Matt Davidson is making a habit out of this whole walk-off winner thing.
The White Sox third baseman's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth capped off a massive comeback for the South Siders in their 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays.
The White Sox trailed 6-0 at one point and were down 6-1 heading into the 8th inning. An RBI double from Jose Abreu and homers from Davidson (two-run) and Yolmer Sanchez (solo) put the White Sox within a run heading to the final frame.
Abreu's single with two outs tied the game, playing Adam Engel. One batter later Davidson was up to his old tricks again.
After hitting a walk-off homer in Sunday's win over the Twins, Davidson slapped a single to center to give the White Sox an improbabe victory.
"It’s huge for us,"" Davidson said after the game. "I’ll take it. We’re all contributing. … To win like that is awesome."
Davidson, who leads the White Sox with 22 homers, is enjoying a solid rookie campaign after some early-career struggles in the minors. At-bats like Monday night can do plenty for the 26-year-old's confidence,
"It's probably lifting (Davidson) up to the sky right now. He's feeling good about himself. Obviously the situation was to put together a great at-bat. He didn't try to do too much," manager Rick Renteria said. "Put the bat on the ball and was able to allow us to drive in the final run and win the ballgame. It just takes you, for him, to a point where your confidence builds a little. I think you gain more and more trust in who you are what you're capable of doing."
The White Sox PGL crew, featuring legendary manager Ozzie Guillen, broke it down in the video below:
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