Top Sox prospects to compete for jobs in camp

Fulmer, Anderson and Engel among Minor Leaguers vying for roster spots this spring

Top Sox prospects to compete for jobs in camp

CHICAGO -- In the third installment of's seven-part Spring Training preview, we take a look at some of those White Sox prospects who could help the team in the future:

RHP Carson Fulmer: Some fans hope the team's No. 2 prospect follows the same quick path to the Majors as Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon. The White Sox certainly will promote Fulmer when he's ready, but they are not rushing him. General manager Rick Hahn said that the No. 8 selection from the 2015 MLB Draft would be ahead of schedule if he arrived by the outset of 2017.

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SS Tim Anderson: There will be a chance for the team's No. 1 prospect to compete for the starting shortstop job in Spring Training as the roster currently is constructed. Anderson posted stellar numbers last season at Double-A Birmingham, finishing with a .312 average, 49 stolen bases, 21 doubles and 12 triples. But the White Sox ideally would like to give him more time to work on his defense at Triple-A Charlotte.

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RHP Spencer Adams: The White Sox shrewedly acquired several players over the past two offseasons without giving up Anderson, Fulmer or their No. 3 prospect in Adams. Spencer turns 20 on April 13, and the right-hander has already proven to be a control freak, recording 155 strikeouts and allowing only 22 walks over 171 Minor League innings. Adams joins Fulmer as another future rotation candidate.

OF Adam Engel: Prior to this current offseason, the White Sox No. 14 prospect was known as a solid glove man in center field with great speed (65 stolen bases for Class A Winston-Salem in 2015). But Engel captured Most Valuable Player honors during Arizona Fall League action via his .403 average, and he has put himself firmly on the map for a big league callup this season.

Engel's RBI single

OF Jacob May: Count the White Sox No. 8 prospect as another potential Major League contributor in 2016 after the switch-hitter batted .275 with 37 stolen bases for Double-A Birmingham. May missed approximately seven weeks after suffering a concussion during an on-field collision with Anderson.

RHP Tyler Danish: The No. 5 prospect struggled a bit during his first year in Birmingham, finishing at 8-12 with a 4.50 ERA over 26 starts. But at just 21, the White Sox consider Danish among their elite starting prospects.

3B Trey Michalczewski: The switch-hitter, ranked No. 4 among White Sox prospects, is thought to be the team's third baseman of the future. Michalczewski's home run power will come, but the 20-year-old already has knocked out 67 doubles during his three-year Minor League career, including 35 during a full season with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem in 2015.

Michalczewski enjoying the AFL

OF Courtney Hawkins: The White Sox No. 7 prospect and top pick in the 2012 Draft tore it up during Spring Training in 2015, hitting .412 and belting a team-high four homers with 10 RBIs. But Hawkins struggled with injuries at Birmingham and continued to swing and miss too much (100 strikeouts in 300 at-bats).

1B Corey Zangari: He's well away from the Majors and falls at No. 21 among the White Sox prospects, but the sixth-round pick in the 2015 Draft is already getting rave reviews from the team's front office. Zangari has immense power, and the White Sox like how Zangari carries himself as a leader at such a young age.

LHP Jace Fry: If not for a second Tommy John Surgery, Fry might have been up with the White Sox bullpen late last season. The No. 20 prospect is a few weeks into his throwing program and is targeted for a July return.

OF Micker Adolfo: The No. 6 prospect stands as the crown jewel of the White Sox growth in the Latin American market. Having turned 19 in September, the power-packed outfielder has played two seasons for the Arizona Rookie League team, but he had his '15 season cut short by a fractured fibula in his left ankle.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.