Jerry Reinsdorf will be profiled on Inside Look, which will debut on Comcast SportsNet on March 14. The Bulls and White Sox Chairman had some great stuff to say, so be sure to tune in or set your DVRs.
Adam Dunn smacked his first home run of the spring, a three-run shot off Texas' Neftali Feliz in the first inning of Thursday's 6-3 White Sox win.
Left-handed power is tough to find -- only twice in White Sox history has a lefty hit 30 home runs with 100 RBIs. Good stuff from Chris Kamka here.
The early returns on Jared Mitchell have been great, but the more important thing is that he looks healthy.
Jim has some thoughts on Robin Ventura's ad-fueled persona, James wonders what makes a player a good handler of the bat and Fornelli offers up some thoughts on Thursday's spring training game.
Around the division: Josh Tomlin was bombed in three innings against the Angels, Yuniesky Betancourt had two hits to improve his spring OPS to .583, Francisco Liriano struck out five with no walks in three innings and both Miguel Cabrera and Ramon Santiago had three hits to pace Detroit.
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.
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