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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 »

Salt in the Wound: Basabe's Injury With Updates on Burger, Burdi, and Dunning

Salt in the Wound: Basabe's Injury With Updates on Burger, Burdi, and Dunning
February 19, 2019 was a kick in the gut to the many who follow their beloved southside baseball team. A figurative gray cloud hovered above only White Sox fans throughout the fallout of a certain free agent who accepted a certain 10-year, $300 million deal in a certain city that sees rain fewer times a year than... Read more »

2019 is The Year of Seby Zavala

2019 is The Year of Seby Zavala
Winter can be tricky. I very much prefer the warmth. For whatever reason, I chose to stick around the Midwest; specifically, about 20 minutes from Guaranteed Rate Field. Maybe that’s the reason I’m still here. The feeling of dread starts to sink in around early October. Knowing cold and darkness is on the horizon for... Read more »
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Inside the Top 30: A Thrilling Subplot

Inside the Top 30: A Thrilling Subplot
Our latest Top 30 list is fascinating not only in terms of the overall projections but the subplots that play out beneath the surface. One of the more challenging aspects of the process is separating the pack of outfielders that are jammed up in the latter half of the top 15 of our rankings. The... Read more »

Luis Alexander Basabe: Sooner, Rather than Later

Luis Alexander Basabe: Sooner, Rather than Later
Following an encouraging first stint at Double-A Birmingham, Luis Alexander Basabe (not to be confused with his twin brother, Luis Alejandro Basabe) is in prime position to take a major step forward in his professional career. Among the encouraging efforts by Rick Hahn throughout this rebuild, White Sox outfield prospects may arguably hold the most... Read more »

Healthy Curbelo looking forward to 2019

Healthy Curbelo looking forward to 2019
“Hey Luis, will you sign my ball?” a young fan calls out to Intimidators starting shortstop Luis Curbelo as he makes his way toward the locker room following a game. “Sure, no problem,” Curbelo responds flashing a smile. Another fan follows and Luis continues signing autographs and chatting it up with the Kannapolis faithful. As... Read more »
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Things to Dream On

Things to Dream On
“He’s physically gifted, he moves very well, good hands, strong arm, very mature for his age. Nice polished swing. He’s got some power potential. Certainly a lot of things to dream on and look forward to in the future with him,” said White Sox Director of Player Development Chris Getz when asked about 2018 fourth... Read more »
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