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Report: Pirates — owners of two top-10 prospects — trying to trade for Jose Quintana

Report: Pirates — owners of two top-10 prospects — trying to trade for Jose Quintana

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It's no surprise that White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana is drawing interest from multiple clubs. The New York Yankees are reportedly one of them, an intriguing possibility considering their loaded farm system.

But so too are the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, who reported this week that the Bucs are trying to pull off a deal for the All-Star lefty.

Much like the Yankees, the Pirates have a number of players ranked among baseball's top prospects, which should make them an appealing trade partner for a White Sox team trying to load up on young talent like they did in trades with the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals.

The Pirates have two of the top-10 prospects in baseball, per MLB.com's rankings: pitcher Tyler Glasnow (No. 8) and outfielder Austin Meadows (No. 9). First baseman Josh Bell is ranked 20th, and he logged 45 games with the big league club last season. Shortstop Kevin Newman (No. 42) and pitcher Mitch Keller (No. 72) are also ranked in the top 100.

Quintana, just 27 years old and on a team-friendly contract, would figure to fetch a big return. And with Rick Hahn already sending Chris Sale to the Red Sox and Adam Eaton to the Nationals this offseason in a pair of deals that gave the White Sox two of the three top prospects in baseball — infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Lucas Giolito — it wouldn't be a surprise to see the general manager try to further bolster the farm system.

Tim Anderson, White Sox teammates wear orange to support end to gun violence

Tim Anderson, White Sox teammates wear orange to support end to gun violence

Several members of the White Sox posted pictures Friday of their families donning orange T-shirts in support of bringing an end to gun violence in the United States.

June 5 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and those showing solidarity with the gun violence prevention movement are asked to wear orange, a gesture that started in Chicago, when Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore the color after the 15-year-old was shot and killed in 2013.

Though this year's Wear Orange Weekend has gone digital due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many are participating and showing solidarity online.

Anderson's charity, Tim Anderson's League of Leaders, posted pictures of Anderson, Adam Engel, Jace Fry, Leury Garcia, Carson Fulmer, Evan Marshall, Aaron Bummer, Ross Detwiler, Carlos Rodon, Yasmani Grandal, James McCann and their families all wearing special "White Sox families wear orange" T-shirts in support of the movement.

In January of 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from the South Side was shot and killed on a playground in...

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Anderson has addressed the need to bring an end to gun violence through his work in the community on the South Side. His best friend, Branden Moss, was shot and killed in 2017.

 

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2020 MLB Draft: Reid Detmers is best player who could fall to White Sox

2020 MLB Draft: Reid Detmers is best player who could fall to White Sox

When the White Sox are on the clock next Wednesday in the first round of the MLB Draft, remember the name Reid Detmers.

If the former Louisville Cardinals left-hander with one of the coolest curveballs you will ever see is still available, the White Sox might have a steal on their hands.

“In my mind, (Detmers) is the best player who could fall to No. 11,” MLB.com draft expert Jim Callis said on the White Sox Talk Podcast. “I’m not saying he will. I think he’s the guy who could. That would be the best player you could probably hope for at 11 would be Reid Detmers.”

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Detmers isn’t going to wow you with his velocity. His fastball tops off in the low-90s.

What he’s known for is a sweeping curveball that takes a wild scenic route to a whole other area code once it leaves Detmer’s hands, before somehow finding the catcher’s mitt on the other end of the rainbow.

“He has one of the best curveballs in the draft,” said Callis, which to me, is an understatement. Just watch this:


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Right-handed pitcher Max Meyer, who is expected to be chosen ahead of Detmers next Wednesday, was recently asked by Callis on MLB Network if he could take one pitch from last year’s Team USA squad, whose would he take? Meyer chose Detmers’ curveball. Who wouldn’t? That thing is nasty.

During his 2019 season, abbreviated due to the coronavirus pandemic, Detmers dominated in his four starts, finishing 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA, 48 strikeouts and six walks in 22 innings. In 2019, he set Louisville’s single-season strikeout record with 167 strikeouts in 113.1 innings.

Detmers has a chance to not only be one of the best pitchers in the draft, Callis believes he could be the most major league ready, as well.

“To me, there’s a lot of good college pitching in this draft. That’s the strength of this draft. Reid Detmers is probably the first college starting pitcher in the big leagues in this draft,” Callis said.

But before you can pencil him into the starting rotation on the South Side in 2022, he’ll first have to be on the board when it’s the White Sox turn to pick. If he is, will the White Sox, with new scouting director Mike Shirley, choose him? We’ll learn next week.

In the meantime, check out the podcast with Callis. We go over several other options for the White Sox. There are some intriguing possibilities at multiple positions, including a former star shortstop from Mt. Carmel whose idol is Tim Anderson.

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