Mitchell off to a fast start for Sox

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Mitchell off to a fast start for Sox

It's just six at-bats, but Jared Mitchell's spring is off to a fantastic start. He has three hits -- one double, one homer, one single -- but more importantly, he's looked healthy. In Monday's spring training opener, Mitchell hit a liner that caromed off the second base bag into short right field, and he legged out the play for a double.

Yes, his three outs this spring have all been strikeouts. Given that's been a problem for him in the past, those whiffs are something to note.

But really, the results aren't the most important thing for Mitchell. The ankle injury he suffered in spring training two years ago lingered through 2011, which saw him hit .222 with a .304 OBP while striking out 183 times. Perhaps more telling was that Mitchell only stole 14 of 20 bases -- this after swiping 41 bases in 53 tries between LSU and Kannapolis in 2009.

Consequently, Mitchell didn't crack Baseball America's top 10 White Sox prospects list and averaged a No. 11 ranking among four other major prospect lists. And that's in a White Sox farm system that's generally regarded as thin.

If Mitchell is healthy, maybe these six at-bats are what we can expect: Flashes of power, impressive speed and a lot of strikeouts. And some walks, too -- to Mitchell's credit, even in his struggles last year, he walked about once every 10 trips to the plate.

The White Sox don't know if he'll start 2012 at Single-A Winston-Salem or Double-A Birmingham. A handful of spring training at-bats, no matter how impressive, shouldn't be the deciding factor in the decision of the White Sox.

But if he's healthy, sending him to Double-A could be the call.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

In this episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, shortstop Tim Anderson joins the podcast and gives a revealing interview with Chuck Garfien about his first season with the White Sox and how adversity he faced in high school still drives him today.

Dan Hayes calls in from Arizona to break down the White Sox-Cubs game. They talk about Lucas Giolito’s White Sox debut, Jose Abreu’s first home run of the spring and the latest Jose Quintana rumors.

CSN’s Siera Santos talks about her conversations with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs meet in spring training

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs meet in spring training

Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports:

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Bobby Portis relishing his chance as starter

Facing Cubs for first time, Rick Renteria happy with White Sox

Draft pick at No. 3 demands guiding 'concept' of what Bears ultimately want to be

Improved defense high on list of White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada this spring

Brett Anderson’s main takeaway from Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio

Fire putting finishing touches on roster as season nears

Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next?

Prospect Lucas Giolito debuts for White Sox in tie against Cubs