Several of the Chicago White Sox' best prospects have earned promotions to Double-A Birmingham, where they'll receive advanced instruction and remain for the rest of the season as part of the organization's new "Project Birmingham" initiative.
The group features two of the organization's top prospects, including Colson Montgomery and Bryan Ramos. Montgomery is No. 1 in the team's MLB.com prospect rankings, while Ramos is No. 5.
This is a significant step in the development of both prospects, as Double-A is a crucial rung on the minor league ladder. If a player performs well enough at Double-A, it's possible that he can skip Triple-A and go straight to the majors.
Montgomery is moving up from High-A ball after batting .258/.387/.417 with the same number of walks (26) as strikeouts (26) for Winston-Salem, showing advanced plate discipline for a 20-year-old shortstop. After starting the season with Kannapolis in Single-A, the 2021 first-round draft pick is rapidly climbing through Chicago's system and could be in the majors by the end of 2023 or early 2024 if he continues to advance.
Ramos also enjoyed a strong year at Winston-Salem, hitting .275/.350/.471 with 19 home runs and 74 RBIs in 99 games. He's the same age as Montgomery and plays third base, so the White Sox could have their future left side of the infield playing in Birmingham soon.