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    2018 MLB Draft

    Of course! Welcome! This wagon is spacious, comfortable, and sponsored by Windy City Limousines.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    Join me, Lillian. Join me on the Greyson Jenista bandwagon. Isn't as polished a hitter as Beer today, but better body, more projection, and can play defense. https://www.minorleagueball.com/2018/4/26/17281604/2018-mlb-draft-greyson-jenista-of-1b-wichita-state
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    What is up with Lucas Giolito?

    It's becoming increasingly likely that this is the case. This is just one of those things that can happen with High School pitchers as they continue to grow. Sometimes their body doesn't continue to get better. The Giolito that was drafted was an athletic, mid to upper 90's monster with room to add good weight to his frame but just got popped with TJ. The current version is an older, filled out guy whose velocity has gone backward. It just is what it is.
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    What is up with Lucas Giolito?

    I don't think much actually clicked, though -- his results became fantastic behind the same terrible peripherals. His minor league numbers have never actually been all that good.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    But plus bat control! That's what Ozzie Albies has too! Imagine if Albies was 6'5" 250! I guess what I'm saying is I can't think of any good reason that Jenista won't average between 75-90 homers per year in his prime if healthy.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    If Greyson Jenista is still available there, that's the guy I want. Massive dude with supposedly plus bat control. Hasn't hit nearly as many homers as you would think he should given his size and tools, but... that's EXACTLY what they said about Aaron Judge. Just sayin
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    Rodon hit on head by liner

    Yep, makes dudes look like Super Mario. No one is willing to concede to vanity. I don't know that I blame them -- it's certainly the most personal of risks. Hard to argue it shouldn't be up to the player.
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    AND THAT'S A WHITE SOX WINNER!!!

    I finally had the night off to watch a whole game, and they rewarded me. Thanks dudes
  9. He's arguably our #3 starter at this point
  10. Right, like -- we all liked him as a player, but he'd just be rolling the dice again as a manager.
  11. Why do we all seem to think Omar Vizquel would be a good manager? We don't know anything about him. The only problem anyone has with Renteria is his tactical decision-making, and that's also the thing we know least about Vizquel.
  12. I honestly didn't mind it either -- Machado is so much better than literally every other hitter in that lineup right now, it very well may have been playing the percentages correctly. It's like when Bonds got IBB'd like 200 times that one year because the entire rest of the lineup was garbage. When every matchup is a good one except one, why not avoid that matchup?
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    Eloy/Kopech could join Sox in mid July

    Why though? If he needs to work on his control, why not do that at the AAA level? With a hitter, I think it's a bit different. Sometimes the optimal approach against mediocre talent isn't the optimal approach against top talent, and you need to learn to use your tools against the best. But for Kopech, if it's a matter of consistency, or mechanics, or commanding a pitch, I can;t think of any reason that it doesn't make more sense to do that in the minors -- where there's less pressure, the games don't matter, and the service clock doesn't run.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    It sounds like you're down on Madrigal for the same reasons I was down on Alex Bregman. But I have to admit -- Bregman has worked out nicely, despite the fact that the Astros had nowhere to play him when they drafted him, and he was a fast riser. Now, just because Bregman worked out, doesn't mean Madrigal necessarily will, but it is a significant point of data to support the idea that talented players will find a way to contribute -- or at least that having too much of a specific type of talent is a better problem to have than the alternative.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    Tradeable assets are fungible in an open economy. Take the most valuable asset.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    Greg just learned about Anthony Rizzo today
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    8 games back

    It does, though, because the young kids need playing time at the big league level. If you got veteran scrubs to push us up to.500, Moncada would still get his innings, sure -- but you wouldn't have given at bats to Matt Davidson, for example.
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    Abreu- does he stay or go?

    That's the other thing -- the trade market hasn't been kind to first basemen past 30. I've said it before, but I think he's more valuable to the White Sox than any other team.
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    Abreu- does he stay or go?

    Stay. He's a good bet to be a good hitter for another 3-5 years, and he can DH more as he ages. Good leader, popular with the fans. Good bat. Keep him.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    I would think that if he fell to us, it would be for medical reasons, meaning we should be concerned about drafting him there too.
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    2018 MLB Draft

    Everything I've seen says he'll be an easy plus defender at second, and the only thing keeping him from SS is questions about arm strength.
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    It's time to talk about the Sox young pitching

    I subscribe to their version of mlb.tv (Pacific League TV), and I've found myself watching as much NPB as White Sox over the last couple seasons... for obvious reasons, lol. I would love to get Kikuchi, because I'm a fan of the NPB and that would be fun -- but I will tell you this: at the time he was posted, Tanaka was a substantially better pitcher than Kikuchi is now. If Kikuchi creates the same bidding war that Tanaka did, it will be a much riskier buy. It's impossible to guess how they may translate differently, but Tanaka was unbelievable in what turned out to be his walk year. I think he was literally 24-0 with a sub-2 ERA or something. Now, Tanaka has been a TOR starter over here when healthy, so that still leaves a lot of room for Kikuchi to be good. But just as a point of comparison.
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    It's time to talk about the Sox young pitching

    Fujinami is a bust. Hard thrower, but no semblance of control at all, potential make-up issues, and already a ton of miles on the arm. Despaigne is like if Yasmany Tomas was 50 pounds heavier and was 30 already. Yamada is a monster but has a potentially chronic back issue, and he plays the one position we don't need (second base). His swing is incredibly powerful but also very long -- it's tough to know if it would translate to the majors. He's super fast, too, though. Very high-end talent but some real question marks. Tsutsugoh has been a monster slugger in the past and is still only like 26, but he's having a down year and is a below average corner OF. Seiya Suzuki is awesome but he ain't goin anywhere. If you want to start following a guy that we may have a legit chance of getting as soon as this offseason, look into Yusei Kikuchi, the Seibu Lions ace. High-three quarters delivery, sits like 91-93, can touch 95, has a plus splitter and flashes a plus slider. Solid command. Has been a famous prospect for a while but was disappointing until he finally broke out in a big way last year at age 25, almost winning the Sawamura Award (their Cy Young). The Lions have always said they they'd post him if he ever put together two good seasons in a row, and he's started strong this year, so everyone expects him to be made available. Tough to know how a guy like this will translate -- he doesn't have the elite velocity that's becoming common in the MLB, but we've seen guys with good splitters dominate for a while over here. Might have platoon issues with his delivery. He's probably a mid-rotation guy but he's young enough to be around for a long time.
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