Jason Frasor, five months after being acquired by the White Sox from the Blue Jays, has been traded to Toronto for a pair of minor league pitchers, the White Sox announced early Sunday afternoon.
The White Sox picked up Frasor's 3.75 million option for 2012 early in the offseason, which now looks like a smart move -- at the least, they'll get something for losing his services.
Frasor struggled with his hometown White Sox, posting a 5.09 ERA in 17 23 innings.
The two pitchers the Sox picked up are Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb. Jaye, 20, split time between the bullpen and rotation in rookie ball with the Orioles' organization in 2011, walking 18 with 49 strikeouts and seven home runs allowed in 54 innings. The 22-year-old Webb also split time between the bullpen and rotation last year in the lower rungs of Toronto's system, walking 24 with 51 strikeouts and seven home runs allowed in 67 13 innings.
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