The Top 50 Countdown: 50-41

From 50 all the way down to 1, we will start off our countdown of the top 50 prospects in the White Sox organization, starting with 41 through 50. Coming Soon: 31 through 40.

NOTE: The following stats are as of Thursday, May 23

50. Rick Hummel – 23 - RHP, RP - Low A, Kannapolis
2003 (Kannapolis) 1-0, 0.39, 23.1 IP, 24 K, 6 SV

Armed with a 96 MPH fastball and a tie to Tim Hummel, Rick Hummel was looked to be just a family pick, but has opened eyes in his brief stay at Kannapolis. Hummel was drafted out of the University of Indianapolis in the 2002 draft and was sent to Bristol, a short-season affiliate of the Sox. Hummel put up solid numbers, but was mainly playing against players who were several years younger than him. Hummel was promoted to Kannapolis to see if he could improve on his numbers, and did he ever. Hummel has combined with fellow righty Josh Rupe to make a filthy 1-2 combination in the pen. Hummel has averaged a strikeout per inning at Kannapolis, and also cut down on his hits and walks given up. The best stat going for Hummel, however, is his microscopic 0.40 ERA through 22 1/3 innings. If Hummel continues his torrid pace, look for the Sox to give him a challenge in Winston-Salem.

49. Mitch Wylie – 26 - RHP, RP – High A, Kannapolis
2003 (Winston-Salem) 2-0, 3.86, 7.0 IP, 5 K,
2002 (Charlotte) 2-3, 4.76, 34.0 IP, 23 K
2001 (Birmingham) 15-4, 4.21, 141.0 IP, 123 K
2001 (Winston-Salem) 0-1, 3.60, 5.0 IP, 4 K
2000 (Winston-Salem) 3-7, 4.34, 95.1 IP, 57 K
1999 (Burlington) 1-0, 1.97, 32.0 IP, 27 K
1998 (Bristol) 0-2, 3.30, 30.0 IP, 32 K

Wylie was drafted in the eighth round of the 1998 amateur draft. Wylie immediately put up great numbers for the Sox, but tailed off last season while pitching for Charlotte, compiling a 4.76 ERA in six starts. Wylie has been hampered with injuries since then and hasn't pitched until recently when Kannapolis activated him. Wylie shouldn't spend much time in Kannapolis, but his status as a prospect is dwindling. Wylie will have to move back through the system quickly and regain his health. He features a good fastball and right now his only shot at making the majors appears to be as a reliever. Wylie needs to, first and foremost, get healthy, and then improve his control and hone not only his fastball, but his secondary pitches.

48. Dennis Ulacia – 22 - LHP, SP - AA Birmingham
2003 (Birmingham) 1-5, 4.70, 27.0 IP, 28 K
2002 (Birmingham) 6-14, 4.82, 145.2 IP, 88 K
2001 (Birmingham) 1-1, 2.25, 20.0 IP, 18 K
2001 (Charlotte) 1-0, 2.57, 7.0 IP, 3 K
2001 (Winston-Salem) 5-3, 3.64, 64.1 IP, 47 K
2001 (Kannapolis) 8-1, 2.43, 89.0 IP, 93 K
2000 (Burlington) 4-14, 4.73, 148.1 IP, 111 K
1999 (Arizona) 3-2, 3.79, 38.0 IP, 52 K

Dennis Ulacia: The Tale of Two Pitchers. In one you have Ulacia's fantastic 2001 campaign, where he was breezed through every level of the Sox minor league system, with the exception of rookie ball. The other was a tale of mediocrity and false hope. High expectations were set upon Ulacia entering the 2002 season, expectations he didn't live up to. Ulacia lost velocity and as a result opponents batted .299 of him. This year, Ulacia has been pounded yet again, indicated by his .304 BAA and a 1-5 record. A move to the bullpen is not of the question for Ulacia, as he must somehow regain his velocity.

47. Charles Lisk – 20 - C – Bats: Right - Low A Kannapolis
2003 (Kannapolis) .194, 2 HR, 12 RBI
2002 (Bristol) .202, 3 HR, 16 RBI
2002 (Winston-Salem) .185, 1 HR, 9 RBI
2001 (Bristol) .289, 0 HR, 6 RBI

Charles Lisk will probably want to forget about 2002. Lisk had an abysmal season with Bristol last year, hitting a mere .202 and drawing only three walks compared to 32 strikeouts in 104 at bats. Lisk has shown brief glimpses of power, but must prove to pitchers that he can hit for average before his power will ever develop. As expected, Lisk has received the bulk of playing time at catcher for the Intimidators, but has been unable to put up the numbers. Lisk needs to watch out as backup catcher Gustavo Molina has been producing, and may steal playing time away from Lisk as the season progresses.

46. Tim Bittner – 22 - RHP, SP - Low A, Kannapolis
2003 (Kannapolis) 4-3, 3.80, 45.0 IP, 39 K
2002 (Kannapolis) 5-13, 4.58, 157.1 IP, 123 K
2001 (Bristol) 6-1, 1.10, 49.0 IP, 53 K
2001 (Kannapolis) 0-3, 4.50, 20.0 IP, 15 K

A standout on both side of the ball at Marist College, Tim Bittner was drafted in the 10th round of the 2001 draft as a pitcher. Bittner has the ability to dominate a game, but is still a major project for the White Sox because of his control. Compared to others in Kannapolis, Bittner has a low amount of walks, but still must cut down on them to progress farther in the organization. Bittner started off the year strong for the Intimidators, becoming their most effective starter, but has faltered of late.

45. Gary Majewski – 23 - RHP, RP – AAA Charlotte
2003 (Charlotte) 2-1, 6.62, 17.2 IP, 12 K
2002 (Birmingham) 5-3, 2.65, 74.2 IP, 75 K
2001 (Vero Beach [Dodgers]) 4-5, 6.24, 75.0 IP, 41 K
2001 (Winston-Salem) 4-2, 2.93, 43.0 IP, 31 K
2000 (Burlington) 6-7, 3.07, 134.2 IP, 137 K
2000 (Winston-Salem) 2-4, 5.11, 37.0 IP, 24 K
1999 (Bristol) 7-1, 3.05, 76.2 IP, 91 K
1999 (Burlington) 0-0, 37.80, 3.1 IP, 1 K

Majewski has bounced around between the Sox and a few other teams over the past coupe years. With that in mind, you would think Majewksi didn't have any talent, but he is one of the more talented right-handed arms in the system. Majewski dominated AA last year going 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA. He also struck out 75 batters in 74.2 innings, which shows just how dominating he can be. Unfortunately, this season has been nothing like last as he has a high 6.62 ERA in 12 games. The big cause of this problem isn't hits, but control as he has 14 walks in just over 17 innings of work. Majewski is only 23-years old, and with a few aging veterans in the Sox bullpen, there is a good shot he'll be in the pen next season. Majewski has a good fastball and slider, but the key to his success at the next level will be the development of an off-speed pitch and control. Majewski was selected in the Rule V draft this off-season before returning to the Sox.

44. Cliff Brumbaugh – 29 - OF - AAA Charlotte
2003 (Charlotte) .338, 6 HR, 22 RBI
2002 (Colorado Springs [Rockies]) .293, 16 HR, 81 RBI
2001 Rangers/Rockies .217, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 21 GMS
2001 (Oklahoma [Rangers]) .307, 8 HR, 42 RBI
2001 (Colorado Springs [Rockies]) .332, 3 HR, 39 RBI
2000 (Oklahoma [Rangers]) .278, 10 HR, 56 RBI
2000 (Tulsa [Rangers]) .222, 2 HR, 3 RBI
1999 (Oklahoma [Rangers]) .250, 0 HR, 1 RBI
1999 (Tulsa [Rangers]) .281, 25 HR, 89 RBI
1998 (Tulsa [Rangers]) .259, 15 HR, 76 RBI
1997 (Charlotte [Rangers]) .261, 15 HR, 70 RBI
1996 (Charleston, SC [Rangers]) .242, 6 HR, 45 RBI
1995 (Hudson Valley [Rangers]) .358, 2 HR, 45 RBI

Cliff Brumbaugh was originally signed as a fill-in on the AAA Charlotte roster late last season with not much being expected of him. Just a few months later, Brumbaugh has not only impressed the Sox brass, but is considered a viable option if the Sox continue to struggle in their quest for a centerfielder. Brumbaugh is 29 years old, but still has a lot of pop left in his bat. Brumbaugh was named the Rockies' 2002 MVP of their minor league system, but hopefully can contribute at the major league level as he has only played in a small amount of major league games. Currently, Brumbaugh is second on the Knights in slugging, and first in batting average and on-base percentage. Brumbaugh has a small chance to reach the majors with the Sox unless Magglio Ordonez or Carlos Lee become either injured or traded, but other teams might find a need for him.

43. Anthony Sanders – 29 - OF – AAA Charlotte
2003 (Charlotte) .287, 5 HR, 21 RBI
2002 (Charlotte) .232, 6 HR, 24 RBI
2002 (Louisville [Reds]) .250, 6 HR, 24 RBI
2001 Seattle Mariners .176, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 9 GMS
2000 Seattle Mariners 1.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 GM
2000 (Tacoma [Mariners]) .306, 20 HR, 80 RBI
1999 Toronto Blue Jays .286, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 GMS
1999 (Syracuse [Blue Jays]) .244, 18 HR, 59 RBI
1998 (Knoxville [Blue Jays]) .400, 4 HR, 9 RBI
1998 (Syracuse [Blue Jays]) .191, 2 HR, 4 RBI
1997 (Dunedin [Blue Jays]) .200, 0 HR, 1 RBI
1997 (Knoxville [Blue Jays]) .266, 26 HR, 69 RBI
1996 (Dunedin [Blue Jays]) .259, 17 HR, 50 RBI
1996 (Knoxville [Blue Jays]) .271, 1 HR, 18 RBI
1995 (Hagerstown [Blue Jays]) .232, 8 HR, 48 RBI
1994 (St. Catharines [Blue Jays]) .256, 6 HR, 45 RBI
1993 (Medicine Hat [Blue Jays]) .262, 4 HR, 33 RBI

Anthony Sanders suffered a very difficult year in 2002, both on and off the field. On the field he struggled through a season in which he batted in the .220's, and off the field he struggled through the tragic death of his son. Sanders came into the 2003 season with a new lease on the game and put up some impressive numbers in spring training. At age 29, Sanders is most likely a fourth outfielder at best.

42. Brandon McCarthy – 20 – RHP, SP – Great Falls White Sox
2002 (Arizona) 4-4, 2.76, 78.1 IP, 79 K

McCarthy was drafted in the 17th round of the 2002 draft and excelled in his first professional season. At 6-7 he is a prototypical power-pitcher and the Sox hope he can develop into just that. But at 180 he has some filling out to do. Either way the good height should help give him deceptive and difficult arm angle. After putting up stellar numbers last season, it was a surprise that he didn't join a full-season team. Instead he is getting extended time off, mainly because the Sox believe he is rather raw, although the potential is there as he struck out just over a batter an inning last season. He also had rather good control with only 15 walks in 78 innings of work. It is a bit odd as to why he isn't in Kannapolis; either way McCarthy is one of those players that has the ability to shoot up in the charts in the next year or two.

41. Todd Deininger – 21 - RHP, RP – Low A Kannapolis
2003 (Kannapolis) 1-1, 5.09, 23.0 IP, 31 K

In his professional debut Deininger dominated with a 1.38 ERA in 19 games. Many scouts believe Deininger possesses the best fastball in the organization at 94 MPH with incredible sinking action. Deininger utilized this pitch exceptionally last season striking out 41 in just 39 innings. This season Deininger has had a bit more trouble, but that is expected as he makes the jump to A ball after being drafted in the ninth round last year. Deininger has a higher ERA this year, but his high K/IP ratio is a great sign. He has already struck out 35 batters in just 25 innings. Expect Todd to move up quickly because of his college background. Control and improving his secondary pitches are going to be the big areas for him to work on. If he continues to learn and develop, he could turn into a pretty good reliever or even a starter, but don't expect him on the South Side too soon.

By Mike Doyle, Jason Gage and Mark J. Jacobsen
Stats Compiled by Alex Ernst

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