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Bears doing good stuff

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Bears doing good stuff

Its too easy to gloss over the little Bears things that happen away from Halas Hall that are worth mentioning. There are a few this week:

The Bears and some league rules dont allow rookie hazing but Chairman George McCaskey is putting the top of the 2012 class doing some dirty work, literally. McCaskey and draft picks Shea McClellin, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Hardin will get together Friday morning with other volunteers and plant new trees and shrubs at LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie in Chicago (When the chairman says, Lets go plant some trees! its volunteering, right? Just kidding it is, actually).

The work runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is part of the organizations Save Da Planet program that involves a number of organizations dedicated to conservation and sustainability.

Cornerback Charles Tillman seems to be taking his first selection to the Pro Bowl seriously. Tillman is hosting the Pro BOWLer Charity Fundraiser Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kings Lakes Lounge & Sports, 5505 Park Place, MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

The bowling fundraiser is intended to benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation and its work to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children. Teammates including Gabe Carimi, Chris Conte, Devin Hester, Tim Jennings, Nick Roach, Craig Steltz, Matt Toeaina and Major Wright are expected, along with ex-Bears Anthony Adams, Alex Brown and John Tait.

Meet the Prospects: Zack Collins

Meet the Prospects: Zack Collins

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Zack Collins

Collins, the 22-year-old catcher, has been projected as the White Sox catcher of the future since he was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

A Florida native and University of Miami product, Collins initially was celebrated for his batting prowess and faced questions about his defensive abilities, only to improve with the glove in 2017 while he watched some offensive numbers slip a bit.

After joining the White Sox organization in 2016, Collins slashed .258/.418/.467 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 36 games at Class A Winston-Salem. In 2017, he played 101 more games at Winston-Salem, slashing .223/.365/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBIs. He also played a dozen games at Double-A Birmingham, where he added a couple more homers and five more RBIs.

This offseason's signing of Welington Castillo installs a veteran backstop for two or three seasons at the big league level, meaning there's no rush for Collins to get to the majors.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Collins rated as the No. 7 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Collins in the video above.

Fantasy baseball: Taking another crack at projecting the White Sox 2021 lineup

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Fantasy baseball: Taking another crack at projecting the White Sox 2021 lineup

Playing a rebuild-centric edition of fantasy baseball is all the rage for South Side baseball fans.

After Baseball America forecasted the White Sox starting lineup for the 2021 season, it sparked a new round of projections, and we weren't going to be excluded.

So here's a guess at what the South Siders will look like three years from now, with some variables obviously being discussed such as additions the team could make through free agency or a trade — Manny Machado? Nolan Arenado? Christian Yelich? — and which of their bevy of young pitchers could be left out of the starting rotation of the future.

Also be sure to send us your future lineups on Twitter. We're @NBCSWhiteSox.

Enjoy: