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A scouting report on Simon Castro

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A scouting report on Simon Castro

The report on Simon Castro: He has a good fastballslider combination but still needs work on his changeup. That's what David Reiffer of Baseball-Instinct says in his analysis of the new White Sox prospect, who ranked No. 3 in Baseball America's top 10 Sox prospects list.

Castro's changeup still needs work, though, drawing this analysis:

"The change needs work and, according to reports, needs refining due to a hesitation in his delivery that may tip-off more advanced hitting."

So there's point No. 1 Don Cooper will likely address with Castro this spring, and what Kirk Champion and Richard Dotson will work on with him in Charlotte come the regular season. If he can iron out his changeup and fix some control issues -- easier said than done -- Reiffer sees Castro as a guy who could crack the Sox rotation by the middle of 2012.

But if Castro doesn't, he's a guy who projects as a reliever -- that power fastballslider combo is textbook for a seventh, eighth or ninth-inning guy.

For moving images of Castro, check this video from Project Prospect:

A tip of the hat to The Wizard for first linking this.

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