Category: Interviews

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Alex Call: Under the radar, but not undervalued

Alex Call: Under the radar, but not undervalued
Alex Call getting attention from the White Sox, even if the media hasn’t noticed. “It’s all about competing. I know this organization believes in me and I am willing to do whatever it takes to become a major league player,” says Alex Call, the Chicago White Sox #30 prospect on our most recent Top Prospects list. That’s... Read more »
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Prospect Focus: Justin Yurchak fitting in fine on the farm

Prospect Focus: Justin Yurchak fitting in fine on the farm
The Chicago White Sox earned some praise for how well they rounded out their top ten on the second day of the 2017 amateur draft. Nick Hostetler and his staff focused primarily on college performers and they landed 9 of them with their first 10 picks. With the hitters in particular, the team placed an... Read more »

Unheralded Matt Foster aiming to be another 2016 draft gem

Unheralded Matt Foster aiming to be another 2016 draft gem
The White Sox have been earning well deserved praise for the early returns on their 2016 draft class. Owning two first round picks certainly helps, as they were able to select highly rated catcher Zack Collins and flame-throwing closer Zack Burdi. But that class was anything but top heavy, as they plucked promising players all... Read more »

Blake Rutherford confident as first full season winds down

Blake Rutherford confident as first full season winds down
Blake Rutherford was destined to be a White Sox. His fate may have been sealed back in April of 2016, when Rutherford’s Chaminade High School traveled to face off against future 2nd overall pick RHP Hunter Greene’s Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. In front of a White Sox scouting contingent led by Executive VP Kenny Williams,... Read more »
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Interviews with six Barons pitchers and their pitching coach

As part of my recent visit to Birmingham, I spent some time chatting with a number of players and coaches (along with scouts and other people around the team). We also wrote up some of what we saw from these pitchers in-depth with video. If you missed those, you can read about Michael Kopech here,... Read more »
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