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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Jake Peavy backed Don Cooper and told the Chicago Tribune that Ozzie Guillen's departure happened at the right time for both sides. Jim at South Side Sox has his take on the situation, noting a pair of hug-it-out tweets from Peavy and Guillen.

Mark Gonzales also looked at the impetus behind the White Sox current rebuilding -- at this point, I'd argue the Sox are not rebuilding, though. Even if they trade Carlos Quentin, it's not rebuilding given how expendable he is. If John Danks or Gavin Floyd are dealt? Then yes, this offseason can be characterized as a rebuilding one.

We looked at another top 10 prospect list, this one with Nestor Molina as the No. 1 youngster in the White Sox farm system.

Upon further review, Paul Konerko's once-thought-to-be-bad hips aren't a problem.

And finally, in our daily trivia we looked at White Sox players who have been caught stealing multiple times in one game. Only one player has been caught three times.

The history of Minnie Minoso:

Jim at South Side Sox has a pair of fantastic posts up looking at Minnie Minoso's style of play and personality, citing archived newspaper articles gleaned from combing the Hall of Fame's archives in Cooperstown. Both are great reads; in the second one, Jim comes to a nice conclusion about why Minoso agreed to play in the 70s and 80s for Bill Veeck.

Around the division:

The Tigers aren't likely to sign Jimmy Rollins, reports Jon Heyman (now of CBS Sports).

Josh Willingham's three-year deal with Minnesota should be officlal soon. Filed under "well worth a read," Parker Hageman of Over the Baggy has an in-depth look at why Willingham's a better fit for the Twins than Michael Cuddyer.

Royals Authority has an extensive look at Salvador Perez, a recent Hawk Harrelson favorite.

Lastly, Indians Prospect Insider looked back at the Robert Alomar-to-the-Mets trade debacle. "Personally, I think we got hosed on that one."

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