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The White Sox all-time prospect team is sick

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The White Sox all-time prospect team is sick

You know all about the current crop of White Sox prospects. Baseball America has five in its top 100. MLB Pipeline has seven.

But did you realize how many White Sox greats from the past three decades were rated as top-100 prospects?

Baseball Twitter had some fun earlier this week looking back at Baseball America's all-time top-100 prospect lists, the site's top-100 prospects for every year going back to 1990, and assembling all-time prospect squads for big league teams.

Well, I took a crack at assembling a 25-man roster for the White Sox, and it is very, very good.

Pre-2005 stars are well represented in this conversation, with guys like Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Lee and Ray Durham as no-doubt starters. But world champs like Tadahito Iguchi, Bobby Jenks and Jon Garland also made the cut. So too did a Hall of Famer in Frank Thomas and active players like Chris Sale, Jose Abreu and even Gio Gonzalez, who never pitched for the White Sox but had multiple stints in their farm system.

The choices were limited to guys who were ranked as top-100 prospects when they part of the White Sox organization. That, for example, is why you won't see Paul Konerko, who was a top-100 prospect (four times!) when he was part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Oh, and I also decided to leave off current prospects like Michael Kopech and Eloy Jimenez because there's no knowing what they'll be just yet. They might one day dominate this list. Though I did include current catching prospect Zack Collins backing up Tyler Flowers because those were the only two White Sox catchers on the lists.

Here's my 25-man team, and let me know if I left someone off you would've included. The full lists are right here. Just Ctrl+F "White Sox" — or any other team you choose — to zoom down the lists.

Pitchers

James Baldwin
John Danks
Jon Garland
Gio Gonzalez
Roberto Hernandez
Daniel Hudson
Bobby Jenks
Brandon McCarthy
Jon Rauch
Addison Reed
Carlos Rodon
Chris Sale

Catchers

Zack Collins
Tyler Flowers

Infielders

Jose Abreu
Gordon Beckham
Joe Crede
Ray Durham
Tadahito Iguchi
Robin Ventura

Outfielders

Mike Cameron
Carlos Lee
Magglio Ordonez
Ryan Sweeney

Designated hitter

Frank Thomas

And if I was forced to play manager and write up a starting lineup ...

1. Ray Durham, 2B
2. Mike Cameron, CF
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Frank Thomas, DH
5. Magglio Ordonez, RF
6. Robin Ventura, 3B
7. Carlos Lee, LF
8. Gordon Beckham, SS
9. Tyler Flowers, C

Chris Sale, SP

A look at the wild numbers behind the White Sox breakout day

A look at the wild numbers behind the White Sox breakout day

They still reside nearly 30 games under .500, but the White Sox continue to make things interesting.

The White Sox produced double-digit base hits for a sixth straight game Thursday afternoon and tied a club-record with 21 singles in a 17-7 rout of the Detroit Tigers. Yoan Moncada and Avisail Garcia each reached base six times for the White Sox, who finished with 25 hits and have outscored opponents in the past six games 57-18. Moncada scored five runs and Garcia had five hits and a career-high seven RBIs.

-- In reaching base six times, Moncada became the first player under 23 to do so in a game since Mike Trout in 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

-- Garcia is the first White Sox player to have at least six RBIs in a game twice in a season since Tadahito Iguchi, according to CSN’s Chris Kamka.

-- The team’s 25 hits were its most in a game since May 25, 2009, according to Kamka.

-- Moncada and Garcia are the first White Sox players to each reach base six times in a game since Luis Aparicio and Billy Goodman in Game 2 of a June 29, 1958 doubleheader.

-- Moncada, Jose Abreu and Garcia is the first White Sox trio with a four-hit game each since Ray Durham, Dave Martinez and Ron Karkovice on Aug. 11, 1996.

-- Moncada’s first three hits, including a solo homer in the first inning, came off left-handed pitcher Chad Bell. Moncada is now hitting .250/.328/.404 slash line against southpaws after carrying a .397 OPS as recently as last week.

-- Moncada has been red hot since switched he bats on Friday after Abreu ordered him some new ones. He’s 10-for-19 with a triple, home run, three walks, three strikeouts and eight runs in his last 23 plate appearances.

-- Moncada is hitting .229/.353/.407 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 167 plate appearances and has a wRC+ of 108 this season.

-- Abreu went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs, which has him only five shy of reaching the 100-RBI mark for the fourth straight season.