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Meet the Prospects: Ian Clarkin

Meet the Prospects: Ian Clarkin

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Ian Clarkin

Clarkin, the 22-year-old left-handed hurler, flew under the radar in last summer's seven-player trade with the New York Yankees but could end up being a significant part of the White Sox future.

Clarkin came over in that swap with the Bronx Bombers, with the White Sox sending Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Big Apple in exchange for Clarkin, Blake Rutherford, Tito Polo and Tyler Clippard. Clarkin was a first-round pick of the Yankees back in 2013.

A California native, Clarkin hasn't pitched past Class A, but he had a very nice 2017 campaign. Between Class A Tampa (Yankees) and Winston-Salem (White Sox), Clarkin posted a 2.60 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. Seventeen of his 18 appearances were starts. After the trade, Clarkin made three starts for Winston-Salem, allowing just three earned runs in 11 innings.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Clarkin rated as the No. 22 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Clarkin in the video above.

Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

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Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.

Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.

The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the shocking news that Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enchancing drug, putting the White Sox catching position in quite the precarious position.  You’ll hear reaction from Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria, Castillo’s apology, the options the White Sox have at catcher both inside and outside the organization, and what it means not only for Castillo’s future with the White Sox but what the team might do at catcher going forward.