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Spring training storylines: Building a base


Spring training storylines: Building a base

Adam Dunn hasn't had much success in a White Sox uniform -- at least since last year's spring training.

In 67 at-bats last March, Dunn hit three home runs with a .781 OPS. Not great numbers, at least by Dunn's usual career standards. But that's at least a decent level of success, especially compared to what Dunn did in the regular season.

Ozzie Guillen can claim he and his staff knew Dunn was in trouble early on in spring training, but those results don't scream trouble -- certainly not the trouble Dunn found himself in last year.

Spring training results usually aren't important. The small sample sizes that come with spring training are prone to wild swings, like Mark Teahen's .946 OPS last year. There are a few stats to generally watch -- strikeouts and walks are good for both pitchers and hitters -- but results, like hits and runs allowed, usually aren't important.

But there may be some added importance for Dunn to put together some decent results, even in only 60-70 at-bats, just to get a base of success heading into opening day. More accurately, Dunn needs to not post a sub-.600 OPS with a strikeout rate around 35 percent.

Dunn has made it clear that 2012 is a new year, that 2011 is behind him. He can begin to prove that this March in spring training play.

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