Last year, the Chicago White Sox entered the season with a somewhat barren farm system. They ranked 22nd out of 30 organizations by Keith Law, and even that number seemed a little generous at the time. Typically it takes teams years to rebuild a unit that bereft of talent. However, thanks to the trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, the White Sox now boast a fertile top-10 system.
Chicago's south-side club had four players ranked in the preseason top-100 according to Law -- including three in the top 17. Looking at our own preseason ranking, the Pale Hose had five players among our top 50, three of whom landed in our top 20. And as we start the season, all five from that list are conveniently located in the same place.
The Charlotte Knights, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, serves as home for the quintet of prospects and the default epicenter for this list. Zack Burdi will not make this week's ranking, as his value is dependent on David Robertson being the next veteran shipped out of town, but four of his teammates are listed below.
There will be some volatility in this space during the first few weeks as weather, off days and service clocks impact teams' call-up judgments. There's also a limited sample of performance to make those judgments on, not limited to just results. Furthermore, the World Baseball Classic and spring injuries caused some players to alter their schedules, meaning potential delays in debuts.
For now though, we take a larger-scoped glance at the 10 prospects that you should keep an eye on:
1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox
Current level: Triple-A
Potential impact: R, HR, RBI, SB