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Former Sox 3B Fields signs with Dodgers

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Former Sox 3B Fields signs with Dodgers

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Kevin GoldsteinAlso to the Dodgers is former White Sox 3B prospect Josh Fields.
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Fields homered in his first MLB at-bat in 2006 and followed that up with a 23-homer 2007, netting him seventh place in that year's Rookie of the Year voting. But when the Sox couldn't find a taker for Joe Crede in March of 2008, Fields was sent back to Triple-A, where he struggled.

And when Crede was injured later in the season, the Sox opted to go with Juan Uribe at third base instead of Fields. He only saw 35 plate appearances in the season that was supposed to be the year in which he established himself as a solid major leaguer.

Fields did play quite a bit in 2009, but he struggled, only hitting seven home runs in 268 plate appearances. One of those seven was a grand slam in Mark Buehrle's perfect game, and he did catch the final out of that contest. But Fields' fate was sealed by that point, and he wound up bouncing from Kansas City to Pittsburgh and now to Los Angeles.

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