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White Sox name Nick Hostetler amateur scouting director


White Sox name Nick Hostetler amateur scouting director

Nick Hostetler’s responsibilities have gradually increased the past few drafts as he was intricately involved in selecting Carlos Rodon and Carson Fulmer.

On Monday, Hostetler’s tasks officially became larger as he was named the White Sox director of amateur scouting. Doug Laumann, the team’s amateur scouting director since 2008, was promoted to senior advisor of scouting operations, the team announced.

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While some minor changes may be made, there won’t be many as Hostetler has worked with Laumann since 2000 and plans to keep him close to the process.

“There will be some things that are a little bit different,” Hostetler said on a conference call. “But at the same time, as far as the process of selecting players and the type of player and the philosophy, the organization philosophy is still the same. It has always been best player available on the board at the time.

“(Laumann is) going to be my guy I always will lean on as far as advice and stuff. He’ll have his hand in a little bit of every part of scouting we do.”

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Laumann’s new role has him scouting every aspect from the minors and majors to amateur scouting. Hostetler said his experience with the Atlanta Braves (where he and Laumann worked together) has him with his eye first on high-school talent first but he knows the White Sox have a preference for college players. But that won’t change the team’s philosophy.

“I’ll never shy away from any sort of type or player, whether it’s high school, college, position or pitcher,” Hostetler said. “But I do have a little bit more background with the high school-type players. Those guys always tend to intrigue me a little bit.

"As far as an overall philosophy and what not, it’s still going to be the same -- whatever Kenny and Rick and Buddy when we sit down, that will be the route we head.”

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox


Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado


White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast