Posts in category "Interviews"

Q&A with Olympic medalist turned infielder Eddy Alvarez

That title may look strange to those unaware, but it is fact. The White Sox have an Olympic medalist in their farm system. Eddy Alvarez won a silver medal as part of the U.S. 5000 meter speed skating relay team in Sochi this past February, and has a gold medal from the World Championships in... Read more »

Q&A with Pitcher Chris Beck

We had the opportunity to chat with one of the White Sox’ top pitching prospects, Chris Beck. Recently promoted to the AAA Charlotte Knights, this right-hander is a key piece of the future pitching puzzle in the parent club’s ”re-tooling” process. Chris talked with us about pitching to contact versus strikeouts, yoga, getting married, and minimizing the... Read more »

Q&A with Pitcher James Dysktra

Our first interview of the new season had us talking with pitcher James Dykstra.  It seems appropriate to lead off with a prospect who was little-known coming into the season, but who has started to appear on radar screens thanks to some strong offseason scouting reports and very good numbers with Kannapolis here in April. ... Read more »

Sox Blogger Call with Dan Fabian

Dan Fabian, the Director of Baseball Operations for the Chicago White Sox, was kind enough to stop by for a quick Q&A with a few White Sox related blogs. Dan will be entering his 21st season in the White Sox baseball department.  Here are some highlights from the conversation… About new advanced analytics from MLB:... Read more »

The Life of a Minor League Broadcaster

We’ve been covering the White Sox minor league system for over a decade, focusing almost exclusvely on the players.  Even our recent guest pieces were written by the players themselves.  But if you want to understand how the system really works, you also need to understand the important roles played by the teams’ front offices.... Read more »

Q&A with Pitcher Chris Bassitt

Few pitchers in the White Sox system had a breakout 2013 like Chris Bassitt did.  The 6’5” righty was drafted in the 16th round in 2011, and barely mentioned on the periphery of a few prospect lists before this year.  But after transitioning to a starting role late in 2012, he began 2013 in A+ Winston-Salem’s rotation... Read more »

Q&A with First Baseman Dan Black

With all the attention on the signing of Jose Dariel Abreu (to the largest international signing to date), the waiting game on Paul Konerko’s possible retirement, and calls for trading Adam Dunn, a question goes unasked: are there any first basemen in the Sox minor league system who could play a role in the near future? ... Read more »

Trayce Thompson: Defense is my No. 1 priority

Projecting prospects into certain positions is far from an exact science, but certain patterns do emerge. Taller players often get shuffled away from shortstop and centerfield for one reason or another. Trayce Thompson felt like he was put into the category and didn’t like it one bit. Speaking to reporters and bloggers at a White... Read more »

Bristol Sox visit wrapup - interview with the manager and final thoughts

For one more piece on the 2013 Bristol White Sox, I was privileged to get a chance to meet with Bristol Sox manager Mike Gellinger. (He’s the one leaning against the fence) From my perspective this was a real treat, because Mr. Gellinger is a former assistant hitting coach with the big league club. He’s... Read more »

Meeting the Bristol Sox

As our tour of the minors continues, I spent some time in Bristol.  You can see the initial game story here.  Thanks to the assistance of the Bristol White Sox press team Jordan & Lucas, I also had a chance to meet with several of the players on the team for interviews.  Here I’ll combine... Read more »
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