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.
Gillaspie, the 24-year-old switch-hitting first baseman, isn't the first member of his family to don a White Sox cap.
A Nebraska native and the younger brother of former White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie, Casey came over in exchnage for relief pitcher Dan Jennings in a midseason trade with the Tampa Bay Rays last summer. A first-round draft pick back in 2014, the former Wichita State Shocker has some pop. He hit 15 home runs last season at the Triple-A level, splitting time between Durham (Rays) and Charlotte (White Sox). In 2016, he hit 18 home runs and slashed .284/.388/.479 between Double-A and Triple-A. Surely he's looking to get back to those kinds of averages after slashing .223/.297/.373 in 2017.
As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Gillaspie rated as the No. 11 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Get to know Gillaspie in the video above.
In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.
Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?
Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?
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The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.
On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.
But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.
Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.