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Such a mighty wallop: How does Matt Davidson's mammoth home run stack up?

Such a mighty wallop: How does Matt Davidson's mammoth home run stack up?

The wind at Wrigley Field was blowing straight in and fly balls weren’t carrying well in batting practice. And still, Matt Davidson socked the sixth-longest home run in the majors this season, a booming eighth-inning blast onto Waveland Ave. that traveled 476 feet, according to MLB’s StatCast. 

“Today, it was kind of tough to get the ball out of here,” right-hander Anthony Swarzak said, “unless you’re Matt Davidson.”

The longest home runs of 2017, per StatCast, have been hit by:

Aaron Judge (495 feet)
Kennys Vargas (483 feet)
Mark Reynolds (482 feet)
Jake Lamb (481 feet)
Charlie Blackmon (477 feet)
Matt Davidson (476 feet)
Brandon Moss (474 feet)
George Springer (473 feet)
Kennys Vargas (471 feet)
Kyle Schwarber, Manny Machado, Ryan Zimmerman (470 feet)

The longest home run hit by a White Sox player in 2017 was a 464-foot blast socked by Jose Abreu on May 19. Abreu and Avisail Garcia shared the longest home run hit by a White Sox player since 2015 (when Statcast began tracking home run distances) with 465-foot shots in 2016 until Davidson’s dinger on Monday. 

Not only was it a jaw-dropping home run, but Davidson’s dinger came after falling behind 0-2 against a reliever in Koji Uehara who had only allowed two home runs in 32 innings this year. Davidson, who’s struck out in nearly 40 percent of his plate appearances this year, took an 0-2 fastball in off the plate and laid off a 1-2 splitter in the dirt. Uehara’s 2-2 pitch was a hanging splitter that wound up diving middle-in before being launched out of Wrigley Field. 

The home run, too, was an important insurance run as the White Sox aimed to stop a nine-game losing streak in front of a raucous Crosstown crowd of 40,849. The White Sox went on to win, 3-1. 

“I was pretty pumped up,” Davidson said. “This is the closest thing to a playoff game or like a really meaningful game. They are all meaningful. This rivalry it seemed like every pitch there was some sort of just everything was weighing on everybody, the fans, us, especially those last couple of innings. I was pumped up in the moment and excited we could get that insurance run.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.