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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Chuck Garfien interviewed Don Cooper for Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, with the White Sox pitching coach touching on a number of topics, including 2012's closer. For right now, Cooper doesn't have a favorite in mind, noting that it's too early for him to name a frontrunner. He also touched on the starting rotation, specifically Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Jake Peavy. Check the video to the right and Chuck's story for all of Cooper's comments.

On a lighter pitching staff note, we ran down a list of possible backup ceremonial first pitch-catchers, with Chris Sale the early favorite.

Scott Boras wants to get Edwin Jackson a five-year, 80 million deal -- which isn't outlandishly overpriced, but given the market and the general perception of Jackson around baseball (inconsistency) it's hard to see him getting anything close to that.

And in other odd contract news, the Padres may consider approaching Carlos Quentin about a contract extension before he plays a game with the team.

Jim at South Side Sox has a nice post on Carlos Quentin, comparing his situation going into the 2008 season to that of Alejandro De Aza going into the 2012 season. Jim also brought up the May 25, 2008 game that saw Quentin hit a pair of homers off John Lackey, the last of which was a walk-off shot. I was at that Sunday night game, and it was awesome to see everyone in the park realize "hey, we got a great player here" with two swings of the bat.

James at White Sox Observer notes that the Sox will have some payroll flexibility relatively soon, as in 2014.

Around the division:

MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger writes the Twins probably won't go after Edwin Jackson given his high price tag.

The Indians signed former Royals righty Robinson Tejeda to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training. With all due respect, here's hoping he doesn't make Cleveland's roster -- White Sox hitters have a .582 OPS against the guy in 149 plate appearances over 36 23 innings.

Alan Trammell should be a Hall of Famer. SI's Mel Antonen looks as the cases for and against the former Tiger shortstop's candidacy, with the case for his induction being much more persuasive.

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