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Adam Dunn leads the majors in home runs

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Adam Dunn leads the majors in home runs

At this time last year, Adam Dunn was mired in the worst slump of his career, hearing far more boos than he was hitting home runs.

With home run No. 23 of the season last night against Clayton Kershaw, Dunn now leads the majors in home runs. He was tied with Josh Hamilton entering the evening.

Dunn is on pace to hit nearly 60 home runs, although one projection system has him finishing 2012 with 43. If he does that, it would be the second-highest home run total for a season in Dunn's career, only falling short of his 46 dingers in 2004.

Dunn has also hit the most home runs through his team's first 64 games of any season in his career. Here's the year-by-year breakdown, with his final home run total in parentheses:

2001: 19 (19)
2002: 13 (26)
2003: 22 (27)
2004: 18 (46)
2005: 17 (40)
2006: 22 (40)
2007: 15 (40)
2008: 16 (40)
2009: 18 (38)
2010: 14 (38)
2011: 7 (11)
2012: 23 (??)

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen