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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Adam Dunn and Alex Rios homered as the White Sox banged out 21 hits and 12 runs in a drubbing of Minnesota, securing the team's second straight series victory. Kevin Youkilis had three hits and two RBIs after being jokingly challenged by A.J. Pierzynski before the game -- here's what the new Sox infielder had to say after the contest:

Youkilis played first base, giving Paul Konerko the day off. The flexibility Youkilis brings certainly paid off -- and it didn't hurt that Eduardo Escobar had two hits filling in at third base.

Everything wasn't all good Wednesday, as Will Ohman allowed three runs in two innings -- which turned out to be his last appearance with the White Sox. After the game, the team designated him for assignment, with a corresponding roster move to be announced before today's game at Yankee Stadium.

In their four-game series with the Yankees, the Sox will miss C.C. Sabathia, who was scheduled to start Friday but was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin. In his place, Andy Warren will make his major-league debut on Friday against the Sox.

For the Sox, Gavin Floyd will take the mound in Sunday's series finale, and it'll be a pretty good litmus test for where the righty is at. His two-start resurgence has come at the right time, but if he can keep it up against a lineup as powerful as New York's, that'll be a major step in the right direction. Although if that's the case, maybe Tyler Flowers should be behind the plate -- or so the argument from Jim Margalus at South Side Sox goes.

Adam Dunn had a great chat on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning, talking about his college football days with Texas and describing what it's like to face Randy Johnson. Hint: It's not fun.

Around the division: Cleveland lost its fifth game in a row and is now 2 12 games out of first, Detroit's loss to Texas put the Sox four games clear of the Tigers and Kansas City is only five back after completing a sweep of Tampa Bay. And in saddening news, Twins minor leaguer Paul Bargas passed away after battling a rare form of brain cancer.

And in former White Sox news, Dan Hudson has a torn UCL and will likely need Tommy John surgery.

White Sox land five in Baseball America's top 100 prospects

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White Sox land five in Baseball America's top 100 prospects

The White Sox went from having a pedestrian farm system to one of the best in baseball in the span of a year thanks to the rebuild that began before the 2017 season so it's no surprise to see White Sox prospects all over Baseball America's top 100 prospects.

The publication released its top 100 on Monday and five White Sox prospects made the list. Eloy Jimenez was the top White Sox prospect coming in at No. 4 behind Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna, Angels pitcher/potential hitter/unicorn Shohei Ohtani comes in at No. 2 and Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the only other prospect ahead of Jimenez.

Michael Kopech is No. 11 on the list, giving the White Sox two very highly rated prospects. Only the Blue Jays and Astros also have two prospects in the top 15.

Also making the list for the White Sox are Alec Hansen (No. 57), Luis Robert (58) and Dane Dunning (82). All three are new to the top 100.

With five prospects on the list, the White Sox are in the upper tier in that regard. The Braves lead the way with eight prospects while the Brewers, Padres, Rays and Yankees all have six. Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito were top 100 prospects before they graduated from prospect status by playing in the majors last season.

Of the five prospects the White Sox have on the list, three were acquired in trades, one (Hansen) was drafted by the Sox and Robert was an international signing. With the exception of Robert, who hasn't yet played in the U.S. since signing his deal, the other four are all expected to start in Double-A or higher in 2018, meaning they aren't expected to be far away from making their MLB debuts.

In news that won't excite White Sox fans, Fernando Tatis Jr., the unknown prospect at the time of the James Shields trade with San Diego, was ranked No. 9 after impressing in Single-A as an 18-year-old.

Meet the Prospects: A.J. Puckett

Meet the Prospects: A.J. Puckett

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

A.J. Puckett

Puckett, the 22-year-old right-handed hurler, came over in one of Rick Hahn's lower-profile moves last summer. While trades with the Cubs and New York Yankees brought back high-profile prospects like Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease and Blake Rutherford, an under-the-radar July move that sent Melky Cabrera to the Kansas City Royals fetched Puckett and left-handed pitcher Andre Davis to bolster the rebuilding effort.

A California native, Puckett was a second-round pick of the Royals in the 2016 draft. He made 11 starts at Class A Lexington in 2016, posting a 3.66 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 51.2 innings of work. Prior to last summer's trade, Puckett made 20 starts for Class A Wilmington, turning in a 3.90 ERA to go with 98 strikeouts in 108.1 innings. After joining the White Sox organization, he made five starts at Class A Winston-Salem, where he had a 4.28 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Puckett rated as the No. 23 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Puckett in the video above.