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Why Reynaldo Lopez absolutely thinks he's ready to join White Sox

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Why Reynaldo Lopez absolutely thinks he's ready to join White Sox

BOSTON -- White Sox minor league pitcher of the month Reynaldo Lopez thinks he’s more than ready for the next step.

The Triple-A Charlotte starter said Friday he has worked to fine tune everything while patiently waiting for the White Sox to promote him to the majors. Lopez had a 2.31 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 35 innings in July at Charlotte. Even though he’s worked on his patience, Lopez, who pitched in 11 games for the Washington Nationals in 2016, said the waiting can definitely be the hardest part.

“Yes, it has been a little difficult because you dream about pitching in the majors and being in the majors,” Lopez said through an interpreter. “When you’re doing your job and things are going well, then you want to be there right away. But you also know you have to be patient. That’s one of the things I’ve been trying to show to the organization, that I can be patient too.”

The White Sox recently said Lopez is on the cusp of the majors. General manager Rick Hahn said he’s done a good job to force the issue while manager Rick Renteria thinks he’s only a few starts away.

Lopez, however, believes he’s ready for Round 2 in the majors right now.

“Yes, absolutely,” Lopez said. “I feel like I’m ready physically and mentally to pitch in the majors.”

The White Sox spent much of July trying to open a spot in their rotation for Lopez. Hahn has been open for business and traded seven players off the 25-man roster. Though Derek Holland drew limited interest and Miguel Gonzalez showed signs he’s healthy, the White Sox didn’t trade any starting pitchers before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. Lopez potentially could have made his White Sox debut earlier this week had Hahn been able to complete yet another deal but none came to fruition.

If he’s bothered by his wait, Lopez’s performance hasn’t shown it. The right-hander has a four-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio in July. He said he’s bided his time by trying to stay focused on all aspects of pitching.

“I have been working on my focus on the game, trying to keep my focus the whole game,” Lopez said. “Also, on how to execute the best pitches in all of the situations, in the different situations of the game. I think those two aspects have been the most important for me in this time in Triple-A because all of my pitches — my curveball, my fastball — all of my pitches are good. It’s just a matter of keeping my focus on the game. Don’t lose my focus and try to execute and understand the game situations. That’s something I have been trying to improve.”

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