Category: The Silo

Weekly column

Why is six afraid of seven?

Why is six afraid of seven?
In December of 2016, the White Sox put up an Open for Business sign for all of Major League Baseball to see. The rebuild had begun. They acquired a myriad of prospects over the next year, and continue to trade away major league pieces in exchange for younger, higher ceiling, longer term talent. They signed... Read more »

Dash Rule Everything Around Me

Dash Rule Everything Around Me
Astute readers may have noticed that this Thursday column has something of a Winston-Salem Dash bias, when I’m not writing about the absurdity of Eloy Jiménez still playing in the minor leagues (it’s absurd, just pay him). There are some solid reasons for this: 1) The Dash are very good (they clinched the playoffs back in... Read more »

Small Worlds and Oncoming Storms

Small Worlds and Oncoming Storms
The first time I went to see Nick Madrigal play, it rained a lot. It rained all day, then stopped long enough to lure me out of my apartment, then rained again. I sat in my car in the parking lot of BB&T Ballpark for ten minutes while it rained. I watched water inches deep... Read more »
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Levels - Oh, sometimes I get a good feeling

Levels - Oh, sometimes I get a good feeling
There’s a lot of talk about calling prospects up recently – mostly about Eloy Jiménez, and mostly about whether or not it’s worth it to keep a major-league-ready potential superstar in the minors for an entire season in order to save some money several years in the future, even though the White Sox are not... Read more »

Prebuild Prospects: A dig through recent history

Prebuild Prospects: A dig through recent history
Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech – if we hadn’t been so scarred by years of desolation, it would almost be hard to remember a time before the Sox farm system was so deep. Madrigal, Basabe, Cease. Even the rest-of-season DL is stacked – Burger, Burdi, potentially Dunning. But remember the days when Brent Morel... Read more »

Weekly Eloy Jimenez Appreciation Post

Weekly Eloy Jimenez Appreciation Post
Congratulations to all Sox fans: Eloy is back. After missing 10 games with a left adductor strain, he is risen from the disabled list and returned to the field of play. So far, he is 6-17 in three games since then, with two doubles and a home run. Overall on the season, Jimenez is hitting... Read more »
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Everyone is Hurt and Everything Hurts

Everyone is Hurt and Everything Hurts
At first, we laughed. Ha ha, another prospect injury. Don’t worry, we have a million prospects! Who cares if a couple are injured? There are more where they came from. We’re ripe with prospects; we swim in them; they fall from the sky like manna. It’s the White Sox, with one of the deepest farm... Read more »

Where Do Runs Come From? A story of 19 of them

Where Do Runs Come From? A story of 19 of them
Minor league baseball games are, on the whole, much stupider than major league games. The players are more raw, so you can see things like seven errors in one game, bad baserunning blunders, and nearly 20 runs scored in just over three hours. I’ve been around minor league baseball for a long time, and Monday... Read more »

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Countdowns to call-ups

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Countdowns to call-ups
Happy halfway point! AA, A+, and A All-Star Games all took place this week, which means that we are halfway through the minor league season. And, for once, it’s been fun! There have been very few, if any, crushing disappointments! Who’s Jake Burger? Unlike past years where middling prospects had middling years, the Sox have... Read more »
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Smash Mouth Would Be Proud

Smash Mouth Would Be Proud
All-Star rosters for sub-Triple-A teams have been announced, and the White Sox are… well represented. A total of eighteen White Sox prospects have been named All-Stars from the @BhamBarons, @WSDashBaseball and Kannapolis @Intimidators. — Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) June 12, 2018 For context, there were 11 last season (with a few soon-to-be Sox like Bryant Flete... Read more »
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