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Baseball Prospectus lists the Sox top prospects

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Baseball Prospectus lists the Sox top prospects

Kevin Goldstein rolled out his top 20 White Sox prospects list for Baseball Propsectus today, with Addison Reed and Nestor Molina 1-2. His complete list:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP

He has nine more other non-graded prospects, complete with a sentence on each. A few thoughts on this list:

-- Seeing Myles Jaye, the 20-year-old pitcher the Sox acquired from Toronto in the Jason Frasor deal, ranked in the top 10 is interesting. While Jaye wouldn't sniff the top 10 of most other organizations, Baseball America does like the guy, and Larry says "He's pure projection at this point and it's an aggressive ranking but, in this system, it's hard to argue that he wouldn't fit in the back of the top ten."

-- Goldstein didn't even mention Hector Santiago, the screwballing lefty who both Larry and John Sickels had in their top five. Goldstein's reasoning was that Santiago projects as a middle reliever and didn't have a lot of good reviews. Those are certainly valid concerns -- Santiago's walk rate is somewhat worrying, as is his durability -- but in a system this thin, Santiago's gotta be a top 20 guy, even if it means leaving off Ozzie Martinez at the back of the list.

-- Jared Mitchell, yikes. The former first-round pick is ranked out of the top 10, which even Goldstein says is "dangerous."
@Dwade @JJStankevitz And it got worse for Mitchell as the season wore on. Just putting him 12 was a risk in some ways. Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) January 16, 2012-- Jake Petricka is ranked ahead of Simon Castro, which tells me one of three things: 1) Goldstein sees both as relievers, with Petricka as the better bullpen arm, 2) Goldstein sees Petricka as a starter and Castro as a reliever, or 3) Goldstein sees both as starters, with Petricka as the superior one. My guess as to the most likely would be the second scenario.

-- Juan Silverio is starting to gain some momentum in these prospect listings. One of the products of the Dave Wilder scandal-ridden era, Silverio's bat finally started to come around between Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem in 2011. He's still a questionable prospect, but he's not someone to write off just yet.

-The general consensus on the Sox system is this: it's thin and full of guys who need to refine a third pitch to avoid winding up in the bullpen. That's the bad news. The good news is that the Sox have a fairly decent track record in developing pitching talent, so maybe they'll strike gold in the form of improved changeups for a few of these guys at some point.

Ryan Goins, AJ Reed-fueled White Sox rally falls short as losing streak rolls on

Ryan Goins, AJ Reed-fueled White Sox rally falls short as losing streak rolls on

The White Sox came into Wednesday’s matchup with the Kansas City Royals looking to grab that oh so elusive first win in the second half of the season. After yet another disheartening loss, it is safe the team needs a spark to get them back on track. Ozzie Guillen shared a similar concern on White Sox Postgame Live, suggesting that something needs to be done to get the White Sox back on track. 

Kansas City struck first on Wednesday--as they did in the two previous games this series--scoring 2 runs in the 1st.

White Sox starter Ivan Nova struggled mightily with his control in this one. Nova’s final line was: 6 H, 5 BB, 6 ER in 4.2 innings pitched. The White Sox bullpen put out a decent effort--a combination of Jace Fry, Alex Colome, and Kelvin Herrera--pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and one run. But by the time Fry entered in relief of Nova in the bottom of the 5th, the Sox were down 5-0 and Fry himself gave up the lone relief run on a Nicky Lopez single to make the score 6-0 Royals heading into the sixth.

The White Sox mounted an impressive last-ditch comeback effort led by pinch-hitter AJ Reed and new Sox shortstop Ryan Goins but alas it was too little, too late. Goins led off the scoring for the White Sox with a two-run homer in the top of the 6th for his first hit as a member of the White Sox. 

It was a heck of a first game for Goins, who joined the White Sox from the Triple-A Charlotte 

(Knights) on Wednesday. He went 2-for-3 at the plate, helping contribute to Chicago’s 10 hits on the evening. After Goins' two-run blast, the Chicago offense went quiet until the very end. 

In the 9th inning, Welington Castillo struck out swinging with Jon Jay and Jose Abreu already on-base. With Ryan Cordell up to bat next, White Sox manager Rick Renteria chose to pinch-hit for Cordell with another new member of the Sox, 26-year old AJ Reed.

The hope is that Reed will bring some solid production to the DH spot for the struggling Sox and he took a big step in the right direction on Wednesday night.

Reed’s massive 436-foot homer was a three-run blast that cut the deficit down to two runs and also created a neat piece of history in the process.

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Despite the fact that Goins and Reed both hit their first home runs as members of the White Sox, Chicago came up short as the rally stopped at Reed’s three-run homer. Following Reed’s at-bat, the Royals brought in Ian Kennedy to face Yolmer Sánchez. Kennedy notched the save for the Royals after getting Sánchez to line out on six pitches, sealing the White Sox season-high six-straight loss. 

Fortunately for the White Sox, they will have the chance to get some payback right away, with their series with Kansas City coming to a close on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. CST. 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Why Harold Baines belongs in the Hall of Fame

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Why Harold Baines belongs in the Hall of Fame

: With Harold Baines being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Chuck Garfien sits down with White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Baines former teammate Ron Kittle who explain why Baines is a worthy Hall of Famer. But first, Chuck speaks with Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka about the controversy surrounding his induction (1:30) and what made Baines such a special player and deserving of Cooperstown (5:00).  Then, Kittle talks about why he'd "take a bullet" for Baines (13:00), his message to critics who believe Baines shouldn't be in the Hall (17:20) and more. Reinsdorf explains why the committee he was apart of voted Baines into the Hall of Fame (22:00), how tough it was to trade Baines to Texas for Sammy Sosa (24:30), the story behind retiring Baines number a month after trading him (26:10) and more.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: