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What White Sox are getting in Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease

What White Sox are getting in Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease

If the White Sox didn't have the top farm system in baseball before Thursday morning, you can sure make the case after a crosstown blockbuster with the Cubs.

The White Sox acquired MLB Pipeline's No. 8 prospect in outfielder Eloy Jimenez and No. 63 prospect in pitcher Dylan Cease. Infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose, who were both included in the deal, weren't ranked in the Cubs' Top 30 prospects.

With the deal, the White Sox now have nine players ranked in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects.

Get to know the players the White Sox received from the Cubs for Jose Quintana:

Eloy Jimenez

The 20-year-old outfielder is the prized piece of the trade. Jimenez, who just represented the World roster in the All-Star Futures Game, had a slash line of .271/.351/.490 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 42 games this season.

Check out MLB.com's scouting report on Jimenez:

Here's what Twitter is saying about the new White Sox outfielder:

Dylan Cease

Cease, a former 6th round pick of the Cubs in 2014, has flown up prospect rankings in 2017. In 13 starts with Class-A South Bend, Cease had a 2.79 ERA and 1.258 WHIP with 74 strikeouts.

Here's MLB.com's scouting report on Cease:

What Twitter is saying about Cease:

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Matt Rose

The 22-year-old Rose was an 11th round pick of the Cubs out of Georgia State in 2015.

Rose had a .227/.281/.481 slash line with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 65 games at Class-A Myrtle Beach this season.

Bryant Flete

Flete, 24, has played all over the diamond in 70 games with Myrtle Beach this season. He was slashing .305/.355/.425 with six home runs and 37 RBI before the trade.

Edwin Encarnaci贸n thrills White Sox with homer celebration: 'Do the parrot!'

Edwin Encarnaci贸n thrills White Sox with homer celebration: 'Do the parrot!'

To be honest, it wasn't terribly surprising to see Edwin Encarnaci贸n blast a home run out to center field during Thursday's intrasquad game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

After all, that's the reason the 37-year-old slugger is here. He's smashed at least 30 homers in each of the last eight seasons, including two spent as a member of the division-rival Cleveland Indians. Rick Hahn inked Encarnaci贸n to provide some big-time pop to the middle of a White Sox lineup looking to swing its way out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode in 2020.

But for all the homers he's hit, Encarnaci贸n is still drumming up plenty of excitement every time he sends one out. Mostly because of the parrot.

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Encarnaci贸n's signature home run celebration involves miming that he has a parrot on his arm while he rounds the bases. It's hilarious and a great deal of baseball fun.

So when he teed off on an Aaron Bummer pitch Thursday, there's just one thing his teammates wanted to see. They started screaming at him from the dugout, "Parrot! Parrot! Do the parrot!"

He obliged, sticking that arm out as he rounded second base, even moving it up and down on the way to third, much to the delight of everyone in that third-base dugout. There wasn't a crowd in the stands, but the crowd in the dugout went wild.

"The parrot made an appearance on the South Side!" White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing said joyously after the intrasquad showdown wrapped.

Coincidentally, Encarnaci贸n chatted with the media just one day earlier and was asked about the health of his imaginary feathered friend.

"I think the parrot is still alive, it's still on my elbow," he said through team interpreter Billy Russo. "Hopefully when the season starts, you're going to see it very often."

Well, the season hasn't even started yet, and we've already got a parrot sighting.

Bird or no bird, Encarnaci贸n's presence in the middle of the White Sox lineup is extremely important. While the roster around him and fellow veteran slugger Jose Abreu is full of youthful potential and thrilling promise, Encarnacion, one of a slew of veteran additions made by Hahn's front office during the winter, brings reliability to the proceedings. There are plenty of reasons to anticipate big things from Eloy Jim茅nez, Luis Robert, Yo谩n Moncada, Tim Anderson and the rest of the team's young hitters. The White Sox know what they're getting from Encarnaci贸n.

After ranking 25th out of 30 teams in both home runs and slugging percentage last season, the White Sox needed some heft. In Encarnaci贸n, they've got it.

"It gives us depth. It lengthens an extremely good lineup. It was a good lineup before. It makes it extremely longer," McEwing said. "And the professionalism, Eddie, you can鈥檛 put a number on it. You can鈥檛 put a measure on it, what he means to this ballclub, not just in the clubhouse but on the field.

"When he steps in the box, it鈥檚 a presence, that model of consistency in what he has done throughout his career and what he鈥檚 capable of doing. It means so much to every individual in that locker room, and every time we step on the field, it鈥檚 a different presence."

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As for the pitcher who gave the home run up Thursday, don't fret about any damaging effects for Bummer. He's equally thrilled by what this lineup looks like with Encarnaci贸n in it.

"I'm just glad he's on our side now," he said of the former division rival. "I'm glad he's on our side, and I'm glad that he got one (off me) when it didn't count.

"It's just kind of fun to watch. ... You see the lineup we're putting out there. I walked in, it was Abreu, Encarnaci贸n, Eloy. It's not going to stop. I think the depth of that lineup has gotten a whole lot longer, and I'm glad that they're all on our side."

It's a stark contrast inside the stadium, the difference between the mostly silent moments without fans in the stands and the incredibly entertaining moments when the players start talking and you can hear everything they say. It seems the latter could make for some added fun for TV viewers when the regular-season games are broadcast.

Thursday, there was no missing those screams: "Do the parrot!"

It's a good bet we haven't seen the last of Encarnaci贸n's avian acquaintance this year.


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White Sox 2021 schedule is out, with more NL Central matchups

White Sox 2021 schedule is out, with more NL Central matchups

Get used to the NL Central, White Sox fans.

Just days after Major League Baseball finalized the schedule for the upcoming 60-game 2020 season, the schedule for next season was released Thursday, outlining plans for a 2021 season when the league hopes it can return to normalcy.

The geographic scheduling of the 2020 season, shortened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pits the White Sox against teams from the NL Central, and that will again be the case in a 2021 season hopefully unbound by travel restrictions.

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The White Sox will obviously face their AL Central foes and return to regular-season matchups against the AL East and AL West after missing out on such games this season. But the Interleague opponents will once more hail from the NL Central, with the White Sox playing two series apiece against the Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. They will play hosts to the St. Louis Cardinals in May and visit the Milwaukee Brewers in July. Both Crosstown series, the first on the North Side and the second on the South Side, will be played on weekends in August.

The White Sox will start the 2021 campaign on a West Coast road trip, with Opening Day set for Thursday, April 1, the start of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. That's followed by three games against the Seattle Mariners in Washington before the White Sox return to Guaranteed Rate Field for the home opener against the Kansas City Royals on April 8.

The regular season will dip into October next year, with the White Sox closing the regular season on a five-game homestand against the Reds and Detroit Tigers, the regular-season finale coming Sunday, October 3.

Check out the White Sox entire 2021 schedule below:


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