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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Paul Konerko's quote about the White Sox having a successful season without making the playoffs has led to some consternation (see the sidebar video), but it may be a little overblown. No, Konerko's comments weren't the best for PR, but he didn't make an inaccurate statement. If Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel, Addison Reed, Chris Sale, Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo (plus a few prospects) all take steps forward, it could set the team up well for future contention. And it's not like Konerko said the Sox aren't trying to make the playoffs this year. He was just being realistic.

Speaking of the playoffs, Jerry Reinsdorf has some baseball history behind his "don't write us off" statement. Good stuff here by Chuck Garfien.

White Sox director of baseball operations Dan Fabian held a conference call with a few bloggers on Tuesday and discussed sabermetrics, scouting and a few other topics. Major hat-tip to MarkU-God at South Side Sox for the transcription.

Fabian was half of that conference call, actually. The other half was Brooks Boyer (more on his stuff regarding dynamic pricing today), who said the White Sox are working to get Big Hurt Beer to be sold at U.S. Cellular Field.

Two more takes on Dayan Viciedo's potential outfield shift, courtesy of Jim and James.

Around the division: Twins prospect and all-around good guy Kyle Gibson is being patient with his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Francisco Liriano drilled Danny Valencia in batting practice, Rick Porcello's ground balls are scrutinized, David Huff will start Cleveland's first spring training game (Saturday!) and Royals Review looks at the potential downside (with a jab at the White Sox of sorts) of the Salvador Perez deal.

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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