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White Sox postponed by rain, cold weather

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White Sox postponed by rain, cold weather

CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians have been postponed by rain and cold weather.The middle game of the three-game series was called about two hours before the first pitch. There was no immediate word on a makeup date, but Indians manager Manny Acta indicated it might be rescheduled for mid-May. With temperatures in the 30s and plummeting and more rain in the forecast, Acta said it "was not going to be baseball, it was going to be survival. It was going to be harsh out there.''Acta said Justin Masterson will start Wednesday's series finale and White Sox manager Robin Ventura said John Danks will start for Chicago.The Indians are skipping starter Jeanmar Gomez, while White Sox starter Philip Humber will miss his turn.Before the game was called, Ventura had altered his lineup a bit, inserting Beckham into the leadoff spot and giving Kosuke Fukudome a start in the outfield.

"I'm just trying to get Kosuke in there," Ventura said. "I put Gordon up at the top. For the first 20-25 games we will be cutting out a lineup. Don't read anything into it. There are no signs to it."

Beckham was excited to see his name at the top of the order, and pretended to be angry when the game was called about two hours before the scheduled first pitch. He stormed into Ventura's office and put on a show.

"If I get dropped eight spots in the lineup because of the weather, I'm going to be (mad)," he yelled, smiling toward reporters outside Ventura's office.

Beckham, who normally hits in the lower third of the order, was serious that he wanted the chance to bat first.

"I don't know if I've done it in the big leagues, but I probably have somewhere along the line," Beckham said of hitting No. 1. "It was more about giving (Alejandro) De Aza a rest and they just needed somebody to fill in. I was happy and excited to do it. Heck, I led off an inning three times in a game in Texas earlier this week, so I'm confident. Just trying to get on base and get the lineup going, that's a lot of fun."

Ventura will skip right-hander Philip Humber in the rotation and use lefty John Danks on Wednesdayweather permittingin the series finale. The forecast is foreboding: more rain and cold.

"I hated to do it because we wanted to get (Humber) going," Ventura said. "But you have to sacrifice one guy for the other four. We'll go with Danks and keep everybody else in their same slots. Humber will work out of the bullpen."
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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