SEATTLE -- Leury Garcia was initially worried about his right elbow because he couldn’t feel his fingers after getting hit by a pitch. Rick Renteria’s concern is that Garcia, who was hitting left-handed, got hit on his throwing arm.
Even though Garcia was out of the lineup on Friday with a little bit of swelling, he doesn’t believe he’ll require a lengthy stay on the sideline. Renteria said one reason he held Garcia out Friday is because of the direct hit to the utility man’s throwing arm.
“That ball got him pretty good on the elbow,” Renteria said. “He’s been in getting treatments. He was going to take some batting practice. We’ll see if it can calm down a little bit. It’s his throwing arm. Guys who throw right-handed and bat left, I want them to wear a pad because if they get hit there it’s a double whammy. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”
Garcia -- who’s slashing .298/.347/.465 in 126 plate appearances -- said before Friday’s game he thought he could be used if necessary. He didn’t require an X-ray after Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Gaviglio hit him with an 88-mph sinker in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game. But Garcia also admits he was very worried at first. Garcia and Avisail Garcia each have been hit by four pitches this season.
“When I got hit I thought it would be worse,” Leury Garcia said. “Today, got here in the morning and took my treatment from the trainer and I feel better.”
As for throwing, Leury Garcia hadn’t pushed it prior to batting practice.
“I'm not going to try yet,” he said. “I'm going to try later. But I think I'm going to be good, be ok.”
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.
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