Ht: 6'4" Wt: 240 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 6th Round in 2015 out of high school (172nd overall)
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #20 - 2015 Midseason
- #12 - 2016 Preseason
- #17 - 2016 Midseason
- #26 - 2017 Preseason
- VIDEO: Full at bat (walk), 8/5/2015
- VIDEO: Full at bat (base hit), 8/30/2015
- VIDEO: Full at bat (walk-off base hit), 8/30/2015
- VIDEO: Full at bat (F9), Instructs, 10/3/2015
- In-depth background story - Year One, Corey Zangari
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- Arizona League All Star, 2015
- Hitting Prospect of the Month, August/September 2015
Corey Zangari was drafted in the sixth round as an over-slot signing - inking for $225,200 more than his slot allotment of $284,800. Zangari is a big 240 lb., 6'4" first baseman with plenty of raw power that got him 19 home runs in his senior year of high school (though here in 2018 he's dropped substantial weight - more on that later). There was some question of whether a team might draft him as a pitcher, as he has hit mid-90s from the mound - but it appears the White Sox see him all-in at first base. The expectation in his pro debut was a lot of swing-and-miss with flashes of power, and that's what we got at first - he was .240/.247/.427 in his first month of action with 21 K and just 1 walk in 77 plate appearances. But he adjusted quickly and fully enough to turn that into an impressive final, complete line of .323/.356/.492, 11 walks and 49 K in 208 PA with the AZL squad. 2016 was tougher for Zangari - he opened as a young-for-level 18-year-old at Kannapolis and it showed, as he hit .166 and struck out a whopping 106 times in 248 PA (though he did hit 8 home runs in a power-suppressing home park). In Great Falls, a more development-appropriate stop for him, after a 3-game adjustment he went .287/.359/.461 for a 47 game stretch with a more reasonable but still-high 30% K-rate. Corey did not play in 2017, as he had Tommy John surgery in March of that year. He re-appeared in 2018 at Great Falls where he proceeded to hit for absurd power (9 HR in 17 games) and more importantly a greatly improved contact rate (16 K in 73 PA), but then in literally his second plate appearance back up with Kannapolis he suffered a wrist injury on a HBP and will now miss the rest of the current season.
Zangari's raw power is impressive, and that is likely his carrying tool. But what had made him leap up prospect boards is that he also made such swift changes to his approach at each rookie ball stop, showing some patience and a plan at the plate late in the season as a teenager. The assignment to Kannapolis in 2016 was too much though. His defense at first base needs a lot of work, and now he's got a year of rust to shake off. His return in 2018 was encouraging for a combination of maintaining that impressive power, improving his pitch selection and contact rate, and dropping a bunch of weight to get in far better physical condition. It's awful for Corey that yet another injury has further derailed his career, though if there is good news, it is that he may be able to play in the fall and would still be an age-appropriate 22 years old to open 2019 back in A-ball.
Major League Outlook: Power bat at 1B or DH
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