The Sox suffered their first really crushing defeat of the season, falling 10-4 to Baltimore. The good news: A.J. Pierzynski had three hits, Paul Konerko is still great in big spots and Philip Humber battled to strike out seven and limit Baltimore to one run in 5 13 innings pitched.
The bad news: The Sox absolutely imploded on themselves. Three solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings tied things up -- representing Hector Santiago's first blown save -- and then Alejandro De Aza's dropped fly ball fueled a six-run 10th by the Orioles.
A 95-loss season is unrealistic, even with losses like Monday's. Matt Thornton and Robin Ventura offered up their thoughts on Jim Leyland's lambasting of those dismal projections prior to yesterday's contest.
Chris Sale joined a group of pitchers that includes Jim Kaat and Scott Eyre with his outing on Sunday. Chris Kamka has the details.
I had the White Sox at No. 16 while Tony Andracki had them at No. 15 in our latest power rankings.
Larry has a good rundown of the No. 2 issue, Jim points out the Sox are four games under .500 vs. Baltimore since 2007 and James previewed Philip Humber.
Around the division: Justin Verlander threw a 100 mph fastball on roughly pitch No. 300 to end a 3-2 Detroit win over Kansas City, Justin Morneau's continued struggles led Ron Gardenhire to drop him in the Twins' lineup -- to which he responded with a nice game in a win over the Yankees -- and Lewie Pollis looked at Cleveland's signing of Johnny Damon.
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