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Danks could throw off mound soon as next step in rehab

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Danks could throw off mound soon as next step in rehab

DETROIT -- John Danks said Sunday he remains optimistic, yet grounded, about his recovery.
The White Sox pitcher said a left shoulder strain, which has kept him on the disabled list since May 20, has responded well to recent activity and treatment. But after previous deadlines have arrived and passed, Danks refusees to get too far. He played catch again on Sunday with good results and perhaps could throw off the mound soon.
I feel like Im able to bounce back a little better after I have thrown a couple of days in a row, Danks said. A few weeks ago Id have been too sore to do anything really. I have been able to go out and do everything Ive been asked so far. Hopefully it keeps on progressing the way we hope and want to. Id like to get out there before the year is over.
On Saturday, general manager Kenny Williams expressed confidence in Danks rehab. He noted Danks, who signed a five-year deal worth 65 million this offseason, has taken several positive steps forward.
Adding a healthy Danks to the rotation would give the White Sox the equivalent of an impact-type pitcher without making a trade, Williams said.
A healthy John Danks is the perfect medicine, Williams said. We are comfortable and confident in that, and weve got very encouraging signs over the last number of days. So, theres less of a reason to do something along those lines. But we have to play it out.How it will play out is still too far ahead for Danks to look. He said Sunday he was focused on playing catch from 120 feet and hoped to stretch it a little further. And when trainer Herm Schneider said hes ready to go the mound, he will.
(120 feet) thats where weve been, Danks said. If we can go a little farther than that we will. I think they want me to go on the mound as soon as we can. We havent really talked about it much. Im just going to long toss today.

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