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Robin Ventura: White Sox didn't empty cupboard for Frazier, Lawrie


Robin Ventura: White Sox didn't empty cupboard for Frazier, Lawrie

Though the White Sox surrendered three major-league ready players in Wednesday’s trade, Robin Ventura likes how his general manager has operated.

Despite making deals for Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie, Rick Hahn has managed to keep the cupboard partly stocked with some pretty solid goods. The White Sox have made a push to win now in the primes of Chris Sale and Jose Abreu, yet they’ve managed to retain top prospects Tim Anderson and Carson Fulmer as well as Carlos Rodon.

“Any time you’re giving up some prospects to get somebody like Todd and Brett, you’re trying to put your best foot forward for 2016,” Ventura said. “You’re not really looking that much further down the road. You’re not giving up everything. You still have some guys that Rick had valued very high that wouldn’t have made sense to do this trade. So he did have something in the back that we have some guys coming up that we feel can help us in different positions.”

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The White Sox sent Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson to the Dodgers in the three-team deal that netted Frazier, a two-time All-Star. Of that group, Montas is considered the big prize as he throws a 100-mph fastball and has worked hard to develop his secondary pitches. Montas -- who entered last season as the No. 91 prospect in baseball -- followed a strong performance in the minors by posting a 4.80 ERA in 15 innings and striking out 20 for the White Sox.

But the “wild card” in the deal, according to one American League scout, is Thompson.

Thompson put himself squarely on the map (the White Sox even touted him as a potential everyday center fielder while in Nashville) with a stellar two-month run in Chicago that far outshined any of his recent minor-league performances. Though Thompson’s .295/.363/.533 slash line is much-improved over what he produced in the minors, many observers feel Thompson is capable of providing strong defense from all three outfield positions and hitting 20-25 home runs.

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One AL scout calls Thompson Chris Young-lite. From 2007-11, Young averaged 23 1/2 home runs and produced 12.5 Wins Above Replacement.

No matter what he does in the future, the White Sox know Thompson’s value improved exponentially because of his 2015 performance. Short of Anderson, Thompson had been one of the most sought after position players in the organization this offseason.

“We saw all the improvements,” Ventura said. “He was a very good player for us. He came up and earned the right to play every day, and that’s why he played every day. I think other teams did their homework. I know the Dodgers did their homework on the three guys they’re getting. They can all do something at the big league level to help you win games.

“For Trayce, it’s just a credit to him of how far he’s come in a year to be able to be included in this.”

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history


Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.

Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.

Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.

Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.

Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.