Chicago White Sox: Ranking the 10 Best Prospects in the Farm System

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Chicago White Sox: Ranking the 10 Best Prospects in the Farm System
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When Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams announced the marketing plan for the 2011 season would be "All In" for the South-siders, people questioned whether he meant that the team was going to spend all possible resources to maximize the veterans on the ball club for a one-year run at a World Series, or if he was simply beginning the process of putting "all" of his top prospects "in" to start the rebuilding effort.

As we reach the middle of summer with the White Sox still chasing Cleveland and Detroit in the AL Central, "Trader Kenny" is in a precarious position.

As if he were in an actual poker game, Williams must decide whether he should have a mid-season fire sale of veterans with value to stock his fairly-depleted farm system, or if he should move the few valuable prospects he has for another starting pitcher and some relief out of the bullpen.

Whatever direction Williams and the ChiSox choose to navigate, they will be doing so with a farm system that most experts agree is in the bottom half of the league.

Part of that ranking is due to the fact that Chicago has brought up three top prospects to the big club this year: second baseman Gordon Beckham, third baseman Brent Morel, and Chris Sale, the team's top pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Sale reached the majors just two months after his selection has remained with the team since.

Who is left in the minors for Kenny Williams to consider? Let's take a look at the top 10 minor-league prospects for the Chicago White Sox.

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