Kevin Goldstein rolled out his top 20 White Sox prospects list, with a few interesting rankings (or non-rankings) of note. Larry offered up his take on the list at South Side Sox.
With Baseball Prospectus releasing their list, five major publications have rolled out prospect lists for the White Sox. We compiled a table from all five for all 28 players who were ranked and offered up some thoughts on a few differences in ranking between the lists.
Jared Mitchell's low rankings have put him on the brink of prospect status. Using Les Miles as a connector, we looked back at the unfortunate baseball careers of Mitchell and Josh Fields.
The Cubs reportedly have shown the most interest in Yoenis Cespedes, which would be yet another fantastic move if they can bring him in.
And finally from us, we posted the video of Chuck Garfien's interview with Jim Thome.
Around the division:
The Royals avoided arbitration with Chris Getz. Since going to Kansas City in the Mark Teahen trade (along with the aforementioned Josh Fields), Getz has posted a .309 OBP in 677 plate appearances with 36 steals in 45 attempts.
Jacob Turner checks in at No. 7 in Jonathan Mayo's rankings of the top 10 right-handed pitching prospects. It doesn't look like Detroit's going to land Matt Garza, thanks in part to their unwillingness to part with Turner and another top prospect. But in the long run, that's not a bad thing, since Turner has a chance to be a monster.
Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. Tim Raines finally gets the call from the Hall along with Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez. So when will Bonds and Clemens get in? Why are Sammy Sosa’s vote totals dropping? The guys debate from former Cub David DeJesus joins the panel to talk Hall of Fame and the 2017 Cubs.
The Bulls lose to a bad Mavericks team. When will GarPax blow it up and start over?
Plus the guys discuss whether or not Antonio Brown will distract the Steelers and if the Falcons defense is the x-factor in the NFC title game.
Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.
“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”
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Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.
“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”
Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.
Ozzie Guillen congratulated Raines as well, saying that it was well-deserved.