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Crain moving closer to return

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Crain moving closer to return

KANSAS CITY -- Jesse Crain feels like hes on the mend.

The White Sox reliever said Sunday he felt good until he began to fatigue at the end of a 30-pitch bullpen session in which he threw all of his pitches.

The fatigue was to be expected, Crain said, because it was his first time throwing off a bullpen mound since he was placed on the disabled list on July 4 with a right shoulder strain. The move was made retroactive to June 24.

I was just looking for how I felt, Crain said.

I did throw all my pitches and those will come. Todays was more making sure I was \ feeling good and feeling like I was on the mend rather than still being injured. From what I felt today, its one of those things where its getting better.

Crain is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 24 games for the White Sox this season. He hopes to throw in the bullpen or face hitters in batting practice on Tuesday or Wednesday and begin a rehab assignment on Friday.

Crain suspects hed need at least one game appearance and possibly two before he returns to the White Sox.

Now its just building the strength up again to handle pitching in a game, Crain said.

Its more realistic being able to pitch in a game by Friday. Thats kind of my goal because Ill get at least another bullpen or BP this week and then be ready hopefully after that for a game situation.

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