Dan Hayes tours White Sox farm system to catch closer look at prospects

Dan Hayes tours White Sox farm system to catch closer look at prospects

Where in the world is CSNChicago.com's Dan Hayes? Well, just follow the White Sox prospects to find out. 

Hayes has been on a tour of the Sox farm system teams, making stops in Delaware, Tennessee and Charlotte, where he got a closer look at Yoan Moncada in action. 

Ahead of the Charlotte Knights' game on Saturday, Hayes said that the Sox want to see more from Moncada in the field. 

"I think what they really want to see is more refined second base play," Hayes said. 

If this sick play Moncada made on Saturday is any sign, the top prospect may be up on the south side soon:

Watch Hayes' full interview with White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien in the video above. 

 

 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Newly signed outfielder Ryan Raburn joins the show

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Newly signed outfielder Ryan Raburn joins the show

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien interviews newly signed outfielder Ryan Raburn. 

Raburn has spent years tormenting the White Sox with clutch hits, so imagine the surprise when the Sox announced the minor league deal. Raburn talks about his success against the Sox and what he can bring to the team. 

Later, CSNChicago.com's Dan Hayes joins Garfien to break down the first week of the season. The two talk about Avi Garcia's scorching start and whether the offense will ever give Jose Quintana run support. They also analyze the nice starts from prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Dan Hayes and Zack Collins. 

Listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast below. 

White Sox minor league update: Yoan Moncada homers, Michael Kopech shines

White Sox minor league update: Yoan Moncada homers, Michael Kopech shines

Saturday was a highlight-filled day for White Sox prospects across the team's revamped farm system, with plenty of highly-rated youngsters turning in big days. The rundown:

Triple-A Charlotte: Won, 15-5, vs. Norfolk (Baltimore Orioles)

-- Yoan Moncada hit his first home run of the season, pulling a Logan Verrett offering over the right field wall. While the home run was the switch-hitting 21-year-old's only hit, it followed two strong games to begin the season in which Moncada went 7-for-11 witha walk, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.

Video of Moncada's dinger:

-- Moncada's blast was one of six the Knights hit on Saturday. Also going deep: First baseman Danny Hayes (twice, including a grand slam), Willy Garcia, Nicky Delmonico and Jose Vinicio. Delmonico, like Avisail Garcia at the major league level, fell a double shy of the cycle. 

-- Right-hander Lucas Giolito wasn't as successful in his first start of 2017, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. 

Double-A Birmingham: Won, 8-7, at Jackson (Arizona Diamondbacks)

-- Michael Kopech struck out 10 in only 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and one home run allowed. To put it another way: 10 of the 13 outs Kopech recorded were strikeouts. The start was Kopech's first start at the Double-A level after he logged 56 1/3 innings (with 86 strikeouts) with the Boston Red Sox Single-A affiliates last year. 

Advanced Single-A Winston-Salem: Lost, 9-4, to Buies Creek (Houston Astros)

-- 2016 first-round pick Zack Collins hit his first home run of the year, while outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe walked and stole a base.

Single-A Kannapolis: Lost, 8-4, to Lakewood (Philadelphia Phillies)

-- Dane Dunning, the 22-year-old right-hander acquired from the Washington Nationals in December's Adam Eaton trade, allowed one run on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over six innings in his season debut.