Jose Abreu went the extra mile this week to help out some Latinos on the visiting Houston Astros.
Yuli Gurriel, a 33-year-old Cuban rookie who plays for the Astros, talked with La Vida Baseball's Clemson Smith Muniz to discuss getting accustomed to the United States from Cuba. Gurriel said that he has adjusted okay, and players have been a big reason why.
When Gurriel walked into the Astros clubhouse on Wednesday, a Cuban meal from a Latino restaurant in Chicago (direct from Punta Cana) was waiting for him and a lot more.
“I know the importance — and how difficult the adaptation process to this league and this country can be,” Abreu told La Vida Baseball. “Being able to find a little taste of our culture in the places we go is very important and reminds us of home.
“That is why I always try to help my fellow countrymen and make them feel comfortable here."
Classy move by Abreu.
The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.
Vieira, the 24-year-old right-handed hurler, has just one inning of big league ball under his belt.
A native of Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut last season for the Seattle Mariners, pitching one scorless inning — and striking out one batter — in an Aug. 14 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He's since joined the White Sox rebuild, acquired in a November trade that sent international bonus slot money back to the Pacific Northwest.
In the minors last season, Vieira split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, combining for a 4.00 ERA in 54 innings of 41 appearances. He struck out 46 hitters and walked 22. In previous minor league seasons, he showed a good ability to strike out opposing hitters, posting a 10.8 K/9 with Class A Bakersfield in 2016.
As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Vieira rated as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Get to know Vieira in the video above.
The White Sox rebuild is going just swimmingly, according to the fine folks at Baseball America.
The publication does its own rankings of each organization's top prospects every offseason, and their top 10 rankings of the players in the White Sox farm system is unexpectedly impressive, what with how general manager Rick Hahn has acquired so much minor league talent over the past year-plus.
But one of the fun things Baseball America also does is project a starting lineup for a few years down the road. That's been a favorite pastime of South Side baseball fans ever since Hahn kicked off the rebuild with those trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton more than a year ago. Now you can see how your fantasy future White Sox lineup matches up with Baseball America's.
They flash forward all the way to 2021, a year past when most White Sox fans have been dreaming about as the apex of the rebuild and when the South Siders start becoming perennial contenders. Notably, Baseball America also expects the White Sox to give long-term deals to Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia — not bad moves by any stretch — who are both currently under team control only through the end of the 2019 season.
Here's how Baseball America sees Rick Renteria's starting nine in 2021:
Of course, Baseball America goes a little more in depth than that, ranking the top 10 prospects in each farm system and laying out their picks for which players have the best tools in each organization.
Here are those respective lists for the White Sox:
Get ready, White Sox fans. The future's coming.