Robin Ventura won't alter the Sox rotation after Tuesday's game was snowed out in Cleveland. That means Philip Humber will have his season debut pushed back to Monday against Baltimore.
The Sox added some organizational depth, acquiring infielder Jose Castro from Cincinnati and assigning him to Triple-A Charlotte. Not much else to see here -- Ozzie Martinez should have the inside track if the Sox are in need of a reserve infielder from the minors.
As Friday's home opener draws near, the White Sox showed off a few new additions to the ballpark experience -- including a hot dog with pastrami bacon that's incredibly good and a giant caricature of Bill Melton.
Ozzie Guillen dominated headlines not only across baseball but also in national news, as the former Sox manager received a five-game suspension for his comments about Fidel Castro. Guillen's former White Sox players and teammates -- including Cuban native Alexei Ramirez -- came to his defense. But the fact that Guillen made similar comments about Castro in 2008 has me skeptical.
Jim has a good breakdown of Chris Sale's start, James looks at Gordon Beckham being inserted in the leadoff spot and Fornelli has an enjoyable satire of the Guillen situation.
Around the division: Cleveland finalized the terms of their contract extension with Carlos Santana, Detroit played through snow and beat Tampa Bay 5-2, Kansas City one-hit Oakland in a rain-shortened 3-0 win and Nick Nelson says the Twins' biggest weaknesses haven't been tested in their miserable start to the season.
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