Despite not having what experts and scouts would call a “strong farm system” (28th-best in 2013 according to Baseball Prospectus), two of the Chicago White Sox affiliates in their farm system have the potential to compete in 2014 like the big club. Both clubs, along with the Sox, have youth and lots of potential.
The Kannapolis Intimidators, the Low Class-A affiliate for the Sox, went 65-72 in 2013. This season is expected to be a bright one for the Intimidators, as they feature five of the White Sox top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Pitcher Tyler Danish (the second-round pick of the Sox in the 2013 First-Year Draft) and infielder Cleuluis Rondon were the prospects acquired from the Jake Peavy trade last season. Danish was the 2013 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year as a pitcher for Durant High School in Plant City, Florida.
— K-town Intimidators (@Intimidators) April 1, 2014
In Double-A ball, the Birmingham Barons have also announced their roster for Opening Day. The Barons are coming off a Southern League Championship in 2013 and feature some of must-see prospects that will be future members of the White Sox.
Infielder Micah Johnson, outfielder Trayce Thompson and top pitching prospect Chris Beck will all be on display for the Barons in 2014. Johnson, who was the MVP of the Southern League Finals, had a few highlight-reel plays for the Sox in Glendale this spring that gave Sox fans a taste of what is coming to the Sox infield soon. Johnson and Sox Opening Day starting second baseman Marcus Semien were the big pieces to the puzzle for Birmingham in 2013.
— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) April 1, 2014
You can see the full Kannapolis roster here: The 2014 Kannapolis Intimidators.
You can see the full Birmingham roster here: The 2014 Birmingham Barons.