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White Sox add Fernando Tatis Jr., three other international players

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White Sox add Fernando Tatis Jr., three other international players

The White Sox signed four 16-year-old international free agents on Thursday, headlined by a familiar name.

Infielders Fernando Tatis Jr., Brayant Nova and Santo Vasquez and outfielder Franklin Reyes agreed to terms with the White Sox on the first day teams are allowed to sign international free agents. Baseball America reported Reyes earned a $1.5 million bonus, Tatis a $700,000 bonus and Vasquez a $300,000 bonus. All four players are natives of the Dominican Republic.

"We are extremely excited to add each of these four young men to the Chicago White Sox organization today,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “Thanks to Marco Paddy and the efforts of our international scouting staff across Latin America, we continue to add waves of very talented young players to our system. All of this success will ultimately pay off in Chicago in seasons to come.”

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"We are very excited about all of these four players and our entire 2015 signing class," Paddy, the White Sox special assistant to the GM, international operations, said. "Not only are these young men impressive players on the baseball diamond with outstanding skills, but I have been incredibly impressed with them as individuals off the field as well. Each of these young men is a tribute to his family, and we are excited to have them begin their careers with the White Sox."

Reyes’ reported bonus would be just shy of the club-record $1.6 million given to outfielder Micker Adolfo in 2013.

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MLB.com ranked Tatis Jr. as the 27th-best international free agent and Reyes at No. 30, while Baseball America rated Reyes at No. 27 in its international free agent rankings.

Tatis Jr.’s father played 11 years in the major leagues and finished his career with 113 home runs and a .785 OPS. He was best known for hitting two grand slams in the same inning against Dodgers right-hander Chan Ho Park while with the Cardinals in 1999.

Venezuelan outfielder Harvin Mendoza was not included in the White Sox announcement of their international signings, though Baseball America reported that’s a done deal

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

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White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.