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 MLBPipeline.com’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.