On this week's Honda Road Ahead, sponsored by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda dealers, Slavko Bekovic and Tim Goldrick hype up the youth movement.
A 45-win club going up against an 83-win club may not sound like appointment television, but there are compelling reasons to tune in when the White Sox square off against the Dodgers on Tuesday. On the top of that list is the Sox youth movement, which took a step forward during their last homestand.
The legend of Yoan Moncada added another chapter when he walked it off against the Astros, helping the South Siders to a three-game sweep, while Nicky Delmonico has posted an impressive .917 OPS in 44 at-bats.
Another youngster, albeit not a rookie, has seemed to turn the corner, too.
Tim Anderson has had a power surge of late, crushing four homers already in the month of August. That mixed with stronger play in the field (only one error since July 18), opens up the possibility of salvaging a rough sophomore campaign.
To even split the two-game set with the Dodgers, all of their young players may need to have career games. The Dodgers are that good. After the likely sweep, the Sox travel to Texas for a four-gamer with the Rangers. The opener will feature Reynaldo Lopez, who pitched an effective six innings of two-run ball in his White Sox debut.
For one of the worst team's in baseball, there's still rationale to watch Ricky's boys.
Check out the video above for a breakdown of Anderson, Eloy Jimenez and the upcoming road trip.
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