The Chicago White Sox did one heck of a job strengthening the farm system this season. Not that it was all too difficult to do, but the White Sox had some prospects take significant steps forward and—if early returns are indicative of future performances—made some wise choices in the 2013 MLB first-year player draft.
Now, it's time for little recap action to see what the prospect rankings look like after the minor league season has come to a close.
To provide a little clarity, players who were activated before the September call-ups are not included. That means you will not find Josh Phegley, Andre Rienzo and Jake Petricka in the prospect rankings. That is a good thing, actually, because it gives other deserving players a chance to be featured.
This list was compiled using several factors. MLB.com’s draft expert Jonathan Mayo provided an organizational framework, while raw numbers and a sampling of sabermetrics filled in the rest.
That means, for instance, that Courtney Hawkins could not be excluded from the top 10 because he hit below .180 and struck out 160 times, but that he also did not garner top billing. Instead, he fell somewhere in the middle. Time may prove me wrong, but based on 2013 efforts, the White Sox have prospects who performed better and have a higher upside than he does.
Using production—and not just potential—also helped a guy like Marcus Semien make a dramatic jump up the rankings.
Here is B/R’s list of the top 10 White Sox prospects after the 2013 minor league season.