Chicago White Sox Upgrade Farm System

By Evan Crum
Debby Wong-US Presswire

On November 7th a trade occurred that went under the radar but helped the minor league system for the Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox traded relief pitcher Brandon Kloess to the San Diego Padres for Blake Tekotte. The White Sox pretty much stole Tekotte for nothing. That’s not a knock on Kloess but the White Sox seemed to have won this trade.

Tekotte is still young at 25 and look at these numbers that he produced in the minor leagues. While playing for the Tucson Padres in the Pacific Coast League, Tekotte hit .243. While the average doesn’t jump off the page the numbers are decent. Tekotte stole nine bases, drove in 26 runs and had two triples in 89 games.

Tekotte was called up to play for the Padres twice but there were just cups of coffee. In 2012 he only played 15 games for the Padres and in 2011 he had 34 at bats. His numbers  with the Padres aren’t impressive but then again he wasn’t up with the big club very long.

Tekotte was the Padres 15th best prospect in their system according to Baseball America. Tekotte, according to Baseball America “makes enough contact against lefties and fields well enough to remain relevant as a potential center fielder.”

Tekotte’s fielding is pretty good. In the minors in 2012 he had a .989 fielding percentage and had 11 assists.

Do I think that Tekotte will be with the White Sox soon? No but the trade helps bolster the minor league system for the White Sox and that’s what is important. Overall, I would mark this trade as a win for the White Sox.

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