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    So What Happens to Zack Collins?

    They might trade him before the year begins. If they don't, they can let him learn as the 3rd catcher; but more likely, they send him down to AAA and renew trade talks for him as he gets some more experience down there. The Sox have leveled with him that he still needs to develop his game calling and defensive skills; therefore, spending a few more months in the minors will not harm his psyche. In short, though, the Sox probably are entertaining offers for that that include packaging him and another player or two in a big trade. I think the Sox are high on Collins but feel the necessity to make the first priority developing the young pitchers who are here or coming and thus know trading him becomes part of the puzzle.
  2. Stanton credited Menechino with being his guru that propelled him into the hitter he became. Menechino seems to be able to fix both mechanics and mindset on a high level. Steverson seemed to be good with the mindset aspect of hitting but may not have been a diagnostician of swings.
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    Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal

    The Sox were often times putting Robert first and Madrigal second when they played together in the minors; however, I see where Renteria (or was it Stone) said you can put Robert anywhere from 2 to 5. Makes one wonder where they think he would fit best. Madrigal would make the ideal #2 guy because he can give hit a ton of singles and doubles. If the lead-off man got on base, he can drive him in. If the lead-off man made an out, Madrigal can use his hit and speed tool to generate a one out spark. I like Robert at #1; however, I probably would like him anywhere from #1 through #5 too. With Robert, Madrigal, Moncada, Jimenez, Vaughn, and Anderson at the top of the lineup, things should be in quite good shape.
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    Hahn expects aggressive offseason

    I'm sure the Sox will be aggressive at both trying to trade for and sign free agents. Right now, the Sox seem to want specific things that don't automatically fall into ones lap, such as legitimate starting pitchers.
  5. Steve Stones said the Sox are keenly interested and working hard on trying to acquire starting pitching. He also said a left-handed hitting outfielder is a need. Presuming that Steve would have some insider knowledge, I wonder what pitcher or pitchers the White Sox are trying to acquire. Will we see an exciting trade along these lines by Wednesday? Would love to know who they are asking about and what they would be willing to give up in each scenario. Until recently, one name that I would not have put up in the possible give up list would have been Zach Collins, but that might be a name that has value that they are dangling.
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    Steve Stone Says the White Sox are Working Hard on These Trades

    It was a twitter quote. You can see it on his twitter page.
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    Sox changing up their amateur scouting department according to Mark Gonzales

    Love this Steve Stone quote and wonder if it might shed light on the Sox's thinking: "The main job of the front office is to evaluate the organizations talent and figure out who is the future and who should be in the rear view mirror going forward. The Dodgers historically have been brilliant at that. You have to know your own players better than anyone else" The reason that it might be relevant with regard to Hostetler would be if they value Hostetler's general scouting judgment. Hahn may want Nick to help him when it comes to evaluating major league players but also to be part of the conversations when the Sox management team is trying to rank their own internal players. Of course, I am presuming that we really will not know what is going on until the Sox hire their new Scouting Director and until Rick, Nick, and the new scouting director talk about how they view things. I know that Nick already declined to be interviewed until the new Scouting Director is hired.
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    Sox interested in Edwin Diaz

    He is 25 years of age and 1 year removed from 57 saves with fantastic metrics. Given his performance drop-off this year for his ERA and saves, one would presumably have a positive opinion as to how good he still is. Even for a young team like the White Sox, having a deep bullpen is not a bad thing. Of course, would they be interested in what the Sox would be willing to offer? Trades can be surprising. The Mets hypothetically could be interested in Sox prospects who have value but also have more uncertainty associated with them. Who knows?
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    Sox changing up their amateur scouting department according to Mark Gonzales

    How sad that one can't even wait 24 hours to get the straight scoop. Some reporter probably broke the story prematurely. By this time tomorrow, we might have a lot more answers.
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    Sox changing up their amateur scouting department according to Mark Gonzales

    I would wait to see what the explanation is before jumping to conclusions. Nick had said there were 3 regional directors who would eventually be scouting directors, and maybe the Sox wanted to promote one of those guys into Nick's position so as not to lose him. In addition, maybe Hahn thinks he needs to have someone who can thoroughly do a good job of analyzing minor league players on all teams, including the White Sox's own, so that we can maximize trades consistently instead of trading the wrong players either coming or going. On the other hand, Kenny Williams wanted to go with the athletic shortstop this year, and this could be an internal disagreement about the direction of minor league scouting in general. I'm guessing that is less likely; but until we know who is the new scouting director and how they describe Nick's new duties, I don't know how to get a feel for what actually is happening.
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    Sox changing up their amateur scouting department according to Mark Gonzales

    Sox announce that team has promoted Nick Hostetler to special assistant to the general manager, with a particular focus on major league scouting. They say they'll will work quickly to fill his previous role of director of amateur scouting.
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    Sox changing up their amateur scouting department according to Mark Gonzales

    Based on Baseball America's numbers, 50% of 1st rounders will turn out to be relatively good, 33% of 2nd rounders, 25% of 3rd rounders, 20% of 4th rounders and so forth. If one were to just go by the numbers, one would probably have to wait 8 plus years to fairly grade a Scouting Director based on the results of how players did. Of course, the internal people have more than just the final results to grade someone on and don't have to wait 8 years. In addition, the first draft of a scouting director may reflect as much of the prior regime as the new scouting regime, and that probably makes it even a bit more ambiguous to judge if only using a few years of results. Again, that is as an outsider. I'm sure there are qualitative considerations that the insiders can evaluate in addition to the results metrics.
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    Will Luis Robert be the #1 Prospect in Baseball?

    He should be, but there seems to be "politics" with those lists, especially with Baseball America's list. I just tend to focus on whether the Sox have a lot of good players in the pipeline.
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    Sox changing up their amateur scouting department according to Mark Gonzales

    Could mean guys were promoted.
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    Engel Recalled

    I agree with Steve Stone's prior statement that he could be a starting center fielder if he hit .250 plus because of his superb defense. One game is not a lot, but his swing looks better. In his past 30 games in the minors, he was hitting .400. In June, his OPS was .804, and in July, his OPS was .923. The White Sox always thought Adam might be a late bloomer. He's only 27 years of age. If he plays well the rest of the year, he might build up some usefulness for the Sox or have a bit of off-season trade value. In any case, I've always enjoyed his defense and enthusiasm. In his evaluation phase comeback, he now is hitting even better than his June and July minor league numbers (.545) or 6 for 11. I would not be surprised if he makes it as a defensive oriented center fielder who can hit over .250. If he hits at that level and with his defense, someone will want him to play center field for them.
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    Herrera to DL: Jimmy Cordero Recalled

    Does anyone know how Cordero's stuff was in AAA with the White Sox? The reason that I ask is that, in the past and as a prospect, he had a fantastic arm and threw electric stuff, but his command and control were bad. Even this year with another organization, his walks were high. For the White Sox AAA team, in contrast, he not only had great all around stats, but he only had 2 BB in 13 games and 17.2 innings. Is his stuff still electric? Could this be another Tommy Kahnle story where a relief pitcher with A grade stuff but D level control all of a sudden is transformed? Jimmy is only 27 years of age, so it would be interesting if he is indeed becoming another Tommy Kahnle type transformation story.
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    Two Sides to the Trade & Free Agent Coin

    Most trades are designed to provide a situational benefit to both clubs, and most free agent signings do something similar in terms of short-term benefit. Every once in awhile, a trade or free agent signing is going to seem quite good for ones club (Jose Quintana and Adam Eaton trades, the free agent signing of James McCann). At other times, a trade or free agent signing will turn bad (Fernando Tatis Jr). With regard to the latter, why do so many still dwell on that one. It happened, and it is time to move on. Even a trade like the Sale trade, which provided a lot of long-term value for us and also provided us value as we got players in the draft that we otherwise would not have gotten during the initial re-build phase. In short, though, when is it time to concentrate on whom you have more than how you got them or whom you no longer have?
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    Two Sides to the Trade & Free Agent Coin

    A lot of heavy duty analyses and commentary was provided on the various sides of this issue. My take on the issue is simply that when I see someone good that we received in a trade, such as Jimenez, my thought pattern goes to combining him with Robert, Moncada, Anderson, Vaughn, Madrigal, etc.. Most of the time I don't think about his coming over in a great trade, and the reverse is true for bad trades or signings; but then I see in various places, such as Twitter, where something unrelated happens that is potentially good, and Tatis Jr. is brought up again. Maybe I am just somewhat optimistic, but I tend to think that is cool when something works out, such as signing James McCann, and then just say oh well that some other moderate priced free agent did not work out.
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    July 2, 2019 The Thread

    I can't wait until we see who else they have inked and to see what the White Sox perception of these players are. It also will be interesting when Baseball America does their review of the signings after they actually have played in professional ball a bit. That change of theirs is actually a good thing.
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    July 2, 2019 The Thread

    I'm guessing the 2020 contract thing may be related to age. It is good that their will be more signing news in the next few weeks.
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    International Scouting Philosophy of Marco Paddy

    I thought I would mention some of the highlights of the scouting philosophy of Marco Paddy when it comes to young players because it will give some insights into how the Sox roll when it comes to International Signings. Please see an excellent 2016 Future Sox interview for further details: http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2016/09/exclusive-interview-director-of-international-scouting-marco-paddy/ In short, Macro has said that they will make exceptions and go after more expensive "upper tier" players (i.e. Robert, Adolfo), especially if they are older, but they will more consistently take the greater quantity of "second tier" players (i.e. Fernando Tatis Jr.) because the odds are better if you take a quantity of quality players when you are dealing with 16 year of age prospects. And Tatis Jr. was exactly the kind of player he had in mind when talking about "second tier at age 16" type of players. "We don’t think that’s the best way to go. There are very few players in that upper tier but there are quite a few players in that second tier who can be developed into what you’re looking for. I mean, when you’re talking about 15 and 16 year old kids, it’s so hard to determine exactly how their career is going to evolve. I think it makes perfect sense for us to operate the way we do. " -- Marco Paddy
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    International Scouting Philosophy of Marco Paddy

    In the last 2 non-penalty signing periods, the Sox signed the following ($300K plus) players. All but Luis Robert were a 2nd tier signing: Luis Robert, Josue Guerrero, Luis Mieses, Anderson Comes, Jenderson Caraballo, Lenya Sosa, Franklin Reyes, Fernando Tatis Jr. Santo Vasquez, Haruin Mendoza. (Some spellings may be off.) The philosophy might be stated that you need 3 or 4 Tier 1 signings to get one above average player, and 4 or 5 Tier 2 signings to get one above average player. Will history be kind to Paddy in these 2 particular years? Some might say that hitting on Luis Robert and Fernando Tatis Jr. already makes this 2-year period a success for Paddy. This will be the 1st International signing period for Paddy since these 2 years.
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    Trade for Clint Frazier?

    I would be willing to bet that Rick is mainly looking for starting pitching right now. For all other positions, he will either wait to see what the young guys do (including in the minors) or wait for free agency.
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    Collins getting called up

    Collins bat probably is ready, and his catching and pitch handling is probably at a place where he can best learn at the major league level. His .374 OBA and .855 OPS mitigates for a few strike outs. His walk to ab ratio is similar to a Mookie Betts and way better than any of the current White Sox players. Collins is 24 years of age and is one of those guys who should be allowed to show what he can do.
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    Jordan Stephens Claimed by CLE

    Makes sense. The Sox have a lot better middle relief prospects than Jordan Stephens. Don't know why he was ranked the White Sox #29 prospect by MLB as there are more intriguing prospects in the system. As a 26 year old with one above average pitch, his 8.60 ERA with a .330 batting average against are not great stats.