Burger third among top third-base prospects

January 23, 2018

CHICAGO — It wasn’t until Jake Burger’s sophomore year of high school in Missouri when he decided to crack down and focus on baseball over hockey. The White Sox, who selected Burger with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, are glad he selected the diamond over the ice. Burger is ranked as the No. 10 third base prospect in the game per the newest list released by MLB…

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Kopech, Jimenez among White Sox NRIs

January 22, 2018

CHICAGO — The 22 players invited by the White Sox to Spring Training, announced by the club on Monday, reads like a prospect showcase for the South Siders. Sixteen players within the organization received non-roster invites. When coupled with the players already on the 40-man roster, nine of the White Sox Top 10 prospects will take part in big league camp at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. CHICAGO — The…

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White Sox seeking new flagship radio home

January 19, 2018

CHICAGO — The White Sox and Chicago Bulls issued a joint statement on Friday regarding Cumulus Media and the future search for a new flagship station for both teams’ radio broadcasts. Cumulus announced plans to drop the multiyear deals to broadcast White Sox baseball and Bulls basketball on WLS-AM 890 in Chicago, according to numerous reports, as Cumulus tries to emerge from bankruptcy. CHICAGO — The White Sox and Chicago…

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Engel working to steady barrel in Year 2

January 19, 2018

CHICAGO — The chance to talk hitting with Jim Thome — who should soon be elected to the Hall of Fame — always rates as a beneficial move for young players. But in the case of Adam Engel‘s interaction with the White Sox special assistant to the general manager, during the organization’s hitters mini-camp this week, it was a conversation centered more on the center fielder’s newfound confidence as opposed…

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Happy, healthy Adolfo talks breakout season

January 11, 2018

CHICAGO — Micker Adolfo selected jersey No. 27 to honor his favorite player, Vladimir Guerrero. As Guerrero awaits the results of Baseball’s Hall of Fame voting, Adolfo — the White Sox No. 14 prospect, per MLB Pipeline — is reveling in a breakout 2017 season, his most successful with the White Sox. The 21-year-old discussed his breakthrough while taking part in Major League Baseball’s Rookie Career Development Program. CHICAGO —…

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White Sox nab Soria, Avilan to shore up 'pen

January 5, 2018

CHICAGO — By acquiring Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria from the Dodgers as part of a three-team, six-player deal that also included the Royals, the White Sox immediately improved a bullpen that was decimated by trades and injury in 2017. But as is the case for any deal involving veterans going to a rebuilding organization, there’s more to the trade than what’s viewed at face value. CHICAGO — By acquiring…

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White Sox should use prospects to get Yelich

January 4, 2018

CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo was in place to welcome Kris Bryant to Wrigley Field. He was there for Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras, too. His leadership, presence in the dugout — along with his skills as a middle-of-the-order hitter and a defensive anchor — were essential to the Cubs winning 103 games in 2016, only four years after they’d lost 101 games in Rizzo’s rookie season….

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Burger showing progress as power threat

January 3, 2018

CHICAGO — Jake Burger possesses an intangible “it” factor, a fact that is readily apparent to anyone who watches the White Sox top pick in the 2017 Draft (11th selection overall) interact with teammates or peeks at his conversations on Twitter. But the White Sox need Burger, their No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline, to have a major hit factor, as well, if he’s to become the third baseman of…

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Many factors will influence Sox rebuild in '18

December 31, 2017

CHICAGO — The White Sox rebuild is ahead of schedule entering 2018, which general manager Rick Hahn confirmed at this year’s Winter Meetings. “With that said, we have a lot more to do,” Hahn said. “We’ve got an important Draft coming in June. CHICAGO — The White Sox rebuild is ahead of schedule entering 2018, which general manager Rick Hahn confirmed at this year’s Winter Meetings. “With that said, we…

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El Caballo built legacy worthy of praise

December 29, 2017

Let’s talk for a moment about context. Carlos Lee was a very good hitter for 14 big league seasons. His final numbers looked like so: .285/.339/.483, 469 doubles, 358 homers, 2,273 hits, 1,125 runs, 1,363 RBIs, 3,854 total bases. Let’s talk for a moment about context. Carlos Lee was a very good hitter for 14 big league seasons. His final numbers looked like so: .285/.339/.483, 469 doubles, 358 homers, 2,273…

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