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White Sox prospect Adam Engel had life-changing event after he was sent down

White Sox prospect Adam Engel had life-changing event after he was sent down

MINNEAPOLIS — He only was gone for 11 days, but in between Adam Engel became a father for the first time.

The No. 17 prospect in the system returned to the White Sox on Tuesday after the club placed Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list. Engel returned to the club a little surer about what’s expected of him in the big leagues and proud about his family. His wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Clarke Isabella, on June 12.

“You just try to figure out how to prepare and make sure I know what I’m up against so I can come up with my best plan,” Engel said. “I’m learning more and more what that means and what that looks like from watching other guys and picking their brains and stuff like that. I’ve definitely started that path.

“It has definitely been a lot of moving parts, but that’s kind of what we signed up for.”

Engel was with the White Sox from May 27 through June 9. He accompanied the team to Cleveland and was sent down after the White Sox claimed Alen Hanson off waivers.

Before he headed to Triple-A Charlotte, Engel headed to Cincinnati to be with his wife, Jaime. He rejoined the Knights on June 15 and got the call after Sunday’s game to rejoin the White Sox.

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Engel batted .300/.364/.300 with four stolen bases in 22 plate appearances and appeared in eight games with the White Sox before he was sent down.

“He had a nice little stay with us,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Stole some bases, had some really good at-bats. He’s in there today, we’ll see how he starts off the game, how he handles this stint being with us. We still have Alen also playing some center field. We have to figure out how we balance it out and use them all and try to help Alen improve on his center field play and be comfortable out there. He continues to work on all the infield positions. And then we’ll see as Leury continues to heal with his hand.”

Garcia’s sprained finger on his left hand has shown improvement. But the White Sox couldn’t continue to play short-handed and made the move for Engel. Engel plans to take advantage of the opportunity to get more repetitions and experience. He also hopes to see his family again this weekend when the White Sox return home.

“Kind of take it and go for it,” Engel said. “It’s probably been harder on my family than it is me. I’ve been doing this for four or five years now. I’m used to it and my wife and little girl are the ones taking the hit. Little bit tougher than them on me but hopefully I get to see them in Chicago.”

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.