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Sox have to push through scheduling headaches

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Sox have to push through scheduling headaches

Today begins a quirky scheduling week for the White Sox.

It starts with a two-game series against Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field, which completes a five-game homestand. After an afternoon game Tuesday, the Sox head for a two-game series in California against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Then its back to Chicago for the crosstown series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. That series starts Friday afternoon, giving the Sox three day games this week.

I dont (remember ever having a schedule like this), but again, I dont make it, manager Robin Ventura said. It is odd that you fly out to the West Coast and come right back and have a day game. But I think everybody will be all right.

Ventura said Fridays probable starter Philip Humber wont make the trip to California. Its possible John Danks, who starts tonight against Detroit, also will stay home. Danks is expected to start Saturday night against the Cubs.

Its definitely not ideal, but we just have to deal with it, Paul Konerko said. This is one of those weeks where you have to strap it in there and just get to that off day. We have an off day (next) Monday, so we can let it hang out all this week and give it everything we have. We can get our rest Monday.

Adding to the scheduling oddities is this weekends NATO Summit, which is being held Sunday and Monday. Security measures for the summit have already begun as the city braces for protesters and NATO officials.

Road closures and heightened Metra and CTA security could pose huge traffic issues across Chicago. That wont be an issue for at least one White Sox player, though.

Good for me I live closer (to Wrigley) so I might be on foot the whole time, Konerko said. I think I can stay on side streets and alleys, and not have to deal with it.

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