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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Chris Sale struck out six with no walks and two hits allowed in six innings of work in a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati on Monday. It was easily his best outing of the spring, and he and A.J. Pierzynski broke down the start while Pierzynski and Brent Morel offered up a few thoughts on Robin Ventura.

The White Sox made 14 cuts, including Ozzie Martinez, Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson and Nestor Molina. That narrows the battle for the final bench spot to Dan Johnson and Eduardo Escobar, while Mitchell and Thompson left good impressions on those who watched them. James has some good thoughts on the moves.

Jim Margalus' White Sox Outsider 2012 is now on sale, and as someone who's purchased the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the book, it's a consistently informative, well-thought-out and often witty read. And if you're not familiar with Jim's analysis, he posted an interesting look at Alex Rios' ability to use the opposite field at South Side Sox.

Around the division: Joakim Soria may need Tommy John surgery, Miguel Cabrera cut his face up pretty badly, the Indians traded for a guy with the last name of Stoneburner and the Twins optioned Tsuyoshi Nishioka, the team's starting second baseman on Opening Day last year, to Triple-A.

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: