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Mitchell off to a fast start for Sox

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Mitchell off to a fast start for Sox

It's just six at-bats, but Jared Mitchell's spring is off to a fantastic start. He has three hits -- one double, one homer, one single -- but more importantly, he's looked healthy. In Monday's spring training opener, Mitchell hit a liner that caromed off the second base bag into short right field, and he legged out the play for a double.

Yes, his three outs this spring have all been strikeouts. Given that's been a problem for him in the past, those whiffs are something to note.

But really, the results aren't the most important thing for Mitchell. The ankle injury he suffered in spring training two years ago lingered through 2011, which saw him hit .222 with a .304 OBP while striking out 183 times. Perhaps more telling was that Mitchell only stole 14 of 20 bases -- this after swiping 41 bases in 53 tries between LSU and Kannapolis in 2009.

Consequently, Mitchell didn't crack Baseball America's top 10 White Sox prospects list and averaged a No. 11 ranking among four other major prospect lists. And that's in a White Sox farm system that's generally regarded as thin.

If Mitchell is healthy, maybe these six at-bats are what we can expect: Flashes of power, impressive speed and a lot of strikeouts. And some walks, too -- to Mitchell's credit, even in his struggles last year, he walked about once every 10 trips to the plate.

The White Sox don't know if he'll start 2012 at Single-A Winston-Salem or Double-A Birmingham. A handful of spring training at-bats, no matter how impressive, shouldn't be the deciding factor in the decision of the White Sox.

But if he's healthy, sending him to Double-A could be the call.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.