Organizational rankings everywhere have been painting a dismal picture. Although Bill James ranked the White Sox as being a top 10 team in his "Young Talent Index" in 2009, most of those young players now play at the major league level and their replacements in the minors look grim.
And White Sox fan page Southside Sox's top-10 prospects rankings show an organization filled with marginal talent, even at its highest levels.
Does this spell doom for Williams' rebuilding project?
Not necessarily. The White Sox general manager has made a living out of making more out of less prospect-wise, and pitching coach Don Cooper thrives on reclamation projects.
The White Sox have also made recent moves to rebuild their flagging farm system, trading Carlos Quentin for pitching prospects and signing a 17-year-old Venezuelan, all in the last two weeks. They're also hotly rumored to be pursuing Cuban phenom Yoenis Cespedes.
But for now, the system is what it is.
In ranking the White Sox's seven best prospects, I tried to consider the team's needs at the MLB level along with the raw tools and potential of each player. What follows are the White Sox's best prospects as I see them.