Prior to and throughout the 2017 season, the White Sox stacked the farm system with prospects. The added depth to the organization made this season very interesting in terms of following the farm teams and the talent on those teams. This year, a number of the top prospects that were acquired made their way to the show but a large sum of talent remained in the minors as the minor league season came to a close. Let’s take a look at those prospects who will be making their way to the bigs in the coming seasons:

MLB Pipeline No. 9 Prospect Michael Kopech

Kopech, who was acquired in the Chris Sale trade, proved the entire season why he is one of the top pitching prospects in the game. He was named the Birmingham Barons minor league pitcher of the year. With AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte, he posted a 9-8 record, a 2.88 ERA, and 172 SO in a career high 134.1 innings. Kopech earned himself a spot on the Team USA roster in the futures game, where he tossed a scoreless 3rd, striking out fellow Sox prospect Yoan Moncada on a 101 MPH heater to end the frame. If Kopech can produce like this next season, fans will be seeing him in a White Sox uniform by the all-star break.

MLB Pipeline No. 4 Prospect Eloy Jimenez

The Cubs gave up their best prospect in their trade with the White Sox, but they needed to give him up to get a quality pitcher in Jose Quintana. In return for the White Sox giving up their best pitcher, they acquired Eloy Jimenez along with Dylan Cease, Matt Rose, and Bryant Flete. He made an immediate impact when he arrived in Advanced A Winston-Salem. In just 29 games, he hit .345, 8 HR, and 26 RBI before quickly being called up to AA Birmingham. In 18 games with Birmingham he hit, .353 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. He went yard in his first game with Birmingham. If Eloy can keep this up next season he will quickly make his way to AAA and may find himself with the major league team come the end of the 2018 season.

MLB Pipeline No. 22 Prospect Luis Robert

Back in May, the White Sox won the Luis Robert sweepstakes, who is the top-ranked international amateur player. The Sox signed the 20-year-old Robert to a minor league deal, including a 26 million dollar signing bonus. Robert has spent the season in the Dominican Summer League, batting .310 with a .491 OBP, 3 HR, and 14 RBI. He will continue to produce in the farm system for a couple of years before hopefully becoming the White Sox starting center fielder.

MLB Pipeline No. 93 Prospect Alec Hansen

Alec Hansen had a very successful 2017 campaign. Between A ball, Advanced A, and AA, he had a 11-8 record with a 2.80 ERA, 191 SO, and an opponents batting average of .216. The way he mowed down hitters has given him a lot of confidence. He appeared on the White Sox Talk podcast where he said that he wants to be the future ace and that he sees himself at the top of the the White Sox rotation when they are contending for a championship. If he can continue to throw the ball like he has, there is no reason why we won’t see Alec Hansen at the top of that rotation.

White Sox #8 Prospect Dane Dunning

Dunning, the Washington Nationals’ 2016 first round pick out of the University of Florida was sent over to the White Sox in the Adam Eaton deal along with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Dunning did not last very long in A Kannapolis, where he was just about perfect in the 4 games he pitched there. He was untouchable with a 0.35 ERA and 35 strike outs. His play earned him a quick call up to Winston-Salem where in 22 games he was 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA with 135 K in 118 innings. The 22-year-old is a bright spot for the future of the White Sox pitching staff.

The farm system will continue to be interesting for years to come. The depth of the organization is stronger than it has ever been and there are so many great prospects who will continue to climb the ladder up to the show. The 2017 season was the first chance to see the group of prospects that the architect Rick Hahn put together in action and they sure did not disappoint. 2018 will be even better.

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