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White Sox cut 14 including Martinez, Mitchell

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White Sox cut 14 including Martinez, Mitchell

The White Sox announced the cuts of 14 players following Monday's 1-0 loss to Cincinnati, including a few notables.

Ozzie Martinez was eliminated from the competition for a bench spot, as the infielder acquired from Miami as compensation for Ozzie Guillen was optioned to Triple-A. Martinez was hitless in 10 spring at-bats, drawing a walk while striking out three times. With Eduardo Escobar tearing up the Cactus League, there was little chance Martinez would've leapfrogged him in the battle for the last spot on the bench.

Nestor Molina was optioned to Double-A Birmingham, where he'll begin the 2012 season. Given the 23-year-old has only started five games above Single-A, that was to be expected, and it should put a damper on the probably-too-high expectation that Molina could see time in the majors this year.

Jhan Marinez, Anthony Carter, Deunte Heath, Donnie Veal, Simon Castro, Pedro Fernandez, Charlie Leesman were optioned to Triple-A, eliminating any chance they'll start the year in the major-league bullpen. All seven were longshots for the role anyway.

Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson were among those reassigned to minor league camp. Both outfielders had good showings in big league camp, impressing both at the plate and in the field.

Jose Quintana was optioned to Double-A Birmingham and Michael Blake and Tyler Kuhn were sent to minor league camp to round out the roster moves. The Sox now have 37 players in major-league camp.

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.