Who are the Sox getting from San Diego?

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Who are the Sox getting from San Diego?

Coming into the offseason, the White Sox farm system was incredibly thin in the starting pitching department. First, the Sox added Nestor Molina and now, they've added Simon Castro and Pedro Fernandez.

Castro comes to the White Sox as the more highly-regarded pitcher -- or, at least, he was nine months ago. In 25 23 innings at Triple-A in 2011, Castro walked 18 with 21 strikeouts while allowing five home runs. He also made two starts in Triple-A in 2010, so his overall totals at the highest level of the minors: 24 walks, 27 strikeouts and six home runs allowed in 37 innings.

That's not a good enough amount of innings to make any definitive conclusions, but those numbers would indicate Castro hit a wall against Triple-A competition.

He was good with Double-A San Antonio in 2011, posting a 1673 walk-to-strikeout ratio while allowing nine home runs in 89 13 innings. Castro has talent, though, and the White Sox organization has an excellent track record of developing starting pitching talent (unfortunately, most of that talent is pitching elsewhere now).

Castro will be 24 three days after opening day 2012, which means another season of struggles in Triple-A will probably annihilate any sort top prospect status.

Hernandez, like Castro, succeeded below Triple-A last season but was torched when he got to Tucson. Between high-A and Double-A, Hernandez walked 16 with 87 strikeouts and seven home runs allowed in 98 innings.

The 22-year-old lefty doesn't have a prototypical frame, standing at 5-foot-10.

Both Castro and Hernandez should join Molina in Triple-A Charlotte's starting rotation. Hernandez would be the most likely to begin the year at Double-A, but neither pitcher has a lot left to prove at that level. Triple-A is where they need to prove something.

While neither have much momentum coming into 2012, both have had previous success keyed by low walk rates. And it bears repeating: the Sox have a good track record when it comes to developing pitching talent, specifically, pitching talent that has had success at Double-A or higher.

The system finally has starting pitching talent that's graduated from Single-A. How Molina, Castro and Hernandez develop will determine if that aforementioned reputation holds up.

Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

Carlos Rodon makes his season debut as the White Sox take on the New York Yankees tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN Plus and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 5.74 ERA)

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Confident Jose Quintana gets 'back to who he's always been'

Confident Jose Quintana gets 'back to who he's always been'

The White Sox said all along they were confident Jose Quintana would rebound and now that he has no seems the least bit surprised.

Quintana provided yet another round of proof that he’s far removed from those May woes when he silenced the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. While the left-hander earned a no decision, he was rewarded when the White Sox rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field. Quintana finished June with a 1.78 ERA.

“We have a very good relationship, very good communication,” teammate Jose Abreu said through an interpreter. “When (Quintana) was passing through that, the first two months, I let him know, just keep your confidence, don’t hesitate, do your job, keep working hard because we have confidence in you. Now he’s just showing us what he’s capable of doing and doing what he’s been doing his whole career. We’re glad he’s the same Jose Quintana he’s been the last couple of years.”

Quintana has gone from a period where many of his mistakes got hit to a spot where he’s been borderline untouchable. He limited the second-best offense in the American League to two hits and four walks in 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday. With good fastball command and a sharp curve, Quintana had New York hitters out of whack.

This is a much different pitcher than the one who was tagged by the Boston Red Sox on May 30, an outing after which he said he was embarrassed. Since losing to Boston, Quintana has lowered his ERA from 5.30 to 4.37. In that span, Quintana has allowed 21 hits and six earned runs with 12 walks and 30 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.

“Sometime bad games are going to happen,” Quintana said. “But when it happens, I go check the video to see if I’m doing something wrong and try to make adjustments. But I feel pretty good and I have my confidence high and for me I turn the page and focus on the next one.”

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The 2016 All-Star thrived in the few instances when he got into trouble on Tuesday.

He struck out Tyler Austin with two men in scoring position to end the fourth inning and erased a leadoff walk in the fifth with an Austin Romine double play. After Quintana surrendered a two-out double to Judge in the sixth inning, he got Sanchez to pop out to strand the tying run.

Quintana only threw strikes on 55 of 101 pitches on Tuesday. But, of those 55, 10 were swings and misses.

“It's just been him commanding the zone, attacking,” manager Rick Renteria said. “A lot more strikes. He still had some at-bats today where he got to 3-2, but then he'd execute, he'd finish and make a pitch that induced a very weak fly ball or groundballs. That's who he is, I mean you all have seen him like this before. For us it's just seeing him get back to who he's always been.”