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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Jake Peavy backed Don Cooper and told the Chicago Tribune that Ozzie Guillen's departure happened at the right time for both sides. Jim at South Side Sox has his take on the situation, noting a pair of hug-it-out tweets from Peavy and Guillen.

Mark Gonzales also looked at the impetus behind the White Sox current rebuilding -- at this point, I'd argue the Sox are not rebuilding, though. Even if they trade Carlos Quentin, it's not rebuilding given how expendable he is. If John Danks or Gavin Floyd are dealt? Then yes, this offseason can be characterized as a rebuilding one.

We looked at another top 10 prospect list, this one with Nestor Molina as the No. 1 youngster in the White Sox farm system.

Upon further review, Paul Konerko's once-thought-to-be-bad hips aren't a problem.

And finally, in our daily trivia we looked at White Sox players who have been caught stealing multiple times in one game. Only one player has been caught three times.

The history of Minnie Minoso:

Jim at South Side Sox has a pair of fantastic posts up looking at Minnie Minoso's style of play and personality, citing archived newspaper articles gleaned from combing the Hall of Fame's archives in Cooperstown. Both are great reads; in the second one, Jim comes to a nice conclusion about why Minoso agreed to play in the 70s and 80s for Bill Veeck.

Around the division:

The Tigers aren't likely to sign Jimmy Rollins, reports Jon Heyman (now of CBS Sports).

Josh Willingham's three-year deal with Minnesota should be officlal soon. Filed under "well worth a read," Parker Hageman of Over the Baggy has an in-depth look at why Willingham's a better fit for the Twins than Michael Cuddyer.

Royals Authority has an extensive look at Salvador Perez, a recent Hawk Harrelson favorite.

Lastly, Indians Prospect Insider looked back at the Robert Alomar-to-the-Mets trade debacle. "Personally, I think we got hosed on that one."

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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