It took longer than most would have thought, but the Chicago White Sox finally bit the bullet and began a much-needed roster overhaul in 2013.
Even though the results won't show at the MLB level for a few years, it's refreshing to talk about Chicago's farm system without having to mention how bereft of talent it is.
Years of bad drafting, and trading away what little prospects they had, left the White Sox in the situation that they currently face. It's not ideal, but general manager Rick Hahn has implemented his strategy.
Two separate trades with Arizona landed Chicago very intriguing young players. Adam Eaton, who no longer has prospect eligibility, should be a mainstay in center field and at the top of the lineup for years.
Matt Davidson, who will feature high on this particular list, has good upside as a low-average, good power-OBP combination. He will face questions about his ability to play third base and hit enough to let the power play, but there's at least a good ceiling there.
When you consider the White Sox only had to trade Addison Reed to get Davidson, he won't have to be a star to be more than worth it.
Jose Abreu, who I didn't rank but included on the list because I don't consider a 26-year-old who signed a $68 million contract to be a prospect, offers a tremendous offensive ceiling that could play in the middle of a quality lineup.
Another critical component of the rebuilding process is drafting. The White Sox still don't have a lot of players with huge upside, but they've taken steps the last two years to give themselves some hope.
Here are the top 10 prospects for the Chicago White Sox heading into the 2014 season.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. Scouting reports and rankings are based on personal evaluations/opinions.