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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. 

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.