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  1. BamaDoc

    2018 White Sox catch-all thread

    Kevan Smith victim of hidden ball trick. Bet kangaroo court has a field day!
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    Adam Engel -- how much longer does he have as a regular?

    The problem is our stash of possible CF candidates in AAA have all gotten off to slow starts. Cordell out, Tilson needs to knock off rust, May was kinda fourth of will get at bats now. I give Engel another week and switch him with Leury. Not sure why Leury wasn't/isn't being given more of a chance. At this point I would be giving the "tryout" to Leury as we wait on Tilson.
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    Prospect Focus - RHP Kade McClure

    Really enjoyed that. Look forward to the others. The increased depth of the system is starting to show.
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    2018 MiLB White Sox news and notes

    As a FYI to everyone, it looks like opening day for the minor league affiliates is April 5th.
  5. QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Mar 29, 2018 -> 03:45 PM) We have also used that money to bring in about half a dozen upper level minor league players, so you can't just look at the total number. No I wasn't arguing against what we did. It was very creative and I would look for it to continue to some degree. Everyone made great comments. I was really pushing point two of establishing a bigger presence by an academy. Teach the kids and get them ready for stateside. This coming year, we have known we are in the penalty phase long enough to plan for it. If we can't find quantity this year, I question what the scouts are doing. I still think we trade off some of the money to acquire some prospects further along. We will need to keep young talent in the pipeline. We will soon begin to get into tighter and tighter 40 man roster decisions so we have to balance acquisitions in that regard as well.
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    BOLD prospect predictions for 2018

    Positives: Basabe regains some prospect shine. Not top 100 but back into the watch category. Cease: Stays relatively healthy and reaches AA and moves to top 25 range. Avi: remains valuable and the winter has extension debate. Jimenez: comes up later than most want and looks the part. Someone not on the opening day roster, not named Kopech or Eloy, surprises positively. Tilson generates some feel good by making it back to the big leagues. After giving up no runs in spring training and not making the team, Volstad will see Chicago. Burdi back in September. So many teams rebuilding will lead to a more entertaining season as we are among the best of the worst. More than one of L Garcia, Yolmer, Delmonico, Engel, Davidson, Fulmer, Cordell, Narvaez, or Skole show promise for the long term. Negatives (hate writing as I am an optimist): Most of the above promise players aren't. Our starting pitching will be our weak spot and lead to more than 15 people making starts this year. More players end up getting released than traded. Trades don't bring much as we are looking at some 40 man issues and may take young fliers. Being the best of the worst hurts draft status. Injuries......already happening and unfortunately more will come.
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    **2018 Opening Day Game Thread**

    QUOTE (brett05 @ Mar 29, 2018 -> 03:20 PM) I get it that Duffy is a better pitcher, but I gotta think our lineup is way better. Royals are somehow favored today (-132) The power of Shields! Seriously, I want him in this role of taking on other teams #1 and if necessary taking some lumps rather than our youngster pitching well but not having as good of success(W) due to matchups. Everyone states he is a good teammate and professional. I would love for Shields to pitch well as it makes it easier for him to mentor and may establish trade value if we add most of his money. Without him we are forcing innings on worse pitchers/unready youngsters and likely destroying our bullpen.
  8. I saw someone mention that the cross town team, who was also in the international penalty, signed 36 or so international talents. Obviously, they are under 300k (if done legally cough cough Braves) and show some teams take a quantity approach. I don't know how many we signed beyond a kid from Aruba, but if we can't find at least a dozen then I question our scouting ability. I have long advocated setting up a couple of academies to get the kids in contact with us early, teach baseball, english, and some basics(nutrition) so if they do get over hear there is less culture shock. The Moncada twinkie story was cute but if it had continued could have prevented him from reaching his potential. If a kids potential is a 1-2 war player that matters.
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    Could the bullpen be a strength

    I am wondering if not naming a closer is in part a measure to protect Jones. I wouldn't pitch him back to back days for awhile and you would not put that limitation on your announced closer. Possibly someone else gets some saves and pads their stats for trading.
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    How Close is Dylan Cease

    If he comes up late in 2019, he very well could/would also be hitting new highs in innings pitched in a season. I would expect caution and either low pitch count starts and or a relief role with at least two -three days off between appearances.
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    Welcome Back!

    So glad to have this and baseball back! For the first two weeks I thought the internet had broken and realized how often I came to the sight and read. Viva Baseball and SoxTalk!
  12. Really nice job. Will be useful to put some background when scanning numbers this year or hopefully some periodic update pieces!
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    OD Roster Predictions: The Bullpen

    QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Feb 12, 2018 -> 05:15 PM) There can be a lot of things at that point. Conditioning, repetitions, strength, etc. Guys coming off of surgery and long leaves can take a while to get back into pitching shape. TJS guys usually take a year after returning to get back to normal. It may make sense for Jones to begin on DL or rehab assignment. If he makes the team, you may not want him to close so you could manage his appearances i.e. avoiding back to back appearances.
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    Dave Duncan joins White Sox pitching staff

    QUOTE (ChiliIrishHammock24 @ Feb 9, 2018 -> 08:28 AM) This Kevin Towers quote from 2013 can probably be cut-and-pasted in to Hahn's statement on his role here as well... On November 13, 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced they had hired Duncan to be a special assistant to general manager Kevin Towers as a pitching consultant. "With Dave, he's going to set his own schedule and it will depend on what he wants to do and what he's capable of doing", Towers commented of his role. "During spring training, be available to work with pitchers, catchers and pitching coaches as they're preparing for a game. Breaking down video of pitchers we might be considering for the draft. Plus, targeting guys in our system and getting his input – who he likes, who is close." This sounds about right. Hopefully not only does he help the immediate future but his impact (along with Cooper) by working with pitching coaches may last a long time.
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    Personal Top 5 wants for the 2018 Draft

    I think this draft is deep in mid infield and left handed pitching which to me may be the weakest areas of our farm so I would think this draft profiles well to our needs. Obviously, you want the best player available but certainly later when there are groups of players equally rated, I would load up on lefties.