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Jimenez returns with 2 HRs in Double-A tilt

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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez officially announced his healthy return with Double-A Birmingham during Monday night's 9-5 loss to Pensacola.

Jimenez, ranked as the White Sox No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, hit two home runs, marking his first two hits in 2018 for the Barons after he was sidelined by a mildly strained left pectoral sustained while working out at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Jimenez had started 0-for-10 in the three games prior to Monday's connections.

CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez officially announced his healthy return with Double-A Birmingham during Monday night's 9-5 loss to Pensacola.

Jimenez, ranked as the White Sox No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, hit two home runs, marking his first two hits in 2018 for the Barons after he was sidelined by a mildly strained left pectoral sustained while working out at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Jimenez had started 0-for-10 in the three games prior to Monday's connections.

Jimenez homered to left-center in the top of the fourth and then he went deep to left again with two out in the eighth. He flied out to right and grounded out to short during his other two at-bats.

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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Adolfo cruising with caution signs up ahead

White Sox prospect productive at plate but dealing with sprained UCL that could require surgery
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CHICAGO -- Micker Adolfo, the 10th-rated White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, finds himself in an encouraging, but slightly tenuous, situation for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem.

The 21-year-old right-handed slugger has followed up a strong finish to the 2017 season for Class A Kannapolis with a .328 average, three home runs, 14 RBIs and a .944 OPS over 67 at-bats with the Dash. But even if Adolfo's season continues going strong, it could come to a premature end due to a sprained UCL and strained flexor tendon in his right elbow diagnosed during Spring Training.

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CHICAGO -- Micker Adolfo, the 10th-rated White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, finds himself in an encouraging, but slightly tenuous, situation for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem.

The 21-year-old right-handed slugger has followed up a strong finish to the 2017 season for Class A Kannapolis with a .328 average, three home runs, 14 RBIs and a .944 OPS over 67 at-bats with the Dash. But even if Adolfo's season continues going strong, it could come to a premature end due to a sprained UCL and strained flexor tendon in his right elbow diagnosed during Spring Training.

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A second follow-up MRI is next for Adolfo, who is currently limited to the designated hitter's role with Winston-Salem due to the injury. General manager Rick Hahn said Adolfo will continue playing in the interim as long as he's feeling good, and Adolfo reports no problems with the elbow.

But Adolfo still could be shut down, regardless of the ongoing positive results, in order to have surgery and get him ready for 2019.

"Yeah, it's a possibility," Adolfo told MLB.com during a recent phone interview. "They know what's best and [I'll] just go with their plan because they know what they are doing.

"I'm just controlling what I can control, which is taking care of my responsibilities in the training room and on the field, which is hitting right now. I don't feel anything when I'm hitting or lifting weights. Hopefully that's a good sign that it's getting better."

Adolfo stridently follows his elbow rehab program, which entails a lot of strengthening and conditioning. It's even more impressive to hear Adolfo talk about the development of his plate approach, which he characterizes as middle- to right-center.

"It helps me to not try to pull off the ball as quickly," Adolfo said. "That was an issue in the past, where my first move would be to pull off the ball, but I feel like I've got power to all fields so I can let the ball get deep and hit it out to right or right-center and if a pitcher makes a mistake and leaves it inside, trust that my hands are quick enough to get to that inside pitch.

"Don't get me wrong: I'm still young and sometimes I chase bad pitches, but it's not as aggressive as it was before. I know what pitches I can drive, what pitches I can get in certain counts.

"That's helped a lot with my confidence, knowing this is a fastball count so you have to be ready for the fastball, curveball count so be ready for the curve ball, that kind of thing," Adolfo said. "I'm trusting my hands and my body and my timing that I'll be on time and ready to hit the fastball."

Renteria provides Farquhar update
White Sox manager Rick Renteria mentioned Sunday how his players and staff are waiting for the word to visit Danny Farquhar at Rush University Medical Center. Farquhar, 31, suffered a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of Friday night's game, and additional overnight testing at RUSH revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed.

Video: HOU@CWS: Farquhar's jersey hanging in dugout

"He's critical but stable. It's another day through," Renteria said. "No news is good news, as they say. So we believe it's positive, and we continue to hope for the best."

White Sox relievers had one of Farquhar's jerseys with them in the bullpen Saturday. Farquhar's jersey also continues to hang at his locker.

"It's shocking. It's sad," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "My prayers are with Danny, his family and the doctors that are treating him."

Earth Day celebration
A penguin from the Shedd Aquarium visited Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday as part of Earth Day festivities. The White Sox joined the Aquarium's "Shedd the Straw" initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Video: HOU@CWS: Penguin from Shedd Aquarium visits ballpark

As of Sunday, the White Sox became the first team in Major League Baseball to serve drinks during games without an accompanying plastic straw for nearly an entire season. Shedd experts were at tables on the concourse to share more information about the efforts.

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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Pitching prospects shining for White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Pitching continues to impress up and down the farm for the White Sox.

Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning have already gotten off to hot starts, and promotions may be in their near futures.

CHICAGO -- Pitching continues to impress up and down the farm for the White Sox.

Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning have already gotten off to hot starts, and promotions may be in their near futures.

However, some of the middle-tier pitchers have also performed well, illustrating the vast depth of the team's Minor League system.

In addition, young outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe is off to a scorching start at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem.

Here is a rundown of some strong early performances:

Ian Clarkin, LHP, Double-A Birmingham

Clarkin was acquired in the midseason trade with the Yankees last season that sent Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Bronx. Entering 2018 as Chicago's No. 16 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, Clarkin has been lights out thus far in Birmingham.

Through two starts (12 1/3 innings) with the Barons, Clarkin has given up one run on nine hits while walking two and striking out eight. That includes a seven-inning complete game against the Montgomery Biscuits last Sunday.

Clarkin, 23, still needs to prove he can stay healthy -- he hasn't thrown more than 98 innings in a professional season -- and this is his first stint in Double-A.

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem

Basabe signed with the Red Sox out of Venezuela in 2012, and arrived as part of the Chris Sale blockbuster that also netted Yoan Moncada and Kopech. After spending all of 2017 at Winston-Salem, he has started off this season scorching hot.

Through the first couple weeks of the season, Basabe leads the Dash in OPS at 1.030, which also trails only Royals prospect Khalil Lee's 1.090 mark in the Carolina League. His full slash line is .340/.426/.604, adding two home runs and 11 RBIs. Basabe, 21, is also sixth in the league in batting average, behind two of his teammates -- Blake Rutherford and Micker Adolfo.

John Parke, LHP, Single-A Kannapolis

Parke, 23, was drafted by the White Sox in the 21st round of last year's draft out of South Carolina, and threw 68 1/3 innings for the rookie league AZL White Sox, earning a promotion to Kannapolis this season.

Thus far, Parke has not made the White Sox regret that decision. Parke has thrown 17 innings over three starts, giving up three earned runs and striking out 17. Most impressive might be that he's walked only two, though he has hit three batters.

Jimmy Lambert, RHP, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem

A fifth-round pick in 2016, Lambert earned a midseason promotion from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem last season and struggled in his first go-around. Lambert, 23, pitched to a 5.45 ERA in 14 Carolina League starts in 2017, walking 29 against 59 strikeouts.

While it's a small sample size, things are different thus far in 2018. Lambert has turned in two excellent starts, giving up just three hits and four walks in 10 1/3 innings. That's good for a .094 batting average against, and a 2.61 ERA. The home run ball, which gave Lambert trouble in Winston-Salem last season, has yet to bother him this year.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Top prospect Jimenez to rejoin Double-A

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OAKLAND -- The White Sox announced Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the No. 4 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline and the top prospect in the White Sox system, will rejoin Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.

Jimenez had started the Minor League season on the 7-day disabled list after sustaining a mild strain to his left pectoral muscle during extended spring training.

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OAKLAND -- The White Sox announced Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the No. 4 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline and the top prospect in the White Sox system, will rejoin Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.

Jimenez had started the Minor League season on the 7-day disabled list after sustaining a mild strain to his left pectoral muscle during extended spring training.

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"Everybody is excited," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "When guys are healthy and able to get on the field and start to play, there are going to be a lot of guys down there that are continuing their development. Obviously, we'll monitor and watch, and as an organization, we're always happy when any of our guys are able to get on the field."

The 21-year-old participated in Spring Training with the White Sox but saw limited action due to soreness in his knee. He was 4-for-7 with a triple and two homers in four spring games before being optioned to Birmingham.

Jimenez, who was one of the major pieces in the deal that sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs, slashed .353/.397/.559 with three homers, five doubles and seven RBIs in 18 games with Birmingham last season following an Aug. 15 promotion.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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In White Sox system, pitching turning heads

Kopech makes case for promotion; Dunning, Cease impress at Winston-Salem
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox got in just one of their four games in Minnesota this weekend thanks to heavy snow. But their Minor League affiliates, all of whom play their games in warmer climates, have been rolling along. And several White Sox prospects have gotten off to a fast start.

The pitching trio of Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease, each having made two turns through the rotation, has combined for a 1.13 ERA in 32 innings. Opposing pitchers can't get Micker Adolfo out at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. And Joel Booker provided for two exciting walk-off wins.

CHICAGO -- The White Sox got in just one of their four games in Minnesota this weekend thanks to heavy snow. But their Minor League affiliates, all of whom play their games in warmer climates, have been rolling along. And several White Sox prospects have gotten off to a fast start.

The pitching trio of Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease, each having made two turns through the rotation, has combined for a 1.13 ERA in 32 innings. Opposing pitchers can't get Micker Adolfo out at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. And Joel Booker provided for two exciting walk-off wins.

Here is a rundown of the White Sox standout Minor Leaguers:

Michael Kopech, P, Triple-A Charlotte
Acquired with Yoan Moncada as part of the Chris Sale trade, the White Sox No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline comes with high expectations. The flame-throwing righty started at Triple-A Charlotte this season after spending most of 2017 with Double-A Birmingham, and he's already impressing.

In 10 innings over two starts, Kopech has given up just one run on seven hits while striking out 11 against four walks, good for a 0.90 ERA. Kopech racked up eight of the strikeouts in his first outing, but only went four innings due to a high pitch count -- 77. He was much more economical in his second start, needing 88 pitches over six frames.

Most project Kopech to arrive in the Majors sometime this season, barring injury. If he continues at a similar clip, he could force his way up sooner rather than later.

Dane Dunning, P, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Dunning was part of the prospect package in the Adam Eaton trade that also netted Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez -- two-fifths of the White Sox current rotation. He's not ready to join his fellow ex-Nationals, but he's still finding success in the Carolina League.

Through Dunning's first two starts (11 1/3 innings), opponents have a mere five hits and one run. Dunning twirled a gem his last time out vs. the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, giving up two hits, striking out eight and walking none in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. That's good for a game score of 77, quite high for a Class A Advanced hurler.

Video: Top Prospects: Dane Dunning, RHP, White Sox

Dylan Cease, P, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Cease has been nearly as effective as Dunning, his rotation mate. Acquired last summer with Eloy Jimenez as part of the Jose Quintana deal, Cease has held opponents to four hits and two earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. Cease, like Dunning, turned in a two-hit performance in his last outing against the Carolina Mudcats, tossing six scoreless frames.

Micker Adolfo, OF, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
One of the White Sox few top prospects not acquired via trade, Adolfo is tearing up the Carolina League through the opening weeks. He owns an eight-game hit streak and has reached base safely in all 11 games. As a result, the team's No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, has a .395/.435/.651 slash line with two home runs and 10 RBIs, which is good for a 1.086 OPS.

Joel Booker, OF, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Perhaps the most exciting plays of the opening week came from the largely under-the-radar Booker, a 22nd-round Draft pick out of Iowa in 2016.

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Booker keyed two walk-off wins for Winston-Salem in the span of three days. Last Thursday, in the bottom of the 10th against the Mudcats, Booker enacted a straight steal of home to put the Dash on top, 3-2. Then, again in the 10th on Saturday, he successfully pulled off a suicide squeeze as Winston-Salem completed a five-run comeback to win, 6-5.

Booker also hit a home run earlier in the game, and is hitting .400/.471/.633 thus far.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Injuries hamper prospects' development

Burger leads list of White Sox youngsters dealing with setbacks
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Spring Training was considered a successful six-week stretch as a prelude to Year 2 of the White Sox rebuild, aside from one major deterrent: injuries.

Right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen, the White Sox No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, experienced forearm soreness limiting him to 1 2/3 innings pitched in just one Cactus League game. He continues to work his way back in extended spring training.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Spring Training was considered a successful six-week stretch as a prelude to Year 2 of the White Sox rebuild, aside from one major deterrent: injuries.

Right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen, the White Sox No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, experienced forearm soreness limiting him to 1 2/3 innings pitched in just one Cactus League game. He continues to work his way back in extended spring training.

Outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the team's No. 1 prospect, missed a couple of weeks due to left knee tendinitis and had the start of his regular season with Double-A Birmingham pushed back due to a mild left pectoral muscle strain sustained while working out at Camelback Ranch. Outfielder Luis Robert, the team's No. 3 prospect, was knocked out for 10 weeks with a moderate sprain of his left thumb ligament sustained while playing in Arizona. Outfielder Micker Adolfo, the No. 10 prospect, has been limited to designated hitter duties for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem due to a sprained UCL and strained flexor tendon in his right elbow.

Video: ARI@CWS: Jimenez opens scoring with a solo smash

Then there was No. 8 prospect Jake Burger, who was lost for the season due to a left Achilles rupture.

These sorts of injuries can slow promotions to the next level in some situations, but in the case of the White Sox, it also cost key future pieces valuable developmental time.

"Listen there's nothing more ideal then having these guys on the field playing," White Sox director of player development Chris Getz said. "But obviously that's not always going to be the case. Fortunately, with some of these guys, it's just a minor setback, meaning they will be joining their teams here fairly soon."

"The development time missed stinks, no doubt about it," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, referring more to Burger's injury. "It's lousy and you feel for the kid. You have to adjust your expectations in terms of timeline going forward. There's no positive from that standpoint, but from a physical standpoint, we don't view it as a long-term impact."

In 2010, outfielder Jared Mitchell was ranked as one of the top prospects in the White Sox system. The first-round Draft pick in 2009 was coming off of a solid partial first season in the White Sox system when he sustained a left ankle tendon tear playing left field during a Cactus League game and missed the entire 2010 campaign.

Mitchell never was completely the same after that injury, although as Hahn pointed out, Mitchell was a speed guy coming back from a serious ankle problem. In comparison to Burger, Hahn has more concern about the psychological injury impact for a 22-year-old from the 2017 Draft.

Video: Burger discusses his season-ending Achilles injury

"It's hard to sit by and watch other guys that you want to be out there playing with advance in their career while you are limited, to no fault of his own," said Hahn of Burger. "With that said, when I walked in the training room and he was still lying on the training table getting treatment by our doctors, he saw me and turned and said, 'I'm going to kill this rehab and get my diet in order, my nutrition in order. I promise you.'

"He's got the right attitude. He has the right makeup to make the most out of this setback, but you do feel for the kid. He wants nothing more than to be out there with his teammates and continue to advance up our ladder."

Getz added there's still plenty of professional development to be gained this season by Burger through some of the things he will be exposed to.

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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Jimenez returns to action after injury

No. 1 White Sox prospect preparing for Double-A
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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the No. 1 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, returned to action during extended Spring Training in Arizona on Monday after suffering a mild strain to his left pectoral while working out at the White Sox complex at Camelback Ranch on March 31.

The team announced Jimenez finished 0-for-4 in Monday's contest against the Reds. Chris Getz, the White Sox director of player development, said Jimenez was scheduled to play five innings on Tuesday.

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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the No. 1 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, returned to action during extended Spring Training in Arizona on Monday after suffering a mild strain to his left pectoral while working out at the White Sox complex at Camelback Ranch on March 31.

The team announced Jimenez finished 0-for-4 in Monday's contest against the Reds. Chris Getz, the White Sox director of player development, said Jimenez was scheduled to play five innings on Tuesday.

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"At this point, he's getting pretty close," Getz said. "We want to get him some at-bats and get his legs underneath him and make sure he's in a good position to go out there to play without restriction when he gets back to [Double-A] Birmingham."

Jimenez, 21, missed close to two weeks during Spring Training due to left knee tendinitis, but he hit a pinch-hit home run against the Cubs upon his return.

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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Jimenez should return to game action next week

White Sox top prospect sustained mild pectoral strain lifting weights
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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox top prospect per MLB Pipeline, should be back in action next week as part of extended spring training after sustaining a mild pectoral strain while lifting weights at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

"After he gets a few of those under his belt, he'll rejoin [Double-A] Birmingham," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said of the power-packed outfielder. "Mild issue but unfortunate because you obviously don't want to see any guy miss any amount of time.

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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox top prospect per MLB Pipeline, should be back in action next week as part of extended spring training after sustaining a mild pectoral strain while lifting weights at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

"After he gets a few of those under his belt, he'll rejoin [Double-A] Birmingham," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said of the power-packed outfielder. "Mild issue but unfortunate because you obviously don't want to see any guy miss any amount of time.

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"He played catch yesterday. He's slowly ramping back up baseball activities. Again, project him playing extended games sometime next week."

Right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen, the team's No. 4 prospect, is starting a throwing program in order to build back up from a forearm muscular issue that surfaced during Spring Training.

"It's actually similar to something that apparently he went through in high school," Hahn said. "So it wasn't a shock to him that he was experiencing this, and obviously it turned out to be something he could put behind him. We wanted to make sure he was 100 percent healthy and pain free before starting to ramp up a throwing program, which we've now done."

Video: Top Prospects: Alex Hansen, RHP, White Sox

Hawk and AJ: Together again
As Ken "Hawk" Harrelson began his 34th and final season in the White Sox television broadcast booth, A.J. Pierzynski continued to push for Harrelson to be part of the Hall of Fame. Pierzynski, a key member of the 2005 World Series championship club and now a White Sox ambassador, was in town to throw out a first pitch prior to Thursday's home opener.

Pierzynski and Harrelson have known each other since the catcher was an up-and-coming player in high school. He pointed out Harrelson's catchphrases as part of people's everyday vernacular outside of baseball, but Pierzynski also loves Harrelson's White Sox passion.

"He genuinely cared about the White Sox every game," Pierzynski said. "That's the thing you try to portray. If you really do care about the game, you care about what's happening and you care about when guys do it right. That was a big thing for me always was doing it right, playing it right.

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"Always on the broadcast, you can feel that when you watch. I said it earlier, him not being there even now, I turn on games and I know he's not going to do it, but I turn it on, Jason [Benetti] is doing great, [Steve] Stone is great, but for some reason when I turn on a White Sox game, it hurts my heart a little bit not to hear his voice. It still gets to me every time because it's so different."

Harrelson said there was no plan to take an extra look around on his last Opening Day in the booth.

"Every Opening Day is different," Harrelson said. "It's something I look forward to, but after the first inning or two, poof, it's gone. Then you're right into the game."

The duo still plans to broadcast a game together this season, probably sometime in August.

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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Where White Sox Top 30 prospects are starting season

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With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the White Sox Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Eloy Jimenez (MLB No. 4), OF -- Birmingham Barons (AA) - DL
2. Michael Kopech (MLB No. 10), RHP -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
3. Luis Robert (MLB No. 28), OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv) - DL
4. Alec Hansen (MLB No. 54), RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA) - DL
5. Dylan Cease (MLB No. 61), RHP -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
6. Dane Dunning (MLB No. 92), RHP -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
7. Blake Rutherford (MLB No. 99), OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
8. Jake Burger, 3B -- Out for season - Achilles tendon
9. Zack Collins, C -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
10. Carson Fulmer, RHP -- Chicago White Sox (MLB)
11. Micker Adolfo, OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
12. Gavin Sheets, 1B -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
13. Zack Burdi, RHP -- Charlotte Knights (AAA) - DL
14. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
15. Spencer Adams, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
16. Charlie Tilson, OF -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
17. Ian Clarkin, LHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
18. Ryan Cordell, OF/3B -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
19. Luis Gonzalez, OF -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
20. Aaron Bummer, LHP -- Chicago White Sox (MLB)
21. Ian Hamilton, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
22. Jordan Stephens, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
23. Seby Zavala, C -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
24. Evan Skoug, C -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
25. Luis Curbelo, SS -- Extended spring training
26. A.J. Puckett, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
27. Tyler Johnson, RHP -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
28. Lincoln Henzman, RHP -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
29. Thyago Vieira, RHP -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
30. Justin Yurchak, 1B/3B -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the White Sox Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Eloy Jimenez (MLB No. 4), OF -- Birmingham Barons (AA) - DL
2. Michael Kopech (MLB No. 10), RHP -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
3. Luis Robert (MLB No. 28), OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv) - DL
4. Alec Hansen (MLB No. 54), RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA) - DL
5. Dylan Cease (MLB No. 61), RHP -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
6. Dane Dunning (MLB No. 92), RHP -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
7. Blake Rutherford (MLB No. 99), OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
8. Jake Burger, 3B -- Out for season - Achilles tendon
9. Zack Collins, C -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
10. Carson Fulmer, RHP -- Chicago White Sox (MLB)
11. Micker Adolfo, OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
12. Gavin Sheets, 1B -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
13. Zack Burdi, RHP -- Charlotte Knights (AAA) - DL
14. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF -- Winston-Salem Dash (A Adv)
15. Spencer Adams, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
16. Charlie Tilson, OF -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
17. Ian Clarkin, LHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
18. Ryan Cordell, OF/3B -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
19. Luis Gonzalez, OF -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
20. Aaron Bummer, LHP -- Chicago White Sox (MLB)
21. Ian Hamilton, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
22. Jordan Stephens, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
23. Seby Zavala, C -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
24. Evan Skoug, C -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
25. Luis Curbelo, SS -- Extended spring training
26. A.J. Puckett, RHP -- Birmingham Barons (AA)
27. Tyler Johnson, RHP -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
28. Lincoln Henzman, RHP -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)
29. Thyago Vieira, RHP -- Charlotte Knights (AAA)
30. Justin Yurchak, 1B/3B -- Kannapolis Intimidators (A)

•  White Sox prospect coverage | White Sox Top 30 prospects stats

Team to watch
High Class A Winston-Salem has three Top 100 Prospects in right-handers Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning plus outfielder Blake Rutherford, and the Dash will have a fourth when outfielder Luis Robert comes off the disabled list. Winston-Salem's deep lineup also includes outfielder Micker Adolfo and Luis Alexander Basabe plus first baseman Gavin Sheets.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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Charlotte Knights
Birmingham Barons
Winston-Salem Dash

New faces
Outfielder/third baseman Ryan Cordell came from the Brewers in a trade for Anthony Swarzak last July, but he didn't play for the White Sox afterward because he had fractured a vertebrae in his neck a month earlier. Chicago also added righty reliever Thyago Vieira, whose fastball has reached 103 mph, in a November deal with the Mariners for international bonus money.

On the shelf
Three of the White Sox's top four prospects -- all Top 100 guys -- will open the season on Minor League disabled lists. Outfielder Eloy Jimenez (left pectoral muscle) should join Double-A Birmingham sometime next week, while right-hander Alec Hansen (forearm soreness) will need more time before joining the Barons as he builds up arm strength after getting sidelined early in Spring Training. Hansen led the Minors with 191 strikeouts in 2017. Robert (sprained left thumb) will be out until May. Additionally, righty Zack Burdi is on the Triple-A Charlotte DL as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery last July.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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Top prospect Jimenez suffers pectoral strain

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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect and the No. 4 overall in baseball per MLB Pipeline, suffered a mild strain to his left pectoral while working out at the team's Camelback Ranch complex in Glendale, Ariz. The club announced the news following Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Royals.

Jimenez, 21, will be held out of baseball activities for about a week, and the organization expects him to ramp back up in extended spring games before re-joining Double-A Birmingham. Jimenez missed close to two weeks during Spring Training due to left knee tendinitis, but he hit a pinch-hit home run against the Cubs upon his return.

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KANSAS CITY -- White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect and the No. 4 overall in baseball per MLB Pipeline, suffered a mild strain to his left pectoral while working out at the team's Camelback Ranch complex in Glendale, Ariz. The club announced the news following Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Royals.

Jimenez, 21, will be held out of baseball activities for about a week, and the organization expects him to ramp back up in extended spring games before re-joining Double-A Birmingham. Jimenez missed close to two weeks during Spring Training due to left knee tendinitis, but he hit a pinch-hit home run against the Cubs upon his return.

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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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Top pitching prospect Kopech reassigned

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Michael Kopech, the flamethrowing right-hander who is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox organization and the No. 10 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, was reassigned to Minor League camp on Tuesday.

The White Sox also reassigned outfielder Jacob May to Minor League camp.

Michael Kopech, the flamethrowing right-hander who is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox organization and the No. 10 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, was reassigned to Minor League camp on Tuesday.

The White Sox also reassigned outfielder Jacob May to Minor League camp.

Kopech is the organization's top pitching prospect, possessing a powerful fastball that can reach triple digits, and he's been using Spring Training to refine his stuff. The 21-year-old pitched in four games (three starts) and had an 11.57 ERA with seven strikeouts over seven innings. He'd been expected to start the season in the Minors, and he'll assume his position with Triple-A Charlotte as the staff ace.

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"I feel like I'm going to be ready when I get the call," Kopech said. "Right now, I'm just continuing to work on what I've been working on. It was good experience being around the older guys, guys that have been in the league for a couple years now."

The White Sox, who have one of the top farm systems in baseball, have reassigned several intriguing prospects to Minor League camp recently. The moves serve as a reminder about what's to come for the club, even if that wave of talent doesn't arrive this year.

Kopech was one of many prospects in big league camp considered to be a key part of the White Sox long-term future. The notion was not lost on the "kids," as they soaked in the past five weeks.

"We've come to the realization that we all want the same thing," Kopech said. "It's not crazy to think that we can be really good and win a lot of games. To get the experience, to be a part of that, was unbelievable."

Video: Renteria talks about Kopech's pitching abilities

Kopech left Major League camp encouraged with the progress he made with his changeup, an important pitch that young hurlers need as they work their way to the Majors.

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"My changeup's come a long way this spring, and I'm excited about that," Kopech said. "I threw another bullpen today, and it's still looking better and better every day. If there's something I can take out of big league camp, it's throwing my changeup that I wasn't too confident in when I was first coming in, and building up the confidence against good hitters."

In his final Major League outing, Kopech allowed seven runs (four earned) in one-third of an inning. He later was critical of his lack of composure during that game, and at other times during the spring. Manager Rick Renteria defended the mild-mannered Kopech, warning there's a difference between losing one's cool and simply showing a little emotion.

Renteria saw the latter in Kopech, whom the skipper praised for a fine showing in camp.

"I think he's very capable of maintaining composure on the mound," Renteria said. "I think he wants to perform so badly that you might see something that might be perceived as being chaotic or out of sorts. He isn't. He's in complete control. It's just managing the energy in the right direction. I think he's going to do well."

Video: CWS@OAK: Kopech reacts to rough outing vs. the A's

Kopech and May -- a non-roster invitee who hit .259 in 27 at-bats -- were the only players reassigned on Tuesday.

The White Sox have 36 players remaining in Major League camp -- 20 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.

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Kopech working on changeup, composure

Sox top pitching prospect lasts just one-third of inning Sunday
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MESA, Ariz. -- The White Sox are far from setting their 25-man roster and normally, the pitching would be the source of the most intrigue for a team that has jobs available and real competition among teammates.

But Sunday's results weren't going to move the needle much either way, which was good news for James Shields and Michael Kopech. Neither pitched well, but in terms of the near future, it didn't affect their regular-season destinations. Shields is still the Opening Day starter, and Kopech is still headed, at some point, to Triple-A.

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MESA, Ariz. -- The White Sox are far from setting their 25-man roster and normally, the pitching would be the source of the most intrigue for a team that has jobs available and real competition among teammates.

But Sunday's results weren't going to move the needle much either way, which was good news for James Shields and Michael Kopech. Neither pitched well, but in terms of the near future, it didn't affect their regular-season destinations. Shields is still the Opening Day starter, and Kopech is still headed, at some point, to Triple-A.

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Kopech's appearance in Sunday's 14-0 loss to the A's was supposed to be a piggyback situation, where he would immediately follow Shields and the two would account for most, if not all, of the innings. Shields pitched into the fourth, but didn't finish it. And while Kopech's fifth inning was a long one, it wasn't in the manner the White Sox mapped out ahead of time.

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Officially, Kopech pitched one-third of an inning, but he also allowed seven runs -- four earned -- on three hits. One of the hits was a grand slam by Matt Joyce.

"I don't have to say it was a bad one," Kopech said. "Everybody saw it."

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As the White Sox's top pitching prospect with a fastball that regularly sits at 96-99 mph and is known to touch 100, it's unlikely Kopech's outing against the A's sounded many alarms within White Sox camp. His future is bright and he, along with several prospects, represent the best of the White Sox's long-term rebuilding plan.

But Kopech could use more refinement, which is what he'll work on when he opens his Triple-A season as the ace of the Knights' staff.

"He's a very poised young man, with a powerfully gifted arm," manager Rick Renteria said Sunday morning, before the game. "He's a special kid. You have to allow them to go ahead and go through their process of growth. Fortunately, or unfortunately, we won't be able to see him [in the big leagues] right away. But hopefully, sooner than later. He's a pretty impressive young pitcher."

The White Sox expect Kopech, acquired in the Chris Sale trade, to make progress developing his changeup, a key pitch that often helps prospects push their way into a Major League rotation. Kopech noted that during his ineffective outing against the A's, he worked in some good changeups.

"If there's anything I'm going to take away from it, it's that," Kopech said.

After his removal from the game, Kopech worked the equivalent of two more innings in the bullpen, where he "smoothed things out," he said. But that didn't completely erase his frustration from his showing against the A's.

Kopech has been trying to work on his composure when the game goes awry. He wasn't impressed with how he handled Sunday's unraveling.

"That's something I'm going to have to continue working on," he said. "I feel like I did a good job of it last year, but this spring ... my composure hasn't been there. I take responsibility for that. I'm a guy that needs to move on to the next pitch."

Instead, he senses he's spending too much time over-analyzing the situation, which is interrupting his flow.

"I think I'm too worried about making every single pitch perfect right now," he said. "I know there's a lot to take from that."

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLBs.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.

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Engel flourishing in White Sox CF competition

Outfield prospect Cordell stepping up in first camp with Chicago
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Back home in Cincinnati after his first taste of the Major Leagues, White Sox center fielder Adam Engel watched hours of video, picked the brains of a long list of people and took hundreds of swings.

"I wanted to get to the point where when it came time to play games, I didn't have to think about what I'm doing at the plate," he said. "I can just go up there and be athletic and compete."

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Back home in Cincinnati after his first taste of the Major Leagues, White Sox center fielder Adam Engel watched hours of video, picked the brains of a long list of people and took hundreds of swings.

"I wanted to get to the point where when it came time to play games, I didn't have to think about what I'm doing at the plate," he said. "I can just go up there and be athletic and compete."

To simplify the explanation: He wanted smoother mechanics and a less cluttered mental approach in the batter's box. Among the White Sox success stories this spring, Engel's is near the top of the list.

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Far from the offensive struggles of last summer, he has had a solid spring, leading the White Sox with four home runs. His 1.021 OPS in 13 games reflects that so far he has done what he hoped to do.

He came to camp as the incumbent center fielder for the White Sox and has done nothing to lose the job. But others aren't making the decision easy for the club.

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Ryan Cordell, acquired from the Brewers last summer, has also been excellent, with three doubles, seven walks and a 1.060 OPS in 11 games. Best of all, after missing the final three months of last season with a neck injury, he's completely healthy.

Video: CWS@LAA: Cordell smacks an RBI triple to center

"I feel really good," said Cordell, ranked the No. 18 prospect in the highly rated White Sox farm system. "It's been fun getting a lot of playing time, and getting out there and working with a new team. Happy for the opportunity I'm getting and just taking it a day at a time."

And there's Leury Garcia. He, too, is in the mix. He has had a tougher spring offensively with a .643 OPS with one double and two triples in 14 games. He did go 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple in a 7-2 win Thursday night over the Angels.

Video: CWS@LAA: Garcia drives an RBI triple into the gap

As Engel said, the competition has brought out the best in all of them.

"Yeah, I think competition is good," Engel said. "It keeps guys playing at a high level, keeps 'em sharp. I view it as a positive more than anything else. Just show up to the field every day and do my job, do what's asked of me and let them make the decision."

Because the changes he attempted have worked, Engel is confident he's on his way to figuring things out and becoming the player the White Sox have hoped he would become.

"Confidence is a big part of the game," he said. "Even when you're not getting great results, it's still important. It's not always results-oriented, but results can definitely feed into it."

Video: CWS@SEA: Engel belts a pair of homers vs. Mariners

Engel batted .166 in 97 Major League games last season. No matter how good his defense in center was -- and it was excellent -- he knew those rookie numbers had to get better.

So far, so good. Maybe he simply was going through some of the same things every young player goes through. He's only 26 years old, and two seasons ago, he sprinted through the White Sox system, opening the season at Class A Advanced and finishing in Triple-A.

Now about the defensive side of it. One of the things he figured out early on is that he could still impact winning even when he wasn't hitting. He knew he needed to hit more, but he also knew that his defense had opened eyes.

"If you play the game long enough, you figure that out pretty quickly, that there are different ways to contribute," he said. "If you want to stick around, you've got to find ways to contribute even when different parts of your game might not be helping the team out a whole lot. You've got to figure out what you've got and how it can help."

For Cordell, simply proving he can get back on the field and play without pain has been a step in the right direction. As for everything else, he'll let others make the call on that.

"I've got faith that God's going to put me where He wants me," Cordell said. "I've got a lot of peace about that, and wherever I start is not going to be where I finish. I'm absolutely working toward that goal of starting out with the team and making that Opening Day roster."

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

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