White Sox started this week with a 26th-28th ranked farm system. Leaving DC with a top five system.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 7, 2016
Everyone already knows about the 2016 Minor League Player of the Year Yoan Moncada, but what about the young arms the Sox have in their system? Here are a few guys who will likely get the call-up this year:
Giolito was originally drafted by the Washington Nationals and then was shipped to Chicago in the trade involving Adam Eaton in December. Giolito possesses a decent fastball and a fantastic curveball. The former National had some time in the Majors last year and is close to making a full-time move to the show. Giolito will start the year in triple-A Charlotte, but expect to see the 22 year-old in a White Sox uniform sometime in the near future.
Lopez was also traded from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal. Like Giolito, Lopez also had some time in the majors last year. Lopez has the ability to light up the radar gun with his fastball, which has touched 100 mph. His second best pitch is his curveball, which still needs a little work. If Lopez can control his fastball, there’s no reason why he can’t be a front end starter in the MLB.
The 2015 first-round pick of the White Sox made his debut last year. He didn’t exactly light the world on fire with an 8.49 ERA in 8 appearances last year. Fulmer isn’t going to blow you away with his fastball, so he couples that with a nasty curveball. Carson showed flashes last year of his first-round potential. He will start in triple-A Charlotte and will most likely be called up soon.
Burdi was the Sox first-round pick in 2016. He has an electric fastball that has hit 102 mph before. He also deals a good slider that he mixes up with his fastball. His two-pitch mentality likely means he is the closer of the future for the White Sox. Expect to see him debut in 2017.
The White Sox have a ton of pitching coming up in the next year or so. Their rotation is set for the future if all these prospects can live up to their high potential. Hitting is something the White Sox will address when they look to trade away veterans at the deadline. For now, Sox fans should be very optimistic about the future rotation on the South Side.