The Chicago White Sox on Saturday acquired minor-league infielder Yeyson Yrizarri from the Texas Rangers in exchange for international signing bonus pool money, the White Sox announced.
The 6-foot, 175-pound infielder played in 74 games with the Class-A Hickory Crawdads this season, slashing .264/.287/.390 with five homers and 23 extra-base hits. He was then promoted to High-A Down East, where he hit .207 in the eight games he appeared in. A Venezuelan native, Yrizarri also spent time playing in the Dominican Republic. He saw 10 games of action in the Dominican League during his first season of pro ball.
The Rangers originally inked Yrizarri to a $1.375 million deal when he was 16 years old. At the time, he was the No. 7 international prospect, according to Baseball America. His brother, Deibi, played a few seasons in the Nationals system while his uncle, Deivi Cruz, was a former MLB shortstop.
The newest White Sox prospect will join a now-crowded farm system that’s been revamped since the winter. Vice President and general manager Rick Hahn initially went out and bagged four prospects, headlined by pitcher Michael Kopech and infielder Yoan Moncada, in the Chris Sale-to-Boston deal. The next day, the White Sox shipped outfielder Adam Eaton to the Nationals for three arms in Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning.
After acquiring said players in respective offseason bundles — and signing international outfielder Luis Robert — the White Sox landed outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease from the Cubs on Thursday with Jose Quintana heading to the other side of Chicago.