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Baseball Prospectus lists the Sox top prospects

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Baseball Prospectus lists the Sox top prospects

Kevin Goldstein rolled out his top 20 White Sox prospects list for Baseball Propsectus today, with Addison Reed and Nestor Molina 1-2. His complete list:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP

He has nine more other non-graded prospects, complete with a sentence on each. A few thoughts on this list:

-- Seeing Myles Jaye, the 20-year-old pitcher the Sox acquired from Toronto in the Jason Frasor deal, ranked in the top 10 is interesting. While Jaye wouldn't sniff the top 10 of most other organizations, Baseball America does like the guy, and Larry says "He's pure projection at this point and it's an aggressive ranking but, in this system, it's hard to argue that he wouldn't fit in the back of the top ten."

-- Goldstein didn't even mention Hector Santiago, the screwballing lefty who both Larry and John Sickels had in their top five. Goldstein's reasoning was that Santiago projects as a middle reliever and didn't have a lot of good reviews. Those are certainly valid concerns -- Santiago's walk rate is somewhat worrying, as is his durability -- but in a system this thin, Santiago's gotta be a top 20 guy, even if it means leaving off Ozzie Martinez at the back of the list.

-- Jared Mitchell, yikes. The former first-round pick is ranked out of the top 10, which even Goldstein says is "dangerous."
@Dwade @JJStankevitz And it got worse for Mitchell as the season wore on. Just putting him 12 was a risk in some ways. Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) January 16, 2012-- Jake Petricka is ranked ahead of Simon Castro, which tells me one of three things: 1) Goldstein sees both as relievers, with Petricka as the better bullpen arm, 2) Goldstein sees Petricka as a starter and Castro as a reliever, or 3) Goldstein sees both as starters, with Petricka as the superior one. My guess as to the most likely would be the second scenario.

-- Juan Silverio is starting to gain some momentum in these prospect listings. One of the products of the Dave Wilder scandal-ridden era, Silverio's bat finally started to come around between Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem in 2011. He's still a questionable prospect, but he's not someone to write off just yet.

-The general consensus on the Sox system is this: it's thin and full of guys who need to refine a third pitch to avoid winding up in the bullpen. That's the bad news. The good news is that the Sox have a fairly decent track record in developing pitching talent, so maybe they'll strike gold in the form of improved changeups for a few of these guys at some point.

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