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White Sox name player development staff

White Sox name player development staff

The White Sox promoted Kirk Champion, Richard Dotson and Mike Gellinger as part of a slew of player development moves on Wednesday.

Champion, who served as fielding coordinator from 2012-16, takes over as the director of minor-league instruction.

“He’s a guy who has experienced a lot of different roles,” player development director Chris Getz said. “He’s got a lot of knowledge. He’s got a lot of feel for the organization. In the position he’s in now, he’s going to be very helpful for me, from a selfish standpoint, because he kind of knows the lay of the land.”

After nine seasons as pitching coach for Triple-A Charlotte, Dotson replaces Curt Hasler as the organization’s new pitching coordinator. Hasler was promoted to White Sox bullpen coach last month.

“He’s a very intelligent person, a person that relates very well to players,” Getz said. “I’ve never met a player that does not like Richard Dotson, and it’s really because of his people skills and his ability to teach and get players better.”

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Gellinger, who has spent 29 years in the organization, has been named the organization’s hitting coordinator. He previously managed the team’s Arizona Rookie League team.

“He’s got a great temperament about him, a great understanding of hitting,” Getz said. “Also has a great ability to relate to the player and get the point across and teach him the skills to have success now and have a long and successful career.”

The White Sox also officially announced the hire of Mark Grudzielanek as Triple-A Charlotte manager. Steve McCatty, who was the Washington Nationals’ pitching coach from 2009-15, will replace Dotson as the Knights’ pitching coach.

The hitting coach at Rookie Great Falls last season, Willie Harris has been named manager at Single-A Winston-Salem. Justin Jirschele takes over as manager at Single-A Kannapolis while Julio Vinas returns to manage at Double-A Birmingham, a role he also held from 2013-15.

Earlier this offseason the White Sox named Getz as their new player development director following the promotion of Nick Capra to third-base coach. 

Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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A deeper look at why Yoan Moncada is off to a hot start this season

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A deeper look at why Yoan Moncada is off to a hot start this season

Yoan Moncada continued his hot start to the season with a leadoff home run in Detroit on Friday.

He finished with two hits and a bases-loaded walk in a 7-3 White Sox win.

Moncada’s base numbers are all up this season. He is hitting .325 with a 1.002 OPS and a team-leading six home runs. Beyond that, a deeper look at the numbers show why Moncada’s production is up.

Moncada didn’t show much, if any, improvement in 2018 from 2017. Most of his numbers across the board were similar or slightly worse.

Moncada was patient at the plate, but maybe too patient in his first two seasons with the White Sox. He led the majors with 217 strikeouts last season and 85 of those were strikeouts looking. So far this season, Moncada is yet to strikeout looking.

This season, Moncada is swinging at more pitches both in the strike zone and overall, which is leading to a lower strikeout rate. A look at the advanced stats from FanGraphs shows Moncada swung at 63.9 percent of pitches in the zone in both 2017 and 2018 (these numbers are before Friday's game). That number is up to 69.1 percent this season. On top of that, Moncada is making more contact on those swings on pitches in the zone (up to 86.5 percent this season after 77.5 percent in 2017 and 79.8 percent in 2018).

His strikeout rate (32 percent in 2017, 33.4 percent in 2018) is way down at 24.1 percent. Strikeouts were the biggest red flag for Moncada last year. By being more aggressive this season, Moncada has been able to cut way down on that number.

His power has gone way up as well. He already has 12 extra base hits (in 82 plate appearances) and his home run on Friday was an absolute bomb. Moncada took it deep for 458 feet. That’s the longest White Sox home run of the season and is tied for the eighth longest home run in the majors this season.


He later showed that despite being more aggressive, he still has that plate discipline that was such a big part of what made him a coveted prospect in the first place. He drew a five-pitch bases loaded walk in which he did not swing the bat.

No matter how it's happening, Moncada’s turnaround has been one of the most important things in the young White Sox season.

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