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Updated: 2017-08-18T08:29:21-05:00


The White Sox’ 40-man roster crunch is coming


Who wins the game of roster spots? We’ve talked a bit about how this offseason will see the White Sox scrambling a bit with their 40-man roster. One of the good problems of having a deep farm system is that you’ve got a lot of talent, the kind that other teams want. Unfortunately for the team, MLB has some rules that prevent them from simply warehousing players in the minors. One of those is the Rule 5 draft, which permits teams to select certain non-40-man roster players from other teams. Of course, as we’ve seen with Dylan Covey, there are restrictions which generally (I see you Padres) mean near-major league players are the ones selected. If you want to ensure those players stay in your organization, you need to add them to the 40-man roster prior to the draft in December. Another is minor league free agency, which frees non-40-man roster players with sufficient minor league service time or other qualifications from their teams. If you want to ensure those players stay in the organization, you need to add them to the 40-man roster prior to them electing free agency. Currently, there are 37 players on the White Sox 40-man roster (I’m including those on the 60-day DL, since they will have to be returned to the roster at some point). Of those, there are just four players who will be free agents: Derek Holland, Miguel Gonzalez, Mike Pelfrey and Geovany Soto. So, if the White Sox were to make no other additions or deletions, they’d have a maximum of seven spots. Rule 5 Eligible Rule 5 eligible players are essentially (1) those drafted out of college in 2014 or prior; (2) those drafted out of high school in 2013 or prior; and (3) international amateur free agents signed in 2013 or prior. (Bolded players are those I think will need to be added to the 40 man to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Italicized players are those I think will be called up and added to the 40-man this season.) This list includes: Casey Gillaspie — Potential lefty power bat. Ryan Cordell — Seem like he won’t make it back to play this season but potential decent outfielder. Jake Peter — Potential utility player. Jace Fry — He throws with his left hand, low to mid 90s with a nice curve. Brian Clark — Also throws with his left hand, though more of a finesse guy. Louie Lechich — Recently converted to pitcher, throws with left hand and sits low 90s. Matt Cooper — Might’ve been worth protecting but hasn’t played since June for a non-baseball reason. Jordan Guerrero — Lefty with backend rotation potential. Ian Clarkin — Oft-injured and in A-ball. Danny Hayes — Hasn’t played well in Triple-A. Hard to see a future for him with Gillaspie existing. Eloy Jimenez — Duh. Micker Adolfo — Playing well but far from majors so unlikely to be drafted. Tito Polo — An interesting one but I don’t think he’s polished enough to be drafted. MiLB free agents Those eligible for minor league free agency include players (1) who have had their first contract renewed six times and have spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster; (2) who have been previously released or non-tendered in their career and their present contract has expired; and (3) who were outrighted this season, as well as another time previously in their career. For the White Sox, this list likely includes: Rymer Liriano — I think he’s going to get a shot next month and I think he’ll stick into the offseason but would be a bubble guy always on the verge of being removed. Michael Ynoa — Currently on Charlotte’s DL, he’s probably used up his last chance with the White Sox. Rob Brantly — If Soto isn’t back by September 1 or so, top candidate for Third Catcher for September, a tradition like no other. But outright candidate after season. David Holmberg — Can consume empty-calorie innings. But bye after season.0 And a bunch of older relievers (Al Alburquerque, Danny Farquhar, Jean Machi, etc.) — They need arms so we’ll probably see at least one of these types. Unless they’re completely a[...]

White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 17, 2017


Michael Kopech is a big deal in Birmingham, which now has an offense Nobody’s going to do for the Birmingham Barons what Michael Jordan’s season in Double-A did, but Barons broadcaster Curt Bloom says Michael Kopech has brought some of that big-event buzz to Regions Field this season. “Jordan-esque,” Bloom said. “Nothing will beat Jordan. LeBron could come down. But this reminds me of it. It triggers it. A jolt. “Nothing stirred like this guy has and I do say, and I think Kopech will tell you the same thing, a big chunk of the reason is we have social media. We didn’t have that for Jordan. We did not have that for Aaron Rowand. [...] “He’s answering the bell,” Bloom said. “There’s definitely awareness in the city, in our followers, the Twitter universe. “My daughter Chloe who has no idea about baseball, she asks me, ‘Is Kopech pitching?’ "That’s what has been created.” Two games into the Eloy Jimenez/Zack Collins era, it seems the Barons have other guys to draw on the days Kopech isn’t pitching. Toledo 9, Charlotte 4 Jacob May went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Jake Peter was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Rymer Liriano, 1-for-3 with two walks. Casey Gillaspie went 0-for-3 with a walk. D.J. Peterson, 0-for-4. Danny Hayes was 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout. Eddy Alvarez went 1-for-2 with two walks Birmingham 12, Montgomery 4 Tito Polo went 0-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-5 with a strikeout and a stolen base. Zack Collins was 1-for-3 with two walks. Nick Basto was 0-for-5. Courtney Hawkins and Trey Michalczewski were both 3-for-5 with a homer and a double. They went back-to-back. Danny Mendick was 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Jordan Stephens: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K More: *Jimenez keeps providing highlights. Here’s an RBI single, with a line drive to just right of center foiling a shift with three infielders to the left. Myrtle Beach 13, Winston-Salem 6 Joel Booker went 2-for-4 with a homer and a stolen base. Yeyson Yrizarri was 1-for-3. Seby Zavala, 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Jameson Fisher went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Weird line for Dane Dunning: 5 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP Kannapolis 7, Lakewood 0 Alex Call went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-5. Jake Burger was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Gavin Sheets went 2-for-3 with a walk. Micker Adolfo was 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout. Craig Dedelow was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his Kanny debut. Great Falls 19, Ogden 2 Franklin Reyes went 2-for-6 with a strikeout. Justin Yurchak went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two walks. Amado Nunez was 2-for-4 with two walks. AZL D-backs 3, AZL White Sox 2 Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-5. Maiker Feliz, 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Jose Colina was 1-for-3 with a walk. [...]

Rangers 9, White Sox 8: Texas still painful


Reynaldo Lopez blows 4-0 lead, then leaves with sore side to start more problems The last time the White Sox played the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, they limped out of Arlington having lost a series with a painful pair of games. It might be hindsight-fueled narrative to say those games reversed the flow on the 2016 White Sox, but the calendar tells that story pretty well. This year isn’t off to any easier a start. The White Sox led 4-0 with an efficient Reynaldo Lopez through 2 1⁄2 innings, but the Rangers reset the score while forcing Lopez to throw 42 pitches, and he ended up departing with one out in the fifth inning due to a sore side. The game was already mess, and making the bullpen join the fray in the fourth after massive problems in Los Angeles didn’t change the tone. Hell, Chris Beck took a line drive off the upper arm, gave up a three-run homer, then departed as the fifth inning’s second injured pitcher as the Rangers posted their second four-run frame of the game. The White Sox scored eight runs, though, so let’s sort this game into What Was Fun and What Was Not, since both columns will be substantial tonight. What Was Fun Yoan Moncada: The White Sox didn’t get a homer until the second batter of the game, but it was Moncada doing the damage off Tyson Ross. He had a nice game, going 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout, though he did commit a throwing error making an ill-advised flip to second on the line drive that caromed off Beck. Jose Abreu: Tonight was good for his 30-homer, 100-RBI push. He capitalized on an inning-starting error by Elvis Andrus with a bases-loaded, two-run single, then clubbed a no-doubt clout off Alex Claudio in the ninth to make it a one-run game. Tim Anderson: His August drive continues, as he went 1-for-4 with an easy triple, a walk and a couple nice plays. He and Yolmer Sanchez had a nice night on the left side of the infield as well. Adam Engel’s defense: While diving catches are dramatic, I really enjoy an outfielder who makes a tremendous catch without having to leave his feet. This one qualifies. Look at the ground he covered. Dylan Covey: Pitching for the first time since May, Covey looked competent, cleaning up Goldberg’s mess by stranding the bases loaded, then throwing a 1-2-3 eighth. What Was Not Lopez: His velocity dipped after the 42-pitch inning, although he was able to get a 1-2-3 fourth with diminished stuff. Hopefully the soreness is a reflection of a new level of stress reached, and not lasting damage. Brad Goldberg: He walked four batters in the seventh inning, and a free pass to the ninth-hitting backup catcher drove in the ninth run Texas needed. This is why the Sox are right to prioritize retaining Covey, because they need all the decent arms they can get. Nicky Delmonico: For once. He went 0-for-4 with a double play, failing to reach base for the first time in his 14-game MLB career. He might’ve had a shot in the ninth, but Tyler Saladino pinch-hit for him. In Rick Renteria’s defense, Saladino singled. Adam Engel’s offense: He struck out three times during an 0-for-4 night, which is notable when the Sox only struck out seven times on the night. Record: 45-73 | Box score [...]

Sox Century: Aug. 17, 1917



The White Sox fall out of first place after a 12-inning loss to Philadelphia

With the longest road trip of the season in the books, the White Sox got a travel day to return home to Chicago, where they could recover from a 23-game road trip with a 21-game homestand, starting with a visit from the cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Athletics.

But the A’s took three of four from the White Sox the last time they were in Chicago, and they opened this series by pestering the Sox again with a 9-7 victory in 12 innings.

It was a costly loss for a few reasons. For one, the A’s made the Sox use four pitchers, thrashing Jim Scott and Dave Danforth, then adding a run off Red Faber to build a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the sixth. And because the Sox rallied to tie the game with a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings, Eddie Cicotte’s relief outing lasted five innings instead of two.

The Sox had chances to win it, but saw ninth- and 11th-inning scoring threats rise and fall in the exact same sequence:

  1. Nemo Leibold reaching (single in the ninth, then a walk).
  2. Fred McMullin sacrifice
  3. Eddie Collins groundout to second base
  4. Intentional walks to Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch
  5. Chick Gandil pop-outs in foul territory to first baseman Stuffy McInnis

The Chicago Tribune’s I.E. Sanborn wrote, “In more than a quarter century of watching professional baseball I never saw anything approaching that coincidence.”

So Cicotte had to keep pitching until the A’s finally broke through in the 12th. With one out, Charlie Jamieson singled, Roy Grover tripled him home, and the Ping Bodie cashed in Grover with a single, giving Philadelphia two runs too many.

Besides the wear on the pitching staff, the loss also sent the White Sox back into second place by one percentage point behind Boston, .615 to .614. The margin was that small because the White Sox had a whole five games more in hand, 70-44 to 67-42. The Red Sox took over with a 3-1 victory over the Indians, who were without Tris Speaker. The Tribune said the Cleveland star was still dizzy and suffering from headaches from the beaning issued by Danforth a few days earlier.

Record: 70-44 | Box score

Gamethread: White Sox at Rangers


Avi Garcia is a late scratch TV: CSN+ Lineups: LINEUP CHANGE: Avi has been scratched. L. García LFMoncada 2BAbreu 1BDelmonico DHSánchez 3BAnderson SSNarváez CHanson RFEngel CF— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 17, 2017 If Birmingham has an offense, you might see more 7-0 nights like tonight from the White Sox farm system. Charlotte 8, Toledo 3 Jacob May singled twice, walked once and struck out twice. He also swiped a bag. Jake Peter went 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases. Rymer Liriano, 1-for-3 with two walks. Casey Gillaspie was 1-for-4 with a walk. D.J. Peterson, 1-for-5. Danny Hayes went 1-for-2 with a double and a sac fly. Lucas Giolito’s final tune-up, maybe? 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP Birmingham 9, Montgomery 4 Tito Polo went 1-for-4 with a stolen base. Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-4 with a homer, double and strikeout Zack Collins homered, walked and struck out twice. Nick Basto went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout. Courtney Hawkins was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Trey Michalczewski wore the golden sombrero. Winston-Salem 4, Myrtle Beach 1 Joel Booker went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Yeyson Yrizarri was 1-for-2. Seby Zavala, 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. Jameson Fisher doubled, singled and struck out twice. He also stole a base. Holy hell, Alec Hansen: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K Kannapolis 5, Lakewood 1 Alex Call was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. Luis Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with a walk. Jake Burger and Gavin Sheets were both 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Micker Adolfo went 0-for-4 with a K. Evan Skoug went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Great Falls 11, Ogden 6 Franklin Reyes went 2-for-6 with three strikeouts. Amado Nunez went 2-for-5 with two doubles, and was caught stealing. Chris Comito: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR Will Kincanon: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K DSL White Sox 5, DSL D-backs1 1 (Game 1, 7 innings) Brayant Nova went 3-for-4 with a triple and a double. Luis Mieses was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Kleyder Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a strikeout. Harvin Mendoza was 1-for-2 with a walk. Anderson Comas singled and struck out twice. Santo Vasquez went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. Ramon Pineda: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K DSL White Sox 3, DSL D-backs2 (Game 2, 8 innings) Brayant Nova went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Lluis Mieses singled twice and struck out twice. Harvin Mendoza went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Anthony Coronado, 1-for-3 with an HBP. Anderson Comas singled in his only PA. Santo Vasquez went 1-for-4 with a double. [...]