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Recent draftee key in White Sox acquisition of Brett Lawrie

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Recent draftee key in White Sox acquisition of Brett Lawrie

NASHVILLE — The 2015 baseball draft is only six months old and yet it has already produced a major leaguer for the White Sox — sort of.

Same as the Arizona Diamondbacks a day earlier, the White Sox took advantage of a new rule on Wednesday night when they included 2015 draftee Zack Erwin in a deal with the Oakland A’s for infielder Brett Lawrie. 

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A left-handed pitcher out of Clemson selected in the fourth round, Erwin was traded under a provision recently altered that allows teams to deal first-year pros after the World Series concludes. Prior to the rule change, one enacted after San Diego traded 2014 first-rounder Trea Turner as a player to be named later to Washington last offseason, players had to remain with their drafting club until one year after they signed. Though he was traded last December, Turner remained in the Padres farm system until June 13, a year after he signed his first pro contract. The idea that their most recent draft has already affected the major league roster was a point of emphasis for new White Sox amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler.

"It’s exciting from a standpoint of you realize your draft has immediate impact," Hostetler said. "When you can get an immediate impact out of a draft, you have to entertain it. With a situation like Zack, we liked him, he was our second pick in the draft, he was a major part of our draft. But to know that pick has already turned into a big leaguer, it’s a success. If we already look at the 2015 draft, it helped produce a major league part."

Erwin, who had a combined 1.43 ERA in 40 1/3 innings last season at the Rookie level and Single-A, profiles as a back-end starting pitcher. Because they forfeited their choices in the second and third rounds to sign free agents last December, Erwin actually was the team's second overall pick behind first-rounder Carson Fulmer. But similar to Arizona, which surrendered Dansby Swanson, the first player taken in last June's draft, in the Shelby Miller trade on Tuesday, the White Sox were OK with giving up future potential for an established product. Given they have a handful of very good minor league pitchers, don't rule out the possibility they could do the same with Fulmer were it absolutely necessary.

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General manager Rick Hahn said he's in favor of the rule change.

"It’s good," Hahn said. "Sitting in this chair you want as many assets at your disposal to try to make the team better, and certainly not having to find yourself in an awkward situation where a player is a player to be named later but remains in your system for several months of his development. There’s not only risk, but a level of awkwardness involved in that. So the ability to avoid that is definitely a positive step."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list