Up Next: Evaluating White Sox, Cubs' Top Prospects

Rick Gregg
March 25, 2018 - 12:56 pm
Michael Kopech

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Former first-round draft pick Carson Fulmer will begin the season as the White Sox’ fifth starter.  Does he belong there?

“I’m inclined to say no,” said Fangraphs lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen.  “I don’t think he’s a 200-inning workhorse or anything like that. But he might be [like> Lance McCullers. ‘I’ll give you three, four innings and some change of inefficient pitching, but miss enough bats that you don’t care.’”

Longenhagen spoke to WBBM Newsradio about the top minor leaguers for both Chicago baseball teams.

Fulmer will get his chance, and if it doesn’t work, maybe Fulmer will slot back to the pen when Michael Kopech is ready to come up from triple-A.

“His stuff is so vicious that yeah, I think he could miss major league bats right now if he had to,” says Longenhagen of the flame-throwing Kopech.  

Other notes, from the interview with Longenhagen:

  • On star outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez: “I think it’s fair to wonder what he might look like at 27, 28, 29.  [But> That’s a long way off. And I think even if, worst case scenario, he’s a DH only at some point down the line...there’s still gonna be enough bat to carry that profile.  He’s really a special offensive player.”
  • On the Cubs minor leagues: “It’s a well-rounded system, but it doesn’t have the near-ready star power that it did in the Bryant, Russell, Baez years. The really interesting, talented, young guys are probably four to five years away.”
  • On whether or not White Sox prospect Zack Collins will stick as a catcher: “No.”

Listen to the full interview for more on which catching prospects in the two organizations could stick.  Plus, Longenhagen offers info on top Cub names Aramis Ademan and Brailyn Marquez and on White Sox infielder Jake Burger’s achilles injury.