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Floyd rights the ship as Sox avoid sweep

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Floyd rights the ship as Sox avoid sweep

Facing the possibility of being swept for the first time this season, Gavin Floyd, who owned a 10.38 ERA in his previous six starts, threw 6 13 shutout innings to help lead the White Sox to a 7-0 win over the Cubs Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox salvaged a win in the second leg of the BP Crosstown Cup, but still have lost their last five series.

Floyd's rebound start game at the right time for both him and the White Sox. Not only did the team stay a half-game behind Cleveland, which beat Cincinnati 8-1, but Floyd put together his first quality start in over a month. Before the game, manager Robin Ventura intimated that Floyd's struggles were mainly mental.

"Frustrating is just one of those words that's thrown around, but he's the one that has to go through it," Ventura said. "As a team I think that's part of him pitching, is the pressures of not letting people down and things like that. Those are probably bigger than just the frustrations, is he's trying to do a lot and he just needs to be himself."

That last quality start Floyd threw was on May 11, and since then he allowed at least one home run in every one of his next six starts until Wednesday.

Floyd didn't suffer the same fate Jake Peavy did last night and last week in St. Louis, or the team did Sunday in Los Angeles -- all well-pitched games the White Sox lost. RBI singles by Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko pushed home a pair of runs in the third, and Gordon Beckham added four RBIs, three on a sixth-inning home run, to pace the Sox offense.

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