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White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

John Danks still hasn't pitched like the ace the Sox expected when they signed him to that 65 million deal in the offseason. The lefty allowed seven runs in seven innings on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout as the White Sox lost 7-5 to Cleveland. While the one walk is a positive sign, Danks allowed two home runs, giving him seven longballs allowed in six starts this season. Here's what Danks had to say after the game:

While Danks' struggles have been concerning, three other starters have stepped up this season by striking out more batters than they've allowed hits. Chris Kamka takes a look at where Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd could end up in franchise history in that regard.

Back to Danks, Jim dwelled on his contract and recent issues, which date back to September of last year. The comparison he draws will probably make you cringe, but it's an interesting one nonetheless.

Around the division: Let's all really, really, really hope Mariano Rivera's career didn't end last night in Kansas City, the Royals must hate or just severely undervalue Johnny Giovatella (but they beat the Yankees anyway) and Chris Perez explained his confrontation with Alex Rios.

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