Hawkins tops Baseball America's top Sox prospects list

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Hawkins tops Baseball America's top Sox prospects list

Baseball America rolled out its top 10 White Sox prospects lists Monday, with 2012 White Sox first-round pick Courtney Hawkins topping the rankings. A few notes:

-- The White Sox have outfield depth. Hawkins (No. 1), Trayce Thompson (No. 2), Keenyn Walker (No. 5) and Jared Mitchell (No. 9) are all varying distances away from the majors, but it's clear the strength of the farm system is in the outfield. What's interesting, though, is the White Sox currently have their outfield locked up for the next few years, as Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios are under control through at least 2014.

-- Carlos Sanchez rose fast. Last winter, Sanchez was nowhere to be found on anyone's top 10 or top 20 list, but this year debuts at No. 3 on Baseball America's rankings. The 20-year-old infielder hit .323.378.403 across three levels in 2012, and if he can continue success into 2013 could be a viable option by 2014.

-- Keon Barnum's ranking was aggressive. South Side Sox's Larry covered this -- Barnum is a raw talent with a high ceiling, but may not be a top 10 prospect right now. That being said, looking at the pool of other prospects to choose from, there may not be much separating Barnum's grade from the rest of the pack.

-- 2013 is a make-or-break year for Jared Mitchell. At 24, Mitchell will likely begin 2013 in Triple-A, where he hit .231.329.364 in 36 games in 2012. He was good with Birmingham (.240.368.440) but strikeouts continued to plague Mitchell, as the 2009 first-round pick struck out 179 times in 549 plate appearances. If Mitchell doesn't take a step forward with Charlotte in 2013, his prospect star may burn out.

White Sox place Jake Petricka on the 15-day disabled list

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White Sox place Jake Petricka on the 15-day disabled list

The injury bug refuses to leave the White Sox alone.

Just as outfielder Avisail Garcia returned to the lineup on Thursday, reliever Jake Petricka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip impingement. Petricka is the fourth White Sox player to hit the DL since Alex Avila suffered a right hamstring strain on April 24 and that doesn’t count Garcia, who missed the team’s last four games with a right hamstring strain.

The White Sox recalled Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte to take the place of Petricka, who needs at least a week off after his discomfort worsened during a Wednesday bullpen session.

“It’s something he’s been dealing with,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “More than anything, this is something that had to happen. We weren’t going to be able to use him for a week at least to be able get over this. The way he’s throwing, you want him back to feeling 100 percent so you’re not going to go injure anything trying to protect it.

“It’s something that’s there. It was more pronounced yesterday than at any point that he’s brought up. But definitely at the point where we need to take care of this.”

Garcia, who has a five-game hitting streak, finally got cleared after several days of testing his hamstring. Ventura said Wednesday’s test was thorough.

“He says he’s ready to go,” Ventura said. “They tested him pretty good (Wednesday), though.”

Avila is also ready to resume action. His baseball bag was loaded and sitting out in front of his clubhouse stall. He’ll join Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and begin a rehab assignment.

The White Sox also made another pair of moves official on Thursday. The club promoted pitcher Erik Johnson from Charlotte and designated John Danks for assignment. The White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 38 after Danks’ removal.

Jerry Reinsdorf to be next featured guest on "Inside Look"

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Jerry Reinsdorf to be next featured guest on "Inside Look"

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien, featuring Jerry Reinsdorf to debut Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM CT

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (May 5, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM CT, Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Bulls & White Sox Chairman/Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2016 inductee JERRY REINSDORF.  Since Reinsdorf’s purchase of the Chicago Bulls in 1985, the Bulls won six world championships and became one of the most iconic teams in the history of sports. In addition, Reinsdorf has done extensive charitable work to benefit the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District and was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for leading the philanthropic outreach of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls Charities.

In this edition of “Inside Look,” Reinsdorf discusses his life in pro basketball which includes candid discussion about the honor of entering the Hall, his fondest Bulls moments, along with his thoughts on those individuals who he considers being the key factors in his NBA success story, including Michael Jordan and former Bulls GM Jerry Krause. 

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Jerry Reinsdorf on the following dates/times: Fri , May 13 at 9:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sat, May 14 at 8:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sun, May 15 at NOON - Wed, May 18 at 12:30 PM - Thu, May 19 at 4:00 PM - Fri, May 20 at 1:00 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sat, May 21 at 2:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Tue, May 24 at 4:00 PM - Thu, May 26 at 1:00 PM - Fri, May 27 at 5:00 PM & Sat, May 31 at 5:30 PM (on CSN+HD). (Schedule subject to change).

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Jerry Reinsdorf presented by Cadillac premiering Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

Reinsdorf on entering the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

“I don’t look at it as my entering.  I think I am the representative of a lot of people.  I am really the front guy.  I pick people and put them in their jobs and, if I do my job right and if they do their job right, I get a lot of credit…and if they don’t, I get ripped.”

Reinsdorf on Michael Jordan:

“No one knew what was coming.  I didn’t know what was coming.  No one knew what Michael Jordan was going to be.  I think if they had known what Michael Jordan was going to turn out to be, I don’t think they would not have sold the team.”

Reinsdorf on Jerry Krause:

“Jerry Krause was the genius that put this organization together.  He had Michael…he doesn’t get credit for drafting Michael, but you have to put the right pieces around him.  The single biggest move he made was trading Charles Oakley for Bill Cartwright.  I don’t think we win the first couple championships without Bill Cartwright.  Jerry Krause certainly belongs in the Hall of Fame for what he did.  In fact, I would not be going into the Hall of Fame if it weren’t for Jerry Krause.”

Reinsdorf on who he will be thinking about during his Hall of Fame speech:

“I will be thinking about Jerry Krause and (former Bulls Executive VP-Business Operations) Steve Schanwald and Michael and Scottie (Pippen) and Phil (Jackson) and the fans of Chicago. You have to remember the fans of Chicago supported us when we were bad.  During the period after Michael left, we weren’t in the playoffs for seven years or so and we led the team in attendance, not every year, but the aggregate.  So, I will be thinking about the fans of Chicago and how happy the Bulls make them.”

Preview: White Sox aim for 20th win in series finale vs. Red Sox on CSN+

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Preview: White Sox aim for 20th win in series finale vs. Red Sox on CSN+

The White Sox aim for win No. 20 in their series finale against the Boston Red Sox tonight on Comcast SportsNet Plus. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Henry Owens (0-0) vs. Erik Johnson (0-0)

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