As we continue our tour of the best prospects across the Chicago baseball landscape this afternoon, we take a look at Chicago White Sox #13 prospect, Trey Michalczewski.
Trey Michalczewski has been in the Chicago White Sox farm system for a few years now, drafted out of Jenks HS (Jenks, OK), in the seventh round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, Michalczewski has spent the last the last four seasons being groomed in the White Sox minor-league ranks.
Michalczewski, 21, is a right-handed throwing and switch-hitting third-baseman, standing at six-foot-three and weighing in at 210 pounds, Michalczewski has the frame of a big-leaguer for sure.
Currently standing at #13 in the Chicago White Sox system, Michalczewski has been a consistent performer and progressed nicely since the White Sox gave him 500,000 thousand dollars to sign after being drafted out of high school, giving the White Sox no regrets about going against their usual rule of not signing draft choices outside of their signing slot.
Michalczewski has shown a nice swing from both sides of the plate during his time in the minor-leagues, and has shown increased power numbers with experience as well, finishing the 2015 season second in the Class A Advanced Carolina League with 35 doubles. Michalczewski also added nine triples to his resume in 2015, giving him 46 total extra base hits.
Michalczewski displays solid hands, and excellent arm strength at third base, but has had issues with his footwork and throwing accuracy thus far.Encouraging is the fact that Michalczewski has steadily decreased his number of errors each season, going from 27 in 2014, to 22 in 2015, and finally 17 in 2016.
While slower than average, Michalczewski is athletic for a player of his frame, and should be at least replacement level at third base as a defender at the major-league level, and hopefully his decreased error totals will continue to support that belief in 2017.
In 2016 with the White Sox Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons, Michalczewski hit just .226 over the course of 134 games. While the batting average was below the level that the White Sox would like, Michalczewski still hit 11 home runs, 24 doubles and five triples, while driving in 59 runs for the Barons.
Michalczewski has a career batting average of .248 over the course of his four seasons in the White Sox system, with a slash line of .329/.380/.709 to go along with 31 home runs, 91 doubles, 18 triples and 230 RBI. The 21-year-old third-baseman however, has shown a tendency to strike out quite a bit. Striking out in just under 30 percent of his combined minor-league at-bat’s.
While Michalczewski is unlikely to see the major-league level in 2017 outside of a September call-up to get his feet wet, he is the White Sox highest rated infielder behind top overall prospect Yoan Moncada. The White Sox will have Todd Frazier under contract for at least one more season, at which point it will be Michalczewski’s job to lose heading into 2018.
2017 will be a make or break season for Michalczewski in terms of his development, as he will be the in-house favorite to take over at the hot corner at some point in 2018. Expect Michalczewski to spend the 2017 season splitting time between Double-A Birmingham, and Triple-A Charlotte, with a potential appearance one the rosters expand for the September call ups.