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Floyd ready to return to rotation Monday

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Floyd ready to return to rotation Monday

DETROIT -- The White Sox all but confirmed on Friday afternoon pitcher Gavin Floyd will return to the starting rotation on Monday.
They, of course, still must monitor Floyds elbow on Saturday, one day after he threw 40-50 pitches in a bullpen session both the pitcher and pitching coach Don Cooper deemed a success.
But the early signs for Floyd, who is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 8 with right elbow tendinitis, were positive. If they stay that way, Floyd will be activated off the DL before the White Sox open a three-game series at home against the Minnesota Twins.
He seems like hes ready to go, Cooper said. He threw all of his pitches. It went well. (Recovery is) important. I think hes going to be ok because it went very well. (Trainer Herm Schneider) and him took the time to work on it and hes feeling better. He looks good.
Whereas he had trouble throwing off-speed pitches in sessions after his last start, Floyd threw all four of his pitches with confidence on Friday. He said he wasnt tentative and is pleased with the progress he has made.
Its not affecting the way the ball is coming out or the way Im throwing it, which was the complete opposite of the last time I threw breaking balls, Floyd said. I feel really good and real confident with the way things came out. Im happy about it.
Floyd struggled earlier this season but closed the first half with his strongest stretch of the season. Over his last four starts, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA.
He said hes ready to start on Monday if needed.
I think thats what might be the plan, Floyd said. I dont know. Ill leave it up to them. Im ready to go. Im ready to go whenever they put me out there.

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