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Ranking the Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Things were thought to be changing for the Chicago White Sox this offseason, at first base if nowhere else. That is the case but there are familiar names returning as well. Some new and exciting players will take the field and at least one legendary White Sox figure will return as well. One of the young new players is also the cause of the White Sox losing their former number seven prospect Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the three team trade between the Sox, DBacks and Los Angeles Angels. The White Sox lost Jacobs from the prospect list and Hector Santiago from the starting rotation. In return they will field an exciting young outfielder from the DBacks named Adam Eaton. That is a good return product for sure but it does shift things around a little in the minor league rankings especially when you add the addition of the new number one prospect the White Sox also in a more recent deal with the DBcks.

Though it should be mentioned Jacobs only was part of the White Sox minor league system for a few months after being send over in the Matt Thornton trade on July 12, 2013, he still was a good outfield prospect. There are still quite a few good ones left however and that is the purpose of this list. As things change and shift around, these ten top prospects make up the immediate future for the White Sox either in playing time or as trade bait.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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10 – Jared Mitchell

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One of many good outfielders in the White Sox’ system, Mitchell could improve upon his strikeout ratio a little and see some MLB time in 2014 if all works out well. The team is getting younger with every trade or signing so don’t be surprised if Mitchell is out there this season at some point.

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9 – Carlos Sanchez

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All of the things you hear about a player like Martin Prado are the kind of things you’ll hear about this hard-nosed infielder. He can play more than one position and is productive in some way no matter what he’s doing.

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8 – Marcus Semien

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Semien saw some decent MLB time in 2013 and could get a chance to produce if not at shortstop, potentially as a good utility player and infielder with the Sox in 2014.

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7 – Tyler Danish

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Danish is just the type of fastball, slider and changeup pitcher that would probably do well in a late inning relief role. If the right-hander doesn’t make the starting rotation level, he will possibly get a quicker promotion as a bullpen guy.

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6 – Chris Beck

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Beck is turning out to look like a 2012 second round draft steal by the White Sox. He is having one good season after another and moving up very quickly. It appears that the good signs he showed were the ones that stuck around for his professional career. Great move White Sox.

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5 – Trayce Thompson

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Thompson is one of many White Sox outfielders that is just short of ready for MLB time. His overall hitting ability could use little work but his power is present and ready. It won’t be long for this guy.

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4 – Tim Anderson

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Anderson is sticking at shortstop for the early days of his professional career at least but he could eventually see time elsewhere. Offensively he has all the tools except for the ability to hit a breaking ball. That isn’t too rare for someone in his position and he has plenty of time to work on it.

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3 – Erik Johnson

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Johnson had a very productive debut for the White Sox at the end of 2013. With the recent trade of Hector Santiago, his chances of making the MLB starting rotation went way up. He should have no problem having a very good rookie season if he gets the chance in 2014.

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2 – Courtney Hawkins

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Hawkins is the best outfield prospect in the Sox system. He has power to absolutely burn but needs badly to cut down on his strikeouts. It has been said he can turn on any fastball on Earth but that high K rate also means he has trouble where it counts. He has time to work out those issues but when he does he will be something special.

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1 – Matt Davidson

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Davidson won’t be the top Chicago White Sox prospect for long at all. He came over in a trade with the Diamondbacks the day this article was published and will likely hit the starting third base job in a fury in 2014. This guy along with Jose Abreu and possibly Erik Johnson could give the Sox three prospects for Rookie of the Year on the same team. I’d say 2014 is looking extremely exciting at this point for the White Sox fans.