Trey Michalczewski

Trey Michalczewski running the bases in 2015 Spring Training (Daniel Shapiro / Future Sox)

Trey Michalczewski running the bases in 2015 Spring Training (Daniel Shapiro / Future Sox)

Position: 3B
Born: 2/27/95
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 210 B-T: S-R
Acquired: Drafted 7th Round in 2013 out of high school
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #14 - 2013 Midseason
  • #19 - 2014 Preseason
  • #11 - 2014 Midseason
  • #9 - 2015 Preseason
  • #6 - 2015 Midseason
  • #4 - 2016 Preseason
  • #6 - 2016 Midseason
  • #17 - 2017 Preseason

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Scouting report
The White Sox signed Michalczewski (pronounced Me-How-CHESS-Key) to an above slot bonus in the seventh round; $500,000 was enough to keep him from his Oklahoma commitment. He got in 56 games his draft year with Bristol (Rk), posting a .653 OPS and striking out in 25.2% of his plate appearances. In his first full pro season in 2014, Trey posted a .273/.348/.433 line with 10 HR and 7 3B, drawing some walks but also striking out in 28.3% of his 495 PA at Kannapolis, before a late-season promotion to Advanced-A Winston-Salem for just 19 games. Returning to A+ in 2015, he improved his contact rate (to 21.4% K/PA), but despite playing in a homer-friendly home park his power numbers went down a bit (though his doubles went up). In the AFL he saw limited action as the taxi squad player (2x/week), posting a .661 OPS and striking out 15 times in 44 PA. In 2016 despite being obviously challenged in A-ball, the 21-year old was sent to AA Birmingham anyway, where he predictably struggled (.226/.314/.363, 27.5% K/PA) though his power did start to show better in a tough park (11 HR) and he did walk in over 10% of his PA. Repeating AA in 2017, Trey had a rough start and after 23 games hitting .195 he was demoted to Winston-Salem. Having no problem in 19 games there, he went back up to Birmingham and did improve somewhat, posting a .689 OPS the rest of the way but striking out in 29.8% of his plate appearances.

The scouting reports from Michalczewski's first few pro years showed some optimism around becoming a regular at third base in the majors. He showed good first step and instincts at third with plenty of arm strength, above average speed, and had some power potential from both sides of the plate along with the ability to wait for his pitches. But he's hit a wall in AA, with strikeout rates hovering around 30% for two seasons there. Defensively he should stick at third, though he's always struggled with some hitchy throws. The hit tool is the problem and as it stands going into 2018, he's falling off the radar with Jake Burger at his heels. If there is good news, it's that his power is starting to express in games. He would need to make a substantial breakthrough at the plate this season to get back on the fringe. Most likely he'll return to the Barons once more to open 2018.

Major League Outlook: Prototypical third baseman
ETA: 2019

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