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Baseball America names White Sox first-rounder Zack Collins organization's top prospect

Baseball America names White Sox first-rounder Zack Collins organization's top prospect

Baseball America’s top-10 White Sox prospects list is dominated by the club’s 2016 draft class.

The team’s top five selections from this June’s amateur baseball draft are all represented on the list, which was released on Monday.

University of Miami product Zack Collins, the No. 10 pick in the draft, is the team’s top prospect, according to the publication. Right-hander Zack Burdi is the franchise’s No. 2 prospect, while 2015 first-rounder Carson Fulmer is ranked third in the system.

Other 2016 draftees on the list include: pitcher Alec Hansen (fifth) and outfielders Jameson Fisher and Alex Call, who rank eighth and ninth, respectively.

Baseball America said the franchise got a “much-needed face lift” with its picks this June.

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When they were selected, Collins and Burdi were thought to be two of the closest-to-ready draftees taken. The 2016 Johnny Bench Award winner (given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher), Collins could provide the long-term answer at catcher the team has searched for since A.J. Pierzynski departed via free agency. Burdi features an outstanding arsenal of pitches, including a fastball that reaches triple digits, a slider and a changeup.

Thought to be a project after a rough 2016 season at Oklahoma, Hansen dominated at Rookie-Great Falls after he was selected with the 49th overall pick. Hansen posted a 1.23 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings before he received a promotion to Single-A Kannapolis.

Fisher, the team’s third-round pick, had 18 extra-base hits and hit .342/.436/.487 in 219 plate appearances at Great Falls.

A fourth-rounder, Call finished the season with a combined .839 OPS between Great Falls and Kannapolis.

The rest of the team’s top-10 list includes pitcher Spencer Adams (fourth), pitcher Jordan Stephens (sixth), third baseman Trey Michalczewski (seventh) and second baseman Jake Peter (No. 10).

Jose Abreu says White Sox are missing key players, need reinforcements

Jose Abreu says White Sox are missing key players, need reinforcements

Jose Abreu is one of the leaders, if not the leader of the White Sox, so when he says something, it’s a fair guess to think it’s representative of a large chunk of the clubhouse.

After the White Sox lost to the Royals on Thursday, a loss which finished off a four-game sweep and extended the team’s losing streak to seven games, Abreu talked to reporters in Kansas City and sounded frustrated. He was asked about the importance of not having Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez, both on the IL, in the lineup.


Anderson took ground balls before the game on Thursday, which was the second straight game he had done so. He is likely nearing his return. Jimenez just went on the IL on Wednesday.

When Abreu was in Cleveland for the All-Star Game, he said he would “sign myself here” if the White Sox didn’t offer him a contract extension. For him to say something that can be interpreted as frustration towards the organization is notable. It’s also worth mentioning that this was said through a translator so it’s possible a subtlety was lost.

It’s not surprising to hear frustration in the middle of a seven-game winning streak for a team that appeared to be showing signs of improvement in the first half of the season. It’s also not surprising for Abreu to potentially be referencing his countryman Luis Robert.

Abreu helped recruit Robert to the White Sox when he was an international free agent leaving Cuba. Abreu and fellow Cuban Yoan Moncada were said to be part of the draw for Robert to sign with the White Sox.

The 21-year-old outfielder entered Thursday hitting .440/.500/.960 with three home runs in six games since getting promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. Despite his incredibly productive season which has led him to shoot up to No. 5 overall in MLB Pipeline’s prospect rankings, general manager Rick Hahn told reporters on Wednesday that they shouldn’t expect Robert to get called up this season though.


Meanwhile, the big league club is missing two key hitters and in the middle of a seven-game losing streak.

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White Sox second half woes continue after getting swept by Royals

White Sox second half woes continue after getting swept by Royals

It’s safe to say the White Sox have not had a good start to the second half of the season.

The first half of the season concluded with a win against the Cubs that improved the White Sox record to 42-44. That was the team’s second-best record heading into the all-star break since 2012 and a 13.5 game improvement from the year before. Dylan Cease’s arrival had also added some buzz to the fanbase.

However, the first seven games of the second half have sucked out a lot of that buzz. The White Sox lost to the Royals 6-5 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep at the hands of the Royals, the team with the fourth-worst record in baseball. The seven-game losing streak is the longest of the season.

Getting swept in Oakland was one thing. The A’s are currently in one of the wild card spots and Oakland has been a house of horrors for the White Sox.

Getting swept by the Royals is not as easy to swallow. Even after taking these four games, the Royals are 8.5 games behind the White Sox in the standings. This is the Royals’ first four-game winning streak of the season.

White Sox pitching had some stinkers in this current losing skid, but the offense in particular has really struggled. In these seven games, the White Sox have scored 16 runs with just 10 extra base hits.

Sure, Tim Anderson is out and Eloy Jimenez went down in the first inning of the second game in Kansas City, but the offense shouldn’t be this bad.

Anderson is nearing his return and took ground balls before Thursday’s game.


Next up, the White Sox finish off the 10-game road trip with three games at Tampa Bay. Like the A’s, the Rays occupy a wild card spot.

So where are the positives?

Yoan Moncada homered on Thursday, his first since a two-home run game on July 3. It was his 17th home run of the season, matching his total from 2018 with more than two months left in the season. He finished with three hits on Thursday.


Pitching wise, Lucas Giolito had a quality start in the series opener against the Royals, but still took the loss. He will pitch against the Rays. So will Dylan Cease, who will be pitching on normal rest for the first time in his MLB career. Cease had five days between his final Triple-A start and his MLB debut on July 3. He didn’t pitch again until Tuesday.

If that isn’t enough positivity at the end to cancel out all the negativity, just remember Luis Robert is destroying Triple-A pitching.

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