Sale, Konerko and other No. 13 MLB Draft picks


Sale, Konerko and other No. 13 MLB Draft picks

Two years ago, the White Sox took Chris Sale with the No. 13 pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. So far, that selection looks like the best first-round pick the Sox have made since Alex Fernandez all the way back in 1990.

A quick look at previous No. 13 selections reveals some success stories and duds. A star denotes that the player has made the majors.

2011 (Mets): Brandon Nimmo, OF
2010 (White Sox): Chris Sale, P
2009 (Athletics): Grant Green, SS
2008 (Cardinals): Brett Wallace, 1B
2007 (Indians): Beau Mills, 1B
2006 (Cubs): Tyler Colvin, OF
2005 (Orioles): Brandon Snyder, C
2004 (Expos): Bill Bray, P
2003 (Blue Jays): Aaron Hill, 2B
2002 (Padres): Khalil Greene, SS
2001 (Angels): Casey Kotchman, 1B
2000 (Cardinals): Shaun Boyd, 2B
1999 (Orioles): Mike Paradis, P
1998 (Brewers): J.M. Gold, P
1997 (Brewers): Kyle Peterson, P
1996 (Mets): Robert Stratton, OF
1995 (Twins): Mark Redman, P
1994 (Dodgers): Paul Konerko, C
1993 (Yankees): Matt Drews, P
1992 (Phillies): Chad McConnell, OF
1991 (Indians): Manny Ramirez, OF
1990 (Cardinals): Donovan Osborne, P

As things stand, Konerko (it's always funny to remember he was drafted as a catcher) and Ramirez are clearly the best of this group -- with Hill, Kotchman and Redman all enjoying solid careers.

A few of these other guys -- Osborne, Colvin, Greene -- saw decent time in the majors but never lived up to their hype. Wallace looks to be going down that road, too.

So whoever the Sox take this June, he'll have a few pretty good reference points on the team to live up to in Konerko and Sale.

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez felt good in bullpen session

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez felt good in bullpen session

If all continues to go well, Miguel Gonzalez could pitch in a rehab start as soon as Friday.

On the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, the White Sox starter said he felt good during a second bullpen session on Wednesday.

Gonzalez, who is 2-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 games (18 starts), threw 30 pitches. He previously threw a bullpen session on Friday and felt some discomfort the following day. But Gonzalez said he has made progress since he received treatment on Saturday.

“A lot better,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing my bullpen, which is great. I’m happy with the results today and come back tomorrow and we’ll see.”

Gonzalez left an Aug. 11 start at Kansas City in the bottom of the second inning. Though he wasn’t yet sure if he’d head out on a rehab assignment, Gonzalez said he was on the third day of a five-day schedule in which he was supposed to start. But it’s also possible the White Sox could have Gonzalez first throw a simulated game.

“We're going to have him go back out there again and do a little bit more, that looks more like starting in a game where he's going to throw for a little while, sit down, get back up,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Simulate some innings and hopefully after he does that a couple time he can go out for a rehab assignment.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Guaranteed Rate Field: 'I think it's still Comiskey'

White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Guaranteed Rate Field: 'I think it's still Comiskey'

After 13 years as U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox will call their home Guaranteed Rate Field until 2030 beginning Nov. 1.

The team announced Wednesday that they signed a 13-year deal with Guaranteed Rate to own the White Sox stadium name.

With the different names (and nicknames) the White Sox have had their stadium be called, manager Robin Ventura said he still calls it the place he's known it to be for 93 years.

"I think it's still Comiskey. U.S. Cellular I've gotten used to, but I make a slip every once in a while and call it Comiskey," Ventura said. "The new one I dont know. We'll come up with something."

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For years, U.S. Cellular Field was often referred to as "The Cell." Officials said they will leave a possible nickname for the new ballpark up to the fans so it can be "organic."

See what else Ventura had to say in the video above.

U.S. Cellular Field to become Guaranteed Rate Field after 2016 season

U.S. Cellular Field to become Guaranteed Rate Field after 2016 season

The White Sox announced on Wednesday they have signed a 13-year naming rights deal with Guaranteed Rate for their home ballpark, which will be known as Guaranteed Rate Field beginning on Nov. 1, 2016. 

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the name change in a meeting on Wednesday.

"We are pleased to find, in Guaranteed Rate, a new naming rights partner founded in Chicago by Chicagoans, which shares our commitment to the city and to our fans," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "We view this partnership as an opportunity to connect a successful Chicago business with a historic baseball franchise, and we look forward to growing this important relationship over the coming years as millions of fans enjoy White Sox baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field."

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Under the team's lease for the ballpark, the White Sox retain an option that could extend the naming rights deal an additional year through 2030.

The White Sox played at Comiskey Park from 1991-2002 before the ballpark's name changed to U.S. Cellular Field from 2003-2016.