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    MLB Final Roster Options out of Spring Training

    ROSTER and Players up for Consideration for White Sox MLB 2020 Roster out of Spring Training Total Non-Pitchers 14 1B Jose Abreu 2B Nick Madrigal either out of ST or very soon SS Tim Anderson 3B Yoan Moncada (S) LF Eloy Jimenez CF Luis Robert RF Nomar Mazara (L) 'NEW' C Yasmani Grandal (S) 'NEW' DH Edwin Encarnacion 1B 'NEW' BENCH Leury Garcia (S) Utility IF-OF Super Sub Adam Engel OF James McCann C Danny Mendick Utility SS-2B-OF Yermin Mercedes C-1B-3B-DH-PH or Nicky Delmonico (L) Total Pitchers 12 SP-5 Lucas Giolito Dallas Keuchel (L) 'NEW' Reynaldo Lopez Gio Gonzalez (L) 'NEW' Dylan Cease RP-7 Alex Colome Steve Cishek 'NEW" Evan Marshall Kelvin Hererra (i) damaged goods for 2019 Jimmy Cordero Aaron Bummer (L) Jace Fry (L) AAA Michael Kopech TJ recovery ready by June Carlos Rodon (L) Surgery recovery ready post All-Star break Dane Dunning Surgery recovery Jonathan Stiever Carson Fulmer 86'd the glasses - looks like last chance Ian Hamilton (i) recovery from car accident / shoulder and broken jaw Ryan Burr TJ recovery Matt Foster Zack Burdi Still not fully back from TJ AA Tyler Johnson Codi Heuer Detailed analysis below 1B Jose Abreu Team leader. Loves being with White Sox. Dick Allen. Frank Thomas. Paul Konerko. Jose Abreu. Top White Sox first basemen in the past half century. With a more balanced lineup with a few lefties should make Abreu that much more valuable at the plate. Underrated fielder. Class act who wants to only play for one MLB team in his career. Seems so much more content and confident since his son is in America. Uncle Jerry signing him was a sign of respect for all Jose has meant to White Sox. Rarely do you see any athlete basically say I would sign myself to be here and play for free if I have to. Will be in the White Sox Hall of Fame. Very good ball player. Really good guy and team captain. Zack Collins DH-C (L) Drafted as catcher and if he makes it there has a long ways to go. Bat first player with very good batting eye resulting in walks. Collins has a hitch in his swing. One major thing I noticed when he went down to Charlotte was when he started hitting he kept his left top hand over the top through the follow through. Sadly too many players today are under the influence of taking the top hand off the bat as well as this adjustment called launch angle a major reason why there are so many strikeouts. If he makes the team is a backup 1B, DH and third catcher. (Is he a trade candidate?) Still LH bat on bench to backup at First (Abreu) and DH (Encarnacion). Likely projection opens back at AAA-Charlotte. A.J. Reed (L) May become pitcher. Former College Player of the Year at Kentucky where he played first base and was the number one starting pitcher for the Wildcats. Former top power hitting prospect 1B drafted in Second Round by Astros. One Yordan Alvarez (Rookie of the Year) with Astros came up they had no spot for Reed. Had an atrocious 2019. With Encarnacion signing if Collins goes to AAA Reed is an unlikely long-shot to make club but team may seek a LH bat out of spring training. Nicky Delmonico could also have a shot for that extra LH bat if Collins is sent back to AAA as can Daniel Palka all presuming the team wants another LH bat. 2B Nick Madrigal Rookie Small spark plug who has excellent bat control and rarely strikes out ala Nellie Fox. Very smart ballplayer. High IQ. Leader by example. Might best be suited to batting one or two in lineup. Potential Gold Glover. Will be fan favorite. Does he break camp with club or does he come up in a month. Is a long term contract coming soon? Leury Garcia SS-OF (S) Good all-around switch hitter who has played all outfield positions including CF and has the skills to play SS, 2B and perhaps 3B in a pinch if needed. Good personality and a value player that is a jack of many trades and has good speed and has improved his game. Strikes out too much. Wish he and others would learn to hit with two strikes by choking up, shortening the swing with the goal of making contact. See Juan Soto and perhaps even Hunter Pence. Whenever someone has two strikes it becomes necessary to alter how one approaches the count. If Madrigal goes back to AAA-Charlotte Garcia opens at 2B. SS Tim Anderson Much improved player and the guy on the club with swagger. This one time starting guard on his Alabama High School basketball championship team has really improved his game particularly at bat including much better pitch selection as well as improvement in the field but this latter aspect of his game is still a work in progress. Has excellent speed and quick hands at bat. Has become pretty efficient hitting the other way.Tim exudes great confidence and he and his wife love the Chicago area where they do much outside of baseball off the field. Tim has shown a deep respect for Jackie Robinson and the fact he is the team's lone black American on the club and is keenly aware of what responsibility goes with that. Mention to Tim losing out on Manny Machado or trading Marcus Semien and Fernando Tatis and he is the guy who seems to like being challenged and proving doubters in error. Might be big things in his future. Is signed long term and really blossomed after the death of his best lifelong friend. Father of two young children also seems to have aided in his maturity. He is truly interested in and encouraging of young kids particularly in the inner city. (Something that needs pointing out is that the White Sox outreach to those in need is as good as it gets and Jerry Reinsdorf and the entire organization should feel proud of all the players and coaches do off the field for the good of the community and children including those in need). Danny Mendick 2B-OF Former 22nd Round Draft choice out of Lowell, MA. Danny is a tweener/gamer who has made himself relevant to a potential spot on the 2020 White Sox. Not a great glove but his bat and hustle could get him to the show. He consistently swings down on the ball using his top on over top on his swings. He offers depth and a spark plug presence. Very enthusiastic. 3B Yoan Moncada (S) Highly improved. Big time talent. Superior speed. Could likely play anywhere on field. Nice guy. If he could swing more down on ball could cut way down on strikeouts and be a doubles and triples machine. Due to being a switch hitter might be best suited to hitting third in lineup though likes hitting second. Is very close to Jose Abreu and with Luis Robert and perhaps others this team has a noticeably Cuban flare. Needs to improve two strike hitting. All current players need to review Juan Soto's changes with positioning of hands and feet with different counts. Moncada was a pleasant surprise at his natural position of third base. Great athlete. Cutest son in Robinson. LF Eloy Jimenez Big league power with 40 plus every year. Great persona to go with a young player that goes to all fields. Fielding lacks top flight performance but will be a fan favorite with personality off the charts. Tremendous dedication to be the best he can be. CF Luis Robert Rookie Superstud potential. Best WS prospect since Frank Thomas. Saw as a 17 year old amateur and saw the wow of a premium talent with a high baseball IQ. The most talented all-around six tool player I have yet seen in the organization. Major talent and a CF who has chops in the field. Can run, hit, hit with power, field, throw and has the special mind / High baseball IQ / understanding of the game. Once he learns the language and due to his demeanor is going to be truly taken in by the fans in Chicago and across the nation. Pippin/Jordan/Rodman type talent in a different sport. May not be Mike Trout but like Trout at a young age this is what dreams are made of. Was tremendous leading off last year. A natural even if his name isn't Roy Hobbs. Most gifted athlete to lace up a pair of spikes since Dick Allen on the Southside. RF 'NEW' Nomar Mazara (L) trade Still only 24 this is one of the most powerful young hitters in the game. Sox need a LH hitter and Mazara plays RF so he fills two needs. Thing is he has not much improved since coming up but Sox fans and team officials remember all too well the 500 foot HR he hit last year against Reynaldo Lopez that if not for the upper deck might still be going. He is a fine young man out of the Dominican and he speaks fluent English. He has two years left of control. This is the kind of guy KW likes. Will make like $6.5 for 2020. Has a nice throwing arm. Platoon situation for RF. Believe agent is Boras. Very nice soft spoken guy with a good sense of humor. Light tower power ala Jimenez and Robert. May have had a bad thumb last season something that Luis Robert had to deal with. Good OPS of better than .850 of second half of 2019. Has yet to show he can hit lefties. The second #2 acquisition in trade from Rangers for Steele Walker and needed LH bat. Adam Engel Very good outfielder with excellent instincts. Bat is well below average. That said he works very hard and was reasonably competent after going to minors working with Menchinno at Charlotte and did well particularly versus left handers. Possesses good speed and is very athletic. Was a top Ohio HS QB who could have played major college football but opted to Louisville to play baseball. Is he a candidate with Mazara as a platoon player? Engel does not quit. Could be 25th man as backup OF. Possible RF platoon with Mazara but this is poor offensive production player option. Did hit better against LHP last season. Believe a RH RF for platoon is needed. Can play all OF positions. Has once again changed his batting stance, angle of bat and hands in batters box. Plays very hard. Works to improve his game. Good upstanding guy.  C 'NEW' Yasmani Grandal FA (S) ($73M Major FA signing with White Sox). Another Cuban who happens to have a deep friendship and connection to Zack Collins. Was surprised with the signing but Sox now have top catching duo in the game with McCann. Very committed player who has a reputation for being a top pitch framer. This switch hitting catcher was someone on my personal radar going back to his early days. Bold move signing him. Has good power and has caught some of the game's top pitchers for contending teams. The first signing. #1. James McCann In my view the team MVP in 2019. Superior knowledge of the game. Prepare like few others. Solid bat last year. Like how he chokes up on the bat and is willing to go with pitches. Very solid player. Team leader. Lucas Giolito credits McCann so much for his improvement. Will one day manage in the big leagues if he wants to. Super smart player who is as good a defensive catcher the Sox have had in years. Under no circumstances should he be traded. One of the best catchers in the game who knows how to use his footwork to block the plate and is excellent blocking pitches. Was catcher to Verlander and I believe Scherzer for a brief time in 2014 while catching for the Tigers. A good leader who has good skills behind the plate is tough to find. Molina, Posey, Perez, Contreras and few others. Speaks with a southern accent despite being from Santa Barbara, CA and while at Arkansas caught Dallas Keuchel for one season. Yermin Mercedes DH-3B-1B Watch this guy as he can flat out hit and with power and has a high degree of confidence and swagger. A stocky version ala Manny Ramirez. This guy really can hit. Strong throwing arm but has difficulty blocking pitches. Maybe Grandal and McCann can teach him. Keep an eye on this guy in the box. Had 23 HR's last season and 80 RBI's in just 95 games with a .647 SLG and OPS of 1.033 at Charlotte. Go ask Robert and Madrigal their opinions of Mercedes. Ask the team's current and new hitting coach. Had even higher numbers with the Knights than did 2020 ROY candidate Robert. He hits to all fields. One to watch. Highly confident with swagger. DH 'NEW' Edwin Encarncion FA 1B Sox want a value and experienced DH this might be the guy. With more than 400 HR's and more than 1200 RBI's EE has the experience and with some good ball clubs to really add a nice veteran presence and bat in the lineup. Hit some 34 HR's last season in just over 400 AB's. Probably in the $8-12M range. Encarnicion is an experienced asset to a playoff potential team. Some lineup they would have. EE is an established big time power numbers guy who has hit more than 32 HR's for eight consecutive seasons. The fifth. #5 (signed with White Sox $12M with second year club option) Daniel Palka Two seasons ago Palka looked like a coming LH power hitter where the ball just jumped off his bat. Then hit a massive slump last season at the MLB level. Really has no position on the field and might be a long shot option as a LH bat off the bench as a pinch hitter which would be his primary role if he makes the club. Hit 27 HR's at Charlotte last season in 106 games and an .900 OPS. Hit best option is he hits left handed. Is he a 26th man option? Proven pinch hitter from 2018. Not likely. Likely projection opens back at AAA-Charlotte. SP Lucas Giolito SP Went from outhouse to the big house in one year. Turned to his HS pitching coach from Harvard Westlake in Sherman Oaks (same team with Max Fried and Jack Flaherty) Ethan Katz (now with SF Giants) who caught flaws in Giolito's delivery. Dramatic change in where he keeps his throwing arm and release point. It really showed as he made his first all-star appearance. Hid the ball making harder for hitters to pick up pitches. Great confidence and a very nice guy. Wife is studying to be animal doctor at UCDavis. Family were/are in entertainment business. Credits also James McCann behind the plate. Looks the part of being a top flight starter. Really into the mental preparation aspect of the game. Really dedicated himself to be a better player and seeks being excellent. Good student of pitching. Like him also as a person. Nice guy who has class and a good sense of humor. Good teammate. May soon be known as 'The Mentor' as he has helped other pitchers including Lopez and Cease with their motions and preparation. 'NEW' Dallas Keuchel FA-SP (L) Soft throwing control lefty. Former Cy Young but that was some time ago. Would be nice second and likely looking for a minimum of three years. Was with Astros when they won World Series. Uses a classic over the head windup unlike most pitchers today. This lack of stretch of the arm may be a major factor in so many TJ surgeries. Former Cy Young Award Winner. Had the opportunity to discuss my observation/hypothesis with Bob Feller. Agent is Boras. The fourth. #4 (signs with White Sox 3 years for $55M with a vesting option for year four and a total of $74M) Reynaldo Lopez SP A quandary of a pitcher who at times looks like a world beater ace and other times appears to lose concentration and focus and just loses it. Kid seems to want to be good and if the Sox sign FA starters it will be time to shit or get off the pot and move to the pen or be sent in a trade something I do not believe the White Sox want to do. The talent is there plus he has stamina. Maturity is a key and he has deep family roots with his grandparents. Late in the season Ricky Renteria really gave him a talking too and Lopez just looked into his manager's eyes and listened. Seems to be a good young man and has all the talent in the world. Perhaps like Giolito he will breakthrough this season. We shall see. The kid has the talent. 'NEW' Gio Gonzalez FA-SP (L) Former White Sox number one draft choice traded twice in Nick Swisher deal and Jim Thome deal. Has won 130 games in career. Excellent curve ball. Had dead arm last season so we shall see if anything is left in the tank. Spot kept warm until Kopech returns. Good veteran presence presuming his arm is OK. Balances starting staff with a second southpaw. The third. #3 (signs with White Sox one year for $5M) Dylan Cease SP The second piece with Eloy Jimenez in the Jose Quintana deal with the Cubs. At times exhibits ace ability but the consistency with control has not yet been there. Then again Cease was a rookie last year. He possesses one of the best wipe out curves in the game. Has a slow deliberate motion. But key to him is control. Was hit pretty good when he came up but the last part of the season he started getting his act together. Would have been a first round draft choice but had TJ surgery in HS and fell to Cubs in Round 6. With time, patience and experience Cease has the chance to become a top three in the rotation. *Michael Kopech SP (TJ) June. Big time power pitcher. Came in the Chris Sale deal along with Yoan Moncada and Luis Basabe. Very hard worker. Training warrior. One of the hardest throwers in all of baseball. Had TJ surgery last year and is throwing again and is not missing a beat. Thing is when will Kopech be ready to join the MLB club. Spring training may be pushing it to come up with the big league team. I expect we are looking at around June for a call up. Will he be in rotation or pen when he does arrive. If he masters control he has chance to be potential ace. Has an aura who wants to be great. Reminds me of a Turk I grew up with with an independent flare knowing he is good. Likely projection opens at AAA-Charlotte for now. *Carlos Rodon SP (L) (i) I expect to see Rodon as a member of the bullpen when he returns by midseason. Sox will have numerous starters but will not risk injuries. Rodon has a wipe-out slider but has been hurt multiple times. Another factor with injuries to pitchers is that very few wind up any more leading to flexibility issues that lead to DL and multiple surgery stints. Plus Rodon is not built really like a pitcher. Likely projection when ready opens at AAA-Charlotte for now. *Dane Dunning SP (TJ) Sort of a RH Mark Buerlhe type pitcher. Throws strikes. Another TJ surgery. Was the third cog in the Adam Eaton deal with the Nationals along with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Won't pitch until mid to late season or so it appears. Team has patience to not rush pitchers back from injuries. When healthy likely opens at lower level to get ready and will move to AAA-Charlotte. Jonathan Stiever SP Top pitching prospect originally from Wisconsin where he was a top football prospect who played defensive back. He pitched at Indiana University and was a fifth round draft choice. Has really progressed through the system and ranks so much so that many teammates called him Verlander because his style was so similar to the former Cy Young winner. Stiever is a very good athlete who has developed consistency in repeating his motion. Some believe he may have the highest upside of any starting pitcher outside of the name of Michael Kopech. Watch him as he starts at AA-Birmingham and can he jump up to AAA-Charlotte by mid season? Likely projection opens at AA-Birmingham. Bernardo Flores SP (L) Good command of the strike zone. Nice easy and smooth delivery. Student of the game. Control is key to his game. Since team is so thin on lefties keep an eye on this former Southern California pitcher. Personally like him much more than Konnor Pilkington who does not close his hips or hide the ball well. Since Flores is not a power pitcher he uses his entire body and it is more challenging to pick up the ball. If he stays healthy might make it to the bigs sometime later in the season. If Gonzalez falters due to injury or lack of gas in the tank Flores would be likely call up with Rodon out. Likely projection opens at AAA-Charlotte. Kyle Kubat SP (L) Jamie Moyer type control pitcher who went undrafted out of Nebraska signed by the Royals and acquired by the White Sox. Has been a sleeper throughout the minors up until call up to AAA Charlotte last season where he struggled. Then again with the juiced ball who did not get challenged. Still he has shown some strong signs and could compete for a long relief spot start role. Is a character. Could he be a sleeper? Unlikely but one never knows with his rise through the system. Likely projection opens at AAA-Charlotte. RP Alex Colome RP Lights out closer with fabulous cutter. He was dominant in the first half of the season. Second half he came back down to Earth. Still Colome is the White Sox best closer since Bobby Jenks. Has ice in his veins and loves pressure closing situations. Got a salary bump up to $10M. Nickname is The Horse and any game that Colome comes in he has a shot to put the game away. If Sox are going to contend for a playoff spot Colome is going to be a key to teams potential success. Aaron Bummer RP (L) Lights out eighth inning reliever who once he found his control became a real pitcher. Bummer was a 19th round draft pick originally out of the University of Nebraska. When Bummer is in the zone which now has become commonplace he is a very good set up man to get to the ninth. Last year in discussions for Pederson his name came up. Amazing when getting the ball in the strike zone can do. (Just signed $16M five-year contract) 'NEW' Steve Cishek FA-RP Submarine pitcher who is a competitive set up man. Last with the Cubs where Joe Maddon relied on Cishek heavily. Solid guy in 7th or 8th inning. The sixth. #6 (signs with White Sox one year for $5M) Jace Fry RP (L) Looked every bit the part of a poor man's Andrew Miller when he came up in 2018. However, Fry regressed in 2019 not hitting his spots plus the opposition started making adjustments. That said this former third-round draft choice out of Oregon still has the upside of a quality reliever. Evan Marshall RP Good pick up going into 2019. Marshall turned in good performance as a seventh inning set up man. Seems to have a rubber arm. Another of the many who seem to have benefited from Don Cooper. Value pitcher. Jimmy Cordero RP Surprise pickup who pitched well as the RH used prior to Marshall and Colome. Kelvin Herrera RP Top bullpen signing last season. Was dinged up virtually all season and was highly disappointing. Was dominant as member of Royals against White Sox. If he can come back to his old self he could be a welcome addition. So far he looks like a bust signing owed more than $8M for 2020. Can he return to his former glory? Would be a welcome bonus. Carson Fulmer RP Last chance ? Trade candidate as throw in at this point. Has been a bust so far. Very small guy. Does not move ball around. Far too easy for a hitter to pick up. Throws a straight fastball that does not move. Questionable control. Seemed like a bulldog but has more tendencies to throw more like a batting practice pitcher. At this point he looks like a bust. Seems very competitive and confident but the results are just to date not there. Has had numerous opportunities and if he is going to make it the clock is ticking with the White Sox and soon their may be no longer a barn for this horse to go back to. No longer is wearing glasses. (If anyone wants the former first round draft choice (#8-) out of Vanderbilt he is available unless he proves himself worthy of one more chance). MLB or claimed as I do not believe he has any more options left. Ian Hamilton RP (i) Top bullpen arm who had a freakish 2019 from side effects of auto accident that affected his shoulder and then was hit in the face by line drive in dugout. If he can come back could be a valuable asset in pen. Hamilton was an 11th round draft choice out of Washington State despite being listed at six feet is a shorter pitcher and not up to the listing in real height in the guide. He has a very good wipeout slider. Bulldog mentality. Likely projection opens at AAA-Charlotte. Ryan Burr RP (TJ) Good bullpen piece. Former Arizona State closer and fifth round draft choice. Sox acquired from the Diamondbacks. Throws straight over the top. Had TJ surgery last season. The second half of Hamilton and Burr. Likely projection opens at AAA-Charlotte. Matt Foster RP Former 20th round choice out of Alabama Foster is a bulldog who throws strikes. Has a shot at making club at some point next season and maybe out of spring training. Good numbers since entering the organization with reasonable consistency. Likely projection opens at AAA-Charlotte. Zack Burdi RP (TJ) Former first round choice out of Louisville and Chicago, Illinois. Had TJ surgery and has not hit his numbers since. I do not like the fact that he does not hide the ball and rotate his hips well but he once threw near 100 mph. Wait and see here. Too many pitchers today do not know how to hide/protect the ball including not having a leg kick making it more challenging to pick up the pitch. Likely projection opens at AAA-Charlotte. Tyler Johnson RP Interesting former fifth round pick out of South Carolina. Unusual delivery release point that can be challenging to pick up for hitters. Missed much of last season. Appears to be top RP in organization. Likely projection opens at either AA-Birmingham or AAA-Charlotte. Codi Heuer RP Former Wichita State starting pitcher who has thrived in relief role. Did not give up HR. Likely projection opens at AA-Birmingham.
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    MLB Final Roster Options out of Spring Training

    From the tone of your message it may be time for me to consider jumping off this bandwagon. Don't know how you were raised but the lack of respect and civility is a bit far off for my tastes nor your understanding of what is fair use and educational. Let's just say we will agree to disagree on this point. But it is your site and it is your site. Everything I personally wrote was for educational and entertainment purposes ("Fun a the Old Ballpark" as expressed by Harry Caray) and people had the right if they so choose and with reference to share said observations with whoever they wanted that may fall under fair use except for commercial purposes. And this is over an article with comments of Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez all referenced. It is your website so that is your right which you fully have the right to establish guidelines. If I did something that was not in accordance with this site this was never my intention but I do reserve the right to have a different opinion on what is educational and fair use. You interpret it differently and that is your right as it is your site. It was requested to use links so I did such. Maybe I am missing something but Soxtalk does not appear to be a commercial website. And I am not engaged in any form commerce pertaining to this site. I received my education at one of the top journalism universities in the nation. There was nothing illegal whatsoever regarding postings which were referenced. To insinuate such is incongruous. I fully understand issues of copyright and know all too well was plagiarism is but the article in question was in fact referenced with site name-NBC Chicago, author-Chuck Garfien and date and under no circumstance was this being used for any commercial purpose. One reader, in fact, inferred that what some postings I had written were not my own which was unfounded and I corrected that member that all words and thoughts were my own. If I did something to offend you or missed something in the translation please excuse any indiscretion in any communications that I may have missed or may have been misconstrued. Thought I might try and add some substance from years of experience but the misinformation and innuendos being inferred are so beyond good taste one wonders where this directed hostility comes from? If you have had in the past multiple abuses I could understand. The only victim you imply here if there is one is free speech, reason and sharing information. Did not think a message board on the White Sox would turn into such a circus. It was never my intention to do anything but share on the current state and future of the 2020 Chicago White Sox. Why some feel it is not within the bounds of good taste to communicate with tact and dexterity on a non-commercial social media site is rather surprising. Don't know your personal situation nor what has happened to you on this site in the past. That said I fully understand any concerns you may have and being your site you have the right to determine the methods and means of information shared if it is not original writing. Good luck to this message board in your future endeavors. You may be a great guy who has faced the wrath of overzealous MSM so please accept that we are on the same side here and I fully understand and appreciate any concerns expressed. Thank you for the time aboard and if I do not return know the journey was an interesting one. I wish you and all your members well. My best.
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    Sadly many folks do not use subtlety when making any request. Amazing how often people just comply without clearly thinking over the issue. Every single sports or news organization makes similar requests and if makes those on the site worried over referencing the source of the article versus using links that is no big deal but there is a gray area here and if this is the way people react over something that is not being used commercially but for education and fair use if they prefer having a link that is the way it is. Strange the hostility some folks show today that for whatever reason people think they can have limited regard for basic courtesy in communications. I have been a long time coach and scout while also being a writer and the feeling I get sometimes from some members is hostility which I hope is not intended. Thought I might help the enjoyment of the season's anticipation but there is a difference of working inside sports and letting emotions drive me to go personally after anyone's perspective and hopefully exhibit mutual courtesy. I stuck it out because I thought that members might gain a unique perspective with my years of experience but for reasons that are unclear it seems people believe they can and will say anything without consideration and respect and not always doing it in an appropriate and civil manner. I have been most patience with each and every point of view and perspective including this notion that italics are somehow offensive to some readers because I am trying to make it clearer to the reader. This includes advising me of the site policy to use links versus copied and pasted articles. I do appreciate the candor and advice. But to personally insult the writer is something anyone should consider prior to hitting the send key. If this is a challenge for some I may prefer to stick to private associates, friends and professional colleagues who have asked why I share experience and perspective in an environment where some believe it is OK to show a lack of professionalism even in recommending a preferential manner for the site to use links over articles even with the site and author referenced. To each their own but using discretion as to how this is conveyed would better serve members, writers and readers with discretion. Everyone is entitled to their opinions including not being required to censor said points of view. The only thing would be to respect the integrity of each member and focus on the primary issues that most might agree are pertinent to and for this site which is White Sox baseball and the 2020 season, the coming prospects and the long-term sustainable success for the franchise. Peace.
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    MLB Final Roster Options out of Spring Training

    Much appreciation for the education here. Thank you.
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    MLB Final Roster Options out of Spring Training

    So you are saying that posting a link is allowable? Most of the internet is for non-commercial purposes and this sure appears to be related to 'fair use' and 'educational purposes' but if this is the stated policy of Soxtalk as I asked for and was given an explanation. Much appreciation for your explanation.
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    Regarding using a direct link versus copying article and referencing it's source and author which comes under 'fair use' and 'educational purposes' I enclose the link. If there is a distinction for the rational for this I would appreciate being educated on something I would like to learn about. Again, thank you. Respectfully submitted. https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/white-sox/jose-contreras-white-sox-team-ready-win-world-series
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    Regarding this alleged issue of being sued. Unless I am unaware Soxtalk is not a commercial enterprise. Please correct me if I am wrong. Second the article and it's source and author were referenced. So please explain what is being referred to regarding what I believe one is considering plagiarism or some such violation which of course this is not. If you would explain the reasoning for this I am all ears to the basis of said claim. Use and sharing of said information and article should come under 'fair use' and being used for 'educational purposes'. And no one here is selling said information for any commercial consideration. Much appreciated for the basis for the alleged violation.
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    You seem like a polite intelligent baseball fan who writes with a calm demeanor and style of a bygone era. , That's all I really need to give you respect. The same people that complain about italics are like crazy little old ladies. Who cares ? Its a stylized fond easy enough on the eyes and readable. If it's annoying time to check your blood pressure if things of minor consequence are truly bothersome. Why do such things even need to be attacked ? Why is different bad ? Thank you for the comments. For all the discussion about launch angle there is limited review of the work of the best player of the past decades who is/was Barry Bonds. Bonds is the one player who really understands that hitting the ball on the fat part of the bat is key so he chokes up on the bat and yet he hit more than 700 home runs. Too many players today just strike out too much and are seemingly unaware of what is needed in a two strike situation. Look today at Juan Soto who is a throw back changing the position of his body, hands and feet depending on the count.
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    MLB Final Roster Options out of Spring Training

    Barring weather problems, they’re going to use a 5th starter in the 5th game on March 31st. They still say Gio Gonzalez will be ready. Anderson, Moncada, Abreu, Grandal, Jimenez, Encarnacion, Robert, Mazara, Garcia Mendick, Engel, McCann, Mercedes Giolito, Keuchel, Lopez, Cease, Gonzalez Fulmer, Fry, Cordero, Marshall, Herrera, Bummer, Cishek, Colome Pretty thoughtful projection. Fry has not pitched this spring. Madrigal will be coming. Kopech will be coming. If healthy so will Rodon. All in good time. Here's the comments of Jose Contreras that will bring a smile to the reader's face. From NBC-Chicago and Chuck Garfien. Jose Contreras on White Sox: 'This team is ready to win the World Series' By Chuck Garfien March 08, 2020 12:00 AM LATEST WHITE SOX TALK Jose Contreras: 'This team is ready to win the World Series'
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    I think we see Gio (Don’t need 5th start til mid April) and Fry start out on IL 26 man roster ~13 position players- 9 starters, 4 bench ~13 pitchers- 4 starters, 9 bullpen RHP- Colome, Cishek, Herrera, Marshall, Cordero, Fulmer, Guerrero LHP- Bummer, Mejia or Lindgren for last spot out of need for another lefty let Heuer and Burdi get more AAA innings though both deserving of MLB spot Last spots on roster appear to be between Mejia, Lindgren, Guerrero, Collins thoughts? Fulmer may have a shot as his spring has been his best. Guerrero will not make the club. As for Mejia or Lindgren either could have a shot considering Fry has not pitched this spring. Remember with the new three player a pitcher must face and the fact that the Astros had all RHP and no lefties on the club. Collins will likely be at AAA-Charlotte working on his defense. If a LH bat is on the bench at this point it would look like Delmonico who is a battle with Mercedes for the 26th spot. Why the club would need 13 pitchers so early is up for debate. Then again at this point is looks like they want to give Fulmer one more perhaps last chance. Perhaps 86ing the googles might really help him. Heuer has a wicked release point with long arms making it challenging to pick up the pitch. We shall see with Burdi who has never been on or healthy as his numbers in MiLB have been disappointing to say the least. Another Lousiville this time starter also out of Illinois is Reid Detmers who might just be the Sox first pick in the MLB draft. Unless he gets bumped up which is possible. Team needs a LHP prospect and he is very good with a curve comparable to Frank Tanana's. Thanks for your comments.
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    Thank you Orlando. Your comments are appreciated. With the price per ounce of gold going up it is unfortunate that everyone on Soxtalk can't reap the increase in value. 2020 may provide dividends for all who watch the White Sox. This will be the most intriguing team since 2006 and if everything looks right and injuries are kept to a minimum the starting nine will likely hit more than 200 home runs this season. Starting pitching is the key to long term success. Lopez and Cease out of ST. Gonzalez, does he have something left in the tank even if it is only five innings. Kopech presumably coming soon. Rodon too but may end up in pen for the time being. Note-if Madrigal starts at AAA-Charlotte both Mercedes and Delmonico could make ball club out of ST giving team 14 position players and 12 pitchers. Then again they could pick one and add another pitcher such as the to date disappointing Carson Fulmer with one last stop. His ball just does not move. This season he has gone away from his goggles and he is teetering on being claimed by another club unless he opts for Japan. Nice kid who works hard but the numbers and success of lack thereof has not translated at the MLB level. A change of scenery might do him well. Again, thank you Orlando for the respect and kind words. I would hope the wanting of clarity is well intended by those who object to style over substance and if observations do not match those of every reader. This is why there are differences of opinion and one size does not fit all. My suggestion is to think clearly and try to choose words that are insightful and that others may gain perspective from. All my best.
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    Sorry you feel that way. Some people use all caps. Some use different fonts. Some like chocolate. Some like vanilla. Some like neither. Others like strawberry. It is the content and analysis that is preferable to many readers. But that said you are entitled to what you prefer. My best. To each there own.
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    Nicky Delmonico: An amazing comeback story

    What I wrote are my own thoughts and words. The enclosed video was from Laura Magiera.
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    On a long post it still makes it easier and user friendly for the reader. Have a nice day.
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    Nicky Delmonico: An amazing comeback story

    The fact that Buddy Bell, Tommy Thompson and the entire White Sox organization supported Nicky Delmonico during such a trying time with this addiction and enabling him to play again and realize his dream of playing in the major leagues reflects well on both the team and himself. The one aspect that has been consistent in the Jerry Reinsdorf 40 plus years of ownership is the fact that off the field the team is second to none in terms of treating pretty much everyone in the organization as family. This was true of the man who spent years in prison for a crime he did not even commit and years later was given the opportunity to work on the grounds keeping crew. Since 2005 the Sox have had some trying years but one thing they continue to be is a class organization treating people as real people. Whatever criticisms are labeled for being a bad ballclub or not signing this or that player stories like Delmonico's reflect well on the White Sox family and belong on the mantle of CWS history. And Nicky Delmonico whose dad was a baseball coach is still with all the injuries and setbacks is working hard to establish himself as a bench player in play for the 26th roster spot most likely with Yermin Mercedes and potentially Daniel Palka. Just ask Bo Jackson how he feels about the organization who despite having a surgical replacement was along with Ozzie Guillen the chance to realize his dream again. Not so ironic that Bo still lives in the Chicago area. Not so ironic that Ozzie despite internal team/family disputes is on good terms with his baseball family. Sports particularly team sports are principally focused on wins and losses but also about relationships that endure beyond the box score.
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    Italics are used to make it easier for the reader/responder to scan down and be able to easily distinguish who the original author of the content was/is. In a nutshell that is why it is done. It is courtesy for the reader to easily recognize a response to a comment or question from the originator of the message..
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    Excellent article on Russ Langer. Guy would be such a nice replacement for Ed Farmer who is long in the tooth. I liked Ed as a color man but miss John Rooney who was a real play by play man. Nothing personal against Ed but he is not a play by play man. Good broadcasters make the game come alive. Thank you so much for sharing that article. Though some might disagree I enjoyed the broadcast last year with Bill Walton in the booth with Jason Benetti. One for the memory books which was funny and classic. The rebuild who be complete with a fresh radio voice and maybe consider putting AJ in as the third voice on television. Having Ozzie and Frank in studio is also good. Sox need more to catch Cubs who are the real competition something I am sure Uncle Jerry would like to achieve.
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    Thanks for the information on Russ Langer. Much appreciated.
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    I have thought that AJ Reed could potentially end up in Japan where he would not just be a big man but in all actuality a giant. He weighs 275 and stands at least 6' 4" and whose power would test off the scale with his lights out power. Reed has an swing extension that reminds the viewer of some guy named George Herman Ruth. That comparison does not mean that Reed is comparable to The Babe in performance but his form is on display for all to see. If he were to go to Japan I suspect he would have potential to be a fan favorite. Still remember Reed was once a top 40 prospect and was passed by ROY Alvarez with the Astros. It is conceivable that AJ Reed may have had an injury issue last season as his drop in performance has no parameter in his career of such a drop. He could also end up with the Baltimore Orioles as one of the scouts formerly with Houston works now with Baltimore. If he stays in the White Sox organization it is conceivable they could shift him into a pitching role that he also was the top starter at UK while in college where he was Player of the Year as a two-way star. If he goes to Japan being a two-way player would be great for marketing ala Ohtani. I believe AJ Reed is from Indiana and despite his large size would seem comparable to former Oriole slugger Boog Powell or SF Giant great Willie McCovey. Good observation about Reed and Japan where he could make a nice living. Remember Luis Robert had a bit of a dud season in 2018 as he had a bad thumb something that appeared to effect Nomar Mazara last season with the Rangers. Did Reed suddenly lose it out? Was something wrong physically, mentally or emotionally that prevented him from being the player he consistently was. Japan is something I concur would be a good opportunity for Reed.
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    Who is the play by play man broadcasting with Rich King? Does anyone know his name?
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    Yermin Mercedes C-1B-3B-DH-(PH) The Fridge wore 72 and The Truck wears 73 and this ST 75. If he makes the club out of camp or during the season he will be there for the bat. And minus a 20 plus inning game where Renteria runs out of players there is no realistic way Yermin is going out at the hot corner at third base. If he keeps hitting he will continue to be in the hunt to make the club. Here is a podcast from Chuck Garfien interviewing Yermin Mercedes, Chris Getz, Carson Fulmer and Danny Mendick. Enjoy.
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    Mercedes can really hit and do it in the clutch as he has done throughout his career. Granted it is not the majors but this guy's level of concentration with key situations in rare. And he wants to be in the spotlight in pressure situations. At this point who is the better fit Delmonico, Palka or Mercedes?
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