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 power-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.

Michalczewski was a third round-type talent and the signing bonus matched that. With good bat speed and a patient approach at the plate from both sides, he has the ability to move somewhat faster than most high school picks, though he's probably moving faster than his development can keep up. He's got some speed, but not to the point where he'll be a big threat to steal many bases. Statistically he's been better as a right-handed hitter thus far, but not dramatically so, and scouting reports indicate the left side may be better in the long run. The swing and miss rate has been a bit high and he's yet to hit for a very high average, and reports indicate he swings through hittable pitches at an unsustainable rate at this point. Defensively, he's got mixed and developing skills at third, with soft hands and enough arm strength but also a few hitches in his movements that need to be ironed out, especially with his throwing. He's been improving as 2016 has gone on, but he likely needs to repeat the level so that his skills can catch up. 2017 will be a key year for Trey, in that he should by that point in a theoretical 2nd year at AA begin showing better results.

Major League Outlook: Prototypical third baseman
ETA: Late 2018

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