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Cubs sign Gerardo Concepcion

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Cubs sign Gerardo Concepcion

The Cubs signed one of the Big Three of Cuban free agents.

They reportedly reached an agreement with 18-year-old pitcher Gerardo Concepcion, according to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald from Miami:

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jorge ebroOfficial: Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion signed a multimillion dollar pact with the Chicago Cubs, a source confirmed to El Nuevo Herald.
Feb 02 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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Enrique RojasESPNSource to http:t.co78xXbjUD: Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion agree 7 million contract with Cubs
Feb 03 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Concepcion was the Rookie of the Year in Cuba's Serie Nacional for the 2010-11 season in which he was 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA. He also had 53 strikeouts and 43 walks in 101 23 innings pitched.

The White Sox were in on the left-hander as well.

Concepcion defected to Mexico in June and has drawn interest from the Yankees, Phillies, Royals, Giants, Marlins, Red Sox and Blue Jays in addition to the Cubs and White Sox after he was named a free agent in mid-January.

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler, the other pieces of the Cuban Big Three, remain unsigned.

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