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Peavy feels he hasn't proven anything yet

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Peavy feels he hasn't proven anything yet

Jake Peavy had the best April of any American League pitcher -- at least, that what the award says. It was a nice token for someone who's struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness ever since coming to the junior circuit. But the 30-year-old right-hander isn't reading too much into the honor.

"It's certainly exciting to be back healthy and doing what I had done before getting here. That's something I feel blessed to be able to do," Peavy said Wednesday. "But at the same time, one month doesn't prove anything. It shows, hopefully, I'm healthy and can put together a few more like this one and call it a good year."

Indications are that Peavy is on the right track based off his April numbers. While Peavy said he doesn't think he's doing much differently from his San Diego days, how he's gone about his success has changed. His strikeouts are down, but so are his walks.

Through the adversity of the last few seasons, Peavy has developed and matured as a pitcher. And that he's healthy right now doesn't hurt, either.

"If you watch other guys pitch who have been in the league kind of the same time I have and have the mileage, everybody slows down a bit," Peavy explained. "When you go through the times I went through, you learn a little bit about pitching and mixing and matching and experience, experience goes a long way. I've had some tough years these past few years, so to be healthy and to go out there and worry about nothing but to execute the game plan you come up with is awfully nice."

There will be adversity ahead for Peavy -- if he keeps allowing a high rate of fly balls, eventually he'll get burned -- but he's really not looking at the big picture. Instead, all he's thinking about is a way to beat Detroit in his next start.

"You certainly are not going to end the season with a sub-2.00 ERA, you don't really anything like that'll happen," Peavy said. "But you gotta put everything in perspective. I'm going to do everything I can go to be prepared to pitch Friday night, and I can promise you my biggest expectation is to win that game."

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