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Three Top Pitching Prospects Face Pivotal 2019 Season

Three Top Pitching Prospects Face Pivotal 2019 Season
There’s an old theory in baseball that says for every ten pitching prospects, two become major leaguers, making being confronted with a career crossroads inevitable for the vast majority of players. This year three prominent pitching prospects within the White Sox organization including a couple of former first-rounders could be on the wrong side of... Read more »

Luis Robert Highlights Early Winston-Salem Standouts

Luis Robert Highlights Early Winston-Salem Standouts
I remember getting up close to Luis Robert in person at this year’s SoxFest. Listed at 6-3, 185lbs, I felt as if I was staring at an NFL safety. I caught three at-bats of his at the backfields of Minor League Spring training. Mouth agape, I watched Robert barrel up a liner to left and... Read more »

Charlotte Knights 2019 Season Preview

Charlotte Knights 2019 Season Preview
The Charlotte Knights opened International League play last night at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, NC against the Durham Bulls (sounds like something from a movie). 15-year major league veteran, Mark Grudzielanek will lead the team for the third consecutive season. The rest of the coaching staff includes hitting coach Frank Menechino, pitching coach Steve McCatty... Read more »
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2019 Birmingham Barons Season Preview

2019 Birmingham Barons Season Preview
The Birmingham Barons were scheduled to open play on Thursday April 4th in Biloxi, Mississippi against the Shuckers. The Barons will be managed by former big leaguer Omar Vizquel this year as he ascends upward from the Carolina League. Richard Dotson returns to Birmingham as the pitching coach and Charles Poe will take over as... Read more »

2019 Winston-Salem Dash Season Preview

2019 Winston-Salem Dash Season Preview
Thursday, April 4th kicks off another season of Carolina League play where the defending first-and-second-half champion Winston-Salem Dash hope to make it two postseason appearances in a row. 2018 will be tough to top after the Dash finished 30 games above .500, but there is still more than enough talent expected at the White Sox Advanced-A... Read more »

2019 Kannapolis Intimidators Preview

2019 Kannapolis Intimidators Preview
The Kannapolis Intimidators open the 2019 season at home against the Rome Braves on Thursday April 4th at 7:00PM ET. Ryan Newman will be the manager of the Intimidators after being in Birmingham last season with the Barons. Jose Bautista is returning to the South Atlantic League as pitching coach. Cole Armstrong will be the... Read more »
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Case History: The Importance of a Successful Draft

Case History: The Importance of a Successful Draft
For a rebuild to be successful, teams must take a three-pronged approach to acquiring talent. With the trade market quiet until closer to the deadline and the ship on free agency having sailed, it’s time to examine the third avenue for producing quality players – the MLB draft. The majority of people are skeptical of... Read more »

Dane Dunning May Require Surgery On Throwing Elbow

Dane Dunning May Require Surgery On Throwing Elbow
It’s as if White Sox fans haven’t suffered enough punishment this offseason. Thursday, the south side faithful endured another gut-punch after learning right-handed pitching prospect Dane Dunning may eventually need Tommy John surgery, according to General Manager Rick Hahn. The 24-year-old experienced discomfort in his right forearm in late February as he worked his way... Read more »

Evan Marshall's Story is One Worth Rooting For

Evan Marshall's Story is One Worth Rooting For
There are typically a handful of guys I root for during Spring Training for no particular reason. Maybe it’s because I think the player’s name is amusing, or maybe he’s spent years grinding in the minors with the hopes he cracks a Major League roster out of camp (Ryan Cordell). Whatever the case may be,... Read more »
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The One that Got Away?

The One that Got Away?
With 18 home runs at the Triple-A level and a slugging percentage near .500, you would expect Jose Rondon to be a topic of conversation more frequently. Factor in six home runs in 42 games with the White Sox last season and you’d think people would start characterizing the Padres castoff as payback for Fernando... Read more »
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