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Here are future All-Stars from AL Central 

@beckjason
June 20, 2019

Next month’s All-Star Game could feature a whole lot of Minnesota Twins and a selection of players from the rest of the American League Central. That’s a reflection of the way the division race has played out. But the AL Central All-Star competition could become a lot more crowded before

Report: '16 top pick Collins headed to White Sox

@scottmerkin
June 16, 2019

CHICAGO -- Zack Collins told MLB.com in October that his goal was to break camp with the White Sox out of Spring Training. The No. 11 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline didn’t hit that target. But based on a Sunday report, it looks as if the team’s top pick

Hahn on Cease: 'He's getting closer' to Majors

Burger suffers bruised heel; White Sox praise Big Papi
@scottmerkin
June 10, 2019

CHICAGO -- Dylan Cease was not called up to start Monday against the Nationals, and the right-hander probably won’t join the team in the next couple of weeks. General manager Rick Hahn reiterated no Major League need or injury at the higher level will dictate a White Sox prospect being

Robert 2-for-2 as Player of the Month in Minors

Kubat gets May honors as Minor League Pitcher of the Month
@scottmerkin
June 6, 2019

CHICAGO -- Since Luis Robert began his Minor League career with the White Sox in 2017, the No. 17 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline has put up Most Valuable Player-caliber numbers. The 21-year-old has played 129 Minor League games overall, producing a slash line of .325/.407/.534 in 474 at-bats. He

Sox pick first baseman, RHP on Day 1 of Draft

No. 3 overall pick Vaughn 'pretty special offensive player'
@scottmerkin
June 3, 2019

CHICAGO -- Andrew Vaughn was asked to describe himself during a Monday night conference call with media members after being selected No. 3 overall by the White Sox in the first round of the 2019 Draft. “I love to hit. That’s my thing,” said the University of California first baseman,

Will high schooler top White Sox Draft class?

Abrams could be first prep star taken by Chicago in first round since 2012.
@scottmerkin
June 2, 2019

CHICAGO -- With the White Sox selecting No. 3 overall in the 2019 Draft, there shouldn't be much uncertainty, with only the Orioles and Royals picking before them. But the direction taken by those two teams still influences Chicago. If Adley Rutschman -- the catcher out of Oregon State projected

White Sox option catcher Zavala to Triple-A

June 1, 2019

CHICAGO -- Following Friday’s 6-1 win over Cleveland, the White Sox optioned catcher Seby Zavala to Triple-A Charlotte. Zavala, 25, went 1-9 (.111) over three games with the White Sox after being recalled from Charlotte on May 25. He recorded his first Major League hit on Friday against the Indians,

Top pick from '18 showing elite contact rate

Madrigal taken 4th overall by White Sox; 'He's not going to strike out'
@scottmerkin
May 31, 2019

CHICAGO -- There were Spring Training rumblings concerning Nick Madrigal -- the top White Sox pick in the 2018 Draft out of Oregon State and fourth selection overall -- making the Major League jump as soon as this season. And over the past 13 games for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem

Inbox: Should White Sox call up Cease?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers questions from Chicago fans
@scottmerkin
May 15, 2019

CHICAGO -- Here are this week’s White Sox inquiries. What are the White Sox plans for pitching with Carlos Rodon going out? -- Brian, South Elgin, Ill. The rotation took another apparent hit Tuesday when Manny Bañuelos departed in the fifth with a left shoulder strain, and Banuelos had already

GM Hahn: Tatis deal made club think long term

Three years ago, White Sox dealt current Padres shortstop for Shields
@scottmerkin
May 14, 2019

CHICAGO -- Fans and pundits alike point to the trade on Dec. 6, 2016, sending White Sox ace Chris Sale to Boston for a four-player return including third baseman Yoan Moncada and right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech as the beginning of the franchise’s rebuild. But in reality, it was the White

White Sox players pay tribute to their mothers

@scottmerkin
May 12, 2019

Here are a few tributes from White Sox players to their mothers on this special day. Eloy Jiménez's mother, Adalaida, has preached over the years how her son “needs to be the No. 1, always.” So when he gets into an occasional slump, she reminds Jimenez to know who he

Kopech, Dunning help each other through rehab

@scottmerkin
May 3, 2019

CHICAGO -- There will be a time, two or three years from now, when Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning are in Chicago as mainstays of the White Sox starting rotation. But for this week, they are just visiting as they continue their recoveries from Tommy John surgery. The two actually

3 top White Sox prospects inching closer to MLB

@scottmerkin
April 30, 2019

CHICAGO -- Luis Robert has moved one step closer to the White Sox. The team announced a promotion of MLB Pipeline's No. 37 prospect from Class A Advanced Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham in the prospect-rich Southern League. Robert, 21, had torn apart Carolina League competition with a .453 average, .920

Eloy sprains ankle attempting catch at LF wall

@scottmerkin
April 26, 2019

CHICAGO -- White Sox left fielder Eloy Jiménez departed Friday night’s 12-11 walk-off victory over the Tigers with two out in the third inning due to a right ankle sprain. X-rays were negative and Jimenez will undergo an MRI on Saturday as part of the standard evaluation process. “Besides pain,

Robert day to day with contusion on left hand

@scottmerkin
April 21, 2019

DETROIT -- Luis Robert, ranked as the No. 37 prospect overall by MLB Pipeline, departed the second game of a doubleheader for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem on Saturday night for precautionary reasons with soreness in his left hand. Robert was listed as day to day with a contusion. Craig Dedelow

White Sox have deep Cuban connection

Club's history of players from the nation started with Minoso
@scottmerkin
April 19, 2019

Jose Contreras, Jose Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Luis Robert, Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay walk into a conference room at Camelback Ranch on a Sunday morning in early March during Spring Training. A bond has been forged between the group via the White Sox organization they work for, but there’s something

Jimenez, Cordell show power, but Sox fall short

Young players display some pop, top prospect still learning on defense
@scottmerkin
April 18, 2019

DETROIT -- The education of Eloy Jimenez continues on a daily basis, and sometimes the changes are noticeable even from at-bat to at-bat. Take the White Sox left fielder’s effort during Chicago’s 9-7 loss to Detroit on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. Jimenez grounded out and struck out in his

Cease dominating so far in Triple-A

No. 21 prospect has fanned 9, allowed no runs in 10 innings
@scottmerkin
April 14, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS -- When Dylan Cease took the mound for his second start with Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday afternoon in conditions, the temperature was 47 degrees temperature and it was raining as the game progressed. But the No. 21 prospect in baseball heated up Victory Field against the Indianapolis Indians. Cease,

Just a babe, Eloy hits 1st two homers in Bronx

@ladsonbill24
April 13, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Yankees found out in a big way why left fielder Eloy Jiménez is the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball and why the White Sox gave him a six-year, $46 million contract before he played a regular-season game. Jimenez hit two monster home runs and

Five AL Central prospects worth watching

@beckjason
April 11, 2019

The dig against the American League Central has been the same for the last couple of years: Too many rebuilding teams. Philosophically, the days of teams trying to stockpile veteran free agents to compete with the star-studded Tigers are over. The flip side of that complaint, however, is a wave

White Sox, Elijah Tatis agree to deal (source)

April 10, 2019

The White Sox have agreed to a deal with Elijah Tatis, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The club has not confirmed the deal, which was initially reported by ESPN’s Enrique Rojas. The 17-year-old Dominican prospect is the son of former Major Leaguer Fernando Tatis and the brother of

White Sox prospect Robert on unbelievable roll

@scottmerkin
April 9, 2019

CHICAGO -- In five games and 21 at-bats for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem, outfielder Luis Robert has a .524 average, four home runs, two doubles and 12 RBIs. But don’t look for the No. 39 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline to make an immediate jump to Double-A Birmingham based on

Jimenez flashes potential with 3-hit day

@scottmerkin
April 6, 2019

CHICAGO – Eloy Jimenez promised there would be better days ahead after handling the nerves of his hitless home debut Friday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. And the rookie left fielder was true to his word as one of the team’s bright spots in a 9-2 loss to Seattle Saturday.

Sox reportedly talked contract with Cease

Club met with prospect's camp during spring; Robert off to fast start; Anderson takes advantage of postponement
@scottmerkin
April 5, 2019

CHICAGO -- The White Sox had preliminary talks with right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease’s camp about an extension during Spring Training, a source confirmed to MLB.com. But nothing is expected to come from it at this time. In his pregame media session before Friday’s home opener, general manager Rick Hahn mentioned

Starting spots for White Sox Top 30 Prospects

@JimCallisMLB
April 4, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the White Sox Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make