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Video pitch helps White Sox sign potential cornerstone Luis Robert to loaded farm system

Video pitch helps White Sox sign potential cornerstone Luis Robert to loaded farm system

The White Sox have reportedly already added a first-round draft pick and it isn’t even June.

According to multiple reports, the team’s rebuild added a potential cornerstone as Cuban free agent outfielder Luis Robert has agreed to sign a deal that would force the White Sox to heavily exceed their 2016-17 international signing bonus pool.

Believed to be the equivalent of a high first-round draft pick, Robert, 19, reportedly has accepted a deal worth more than $25 million from the White Sox. Another key addition to the team’s ongoing rebuild, Robert likely would be the No. 3 prospect in an extremely talented White Sox farm system behind Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech.

It is believed that the other team vying for Robert, 19, the St. Louis Cardinals, offered the outfielder more money. 

While Robert’s deal is reportedly worth $25-30 million, the club’s cost will be double whatever the final amount is as they must pay an equivalent tax to Major League Baseball for going over their allotted amount.

White Sox officials didn't comment on the signing on Saturday. But shortly after word got out, the White Sox made a move that signals the Robert deal is close to final. They announced the trade of minor-league pitcher Alex Katz to the Baltimore Orioles for two international signing bonus slots worth $756,300. The move helps the club offset some of the penalty tax they will pay for exceeding their original bonus pool of $2,973,500, according to Baseball America.

By exceeding their pool, the White Sox also would forfeit the ability to sign any international amateurs for more than $300,000 in each of the next two years. But the thinking is that few international players in those upcoming classes would have the same sort of potential impact as quickly as Robert, who is more advanced than normal international prospects.

[MORE: Report - White Sox, Cuban outfielder Luis Robert agree to $25 million deal]

In many cases, international prospects are signed when they’re 16 or 17 years old, which means they still have a growth period left and are harder to project. At 19, Robert already stands at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds. He also is experienced, having played four seasons in the Cuban National Series. Last year, Robert his .401/.526/.687 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in 232 plate appearances for Ciego de Avila.

While word of the signing didn’t leak until around 1 p.m. CST, Robert had signaled his intentions in the final hours that he indeed was headed to the White Sox. The prospect changed the avatar on his Instagram account to a new picture with him wearing a White Sox hat.

It is believed that Robert was extremely impressed by the White Sox, who made a presentation to accompany his live workout for the team. General manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Kenny Williams attended the workout. But the team also presented Robert with a video narrated in Spanish by manager Rick Renteria that included testimonials from fellow Cubans Jose Abreu and Moncada urging Robert to join them in Chicago.

Robert is yet another talented addition to a White Sox farm system that has rocketed up the rankings, according to Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline, among others.

The team added Moncada and Kopech as well as No. 8 prospect Luis Basabe in a 4-for-1 deal for Chris Sale in December. A day later, the White Sox added top prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez as well as Dane Dunning (who is expected to move up the charts) in exchange for Adam Eaton.

The trades netted the White Sox seven prospects and came on the heels of what looks to be a strong 2016 draft class. The White Sox added catcher Zack Collins, reliever Zack Burdi, outfielders Alex Call and Jameson Fisher, and starter Alec Hansen in the first four rounds. Before the December trades, all five were listed among Baseball America’s top-10 White Sox prospect list.

NBC Sports Chicago announces 2020 White Sox return-to-play coverage details

NBC Sports Chicago announces 2020 White Sox return-to-play coverage details

Chicago, IL (July 16, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the CHICAGO WHITE SOX – has announced its 2020 Chicago White Sox return-to-play coverage details featuring 59 regular season games (29 home, 30 road), three exhibition games (including a pair of “Crosstown” battles against the Cubs), live streaming of EVERY GAME and surrounding game coverage to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, plus – a brand new studio unveiling on Opening Day, along with massive season-long offerings of dedicated, fan-focused White Sox multiplatform content and much more. (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.)

NBC Sports Chicago will carry the first of its three White Sox exhibition games on Sunday, July 19 at 7:00 PM CT, as the White Sox head to Wrigley Field for a “Crosstown” battle against the rival Cubs. On Monday, July 20, the White Sox will then host the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field with the final game of the team’s three-game exhibition set concluding with a home match-up against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, July 22.  The always-entertaining tandem of Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti) and Steve Stone (@stevestone) will call exhibition and regular season White Sox telecasts (home and road) from their socially-distanced booth positions at Guaranteed Rate Field.  All three exhibition games will air at 7:00 PM and will each be preceded by White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Village of Bedford Park at 6:30 PM.  Following Sunday and Monday’s games, NBC Sports Chicago will carry Subaru White Sox Postgame Live immediately following game action (9:45 PM time approx.).  Following Wednesday’s final preseason game, NBC Sports Chicago will air the White Sox Season Preview Special presented by KIA -- hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and White Sox 2005 World Series Championship manager/NBC Sports Chicago analyst Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen) -- will feature player/coaches interviews, a detailed season preview analysis, a comprehensive look at this year’s Opening Day roster, an overview of all the off-season moves, along with deep discussion surrounding player preparedness in the midst of a pandemic and how players will have to adapt to significant health & safety precautions for the first time in their careers.  

The first of 59 regular season White Sox games on NBC Sports Chicago begins with the 2020 HOME OPENER on Friday, July 24 at 7:00 PM CT against the AL Central rival Minnesota Twins.  Opening Day coverage begins at 6:00 PM with an hour-long, expanded edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Village of Bedford Park.  NBC Sports Chicago’s Opening Day pregame coverage is scheduled to have Chuck Garfien live at Guaranteed Rate Field with the latest game day team/player updates, while Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) will be joined in studio by Ozzie Guillen for complete pre-game analysis.  The Home Opener will be immediately followed by an expanded edition of Subaru White Sox Postgame Live featuring White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s live post-game press conference, along with post-game player reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and more.  In addition this season, White Sox legend/Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) and 2005 White Sox World Series hero Scott Podsednik will also be a part of the network’s Pre/Postgame Live analyst rotation.  NOTE: White Sox “Opening Week” on NBC Sports Chicago is presented by Taco Bell.

Additional MLB coverage on NBC Sports Chicago this season will also be delivered on Baseball Night in Chicago presented by Jet’s Pizza, the network’s “Chicago-focused” baseball discussion program, airing live on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM with re-airs at 6:30 PM on non-game days.  Now in its third season, Baseball Night in Chicago is hosted by Leila Rahimi with featured analysts Ozzie Guillen, SportsTalk Live host/Cubs expert David Kaplan (@thekapman), new White Sox “Insider” Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge), new Cubs “Insider” Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub), new Cubs digital reporter/producer Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee), veteran White Sox digital reporter/producer Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber), along with a variety of White Sox & Cubs players/coaches/front office execs, plus national baseball experts and special guests from coast-to-coast.  Throughout the 2020 baseball season, NBC Sports Chicago will also carry SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado weeknights at 6:00 PM with host David Kaplan and special guest panelists.  

ALSO on Opening Day (Friday, July 24) – NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its BRAND NEW STUDIO, a state-of-the-art new design featuring studio-wide LED monitors and floor-length LED lighting, a sleek “demo area” for NBC Sports Chicago’s analysts to educate fans on in-game specifics, custom on-set photography of Chicago’s beautiful skyline and much more. NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago will be announcing further details on its new studio Monday, July 20.

Throughout the season, White Sox fans are also urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app for 24/7 expert digital coverage via Adam Hoge, Vinnie Duber and Chuck Garfien featuring in-depth pre/postgame reports, player/coaches interviews, highlight videos, special features, galleries and much more.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will provide White Sox fans with numerous, multi-platform content offerings on Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter (@NBCSWhiteSox & @NBCSChicago), along with a multitude of team & player facts/photos/quick video offerings via Instagram (‘NBCSChicago’).

From an audio content standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago delivers the acclaimed “White Sox Talk PODCAST” presented by Wintrust.  Hosted by Chuck Garfien, along with Adam Hoge and NBC Sports Chicago’s White Sox content producers Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey) and Chris Kamka (@ckamka), the “White Sox Talk” podcasts feature in-depth White Sox discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season, along with special guest interviews with White Sox players/coaches/front office execs and additional MLB experts across the country. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

PROGRAMMING NOTES:

WHITE SOX INTRASQUAD GAMES – NBC Sports Chicago will continue airing White Sox intrasquad games live from Guaranteed Rate Field this week on the following date/times: Tonight (Thu, July 16) at 7:00 PM, Friday, July 17 at 1:00 PM & Saturday, July 18 at 6:00 PM (game times subject to change).  Featuring the game call from Jason Benetti and Chuck Garfien, these games will also stream live via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO PLUS (+) – Select White Sox games may air on NBC Sports Chicago+.  NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) telecasts are provided to NBC Sports Chicago affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  NBCSCH+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder) and punch in their zip code for complete channel location details.

2020 Chicago White Sox Schedule

EXHIBITION

1.    Sun July 19              7:00 pm               @ CUBS
2.    Mon, July 20            7:00 pm               vs. CUBS
3.    Wed, July 22            7:00 pm               vs. Milwaukee

REGULAR SEASON

1.    Fri, July 24               7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota
2.    Sat, July 25              1:00 pm               vs. Minnesota
3.    Sun, July 26             1:00 pm               vs. Minnesota
4.    Mon, July 27            6:00 pm               @ Cleveland
5.    Tue, July 28             6:00 pm               @ Cleveland
6.    Wed, July 29            5:00 pm               @ Cleveland
7.    Fri, July 31               7:00 pm               @ Kansas City
8.    Sat, Aug 1                6:00 pm               @ Kansas City
9.    Sun, Aug 2               1:00 pm               @ Kansas City
10.    Mon, Aug 3              7:00 pm               @ Milwaukee
11.    Tue, Aug 4               7:00 pm               @ Milwaukee
12.    Wed, Aug 5              7:00 pm               vs. Milwaukee
13.    Thu, Aug 6               7:00 pm               vs. Milwaukee
14.    Fri, Aug 7                 7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland
15.    Sat, Aug 8                1:00 pm               vs. Cleveland
16.    Sun, Aug 9               1:00 pm               vs. Cleveland
17.    Mon, Aug 10            6:00 pm               @ Detroit
18.    Tue, Aug 11             6:00 pm               @ Detroit
19.    Wed, Aug 12            12:00 pm             @ Detroit
20.    Sat, Aug 15              1:00 pm               vs. St. Louis
21.    Sun, Aug 16             1:00 pm               vs. St. Louis
22.    Mon, Aug 17            7:00 pm               vs. Detroit
23.    Tue, Aug 18             7:00 pm               vs. Detroit
24.    Wed, Aug 19            7:00 pm               vs. Detroit
25.    Thu, Aug 20             1:00 pm               vs. Detroit
26.    Fri, Aug 21               7:00 pm               @ CUBS
27.    Sat, Aug 22              7:00 pm               @ CUBS
28.    Sun, Aug 23             1:20 pm               @ CUBS
29.    Tue, Aug 25             7:00 pm               vs. Pittsburgh
30.    Wed, Aug 26            1:00 pm               vs. Pittsburgh
31.    Fri, Aug 28               7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City
32.    Sat, Aug 29              1:00 pm               vs. Kansas City
33.    Sun, Aug 30             1:00 pm               vs. Kansas City
34.    Mon, Aug 31            7:00 pm               @ Minnesota
35.    Tue, Sept 1              7:00 pm               @ Minnesota
36.    Wed, Sept 2             7:00 pm               @ Minnesota
37.    Thu, Sept 3              7:00 pm               @ Kansas City
38.    Fri, Sept 4                7:00 pm               @ Kansas City
39.    Sat, Sept 5               6:00 pm               @ Kansas City
40.    Sun, Sept 6              1:00 pm               @ Kansas City
41.    Tue, Sept 8              6:00 pm               @ Pittsburgh
42.    Wed, Sept 9             6:00 pm               @ Pittsburgh
43.    Fri, Sept 11              7:00 pm               vs. Detroit
44.    Sat, Sept 12             6:00 pm               vs. Detroit
45.    Sun, Sept 13            1:00 pm               vs. Detroit
46.    Mon, Sept 14           7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota
47.    Tue, Sept 15            7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota
48.    Wed, Sept 16           7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota
49.    Thu, Sept 17            1:00 pm               vs. Minnesota
50.    Fri, Sept 18              6:00 pm               @ Cincinnati
51.    Sat, Sept 19             5:00 pm               @ Cincinnati
52.    Sun, Sept 20            12:00 pm             @ Cincinnati
53.    Mon, Sept 21           5:00 pm               @ Cleveland
54.    Tue, Sept 22            5:00 pm               @ Cleveland
55.    Wed, Sept 23           5:00 pm               @ Cleveland
56.    Thu, Sept 24            5:00 pm               @ Cleveland
57.    Fri, Sept 25              7:00 pm               vs. CUBS
58.    Sat, Sept 26             6:00 pm               vs. CUBS
59.    Sun, Sept 27            2:00 pm               vs. CUBS                                                 


3 preseason, 59 regular season games
Regular season: 29 Home, 30 Road
All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

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Dallas Keuchel on facing Tim Anderson: 'You kind of want to fight him'

Dallas Keuchel on facing Tim Anderson: 'You kind of want to fight him'

Ozzie Guillen had a famous saying about A.J. Pierzynski that you’ve probably heard before.

"If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less."

It would be hard for any player to match Pierzynski’s reputation, who was (and continues to be) beloved in Chicago but was booed and despised in almost every other MLB city.

And yet, here comes Tim Anderson.

“When you play against him, you kind of want to fight him all the time,” White Sox left-hander Dallas Keuchel said Wednesday.

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Keuchel has experience playing against Anderson and now he is teammates with him, seeing a different side of the White Sox shortshop that won the American League batting title last year.

“He’s definitely misunderstood,” Keuchel said.

Comparing Anderson to Pierzynski isn’t exactly apples to apples. Pierzynski’s reputation was a little more convoluted, while Anderson just likes to have fun with general disregard for baseball’s outdated “unwritten” rules. His bat flips catch the attention of much needed younger sports fans, yet also seem to trigger just as many old-school players around the league. Just ask Royals pitcher Brad Keller.

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Keuchel now has the perspective of being on the same team as Anderson and he means well when he says the opposition wants to fight his new teammate.

“That's not necessarily a bad thing, because you see the passion he plays with, you see how much he loves the game,” Keuchel said. “It definitely gets under your skin, which can help him.”

The former Astros and Braves pitcher even had examples.

“I remember a few times where we'd be going over the scouting report and (the report said) you can go in this area if you're ahead of the count, or if you're behind in the count, you can go in this area,” Keuchel said. “And then all the sudden I'm going in those areas and he's pulling a groundball double down the line and I'm just dumbfounded. But now I see where he's at. His mindset, the way he's trying to be more knowledgeable about the game about his at-bats.”

The White Sox hope Anderson picks up where he left off last season, and he’s showing early signs of that, even delivering a signature bat flip – er, throw – in an intrasquad game. But at this point, Anderson has earned the right to flip, even if opposing pitchers hate it.

“That's where you get the true professional,” Keuchel said. “You put the talent with the mindset and the knowledge to get better and you're sitting pretty, you're sitting with a batting title, you're sitting with respect around the league. I think he's going to be a force to reckon with and someone who some of the younger guys can even learn from.”

 

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