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Wetbutt23 and KatyPerrysBootyHole: The Reddit users who scooped the baseball world in Quintana-to-Cubs trade

Wetbutt23 and KatyPerrysBootyHole: The Reddit users who scooped the baseball world in Quintana-to-Cubs trade

Wednesday night around 9 p.m., a rumor, just like any other run-of-the-mill rumor, started climbing on the front page of the White Sox subreddit.

User KatyPerrysBootyHole posted this cryptic message “Hey, take this with a grain of salt, but I heard from a friend who’s brothers [sic] friend works for the cubs (sounds like bulls**t I know), that Q is going to the cubs in exchange for 4 players. Has anyone heard anything similar?”

Not surprisingly, many Redditors expressed their disbelief with comments like, “Highly doubtful,” “No way it’s this far along, the Cubs aren’t even being spoken of as contenders for Q right now,” and “This is a bluff. Hahn and Theo are working together to get Brinson out of Milwaukee. Oldest trick in the book…  source: my GUT.”

But then, KatyPerrysBootyHole’s source, wetbutt23 joined the thread to confirm. “4 prospects. No pros. Players were meeting with doctors and will be official tonight or tomorrow.”

Redditors pushed him for details, and asked for some support to his credibility. All the community got in return was this, “I was just told that the trade was agreed to this morning. And the players were doing physicals and what not. Could have been before game, I am not 100% on the timeline of the physicals… There is no need for credibility of the interweb!! Haha I don’t know what I can even provide. Someone told me something, I took it for what it was worth.”

The White Sox subreddit debated into the early morning whether or not wetbutt23 could be believed, but when the news of the trade became official, people changed their tunes:

“wetbutt23… you are my new oracle.”

“I have no other choice but to believe wetbutt is Theo Epstein.”

“wetbutt23 is Rick Hahn and he’s placing trade rumors in various MLB subreddits…”

And perhaps the most true comment of them all, “Always have faith in Katy Perry’s Butthole, guise [sic]. Always.”

White Sox are considering five players for the third pick in the MLB draft

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White Sox are considering five players for the third pick in the MLB draft

While more key White Sox prospects are making the jump to the majors and progressing through the higher levels of the minors, the farm system is still due to get another significant prospect.

That’s because the White Sox hold the third pick in the draft, which is six weeks away on June 3. This is the highest pick the White Sox have had since the team took Carlos Rodon No. 3 overall in 2014. Last year the White Sox had the fourth pick and took Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal.

Nick Hostetler is the White Sox director of amateur scouting, which means he is the face of the White Sox draft. In an interview with James Fegan of The Athletic, Hostetler said the White Sox have “dwindled our list down to about five” players they could take with the third pick.

So who could those five players be? This year’s draft class is position-player heavy at the top, which is something Hostetler later admits, but he did said there is “a pitcher still in our mix.” Given that, it sounds like four position players and a pitcher.

MLB Pipeline has six position players topping its rankings while Baseball America had batters occupying the top nine spots. Baseball America added that “four players seem to have put themselves into a tier among their own.” In that group is Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn and two high school shortstops, Bobby Witt Jr. and C.J. Abrams. FanGraphs and ESPN have the same top four in some order.

Rutschman was Madrigal’s teammate at Oregon State last year when the Beavers won the College World Series. He is the consensus top-rated prospect with Pipeline, BA, ESPN and FanGraphs all putting Rutschman No. 1.

After that things vary a little bit with Vaughn offering comical offensive numbers the last two years for Cal. He had a 1.350 OPS last year as a sophomore and has a 1.219 OPS so far this season.

Witt and Abrams are prep shortstops noted as good athletes. Witt’s father was the third overall pick in 1985. Abrams is known for his elite speed and went to the same high school in Georgia (Blessed Trinity Catholic) as former White Sox players Tyler Flowers and Matt Skole.

Finding out the pitcher Hostetler was referring to is trickier, although TCU left-hander Nick Lodolo is having a dominant junior season with 77 strikeouts, a 2.20 ERA and a WHIP just under 1 in 65 1/3 innings.

The draft is only six weeks away, but things can change quickly as these players wind down their season. Still, these are names that will continue to be named towards the top of the draft.

 

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Eloy Jimenez set to miss a few games after White Sox place him on bereavement list

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Eloy Jimenez set to miss a few games after White Sox place him on bereavement list

Eloy Jimenez will get a couple days away from baseball to be with his family in the Dominican Republic following the passing of his grandmother.

The White Sox placed Jimenez on the bereavement list and brought up Nicky Delmonico from Triple-A in his place. Jimenez has returned to his hometown of Santo Domingo.


He must remain on the bereavement list for at least three days so he will miss at least all of the three-game series in Baltimore that starts Monday night.

Jimenez takes a knee before his first trip to the plate each game and wears red batting gloves in memory of grandfather. He told Chuck Garfien that story on an episode of the White Sox Talk podcast.

After a surge in his second week in the majors that saw his batting average rise to .319 and his OPS hit .828, Jimenez has hit a bit of a rough patch. He is 3-for-31 in his last eight games, although that does include a home run Wednesday in Detroit. Overall, Jimenez is hitting .231/.286/.372.

Delmonico joins the White Sox for the first time in 2019 after starting the season with Triple-A Charlotte. He is hitting .286/.382/.540 for the Knights. The 26-year-old played 131 games with the White Sox between 2017 and 2018. He struggled with the team in 2018 after showing some potential when he was first called up the year before.

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