The first two days of the 2013 first-year player draft brought the Chicago White Sox a welcomed infusion of talent to the minor leagues.
Welcomed is an understatement, actually. The draft rewrote the White Sox’s top 15 prospect rankings.
To be sure, it was not very difficult to do. The farm system—which is generally regarded as one of the worst in baseball—needed help in almost every area.
So, with the influx of draft picks, a fresh set of rankings is in order.
For players currently with a White Sox affiliate, their production in 2013 will be used as the ranking criteria. This means that players like Courtney Hawkins—who was the No. 1 ranked prospect according to FanGraphs.com when the season began—have dropped substantially.
Ranking players who were just drafted is bit more difficult, but a combination of scouting reports will be used to determine their slot.
Here is B/R’s breakdown of the top 15 White Sox prospects following the 2013 draft, beginning with one player who no longer makes the list after opening the season in the top 15.