Chicago Cubs: SS Yolbert Sanchez, No.22 overall
The final piece to this transaction puzzle is a shortstop prospect, Yolbert Sanchez. He comes in at number 22 overall on the White Sox’ top 30 pipeline list. A prospect out of Cuba, Sanchez broke onto the scene this past season, signing with the Sox for $2.5 million.
He thoroughly impressed in his first professional season, slashing .297/.386/.441 with a .400 wOBA and 130 wRC+, respectively. Sanchez managed an 11.8 percent walk rate and a 9.4 percent strikeout rate while hitting a couple of home runs and stealing three bases in 29 games.
Widely regarded as the best shortstop in the system, it has been talked about how Sanchez is already major league ready. His defensive prowess is well above-average, and Sanchez has shown off his strong arm, which should excite fans.
I was surprised Sanchez was included on top of the three other prospects. The Cubs can never have too much infield depth either, and making a deal to include Sanchez gives more firepower for the team to release Addison Russell.
Suffice it to say it was a difficult decision to send Contreras to the south side. A positive about this is that it is now one less star the Cubs have to negotiate a long-term deal with and gives leverage to other guys like Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Overall, it came together reasonably well, and I hope Cubs fans are happy with the results.