Last week the Chicago White Sox’s turned up the volume on their rebuild trading Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz. Nick Schaefer of South Side – Baseball Prospectus gave us a quick breakdown of the Sox prospect haul. Here’s a couple tidbits.
Depending on whom you ask, Moncada is somewhere between the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball to anywhere down to 10ish or so. He has massive tools — power, speed, etc. — but has had barely any time at Double-A or Triple-A, so I would hope the White Sox give him most of 2017 in the minors. He’s been playing primarily third base, but his natural position is at 2B…
Kopech is a flamethrower in the low minors who sits touching triple digits and has popped 102-103. His change has evidently improved to go along with his low-90s slider that may be a plus pitch. The question here is “starter or reliever?” because the guys who throw this hard are overwhelmingly unable to hold up as starters. Our prospect team has him as a reliever.
Whether Moncada and Kopech turn into All-Stars, average starters or big-time busts it was time to trade Chris Sale. The early analysis around the league suggests Rick Hahn brought back a nice package for the sometimes moody, always amazing Chris Sale. Let the rebuild begin!