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Report: White Sox call up Jordan Danks


Report: White Sox call up Jordan Danks

According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox have called up Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Kosuke Fukudome, who's been dealing with a ribcage injury since Sunday. Presumably, Fukudome will land on the disabled list -- a move manager Robin Ventura hinted at on Wednesday. Danks is expected to be in Chicago for Thursday's series finale against Toronto.

Danks will have to be added to the 40-man roster, which will sit at 38 when the move becomes official. Yesterday, the White Sox outrighted infielder Ozzie Martinez, removing him from the 40-man roster.

During his third season with Triple-A Charlotte Danks was outstanding, hitting .302.417.503 with seven home runs and five stolen bases. Swings and misses continue to be an issue for the little brother of John Danks, but he lowered his strikeout rate from 29 percent in 2011 to 25 percent in 2012 while walking in 17 percent of his plate appearances.

Danks has been drafted by the White Sox twice -- first as a 19th-round pick in 2005, and second as a seventh-round selection in 2008 after he completed a three-year tenure at the University of Texas.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball


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


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