C.C. Sabathia has faced the White Sox 31 times in his career, holding Chicago hitters to a .703 OPS with a 3.63 ERA. He was scheduled to make start No. 32 against the Sox on Friday, but won't get that chance as the Yankees placed him on a 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.
The White Sox were scheduled to face Freddy Garcia, but the right-hander appeared in Wednesday's Yankees-Indians game as a reliever. After Wednesday's game -- a 5-4 Yankees win -- the team revealed right-hander Adam Warren will make his major-league debut on Friday.
Warren, 24, has spent the last two seasons with Triple-A ScrantonWilkes-Barre, compiling a 3.70 ERA with 80 walks, 170 strikeouts and 22 home runs allowed. He was a fourth-round pick of the Yankees in the 2009 MLB Draft out of UNC.
What's Freddy up to?
Garcia entered Wednesday with a 6.91 ERA in 28 23 innings this season covering four starts and nine relief appearances. The 35-year-old Garcia re-emerged as a dependable starter with the Sox in 2010, making 28 starts with a 4.64 ERA after missing most of the previous three seasons.
Garcia left for New York in 2011 and compiled a 3.58 ERA in 25 starts despite less-than-stellar stuff. But he's crashed hard in 2012 and hasn't started a game since April 28. In four starts, Garcia allowed 20 runs and 25 hits with five walks, 13 strikeouts and three home runs allowed over 13 23 innings.
The Sox are scheduled to face Ivan Nova on Thursday and Hiroki Kuroda on Saturday. The Yankees have not announced a Sunday starter.
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.
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