Paul Janish described his first few months as Chicago White Sox director of participant growth as a busy and thrilling time.
The former big-league infielder took on the function in November after engaged on Rice University’s baseball workers since August 2017, together with the final two seasons because the affiliate head coach.
He’s digging in to his tasks with the Sox.
“I’m glad to finally be on site (in Arizona) with a bunch of people in the same room because up to this point it’s been a lot of virtual stuff,” Janish stated throughout a video convention final week. “With spring training right around the corner, just hitting the ground and getting in the trenches a little bit with both staff and players and becoming more familiar with everybody.”
Janish offered updates on the highest three prospects within the group, in keeping with MLB.com — shortstop Colson Montgomery, pitcher Noah Schultz and catcher Edgar Quero — as spring coaching will get nearer.
No. 1 prospect: Colson Montgomery
The crew’s first-round choose in 2021 frolicked at three ranges — the Arizona Complex League White Sox, Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham — after a midback pressure delayed his begin to the 2023 season.
The 21-year-old slashed .287/.456/.484 with 14 doubles, eight dwelling runs and 37 RBIs in 64 video games. He additionally had three homers and 20 RBIs in 20 video games in the course of the Arizona Fall League and was the MVP of the Fall Stars Game.
“Colson’s got a bright future, there’s no question about it,” Janish stated. “With regards to where he’s starting (the season), some of that’s to be determined. At the end of the day, the goal is for him to be a really good major-league player, and I think that’s going to happen.”
When it involves Montgomery’s timeline to the majors, Janish stated it’s exhausting to foretell.
“He’s going to choose his own path with regards to production, and there’s going to have to be some decisions made on just evaluating when he’s ready to go up to stay,” Janish stated. “Because with that form of participant, you actually need him to get to the key leagues at a time through which he’s able to contribute and produce and keep there for good.
“So some of that stuff is to be determined. What I do know is he’s a really good kid, and he’s excited about coming to major-league camp.”
No. 2 prospect: Noah Schultz
The Sox chosen the left-hander with the No. 26 choose within the 2022 draft. Schultz, 20, went 1-2 with a 1.33 ERA throughout 10 begins for Class A Kannapolis final 12 months after coping with a forearm pressure. He went on the injured checklist in late August with shoulder impingement.
“First of all, he’s huge,” Janish stated with fun concerning the 6-foot-9 Schultz. “I had the chance to fulfill him right here just lately in Arizona, and from a well being standpoint, I believe he’s in place going into the season.
“There’s a strength element that’s going to continue to develop over the course of time that will help him be more consistent. But we’re really excited. He’s got all the talent in the world, and it’s just going to come down to being really intentional with his development program and making sure as he progresses that we’re not giving him too much before he’s ready for it.”
Schultz, who went to Oswego East High School, had 38 strikeouts in 27 innings in 2023 for the Cannon Ballers.
“(Noah is) a really good kid, really talented kid and he really wants to be good,” Janish stated.
No. 3 prospect: Edgar Quero
The Sox acquired the switch-hitting catcher together with pitcher Ky Bush — ranked the crew’s No. 9 prospect — within the July 26 commerce that despatched pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo López to the Los Angeles Angels.
Quero, 20, slashed .277/.366/.393 with 4 doubles, three dwelling runs and 22 RBIs in 31 video games with Birmingham after the commerce.
Janish stated Quero goes about his work “pretty intentionally.”
“The work ethic is something he’s got in him,” Janish stated, “and he’s at the moment creating slightly little bit of a routine on a day-to-day foundation to take care of all through the course of a season, which we will all sympathize with.
“That place requires lots each mentally and bodily. At the tip of the day, he actually must play. He’s in a extremely great spot for his age, and his capability goes to provide him the chance to play within the main leagues.
“We just want him to be at a point where he’s ready to be consistent at that level, which, at that position in particular, we all know is going to be asking a lot.”