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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Chris Sale re-joined the rotation after convincing Kenny Williams & Co. on Friday that it's the best spot for him. The Sox ultimately made the right decision here, even if Sale struggled in his return to starting on Saturday.

Friday saw Gavin Floyd put together another excellent outing, shutting out the Royals over 7 23 innings in a 5-0 win. But the Sox offense couldn't muster anything on Saturday and Sunday to support Sale and Philip Humber, the latter of whom was outstanding, in 5-0 and 9-1 losses to the Royals.

Adam Dunn matched his 2011 home run total on Friday, and along with Floyd is off to a great start. Unfortunately for the Sox, though, their efforts haven't helped out a team that's now failed to win their last six series (0-5-1). Looking ahead, Dunn could see some time in left field this weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in an effort to keep his bat in the lineup.

Another player who's playing well -- outside of the hanging slider he threw to Eric Hosmer on Sunday -- is Nate Jones, who's settling into a groove in the Sox bullpen. For a rookie who's never pitched above Double-A before this season, his 1.76 ERA and 8.80 K9 are even more impressive.

And Jones' success could've given the White Sox a difficult decision to make when Jesse Crain re-joins the team, which is expected to be today. Instead, the best bet is to see Eric Stults be designated for assignment when Crain returns from a rehab stint in Charlotte.

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