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Online prognosticators plan position switch, but White Sox believe Jake Burger will stay at third base

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Online prognosticators plan position switch, but White Sox believe Jake Burger will stay at third base

Will Jake Burger stay at third base or what?

It’s a perfectly reasonable question, as plenty of prospects have started at one position only to end up moving over to first base when their bat proved more valuable than their glove. Heck, new Hall of Famer Jim Thome was drafted as a shortstop and played third base during his first several big league seasons.

Burger is a masher, the reason the White Sox took him with their first pick in last summer’s draft, and he’s not exactly built like your typical third baseman.

Because of that, the new national pastime of the South Side — projecting the future White Sox lineup — rarely includes Burger at third base. Instead, and I’m as guilty as anyone, Burger is seen as a potential future first baseman by those on the outside. A lot of that has to do with some big-name third basemen hitting the free-agent market in upcoming offseasons, too.

But the bottom line is this: If you’re concerned about Burger’s glove, the White Sox think you shouldn’t be.

“From what I’ve seen, there’s nothing that says that he can’t play third base,” Chris Getz, the White Sox director of player development, said during last month’s SoxFest at the Hilton Chicago. “He’s got a strong arm, he’s got good hands, good reactions. He’s shown some pretty good range, as well.

“If you watch him, it’s probably not the typical. He’s more of a throwback, let’s put it that way. There’s some effort to what he does, but he makes the plays. He’s got great presence in the field, he’s a leader on the field. I do project him to be a third baseman by the time he gets here.”

General manager Rick Hahn talked about how, if all goes according to plan, the White Sox could have championship-caliber options at every position on the diamond. So why throw a crazy amount of money at Manny Machado or Nolan Arenado if Burger’s going to be manning the hot corner? It’s up to Burger and the White Sox player-development staff to prove that would be the case, but it’s an interesting wrinkle to all those down-the-line projections.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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.