Be Patient South-Side, The Wins are Coming!

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By: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

The Chicago White Sox currently sit at 41-71 and 21.5 games back of division-leading Cleveland. At the Major League level, there is no hope for White Sox this year. At the minor league level, it's a whole different story.

The White Sox are stacked with young talent and have SEVEN of the Top 100 prospects in their farm system which is headlined by #3 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez.

Eloy Jimenez (#3)

Eloy is destroying Triple-A hitting .376 and a .425 OBP in 29 games and 109 at-bats. He spent the first 53 games of the season in Birmingham where he was hitting .317 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs. The minors are not a challenge for this kid and the future superstar should be in a White Sox jersey come September 1st. Some fans think that he should have already been called up but Chicago isn't going to give up a year of control over him for a team that's 30 games below .500. It's the right call! White Sox fans meet your future superstar and outfielder.

Michael Kopech (#13)

I had a chance to watch Michael throw earlier this year against the Columbus Clippers, and this kid can throw some heat! His fastball is consistently at 98-100 mph and he has a nasty slider to go with it. With the good, there is bad with Kopech. He has not quite mastered his control as he has a terrible 4.5 walk rate per nine innings throughout his minor league career. He also has an image problem. In 2015 he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned stimulant. On top of that, he missed time in 2016 when he broke his pitching hand in a Spring Training fight with a teammate. This guy has all the potential in the world and could be a number one starter for Chicago. White Sox fans meet your future ace.

Luis Robert (#25)

Chicago spent a whopping $52 million in total bonuses to sign Robert out of Cuba. The White Sox did this because he is a 5-tool player and the future Centerfielder for Chicago. He has been slowed down by injury in his first 2 years in the minors but has still put up good numbers in 2018. This year he has hit .312 and has 8 stolen bases in just 26 games in rookie and A ball. Luis is still a few years in the making but if he can stay healthy, he could be an absolute superstar once he gets there. White Sox fans meet your future outfielder.

Nick Madrigal (#32)

The White Sox took Madrigal 4th overall in June which made him the 2nd highest 2nd baseman ever taken in the draft. Nick was the best pure hitter in this year's draft and was a 2 time Pac-12 player of the year. In rookie and A ball, he's hitting a solid .303 in just 22 games. He's got a little ways to go but has the chance to be an All-Star. Chicago fans meet your future 2nd baseman.

Dylan Cease (#44) 

Dylan is a master at missing bats and ranked 4th in the minors last year with his 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He's followed that up this year by going 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA and 140 K in just 112.1 innings between High-A and Double-A. He has a fastball that can reach 100 mph and a devastating curveball. He has the potential to be an ace in the Majors and thus far, he's showing that in the minors. White Sox fans meet your other future ace.

Dane Dunning (#64)

Dunning is not your power arm like Michael Kopech, but his sinking fastball matched with his slider more than do the trick. He was promoted up to Double-A earlier this year and has posted a stellar 5-2 record to go with a 2.76 ERA. He's struck out 69 batters in only 62 innings with Birmingham and has yet to give up a home run. He's not a #1 starter but he's definitely got top of the rotation stuff. White Sox fans meet your future starting pitcher.

Blake Rutherford (#88)

Rutherford is having a big year in High-A. He's hitting .305 with 8 homers and 68 RBIs. He's also got some speed with 7 triples this year. Blake is still very young and probably a few years out but he's without a doubt a future corner outfielder in the Majors. He's got a great arm and his an above average fielder. If he can continue to hit like he is, he will be in Chicago sooner than later. White Sox fans meet your final future outfielder.

Final Thoughts

Yes, the White Sox are terrible for the time being. If the south side can just stay patient for a few more seasons, it will all be worth it because outside of the San Diego Padres, this is the best farm system in all of baseball. I know waiting is hard, but Championships are fun and that's what the White Sox front office is trying to accomplish, so just be patient and don't give up!

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