Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 200
Acquired: Drafted in the 33rd round by the White Sox in 2018
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #21 – 2019 Preseason
- #27 – 2019 Midseason
The White Sox selected Bryce Bush in the 33rd round out of De La Salle Collegiate Prep High School in Warren, Michigan. An afterthought on draft day due to the nature of late day three selections, it was a surprise when Bush signed before the deadline for a bonus amount of $290K. The 19-year-old infielder had a strong commitment to Mississippi State and it was shocking to many when he announced that he’d be going pro in baseball instead (see much more detail in the feature and interview linked above). After signing, the 6′, 200 pound third baseman reported the Low-Rookie Level affiliate in the Arizona League. In 14 games and 52 plate appearances, the right-handed hitter mashed to a wRC+ of 221 in a small sample. His triple slash of .442/.538/.605 turned some heads. After 14 contests, he was promoted to the Advanced Rookie Level affiliate in Great Falls. In the Pioneer League, Bryce played in 24 games. He hit .250/.327/.385 in just over 100 trips to the plate. He struggled a bit seeing the more advanced pitching and piled up some errors at the hot corner. Bush hit 3 homers and drove in 18 runs across both levels, and with the post-season run his long 2018 campaign lasted well into September.
Bush is a strong athlete with a great athletic build and room to get stronger. His calling card is his bat speed and he possesses really quick hands. Bush was a Perfect Game All American as a prep out of the state of Michigan. The White Sox decision-makers lauded his strong arm and positional flexibility. He will stay on the infield in the Sox system for now but could eventually move to 1B or an outfield corner. He should advance to full season ball at some point in 2019, but it might not be to open the season.
Major League Outlook: Starting 3B/OF ceiling
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