Monday, January 16, 2012

Baseball Prospectus Releases Its List Of Top White Sox Prospects

Last week Baseball America released its list of the top ten prospects in the White Sox organization, and this week it's Baseball Prospectus' turn.

The list isn't glaringly different from the Baseball America list, but there are a few reasons I like Baseball Prospectus' more. First of all, it's not a top ten, it's a top twenty, and I can appreciate Baseball Prospectus being nice enough to pretend there are twenty prospects in the White Sox organization.

It's a classy touch meant to cheer all of us up, I'm sure.

Secondly, unlike the Baseball America list, this one wasn't put together by Phil Rogers. No, it's Kevin Goldstein, and I trust him a bit more.

Anyway, here's the list. I'll put each players ranking in the BA list in parentheses next to them.
  1. Addison Reed, RHP (1)
  2. Nestor Molina, RHP (2)
  3. Trayce Thompson, OF (4)
  4. Jake Petricka, RHP (5)
  5. Simon Castro, RHP (3)
  6. Keenyn Walker, OF (6)
  7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
  8. Jhan Marinez, RHP (7)
  9. Myles Jaye, RHP
  10. Tyler Saladino, SS (8)
  11. Andre Rienzo, RHP
  12. Juan Silverio, 3B (9)
  13. Jared Mitchell, OF
  14. Brandon Short, OF
  15. Pedro Hernandez, LHP
  16. Gregory Infante, RHP
  17. Erik Johnson, RHP
  18. Michael Blanke, C
  19. Dylan Axelrod, RHP
  20. Ozzie Martinez, SS (10)
Obviously the biggest difference of opinion on the two lists is Ozzie Martinez, who comes in at tenth in the BA list, but barely sneaks into BP's top twenty. BP is also higher on Trayce Thompson and Jake Petricka than it is Simon Castro.

Also, Myles Jaye, whom the Sox just got from Toronto in the Jason Frasor trade, makes his way to the top ten here.

And it's always nice to see a list that's long enough to allow first round pick Jared Mitchell to be on it.

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