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Inaugural Innings Festival mixes music with spring training baseball

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Inaugural Innings Festival mixes music with spring training baseball

Cubs and White Sox fans heading down to Arizona for spring training baseball may have to extend their vacation a few extra days.

The inaugural Innings Festival, produced by C3 Presents, will take place from March 23-25 at Tempe Beach Park & Arts Park in Arizona.

Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age and The Avett Brothers will headline the three-day event. The lineup for the Innings Festival includes Counting Crows, Young the Giant, Dispatch, Cold War Kids, Citizen Cope and Gin Blossoms.

Check out the full lineup below:

In addition to musical performances, the event also features culinary demos by chef Beau MacMillan and professional baseball players, food vendors and family activities.

"The Innings Festival is the perfect combination of music, baseball and the amazing location of Tempe Town Lake and downtown Tempe," Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said in a press release. "Thousands of Cactus League fans — locals and visitors alike — will be able to come to experience the gorgeous weather, beautiful setting, great food and awesome music.  We are excited to welcome performers of this caliber and their fans to celebrate this first ever Innings Fest and we look forward to making this an annual event."

For more information and to purchase tickets which go on sale Friday, visit www.inningsfestival.com.

Meet the Prospects: Jameson Fisher

Meet the Prospects: Jameson Fisher

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Jameson Fisher

Fisher, the 24-year-old outfielder, was a fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2016 draft.

A Louisiana native, Fisher slashed .342/.436/.487 in 50 rookie-ball games after being drafted in 2016.

Last year, Fisher split time between Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem, playing 124 combined games. On the season, he slashed .245/.342/.402 with 30 doubles, 10 home runs, six triples and 68 RBIs to go along with 58 walks and 114 strikeouts.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Fisher rated as the No. 25 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Fisher in the video above.

White Sox land five in Baseball America's top 100 prospects

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White Sox land five in Baseball America's top 100 prospects

The White Sox went from having a pedestrian farm system to one of the best in baseball in the span of a year thanks to the rebuild that began before the 2017 season so it's no surprise to see White Sox prospects all over Baseball America's top 100 prospects.

The publication released its top 100 on Monday and five White Sox prospects made the list. Eloy Jimenez was the top White Sox prospect coming in at No. 4 behind Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna, Angels pitcher/potential hitter/unicorn Shohei Ohtani comes in at No. 2 and Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the only other prospect ahead of Jimenez.

Michael Kopech is No. 11 on the list, giving the White Sox two very highly rated prospects. Only the Blue Jays and Astros also have two prospects in the top 15.

Also making the list for the White Sox are Alec Hansen (No. 57), Luis Robert (58) and Dane Dunning (82). All three are new to the top 100.

With five prospects on the list, the White Sox are in the upper tier in that regard. The Braves lead the way with eight prospects while the Brewers, Padres, Rays and Yankees all have six. Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito were top 100 prospects before they graduated from prospect status by playing in the majors last season.

Of the five prospects the White Sox have on the list, three were acquired in trades, one (Hansen) was drafted by the Sox and Robert was an international signing. With the exception of Robert, who hasn't yet played in the U.S. since signing his deal, the other four are all expected to start in Double-A or higher in 2018, meaning they aren't expected to be far away from making their MLB debuts.

In news that won't excite White Sox fans, Fernando Tatis Jr., the unknown prospect at the time of the James Shields trade with San Diego, was ranked No. 9 after impressing in Single-A as an 18-year-old.