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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Adam Dunn wants to win AL Comeback Player of the Year, he tells Chuck Garfien. The slugger also opened up about his 2011 struggles in speaking to Garfien.

Tony Andracki and I rolled out our All-Decade Chicago Team of the 1990s, with Chuck and David Kaplan offering up their thoughts on the roster from Arizona. This one appears to be a little less controversial than our last one, although catcher was once again a point of debate. I don't think it will be for the 1980s, though, which we'll do next week.

Dayan Viciedo looks pretty well set to play left field as Monday's spring training opener draws close.

Beyond the team's success, a strong start should push ticket sales in the right direction for the Sox. Luckily, their first 35 games shape up to be among the easiest in the American League.

Good stuff here: The pre-season injury report for the White Sox. Only three guys rate as serious injury risks, although Chris Sale, Dayan Viciedo and Jake Peavy all are extremely important to the success of the 2012 team.

Could the expanded playoff picture affect the White Sox this year? Probably not, although it's good news for the second-place teams in the AL East and West.

We had quick commentary on a pair of Fangraphs posts analyzing Keenyn Walker's skillset and looked at the Sox closer situation from a fantasy perspective.

The White Sox and the University of Illinois announced a partnership -- so if you're an Illini backer, June 1 may be a good date to save.

Around the division: Jim Leyland forgets about the 1997 Marlins, Justin Morneau appears to be fine, George Brett's getting pumped about Kansas City's talent and Shin-Soo Choo is now a trained soldier.

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