The 10 spot: South Side rising
The White Sox organization is in disarray, but help could be arriving
Editor's note: As shown in the inline below, this is one component of an effort by ESPN Insider to keep you up to date on prospects and organizational development. Each Monday, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus will focus on 10 key players in the minor leagues; each Wednesday, he'll focus on the development of three organizations. In between, you'll get plenty from Keith Law, Jason A. Churchill and the rest.
Keith Law's most recent Organizational Rankings, from this past winter, were quite accurate. Dead last? The White Sox. While the situation isn't going to get better overnight, the ChiSox do have two guys on the list below of 10 to watch in the minors right now: Dan Hudson, a right-handed pitcher, and Brandon Short, an outfielder. Also scattered below: former No. 1 overall guys (Tim Beckham), No. 2 overall guys (Mike Moustakas) and guys that might be closer than anyone else to "The Show" (Mike Stanton of the Marlins). Enjoy.
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KEITH LAW'S TOP 25 PROSPECTS
The rankings are limited to players who still have rookie eligibility; that means they have yet to exceed 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the majors and have not yet spent 45 days on the active roster of a major league club, excluding call-ups during the roster expansion period after Sept. 1.
Click on a player's name to go to his individual scouting report (from January, click above for updates):
|1||Stephen Strasburg, RHP, WAS|
|2||Carlos Santana, C, CLE|
|3||Buster Posey, C, SFO|
|4||Mike Stanton, OF, FLA|
|5||Desmond Jennings, OF, TAM|
|6||Martin Perez, LHP, TEX|
|7||Domonic Brown, RF, PHI|
|8||Dustin Ackley, CF, SEA|
|9||Jesus Montero, C, NYY|
|10||Aroldis Chapman, LHP, CIN|
|11||Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, TAM|
|12||Casey Kelly, RHP, BOS|
|13||Aaron Hicks, RHP, MIN|
|14||Mike Trout, OF, LAA|
|15||Brett Wallace, 1B, TOR|
|16||Logan Morrison, 1B, FLA|
|17||Zach Britton, LHP, BAL|
|18||Tyler Matzek, LHP, COL|
|19||Michael Taylor, OF, OAK|
|20||Kyle Gibson, RHP, MIN|
|21||Shelly Miller, RHP, STL|
|22||Josh Vitters, 3B, CHC|
|23||Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC|
|24||Lars Anderson,1B, BOS|
|25||Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC|