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Fresh off best series of season, Yoan Moncada remains confident despite slow start

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Fresh off best series of season, Yoan Moncada remains confident despite slow start

BOSTON -- They’ve started to fall his way, but Yoan Moncada insists he’s staying focused on the process rather than worrying about the results.

The prized White Sox rookie singled twice more in four at-bats in Sunday afternoon’s 6-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox to cap off a strong series in his return to Fenway Park. Moncada posted his first two multi-hit games of the season and reached base in eight of 17 plate appearances over the four-game series.

“I understand that I’m trying to keep my focus on hitting the ball hard, put the barrel on the ball and try to get a good connection,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “The results are going to come either way, but that’s something I can’t control, just to make contact with the ball.”

Moncada picked up his first hit in the third inning on Sunday when he singled through the shift and into left field. Two innings later, he ripped a line drive single through the right side off Doug Fister. The exit velocity off Moncada’s bat was 106 mph.

It was yet another good sign for the rookie, who has gotten off to a slow start. Moncada is hitting .173/.288/.317 with three extra-base hits and six RBIs in 63 plate appearances. The second baseman has struck out 21 times but also walked nine.

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“He started putting the bat on the ball a little bit more,” manager Rick Renteria said. “They tried to attack him to finish him with breaking balls out of the zone, down. I think he started to make some adjustments. I truly believe as I’m watching more and more, by the time we get to the end of this season, hopefully sooner than later, he’s going to start spitting on some of those pitches and going to be able start doing some more damage. They went into the shift, he ended up hitting against the shift. He handles the bat. He’s showing some ability, obviously, both physically defending on the field and with the stick. He’s going to be a pretty good player.”

Moncada believes it, too. He also knows if that maintaining consistency with his approach will ultimately generate results. Though his production hasn’t been what he’d like, Moncada has been happy with his process.

“Just keep working -- keep working on my defense and now I’m working harder on my offense because things haven’t gone as well as I wanted,” Moncada said. “Just keeping my routine. Try to work harder in the cage and in my approach and I think that’s the only thing that I have to keep doing. Keeping up with my routine and keep working hard to get the results that I know I can get on the field.”

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