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White Sox: Anderson slips, Fulmer moves up in MLB Pipeline's 2016 prospect rankings

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White Sox: Anderson slips, Fulmer moves up in MLB Pipeline's 2016 prospect rankings

Tim Anderson made a tremendous amount of progress in 2015, enjoying a breakout year in Double-A Birmingham (.312 BA, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 49 SB over 125 games).

But that didn't help him make any moves up in the latest MLB Pipeline prospect rankings.

Anderson, after starting 2015 as the No. 76 ranked prospect, finished last season at No. 38 in all of baseball but moved to No. 47 in the 2016 preseason Top 100.

The White Sox selected Anderson in the first round (17th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft. 

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Pitcher Carson Fulmer, the Sox top pick from last year's draft, moved up from his season-ending ranking (No. 42) to No. 38. 

Fulmer spent most of last season in Single-A+ Winston-Salem after being drafted in June out of Vanderbilt. In 22 innings, the right-hander posted a 2.05 ERA with 25 strikeouts and a 1.136 WHIP. 

In positional rankings, Fulmer is listed as the No. 9 RHP in the minors while Anderson did not crack the Top 10. 

ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

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ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming. 

Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts. 

Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it. 

Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.

So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control. 

White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful. 

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 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: