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Daily trivia: 11 walks, zero runs

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Daily trivia: 11 walks, zero runs

Every weekday throughout the offseason, CSN White Sox Talk will pass along three completely trivial (but hopefully interesting) tidbits from White Sox history. Most of these notes come from Baseball-Reference's Play Index. Today, we look at pitchers who were afraid or not allowed to pitch to Frank Thomas.

10: The number of walks Gary Peters allowed on Sept. 13, 1967. He pitched an 11-inning complete game, struck out seven, allowed one hit and no runs. That walk total is the highest for any White Sox pitcher who allowed no runs in an outing. Peters only induced three double plays and didn't pick anyone off in the start, which is somewhat surprising given the shutout.

3: The number of times Jose Contreras walked at least five in a start an escaped without allowing a run. No other White Sox pitcher this decade can say they've done that. Two of those starts came in 2007, Contreras' worst year in a Sox uniform, but on Sept. 7, 2005, Contreras walked five over 7 23 innings without allowing a run in a 1-0 win over Kansas City.

12: The most number of walks a White Sox pitcher has ever allowed in a game, that dozen coming from the right arm of Vallie Eaves on April 22, 1940 against Detroit. Eaves threw 7 23 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and struck out seven with those 12 free passes.

Bonus: No White Sox pitcher has walked eight or more opponents in a game since Scott Eyre walked eight Angels on May 12, 1998. The last White Sox pitcher to walk seven in a start is Jake Peavy, who allowed seven walks, hits and runs against the Rays April 22, 2010.

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