Ranking the Chicago White Sox's Top 5 Pitching Prospects

By Kyle Johansen

Chicago White Sox' Top 5 Pitching Prospects

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The Chicago White Sox have graduated their top pitching prospect, Erik Johnson, and with their need for pitching at the major-league level, Johnson is assured to stay up with the big league team. Daniel Webb is another of the White Sox’s top pitching prospects and with the struggles the Sox have had in the bullpen, he is also likely to spend the entire season in the Majors. Here are the White Sox's top five pitching prospects in the minor.

5. Andrew Mitchel, RHP

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5. Andrew Mitchel, RHP

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Andrew Mitchell was drafted out of TCU, but did not show as much polish as most college draft picks, as he threw 56 innings at Rookie ball with a 4.50 ERA. Despite his early numbers, Mitchell has promise with a mid-90s fastball and an above-average breaking ball. With just two pitches, Mitchell profiles as a relief pitcher and could handle high-leverage situations if he can improve his command.

4. Tyler Danish, RHP

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4. Tyler Danish, RHP

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Tyler Danish had an impressive debut after being drafted with the 55th pick out of high school in the 2013 draft. Danish threw 26 innings last year and showed precise command (4.40 K/BB) while allowing just one home run, leading to a 1.38 ERA. This year, Danish has not commanded the strike zone as well (2.17 K/BB), but the results have been the same with a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings at A-ball. Danish features a sinker, plus slider and change-up.

3. Chris Bassitt, RHP

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3. Chris Bassitt, RHP

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Chris Bassitt has been with the White Sox since 2011 and has shown solid strikeout numbers and increased durability each season as he topped out at 149 innings in 2013. As a ground-ball pitcher who features a sinker, Bassitt has done a fine job of limiting home runs. He has never allowed more than one homer per nine innings in a season and that rate went down to a minute 0.38 as he advanced to Double-A last season.

2. Scott Snodgress, LHP

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2. Scott Snodgress, LHP

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Scott Snodgress is a big left-handed pitcher at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, but he does not strike out as many hitters as his size would suggest with a strikeout rate of 5.64 K/9 at Double-A last season. Snodgress’ fastball is more of a ground-ball pitch than a strikeout pitch, but scouts believe that both his curveball and change-up can develop into plus pitches. Snodgress has struggled mightily so far in 2014 with a 7.11 ERA as he repeats Double-A.

1. Chris Beck, RHP

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1. Chris Beck, RHP

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After a strong showing at Rookie ball in 2012, Chris Beck excelled last year with a 3.07 ERA in 146.2 innings pitched. The knock on Beck has been a lack of strikeouts as he’s been a pitch-to-contact pitcher who induces a lot of groundballs. Beck seemed to reverse that trend last year with a 7.07 K/9 in 28 innings at Double-A, after just 4.32 K/9 in 118.2 innings at High-A. However, in 2014 Beck has just 2.11 K/9 in 21.1 innings at Double-A.

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