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LOD’s 2019 Offseason Top Prospects: Chicago White Sox #5-#1

Here at Legends on Deck our passion is prospects and the offseason presents an outstanding opportunity for us to showcase some of baseball’s top up and comers. Throughout the offseason, we will be bringing you the top ten prospects from all 30 organizations. We will start with the Arizona Diamondbacks and work our way alphabetically all the way through the Washington Nationals. This series is the opinion of Jake Berry, Senior Editor at Legends on Deck and does not reflect any official MLB rankings. 


#5 – INF Nick Madrigal

2019 Opening Day Age: 22            ETA: 2020         Top Future Tool: Hit

2018 Stats (High-A): 98 AB’s, .306/.355/.347, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB

The fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft, you could easily make a case for Madrigal to be as high as number two on this list. The College World Series champion has an advanced hit tool, running ability, and a pretty good glove. While he doesn’t posses a ton of power, he was the best pure hitter coming out of the draft in 2018 and is, in my opinion, the second best hitting second base prospect in all of baseball behind Keston Hiura.


#4 – RHP Dylan Cease

2019 Opening Day Age: 23             ETA: 2019        Top Future Pitch: FB

2018 Stats (High-A/Double-A): 12-2, 2.40 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 160 SO, 50 BB

Again, Cease is a guy you could make a case for to be higher on this list. His triple digit fastball combined with a down right dirty curveball have him as a top five right handed pitching prospect in my book. Not only did he strike out 160 batters in 124 innings, he also held hitters to a .186 average in 2018.


#3 – OF Luis Robert

2019 Opening Day Age: 21               ETA: 2020          Top Future Tool: Power

2018 Stats (High-A).244/.317/.309, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 8 SB

The Cuban slugger has great raw skills across the board, the only thing hampering him has been injury. There hasn’t been anything too serious, just a lot of little issues popping up. Robert has superstar potential if he can stay on the field.


#2 – RHP Michael Kopech

2019 Opening Day Age: 22                  ETA: 2020             Top Future Pitch: FB

2018 Stats (MLB): 14.1 IP, 15 SO, 2 BB, 1.53 WHIP

If you want to bust my chops for any player on any of these rankings that I have done so far, this is the guy. Of course, you know TJ doesn’t scare me away, but you also know I shy away from big arms with trouble finding the strike zone. On top of that, you know I hate small sample sizes! But some guys have something about them that make you believe in them. What I saw from Kopech in the majors this year made me believe in him. I wish I could provide you with more analysis and while it goes against a couple of my main principles to prospect evaluation, I’m all in on Kopech.


#1 – OF Eloy Jimenez

2019 Opening Day Age: 22                  ETA: 2019             Top Future Tool: Power

2018 Stats (Double-A/Triple-A): .337/.384/.577, 22 HR, 75 RBI

An elite talent at the plate, many of us thought we were going to see Jimenez at the end of the 2018 season… and we absolutely should have, but that’s a topic for another day. Jimenez is poised to make his big league debut in 2019 and I am convinced he will be a hitter that many pitchers fear right from the jump. He swings a heavy stick, but he swings it smart. The pitch recognition and plate discipline are second to none. Factor in insane strength and the DR native should be making a big league impact in no time. With that being said, he may end up exclusively as a DH due to mediocre defensive skills.

Featured Image: Dylan Cease (Courtesy of Mathew Carper/Legends On Deck)

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Jake Berry

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
Jake resides in Carrollton, GA and loves everything baseball. He is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling to watch their Minor League teams. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Jake is also a certified personal trainer and has a passion for fitness and weight lifting. You can find his personal site at berrysbaseball.com

You can also reach out to Jake at jberry@legendsondeck.com
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