Sox, Rodon Looking for Series Win in Today’s Matinee

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 pm. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.41) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-4, 5.32) for Kansas City.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana had a solid outing, allowing three runs, six hits and 10 strikeouts without walking a batter in the White Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Royals…Avi Garcia collected a pair of hits and drove in the Sox run in the ninth inning…Tyler Danish, recently promoted from Class AA Birmingham, made his major-league debut. He came on in the ninth and pitched 2/3 of an inning.

Once a Teammate, Always a Teammate

Members of the Birmingham Barons watch Danish’s big-league debut from miles away.

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Hostetler on Sox Draft: “I Couldn’t Be Happier With It”

As the MLB Draft concluded yesterday, White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler felt the Sox had accomplished their mission:

“I think we set out with a game plan and the game plan was to add advanced college bats that understood the strike zone, got on base, baseball player type guys. Pitchers with high upsides as well as mix in a few guys that can throw strikes and win us some games.

“I think we did that and we accomplished it without sacrificing the ceiling…We laid out a plan. We executed the plan. I couldn’t be happier with it.”

Here are the Sox’ 41 selections:

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Special Draft Pick

Brandon Bossard, a shortstop from Nazareth Academy in Illinois, was drafted by the White Sox in the 31st round. Brandon is the son of long-time Sox groundskeeper Roger “Sodfather” Bossard.

Quotes of the Day

On the first day of the MLB draft on Thursday, the White Sox feel they struck gold by selecting catcher Zack Collins of the University of Miami at No. 10 overall in Round 1, RHP Zack Burdi of Downers Grove and the University of Louisville at No. 26 in Round 1A and RHP Alec Hansen of the University of Oklahoma at No. 49 in Round 2.

For their first pick on Friday, in the third round and overall choice No. 86, the Sox selected Alex Call, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound outfielder from Ball State University. Call tells us about himself (via Scott Merkin of whitesox.com).

“I’m a hard worker, that’s the first thing. I love to play the game. I’ve got a very strong mental makeup. The game is surrounded by failure, but the way I approach the game gives me an advantage over other players and allows me to avoid slumps, and when slumps happen, stay even-keeled so they don’t last too long.”

Sox area scout Garrett Guest, who covers Illinois and Indiana, said this about Call:

“We saw him a ton in the summer and the fall. For a college guy, he’s got some upside with tools and performance–a nice mix of floor and ceiling. He kept getting better every single year.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-8, 5.06) for the Sox, LHP Matt Boyd (0-1, 3.38) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Like father, like son.

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