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Sox see heralded system as just first step

MLBPipeline ranks prospects as No. 3 in baseball
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The White Sox earned MLBPipeline.com's No. 3 ranking among Minor League systems as announced on Friday, a nice honor but certainly not the organization's endgame.

"We don't spend a ton of time focused on prospect ratings," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "At the same time, it's nice that outside analysts, who are perhaps more objective than we are, are seeing the same things our scouts initially saw, and our player development people are seeing ever since we got down here.

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The White Sox earned MLBPipeline.com's No. 3 ranking among Minor League systems as announced on Friday, a nice honor but certainly not the organization's endgame.

"We don't spend a ton of time focused on prospect ratings," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "At the same time, it's nice that outside analysts, who are perhaps more objective than we are, are seeing the same things our scouts initially saw, and our player development people are seeing ever since we got down here.

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"We've made it clear we're still early in this process, so having a well-regarded farm system is nice. Ultimately we know having a good farm system is great, but what we need is wins at the big league level. And hopefully that's the next step in this process after we build up that system."

Adding Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez via trade, coupled with the last couple of Draft classes, has helped this system skyrocket.

Video: Rick Hahn discusses opportunities for young players

Hahn still listening on deals

The current White Sox talent pool appears to be the group from which the Opening Day roster will be picked, but Hahn wouldn't rule out a move or moves before breaking camp.

"You never know," Hahn said. "We're not going to cut off any conversations until the time comes to leave camp, and then we'll probably revisit conversations a week, 10 days into the season once things get going.

"Today is, like, March 3 or something like that? Certainly we haven't closed off any opportunities or possibilities of making changes."

Gonzalez is going home

The World Baseball Classic soon will become a family affair for Miguel Gonzalez, as the White Sox right-hander tuned up for his work with Mexico by throwing 45 pitches in a simulated game Friday.

The contests in Pool D from March 9-13 take place at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco, about one hour from Gonzalez's Guadalajara home. He expects more than 100 family members and friends in attendance to watch him pitch.

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"My dad's side of the family, there's 16 brothers and sisters, and [on] my mom's side, there's seven," a smiling Gonzalez said. "There's definitely going to be cousins, friends and family there for sure.

"I've never played there. Never been to the stadium, this will be the first time. When I played winter ball they didn't have it."

Gonzalez understands getting ready for the White Sox season stands as his priority. But he wasn't going to pass up a chance to pitch in the World Baseball Classic in his hometown.

"I get to be around the family, see my friends, play with them as a team," Gonzalez said. "Just have fun, that's the most important thing."

Third to first

Jose Quintana threw 50 pitches in a simulated game and then reached 60, throwing 10 more on the side.

Todd Frazier (strained left oblique) could return to game action next week.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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