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Chris Sale's dominance in context

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Chris Sale's dominance in context

No, Chris Sale didn't break the MLB record for strikeouts in a game -- he would've needed a bionic arm to throw nine innings and top the 20-K barrier -- but he did break a record and nearly set another one over his 7 13 innings Monday.

Most strikeouts by a White Sox pitcher, 1918-present:

PitcherDateSOIPJack Harshman
7251954169Chris Sale
5282012157.1Jason Bere
6281995148.1Jason Bere
6131994148Juan Pizarro
7311964149Early Wynn
511959149Saul Rogovin
91419521415
Most strikeouts in a game played at Tropicana Field:

PitcherDateSOIPChris Sale
5282012157.1Pedro Martinez
771999148Josh Beckett
4272008137Scott Kazmir
8252007138Pedro Martinez
4192001136Pedro Martinez
8292000139
Other notes:

-Sale is the first lefty to strike out 15 since Erik Bedard did so against Texas on July 7, 2007. Cliff Lee struck out 16 on May 6, 2011 against Atlanta.

-Randy Johnson struck out 14 or more batters 46 times in his career. He struck out 19 White Sox batters on Aug. 8, 1997.

-Sale's 15 strikeouts at Tampa Bay represented the 30th time since 1918 that a lefty pitcher has struck out 15 or more on the road.

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