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Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Running: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. TRACK RECORD: By the time he left California, Vaughn had established himself as one of the nation’s most decorated college baseball players. He was a part of USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team as both a freshman and a sophomore, where he teamed with future White Sox prospects Nick Madrigal and Steele Walker (since traded). He won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top college player his sophomore year, then followed by hitting .374/.539/.704 as a junior for the Golden Bears. The White Sox used the third overall pick on Vaughn in 2019 and signed him for $7,221,200. He spent most of his professional debut at low Class A Kannapolis and high Class A WinstonSalem, where evaluators were impressed by the amount of hard contact he made despite numbers that might not jump off the page. He spent the 2020 season at Chicago’s alternate training site in Schaumburg, Ill. SCOUTING REPORT: When Vaughn joined the White Sox, the team wanted to install a concrete, day-to-day routine that would help him manage the grind of professional baseball. He settled on one that featured a front-flip drill designed to keep his legs underneath him during his swing, and evaluators inside the organization say it has helped him become a better hitter. Vaughn does an excellent job keeping his upper and lower halves synced throughout the course of his swing. He gets the barrel to the zone quickly and keeps it there. Vaughn knows when he can do the most damage and works each at-bat to get himself into those situations. The combination of his swing and approach allows him to make consistent loud contact and drive balls from line to line. He projects to hit for a high average and for plus power, with his physical frame and natural strength yielding high-velocity rockets off the bat that carry out to left and left-center field. Vaughn has shown a minor weakness against changeups from righthanders, but that may be a sample size issue that will work itself out once he gets regular at-bats in game settings. Defensively, Vaughn continues to hone in his footwork around the first base bag. He played some third base at the alternate site, but he’s a well below-average runner with limited range and remains a first baseman long-term. He projects to be an average defender in time with an average arm. THE FUTURE: Vaughn is ready for his first taste of the upper levels and could get a shot at the majors late in 2021. No matter when he arrives, Vaughn has the look of a classic masher ready to take the reins from Jose Abreu.
Fastball: 80. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 50. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: The White Sox acquired Kopech from the Red Sox in 2016 as part of the package for lefty Chris Sale. He made his major league debut for the White Sox in 2018 and flashed immense potential, but a torn elbow ligament led to Tommy John surgery that cost him all of 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. SCOUTING REPORT: Kopech is the classic power pitcher armed with a fastball that sits in the mid-to-upper 90s and peaks at 102 mph. He backs up his heater with a wicked slider that projects as a plus pitch. Kopech started throwing a twoseam fastball as a way to improve his changeup in the minors and earned his first callup after the pitch improved to average. His next step is to improve his curveball so it doesn’t blend with his slider, which would give him a full four-pitch arsenal. Kopech’s electric arm speed and high-octane arsenal have made it difficult for him to consistently throw strikes at times, but he has the athleticism and delivery to project average control as he continues to harness his raw power. THE FUTURE: Kopech looked electric before spring training was shut down. The White Sox expect him to compete for a spot at the top of the rotation in 2021.
Hitting: 60. Power: 30. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. TRACK RECORD: Madrigal was an unconventional top draft prospect because of his 5-foot-7 stature, but he was a prolific hitter at Oregon State and was drafted fourth overall by the White Sox in 2018. Madrigal burnished his reputation as an elite contact hitter with just 21 strikeouts in 705 minor league plate appearances. He made his major league debut on July 31, but he missed three weeks with a separated shoulder that required offseason surgery. SCOUTING REPORT: Madrigal has been the same player since college. He’s an aggressive hitter who makes tons of contact, rarely walks and doesn’t show much home run power. His swing is short, quick and geared for line drives. He lines the ball to all fields and is almost wholly a singles and doubles hitter. Madrigal has nearly bottom-of-the-scale power, but he plays to his strengths and doesn’t try to do too much. Madrigal is a plus runner who stole 35 bases in his final minor league season in 2019. He is a steady, sound defender at second base with quick feet and soft hands, though his arm strength is average at best. THE FUTURE: The White Sox are optimistic Madrigal’s surgery will not affect his future. He projects as a top-of-the order menace who sprays balls around the diamond and wreaks havoc on the bases.
Fastball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 50. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: The Nationals selected Dunning in the first round in 2016 and sent him to the White Sox with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton that winter. Dunning missed all of 2019 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he returned in 2020 and went 2-0, 3.97 in seven big league starts. SCOUTING REPORT: Dunning was primarily a sinker/slider pitcher in college but has expanded his repertoire as a pro. He added a four-seam fastball after joining the White Sox and tweaked his curveball grip with help from veteran righthander James Shields. Along with his changeup, the enhancements gave Dunning a varied, five-pitch mix. Nothing is overpowering, but Dunning mixes and matches to keep hitters off balance. His 91-93 mph sinker and low-80s slider remain his primary weapons and he throws his four- seam fastball, curveball and changeup enough to keep batters guessing. His walk rate was a tick high in his major league debut, but he throws everything for strikes and has demonstrated above-average control throughout his career. THE FUTURE: Dunning will begin 2021 at the back of Chicago’s rotation. His varied arsenal, control and pitchability should allow him to remain there long-term.
Fastball: 80. Changeup: 40. Curveball: 60. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: Crochet bounced between the rotation and bullpen his first two seasons at Tennessee and made only one start before the 2020 season shut down. The White Sox had history with him and drafted him 11th overall. Crochet then raced to the majors roughly three months after being drafted. He made six scoreless relief appearances, but left his final outing with forearm tightness. SCOUTING REPORT: Crochet brings elite velocity at 96-99 mph as a starter and 100-102 as a reliever. The White Sox taught him to work through the ball rather than around it at the alternate training site, which helped give his fastball a little extra riding life and finish and make it a true 80-grade pitch. Crochet threw his fastball nearly 85% of the time in his debut, but he also has a power slider in the mid 80s. The White Sox tweaked his grip to give it a more consistent break and help it play as a plus pitch. Crochet’s low-90s changeup is extremely firm and a below-average pitch he’ll need to improve in order to start. He improved his delivery at the alternate site to better work down the mound and has a chance at average control. THE FUTURE: Crochet should be healthy in time for spring training. There’s still debate over whether he’ll end up a starter or reliever, but he’ll be a weapon in any role.
Fastball: 70. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: Kelley surprisingly fell out of the first round in the 2020 draft after ranking as one of the top prep pitchers in the class. The White Sox quickly selected him in the second round, No. 47 overall, and signed him away from a Texas commitment for $3 million, nearly double slot value. Kelley reported to the team’s alternate training site after signing and finished the year in instructional league, where he was one of the top pitchers in Arizona. SCOUTING REPORT: Kelley stands out for his strong, classic pitcher’s frame and the ease with which he pumps 95-97 mph fastballs. The White Sox worked with him on staying behind his fastball to help it maintain its axis and riding life through the zone. That makes it a potential plus-plus pitch. Kelley’s low-80s changeup is another potential plus offering that plays well off his fastball and keeps hitters of balance. His slider is a work in progress, with the White Sox emphasizing throwing it with intent in order to maintain mid-80s velocity. Kelley has a sturdy, durable build that should help him log innings and throw strikes, but he doesn’t have much room to get bigger. THE FUTURE: Kelley is set to make his pro debut in 2021. If all goes well, he has a chance to become a mid-to-front-of-therotation starter.
Fastball: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 45. TRACK RECORD: Thompson gained recognition in high school as a livearmed pitcher who could pump low-tomid-90s fastballs with relative ease. The White Sox drafted him in the second round in 2019 and signed him for an above-slot $2.1 million. Thompson spent the 2020 season at the team’s alternate training site before finishing at instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Thompson returned in 2020 in better physical shape and is now regarded as the best athlete in Chicago’s farm system. The organization worked to keep his body in sync throughout his delivery and tried to eliminate a bit of a leg kick in his delivery. Those alterations helped him stay through his pitches better, and the result was a crisper arsenal. Thompson’s fastball now sits 92-95 mph and touches 97 with carry through the strike zone. He’s always shown an advanced feel to spin the ball, and now his curveball is a bona fide plus pitch in the low 80s with better-defined break. His changeup is a clear third pitch but flashes average. Thompson’s whippy arm action limits his control to fringe-average, but he throws enough strikes to project a starter. THE FUTURE: Thompson is set to move to the Class A levels in 2020. He has mid-rotation upside.
Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 45. TRACK RECORD: Stiever spent two years at the front of Indiana’s rotation and was drafted by the White Sox in the fifth round in 2018. He broke out with 154 strikeouts in 145 innings in his first full season in 2019 as he conquered both Class A levels. The White Sox brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 and he made his major league debut Sept. 13 with a start against the Tigers. SCOUTING REPORT: Stiever has an average fastball that sits 92-93 mph and touches 95, but what separates him is his breaking pitches. His curveball is a true downer at 73-77 mph with nearly five feet of drop and has a chance to be plus, while his 83-86 mph slider has sharper vertical bite and should be at least above-average. He did not command either pitch particularly well in the majors, but both have a chance to be out pitches if he can land them in the strike zone consistently. Stiever’s mid-80s changeup is a work in progress but has a chance to be average. The White Sox have worked with Stiever to stay through his delivery and work downhill. The improvements give him a chance at fringe-average control. THE FUTURE: Stiever will open 2021 back in the minors. He has back-of-the-rotation potential if he can harness command of his secondaries.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 50. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: Dalquist went from relative anonymity to a top draft prospect with a big senior year at Redondo (Calif.) Union High. The White Sox drafted him in the third round in 2019 and signed him for an aboveslot $2 million. Dalquist and spent 2020 at the alternate training site before finishing at instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Dalquist moved to Arizona to be closer to the White Sox’s minor league complex and made significant strength gains. His fastball ticked up from the low 90s to sitting 94-95 mph with late tailing action. His slider is an above-average pitch with solid break when he throws it in the low-to-mid 80s, but it shows more cutter-type break when he overthrows it. Dalquist removed some of the slurviness from his mid-70s curveball and now shows a crisp, deep, 11-to-5 break on the pitch. Dalquist’s changeup shows fine separation from his fastball, but he needs to do a better job finishing the pitch to get it to play to its average potential. Dalquist throws everything for strikes with an easy, athletic delivery and generates some deception, as well. THE FUTURE: Dalquist needs to show he can hold his improvements over a full season. If he can, he has mid-rotation potential.
Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Running: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Gonzalez pitched and hit at New Mexico but was universally regarded as a better prospect as a position player. The White Sox drafted him in the third round in 2017 as an outfielder and signed him for $517,000. Gonzalez struggled at Double-A in 2019, but he redeemed himself with a strong showing at the alternate training site in 2020 and made his major league debut Aug. 18. SCOUTING REPORT: Gonzalez has long had gifted hands, solid bat speed and a patient, mature approach at the plate. The White Sox tweaked his lower half after the 2019 season, including reinstalling a toe top he had previously discarded, and the result was a more rhythmic swing. With his improvements and an emphasis on letting the ball travel deep and using the whole field, Gonzalez shows the potential to be an average hitter. He has more line-drive gap power than home run power, but he has the bat speed to impact the ball and drive it over the fence on occasion. Gonzalez is a well-rounded athlete capable of playing all three outfield spots. He is best in a corner, where his plus arm strength is an asset. THE FUTURE: Gonzalez will head back to the minors to start 2021. How his swing improvements hold will determine if he reaches his everyday ceiling.
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