn’t as competitive as the competiton the other players play in, but his 11.5 K/9 as a starter is hard to overlook.

We’ll get a better look at the player Jake Peter will be once he starts to move up in the system, but right now he’s collecting hit after hit in rookie ball.

I have Danish ranked higher than Adams & I’m curious why you had Adams ranked higher. I’m thinking Adams size & Danish’s mechanics played a big role. Danish dominated rookie ball after signing last season out of the bullpen. He was untouchable in Kannapolis and then was inconsistent after being promoted to Winston-Salem. He’d struggle one outing followed by a good outing. In 9 June starts (46.1 innings), he posted a 1.56 ERA.

I’m not as big of a fan of Francellis Montas as most. He looked dominant in his 10 Winston-Salem starts, but that was just 62 innings. He never posted a an ERA lower than 3.65 at any level. Posted a 5.43 ERA last season in single-A. Can’t say it can’t happen, but I’m not sold on him being a top 5 prospect yet and maybe not even top 10, but I do have him ranked #9 because our farm system isn’t as strong.

If you took the time to read all of this, I’d like to thank you & apologize for writing so much and if there are many grammatical mistakes. My dream is to be a sports writer like yourself. I’m taking a Sports Journalism course at CSULB in the Fall.

Thanks for the detailed comment. One of the great things about ranking prospects is that you can argue many different points of views. I liked your list.


Quickly responding to some of your questions/comments:


Ravelo is having a nice year, I’ve asked multiple scouts about him, couldn’t find anyone who’d vouch for him. He has a lot of effort to his swing yet doesn’t generate average projected power, which isn’t a great profile for a first baseman.


Escorcia has nifty DSL stats, but DSL stats are pretty worthless. In general, I like to see how the international prospects (unless it’s a consensus elite guy) perform in the United States before ranking them.


I do really like Danish, but Adams is more projectable, should have better stuff in the long run and has a better delivery. That was an easy call for me.


Montas’ track record was spotty, but he made a lot of strides this year before his knee injury. Scouts were raving about how good he looked.


Good luck at Long Beach State!

I am curious why Great Falls isn’t pitching Jace Fry that much? Go Sox!!

I think they’re just keeping him on tight pitch counts because he pitched 120 innings at Oregon State at the spring.

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