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Movin' on up: Two of White Sox top 10 prospects get minor league promotions

Movin' on up: Two of White Sox top 10 prospects get minor league promotions

Two of the White Sox top prospects are moving on up.

CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes tweeted Tuesday morning that outfielder Eloy Jimenez and catcher Zack Collins are getting promotions from Class-A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham.

Seeing players progress through the farm system is an obviously positive sign for the organization in the middle of a rebuilding effort that is still expected to last multiple years before the big league team is ready to contend.

Jimenez, who was acquired in last month's trade that sent Jose Quintana across town to the Cubs, is the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox system and the No. 7 prospect in all of baseball, those rankings from MLB Pipeline.

In 29 games with Winston-Salem, the 20-year-old Jimenez slashed .345/.410/.682 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. He had a huge game over the weekend in which he was 3-for-5 with two titanic home runs.

[RELATED: "Unbelievable" Eloy Jimenez has impressed White Sox on and off the field]

Collins, meanwhile, ranks as the organization's No. 10 prospect, again per MLB Pipeline. A first-round pick of the White Sox out of Miami in last year's draft, Collins is hitting just 223 on the season but has an on-base percentage of .365 with 17 homers and 48 RBIs to go along with 76 walks.

Collins has been red hot in August, slashing .343/.500/.686 for a sky-high 1.186 OPS. He's hit two homers, smacked four doubles, driven in seven runs, scored 12 runs and walked 11 times compared to eight strikeouts in 11 games this month.

Here's an updated look at where each of the team's top 10 prospects are currently playing:

1. Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox, MLB
2. Eloy Jimenez, Birmingham Barons, Double-A
3. Michael Kopech, Birmingham Barons, Double-A
4. Luis Robert, DSL White Sox, Rookie
5. Blake Rutherford, Kannapolis Intimidators, Class-A
6. Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox, MLB
7. Lucas Giolito, Charlotte Knights, Triple-A
8. Dylan Cease, Kannapolis Intimidators, Class-A
9. Alec Hansen, Winston-Salem Dash, Class-A
10. Zack Collins, Birmingham Barons, Double-A

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