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Dunn: White Sox can improve in second half

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Dunn: White Sox can improve in second half

KANSAS CITY -- Adam Dunn thinks the White Sox have better days ahead.

The White Sox designated hitterfirst baseman said Monday he doesnt believe any of his teammates have played better than their skill-sets. Dunn went as far as to say he thinks the White Sox, who are 47-38 and in first place in the American League Central, can improve in the second half.

I dont think anyone is playing over their heads, Dunn said. If anything, we have room to go. A lot of guys did a lot of great things the first half. But myself included, I think Im capable of a lot more. I plan to do a lot more. I feel like I can be a little more consistent.

Dunn, an All-Star for the first time since 2002, enters the break hitting .208 with a team-high 25 homers and 61 RBIs. He also leads baseball with 68 walks and 134 strikeouts.

As for his personal wish list, Dunn thinks he can improve his on-base percentage (.357) and average with runners in scoring position (.237).

I want to get on base more and drive in more runs, Dunn said. Ive got to be better at driving in runs.

So how does Dunn propose to improve? He believes the four days off during the break, ones that dont require a strenuous workload, will do his body good.

To have four days off is huge, Dunn said. There are certain little ailments four days will fix and rejuvenate you. Im going to get my rest. Im not going to go out in batting practice and try to hit 900-foot home runs.

Its awesome to be here. Im going to enjoy it with everyone, have fun and get some rest for the second half.

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.