Tuesday, June 7, 2011
This might surprise some of the constant critics of the White Sox farm system, but the White Sox are the only organization in baseball to have produced four major league players (current rosters) from the past three drafts (2008-10).
Three players from the 2008 draft — Gordon Beckham (first round), Brent Morel (third) and Daniel Hudson (fifth, traded to Dbacks) — are joined by Chris Sale (first round, 2010) in the big leagues.
Only Washington and Detroit have three players, while Kansas City, San Diego, Atlanta and San Francisco have two. Fourteen clubs have one player.
So maybe one reason our farm system isn’t viewed as deep is because are draftees are already helping us win games at the major league level.