Meet the Prospects: Gavin Sheets

Vinnie Duber
NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Gavin Sheets

Sheets, the 21-year-old first baseman, was the White Sox second-round pick in last year's draft.

A Maryland native, Sheets played his college ball at Wake Forest before being selected by the South Siders last summer. His father, Larry, had an eight-year major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners.

Sheets played 56 games of minor league ball after being drafted last season, all but four of those coming with Class A Kannapolis. In those 56 games, he slashed .279/.365/.397 with 12 doubles, four homers and 28 RBIs. He also showed a good amount of plate discipline, walking 23 times compared to 34 strikeouts.

Sheets earned that second-round draft pick with a solid 2017 season at Wake Forest, slashing .317/.424/.629 with 21 homers and an awesome 46-to-37 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Sheets rated as the No. 15 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Sheets in the video above.

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