Halfway Point Prospects of Note: Chicago White Sox Affiliate Winston-Salem Dash
Chris Bassitt is a reliever for the Dash. He Shows a 92-95 FB with a lot of life, slider that has good break, and a change up that he did not throw very often. He showed plus velocity on the fastball that makes me believe in the dream. He has below average command on all of his pitches. Itâ€™s a dream guy he throws from a low Âľ arm slot which can create deception to hitter with a lot of arms and legs flying at them. If everything goes right he could provide good organizational pitching depth in the White Sox system.
4. Carlos Sanchez 5â€™11 175 S/R SS/2B
.327/.380/.408 1 HR, 13 2B, 35 RBI, 13SB/10 CS
Carlos Sanchez is an interesting prospect. It has taken me a lot of thought on whether I like the guy, I like the guy a lot, or I donâ€™t like him at all. Iâ€™ve settle somewhere in the vicinity of I like him enough. He has a bat that likes the ball up in the zone he struggles when it is below his hands his swing gets long. He wonâ€™t ever hit for much power thatâ€™s not a part of his game. He has average speed and range. He profiles better as a 2b than a SS. He works well enough with his feet up the middle to stay. It would be in his best interest to learn 3rd also, making him a good candidate to be a future Utility player.
3. Jacob Petricka 6â€™5 210 RHP
65.2 IP, 5.07 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 62K/35BB, .294 BAA 2.85 Groundout/Flyout
Jacob Petricka is an interesting prospect. He throws from a Hi Âľ arm slot and stands with good posture which creates very good downhill plane. His fastball is 90-94 with sink, Slider flashes plus 82-85 with depth and hard break, changeup is a decent pitch 81-83 with mediocre armside fade and sink. When you look at his numbers you would never guess this guy is a prospect, but thatâ€™s the tricky thing about prospects. It is Petrickaâ€™s command that has been the issue he needs to develop the ability to throw quality strikes. If he can throw quality strikes he could stick in the back end of a rotation, if not he might be able to go a bullpen and just let it rip.
2. Brady Shoemaker 6â€™0 200 lbs LF
.332/.432/.556 13 HR, 23 2B, 59 RBI
Brady Shoemaker is 25 playing and playing in High-A. I will lead it off with that and I will also say that he wonâ€™t be ranked on any prospect lists because of his age. I will then tell you that he barrels the ball atÂ all times, has solid average power, and is a complete gamer. What the White Sox are doing with him is disrespectful to him as a player. He deserves to be in the upper levels of the minors getting his shot to show what he can do. He is a below average runner and his arm is also below average keeping him in LF. He profiles for me as a 4th OF who plays his ass off and eventually impresses a manager enough to get in the lineup enough. He should be Rule 5 eligible next year and it would not shock me if he was selected.
1. Trayce Thompson 6â€™3 195 lbs. R/R CF
.222/.305/.455 14 HR, 19 2B, 57 RBI 96K/32BB 13 SB/ 1CS
Trayce Thompson, â€ś Trayce is the best worst player Iâ€™ve ever seen.â€ť That quote comes from one of his teammates in Winston Salem. Trayce shows 65 Raw Power, easy 60 runner, 60 range in center, 50 Arm, and maybe a 30 hit tool. Trayce has all the tools that you would ever want in a player and just doesnâ€™t have the hit tool. Heâ€™s athletic so maybe he will be able to come, Iâ€™m not a huge fan of his swing path he gets a little long and he gets a little power happy. His strikeout percentage way to high for any possibility of being a starter at the moment, but heâ€™s an athlete and still an extremely raw baseball player. Trayce Thompson has the potential to be an allstar, or Trayce Thompson might not make AA. For me Trayce Thompson is a good future 4th OF.
Written by Zach Mortimer @BaseballSpects
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