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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Jake Peavy was excellent in Friday's 5-2 win over Detroit, Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko homered in Saturday's 5-1 win and the Sox showed impressive fight even in Sunday's 5-2 loss.

Taking two of three from the Tigers was a welcome departure from last year's first series against Detroit, which saw the Sox get swept at Comerica Park. And while it's still early, the results of the weekend qualify as a turnaround.

There were plenty of people who thought this series would be an opportunity for Detroit state their dominance over the Sox and AL Central, but that didn't wind up being the case. One person who's not surprised? Jim Leyland.

Game 1 of the series saw Detroit flaunt their greatest flaw -- defense. And the juxtaposition of Delmon Young's outfield adventures with Dayan Viciedo's diving catch and Alexei Ramirez's slick double play was too great to pass up.

Speaking of interesting contrasts: the home opener experiences for Paul Konerko, Robin Ventura and Nate Jones.

Friday's game also saw Miguel Cabrera file a complaint about the batter's box that led to a 10-minute delay. But if you're the vindictive type, you'll appreciate that Cabrera failed to record a hit in the three-game series.

Hector Santiago earned his third save of the season on Friday -- and while his selection to close games for the White Sox came as a surprise to those who follow the team, there wasn't anything shocking about it to the Sox brass.

Tyler Flowers started on Saturday and belted a mammoth home run, which is a good sign for someone who admitted his transition to a backup role has been difficult.

Kenny Williams generally won't answer questions about Ozzie Guillen (and why should he?), but he did this weekend when asked if he has any compassion for the former Sox skipper. The answer: he does.

Through the first six games of the season, the White Sox set a club record for strikeouts. But as Adam Dunn's strikeouts show, not every K is created equal.

Last but not least from the White Sox -- beer!

Around the division: The Indians stuck it to Kansas City this weekend in a three-game sweep -- but at Royals least outfielder Mitch Maier was able to shut down the Tribe for an inning and there were multiple bench-clearing incidents -- Adam Wilk will make his next scheduled start after suffering a left shoulder contusion on a foul ball Saturday and Justin Morneau looks like he'll play some first base this week for the Twins.

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.

Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

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Zack Burdi is pitching off a mound again

Zack Burdi was thought of as a college pitcher who could make the major leagues quickly after he was drafted in 2016.

The White Sox drafted him 26th overall that year and it appeared his quick rise through the minors was going to come true. Burdi reached Triple-A Charlotte by the end of 2016 and had a 2.25 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 16 innings with the Knights.

However, he had Tommy John surgery in July and hasn't pitched in more than 11 months. The 23-year-old from Downers Grove is nearing his return and had video proof.

That's Burdi throwing off a mound, which means a rehab stint might not be far behind. Burdi may not getting into the full swing of things before the minor league season ends in early September, but this is a good sign for him being ready to go for spring training in 2019.

Before going on the disabled list, Burdi had a 4.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 17 walks in 33 1/3 innings with the Knights in 2017.