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White Sox rebuild hits new milestone with Reynaldo Lopez joining big league club

White Sox rebuild hits new milestone with Reynaldo Lopez joining big league club

Prior to the White Sox 4-1 loss to the Red Sox last Saturday, GM Rick Hahn alluded to a moment that White Sox fans have been waiting for since December of 2016: The arrival of White Sox No. 6 prospect and MLB Pipeline No. 59 overall prospect, pitcher Reynaldo Lopez. 

What was merely theoretical Saturday, is now reality as Hahn confirmed Lopez's first start with the South Siders is slated for Friday night vs. the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field. 

The White Sox acquired Lopez, along with Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Adam Eaton last winter.

Thus far in 2017, the native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic has posted a 6-7 record and an ERA of 3.79 with the Charlotte Knights.

Lopez will face a Kansas City team that is currently battling to stay above .500 with a 57-54 record and seven losses in their last 10 games.

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