Category: Interviews

Regaining Control of a Disappointing Season

Regaining Control of a Disappointing Season
In a season which was lost for a number of White Sox prospects due to injury or under-performance. Alec Hansen had one of the rougher years. Due to a forearm injury incurred during spring training, he did not make his first start until June 16 for Birmingham. Then he was beset by a round of... Read more »

Spencer Adams: The View from the Doorstep of the Majors

Spencer Adams: The View from the Doorstep of the Majors
While guys like Nolan Ryan cause scouts, pitching coaches and baseball executives to salivate, it’s often guys like Mark Buehrle that become fan favorites.  With flamethrowers like Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease capturing the headlines, it’s possible a pitchability guy sneaks into the starting rotation and remains a fixture for a few years or a... Read more »

Prospect Focus: Bryce Bush

Prospect Focus: Bryce Bush
Nick Hostetler and his scouting staff have used the third day of major league baseball’s amateur draft to add legitimate talent to a White Sox farm system teeming with talent of late. Day three (rounds 11 through 40) is usually a good time to add overlooked college transfers and once proud options coming off poor... Read more »
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Jimmy Lambert: The Breakout White Sox Prospect No One is Talking About

Jimmy Lambert: The Breakout White Sox Prospect No One is Talking About
It was an unseasonably cold May night in Kannapolis, North Carolina at the beginning of the 2017 season and I was huddled in the scout seats to watch prized prospect Alec Hansen. The row in front of me was populated entirely by pro scouts, who can be a wealth of information if they are feeling... Read more »

Strength up the Middle

Strength up the Middle
With 2018 number one draft pick Nick Madrigal in the fold to go along with Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada entrenched at the big league level, the White Sox middle infield situation looks solid at the top of the food chain. But the White Sox have some interesting players at the lower levels of the... Read more »

Prospect Focus: Gavin Sheets

Prospect Focus: Gavin Sheets
Looking down the tunnel from the dugout steps, it’s hard to miss the ballplayer sauntering out of the clubhouse. The light, staccato sound of cleats on concrete deceives. As he comes into the light, player number 24 immediately projects the image of a power-hitting first base prospect. That’s what he was drafted as and, built... Read more »
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SoxFest 2018: Hostetler, Getz, Hahn and the talent pipeline

SoxFest 2018: Hostetler, Getz, Hahn and the talent pipeline
The poet Alexander Pope once famously wrote, “hope spring eternal,” and SoxFest was abuzz with hope all weekend. It started on Friday night with the playful Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria seminar, where fan after fan gushed to the Ricks about the overall direction of the organization (Hahn) or gave their gratitude for making the... Read more »

2018 White Sox Hitting Camp, or, an embarrassment of riches

2018 White Sox Hitting Camp, or, an embarrassment of riches
“These kids are loose, relaxed, and focused. They’re having a great time and seem to really like each other.” Rick Renteria nailed it. A perfect assessment of  the climate at Camelback Ranch in Glendale last week. The White Sox manager, along with General Manager Rick Hahn and scouting director Nick Hostetler, were among a group... Read more »

AFL Focus Part 2 - Seby Zavala

AFL Focus Part 2 - Seby Zavala
This is the second half of a split feature, covering a pair of prospects who played in the Arizona Fall League representing the White Sox. For an introduction, team-level highlights and a deep dive on shortstop Danny Mendick, you should read the first chapter. This article focuses on catcher Seby Zavala. I’m the one who named... Read more »
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AFL focus, part 1 - Danny Mendick

AFL focus, part 1 - Danny Mendick
“Sox fans: the future is bright and hot like the Arizona sun in the middle of June. Just be patient a little longer. #KillerZs #AZL” Before you start with the “Captain Obvious” remarks, I sent that bold, 130-character statement into the Twitterverse in the summer of 2015 when I was midway through a fun season... Read more »
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