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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox offense was held down by a Chen, but not Bruce (Wei-Yin), in a 3-2 loss to Baltimore, their third straight defeat. They mounted a late comeback, but Brent Morel grounded out to Wilson Betemit with the bases loaded to end the game.

Speaking of Morel and Gordon Beckham, Chuck Garfien spoke with the pair prior to Tuesday's game about their rough offensive starts to 2012. Both players sounded frustrated but hopeful by their slumps, to sum it up.

David Kaplan previewed the upcoming week for the White Sox in the BMO Harris Look Ahead:

The White Sox will pick 13th in this year's MLB Draft -- the same pick they used to take Chris Sale a few years ago. And Paul Konerko was a No. 13 pick, too, so that doesn't appear to be an unlucky number.

Around the division: Delmon Young was finally changed with an error for his Friday misplay, Bruce Chen baffled the Tigers but the Royals still lost 3-1, the Indians finally signed Johnny Damon and the Yankees torched Francisco Liriano.

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