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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the last few days:

-On Monday, we looked at what the upshot of the White Sox holding on to Carlos Quentin would be, breaking it down into four bullet points. I don't see Quentin sticking around -- Kenny Williams still has about two months before spring training opens to deal him -- but as we inch toward February, the chances of him not being dealt will continue to slightly increase.

-Also from Monday, we passed along Scott Merkin's top five moments of the last year for the White Sox. Check out a post later today on White Sox Talk for a different take on the top five.

-Lastings Milledge is on his way to Japan. A recommendation for him: watch Mr. Baseball every day from now until the move. Tom Selleck has the answers. Although, I guess Milledge didn't get beat out for a spot on the 2012 White Sox by Frank Thomas.

-A reader of the Chicago Baseball Hot Stove live chat wondered what the overunder for White Sox home runs next season would be, so we looked at it in a little more detail. Around 160 seems right.

-A couple of good South Side Sox reads: Jim looks at Big Ed Walsh, with some interesting anecdotes about the deadball era White Sox hurler. And Larry examines the proposed John Danks-Jose Lopez trade that drew the ire of any Sox fan who saw it two years ago. Also from the blogosphere, James at White Sox Observer posted his thoughts on the Sox potentially trading Gavin Floyd.

Around the division:

-"The Indians offseason has been a yawner." The Sox have had a pretty slow offseason, too, but nothing close to the crushing boredom emanating from Cleveland.

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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