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Looking at the White Sox career of Magglio Ordonez

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Looking at the White Sox career of Magglio Ordonez

Retirement looks inevitable for Magglio Ordonez. It's easy to forget just how good Ordonez was during his nine seasons with the White Sox -- after all, following his ugly departure to Detroit, the Sox signed Jermaine Dye. And Dye went on to win the 2005 World Series MVP, cementing a place in White Sox lore Ordonez never reached.

But Ordonez is one of the best outfielders in team history. By Wins Above Replacement, the most successful White Sox outfielders are in this order: Minnie Minoso, Fielder Jones, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Johnny Mostil, Harold Baines, Chet Lemon, Ordonez, Jim Landis, Lance Johnson and Floyd Robinson.

Only one outfielder -- Baines -- hit more home runs than Ordonez while with the White Sox. Albert Belle and Jackson are the only two players with a better OPS, and Ordonez is only one of nine outfielders to play more than 1,000 games in a White Sox uniform.

The list goes on -- Ordonez is in the top 10 among White Sox outfielders in runs (4th), hits (5th), doubles (4th), RBIs (3rd) and walks (9th).

But that's just among fellow outfielders. Among all position players in team history, Ordonez ranks No. 19 in WAR. Only 26 players, including Ordonez, have appeared in more than 1,000 games with the team. He has the fifth-most home runs in Sox history, the 10th-most RBIs and the seventh-highest OPS among Sox players who've played more than 300 games for the club.

That's an impressive resume when you consider 1,615 players have put on a White Sox uniform in a regular-season game. While he didn't leave Chicago in a very pleasant way, Ordonez's tenure with the White Sox is certainly worth celebrating as he rides off into the sunset.

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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