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  1. FT35

    ESPN ranks White Sox rotation worst in baseball

    Welp...he did it last year with MiGo amongst several similar posts as yours! Maybe he can pull it off again? Obviously he won’t get much for either of them if he’s able to get something done. I’m thinking if he IS able to move them, it would not be to a contender, but to a team who DOES move a SP to a contender.
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    ESPN ranks White Sox rotation worst in baseball

    Rodon, Lopez, Covey, maybe Kopech in the 2nd half. Looking at possible minor deals for Miguel Gonzalez and Shields I’m sure. Giolito might need some AAA time to get right again—although I’m not sure he will ever live up to the hype as a TOR starter. Sometimes guys like that ultimately land and find success in the bullpen though so I’m not writing him off. I think he has the stuff to be successful but I’m not sure it will be as a starter.
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    Moncada

    This is true. You're right reps would help, but so would some lineup help. RIght now he's at the tail end of the Engel/Tilson, Narvaez, Trayce trio. Yoan hitting in front of Sanchez really only benefits Yolmer (actually think Yolmer has the best possible position for success in our lineup). You think Moncada would be producing better numbers in Benitendi's position in that Boston linup? Uh yeah. Might see a pitch or 2 with Betts and JD Martinez waiting. Right now, he's very exposed and pitchers really don't need to show him anything. Except for maybe 1-2 times per game that he's leading off an inning, he's up with 2 outs and nobody on. So does that make him less talented? Are Moncada's skills lacking or are they just not fully applicable yet? Does that mean that Yoan Moncada is the one with issues? He's far from perfect, but I think you will see eye-popping numbers put up when we start packing our lineup with MLB-caliber hitters. My dad always said the famous line while playing Eucher..."when you learn to play with the cards you're dealt, you'll get better ones." Kind of think that's where Moncada is right now...Learning how to play with nothing around him. If he can learn and continue to push through and develop, I think this will only benefit him down the road. Great guys can have good years in bad lineups. However, a great lineup can take someone good and make them great.
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    Moncada

    Absolutely. Eloy will soon join that group. These are the guys that are a cut above the rest no matter what the numbers suggest at the current moment. If they suddenly lose their ability to play baseball, then we can talk about lowering the expectation. That is simply not happening with Moncada or anyone else from that group. This group (and some not mentioned here may join this group) has the best chance to become full-blown super stars. Will they? Who knows...but people have to start looking at these players for what they are and not that they are striking out a lot in some split matchups. Benintendi is hitting .211 vs. lefties while in the midst of an MVP caliber stretch of baseball. He had 1 HR and 9 RBI against lefties last year for the SEASON--PROSPECT BUST. Albies is hitting .228 vs RHP with 43k's--TOTAL PROSPECT BUST. No one is good.
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    Moncada

    Yes...Yoan Moncada is one of the young stars in the game right now. Superstar? No not yet...it's important to keep the terms straight though. Moncada belongs in this group--solely based on what he has shown already: Albies, Acuna, Benintendi, Moncada, Hoskins, Torres, Bellinger, Bregman... Not a single guy hitting over .300 on that list--yet all young stars based on ability/performance.
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    Moncada

    Say what? That's the most backwards way of interpreting that I've ever heard! Who implied what you said? Who said he wasn't good now? Go back and read the post...the little words are the big words...the 4 letter word that looks like "peak" is the key word to focus on. With that in mind, now go back and read it while thinking of what the word peak means. Now apply that comment. Would you want a player's development to peak at age 23 then be all downhill from there or be strong at 23 and continue to improve?? Would it worry you more to see him go through a rough patch now or if someone said we have seen the best from Moncada already and then if Moncada followed that downward trajectory (away from his peak) from here on out?
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    How eventful will be this years deadline?

    Typically if you have a contender at the deadline, they have plenty of stars already. For evey team looking to land an impact player, there is another looking for smaller pieces who could fill holes. Obviously there are mega stars who could be available and they would make a larger impact, but don't underestimate the impact that a few "upgrades" could make to an already contending team.
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    Moncada

    I think it would worry me more if a 23 year-old top prospect's game was at its peak at age 23. The guy's a star now with so many ways to improve.
  9. No joke. I'd take the game part though...Swish had some baller years.
  10. I felt the same way about Walker...he seems like a very "safe" pick--nothing really seems to stand out about him and normally with a 2nd round pick, you see a reason why he's a 2nd rounder. An OFer to boot--in a system who loaded with OF prospects. Just through there were better options on the board for US--shoot, I could see Pilkington picked there in the 2nd round--luckily he was still there in the 3rd. I did read somewhere that people believe Walker is one of the most likely to contribute to a MLB team this season....but there are a lot of ?? about that statement...
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    Draft Day 2 Thread - Rounds 3-10 (Tracker in OP)

    Figured they'd go college RHP.
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    Draft Day 2 Thread - Rounds 3-10 (Tracker in OP)

    Rd 5 predictions? I'm going with Zack Hess, RHP out of LSU.
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    James Shields comment...

    I don't think Hahn built this team to lose as many games as possible. This is the bridge team--only it's not a suspension bridge over a river, it's more like a few small stepping stones that span a large lake. I think this team is the RESULT of trying to WIN as many games as possible in the future. We traded our present for a better shot at a better future--the cost is what we see now. Also...the on-field product we see right now is also a result of several years ago's scouting/player development failures. Talking about the team of people who drafted Engle, Thompson, Beck (all the draft picks who weren't as good as them 😲) and supplemented with acquisitions of Tilson, Avi, Shields, Delmonico, Davidson, Leury, Rondon, Narvaez--these are all guys who we either went out to draft, received in trade, or went out to get. You don't waste draft picks on players who help you lose games. You also don't trade good players for players you believe will help you lose. You MAY be able to stretch a FA signing to fit your theory--but there aren't many players who fall into that category. The more realistic view was...our front office looked at this list 2 years ago and thought "holy $*%&" we're going to be awful in 2 years, it's time to rebuild. Truth be told, it's staggering on how many draft picks they have missed on--I can assure you, that's not intentional. But to be fair, we should remember the good prospects that were moved for "win now" seasons. Gio Gonzalez, Marcus Semien, Tatis Jr., Eduardo Escobar. The guys you see now (minus Giolito, Moncada, Lopez) were the best our 2014-2016 "future" had to offer before we traded Sale, Eaton, Quintana and crew. NOW...luckily we did that then so we can have at least some hope in the present day future.
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    Abreu- does he stay or go?

    Keep him. Yes he's older--but he's VERY consistent and seems to be getting better with age. Plus last time we kept a 1st basemen around who was on the "wrong side of 30," we got 4 more all-star seasons out of a guy named Paul Konerko.
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    2018 White Sox catch-all thread

    I don't think the problem is Renteria--it's the fact that Moncada hasn't gotten his RH at bats figured out yet this year. He's a completely different hitter RHed--one that plays as a 6th guy in the lineup. He's hitting .154 vs LHP so it makes sense to bury that number into the lineup rather than to lead off with it. As soon as he starts putting up numbers RHed--I think you'll see him slot differently--maybe not leadoff but def a more important spot than 6th.
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