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White Sox Gunning for a Turnaround in Boston


Monday, June 20, 2016

Today’s News

Next Up

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston, in a four-game series.

Tonight (6:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) — Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.74) for our Sox, RHP Steven Wright (8-4, 2.22) for Boston.

Tomorrow Night  (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) — Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (11-2, 2.94) for our Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (3-6, 5.86) for the Red Sox.

Wednesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) — Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.63) for our Sox, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 6.97) for Boston.

Thursday (12:35 p.m CT, WGN) — Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.28) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) for the Red Sox.


Yesterday’s Highlights

It’s been a rough stretch for the Good Guys, but yesterday’s starting pitching and defense in the 10-inning, 3-2 loss to the Indians was exceptional. Click on links and enjoy:

Carlos Rodon tossed 6.1 innings, allowing just two runs, eight hits and a walk along with eight strikeouts. Rodon has compiled a 3.25 ERA in his last six starts after registering a 4.99 earned run average in his first seven.

Brett Lawrie was magnificent at second.

Tim Anderson showed his stuff at shortstop. Anderson, who also singled and doubled, has four multi-hit games in his first nine major-league contests.

Melky Cabrera, who also connected for his sixth homer, made this terrific throw to nab the runner at third:

Strike ’em out, throw ’em out:

Quote of the Day

David Robertson:

“I wish there was a magic answer. We’re scuffling. There’s no doubt about it. We’re not a bad team. We’re just not playing well right now. We’re just not having things go our way, and it’s a tough stretch. Hopefully we can turn it around when we get to Boston.”

Photo of the Day

Celebrating Father’s Day at the Sox’ Class AAA affiliate in Charlotte, Carlos Sanchez receives a ceremonial first pitch from his young son.


Local Product Burdi Heads List of Sox Draft Signees


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 3.40) for Cleveland.

Draft Signings

The White Sox have agreed to terms with nine of their Top 10 selections from the recent MLB Draft, including one of their two first-round picks– right-handed pitcher Zack Burdi of Downers Grove (26th overall), who is pictured above.

Burdi, 21, went 1-3 with a 3.30 ERA, 47 strikeouts and 11 saves over 27 appearances with the University of Louisville. He helped lead the Cardinals, who finished atop the Atlantic Coast Conference, to a 50-12 overall record and a 22-8 record in the ACC.

The White Sox other first-round selection, catcher Zack Collins (10th overall) from the University of Miami (Fla.), is currently participating in the College World Series.

Advance Rookie Great Falls opened their season Friday while the Arizona Rookie League White Sox look to defend their 2015 Arizona League championship beginning tomorrow.

In Great Falls’ opener, recent draft picks Alex Call, Jameson Fisher, Samuel Dexter and Brady Conlan each collected a pair of hits.

The Sox agreed to terms with 26 of its 41 draft picks. The following is a list of the 2016 draft selections who have signed with the organization:


Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 3 for 4, including a two-run homer (10), in the Sox’ loss to the Indians. Here’s Jose’s blast:

Father’s Day Special

Next Series

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston, in a four-game series.

Monday (6:10 p.m. CT, WPWR): Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.74) for the Sox, RHP Steven Wright (8-4, 2.22) for Boston.

Tuesday (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN): Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (11-2, 2.94) for the Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (3-6, 5.86) for Boston.

Wednesday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN): Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.63) for the Sox, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 6.97) for Boston.

Thursday (12:35 p.m CT, WGN): Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.28) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) for Boston.

Photo of the Day

Here are the White Sox’ Father’s Day cap and jersey.



Sale Wins Major-League Leading 11th…Anderson and Eaton Energize Offense…Sox Take Series From Tigers


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Chris Sale notched his 11th victory to take over the major-league lead, the 1-2 punch of Tim Anderson (three hits) and Adam Eaton (two hits, HBP) reached base six times and Anderson scored thrice as the White Sox (33-33) tamed the Tigers, 5-3, to take the series two games to one.

Down 3-1, the Sox grinded out runs in the fourth and fifth innings on a pair of ground outs by Brett Lawrie and Eaton, respectively, to tie the game. The Sox took the lead in the seventh after Anderson’s first career triple and Todd Frazier‘s RBI sac fly and added an insurance run in the eighth as J.B. Shuck tripled home Avi Garcia.

Sale won No. 11 by tossing seven solid innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven. Nate Jones (eighth) and David Robertson (ninth) clinched it with two scoreless innings in relief of Sale. It was Robertson’s 16th save.

A happy recap:


Next Game on Friday

After today’s off day, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) on Friday in the opener of a three-game weekend series and seven-game road trip that continues with a four-game set in Boston. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.66) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.69) for the Tribe.

Quote of the Day

Sale on Anderson, who is hitting .320 since being recalled last Friday:

“He’s been unbelievable, very professional. There’s very little up and down with him, very little emotion. He keeps himself in check, and that’s a very positive thing to see from someone like that. It’s not easy coming up here in the position he’s in, with all of the other hoopla that goes with it.

“Seeing what he has done, he basically won the game for us. He got three hits, scored three runs, got a triple. Right there, he gets the game back at zero. One guy in our lineup gets us back at zero, and I have confidence in our eight other guys to get a couple more, too. He changed the game for us today, so it was big.”

Saturday’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (5:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (7-3, 2.19) for the Tribe.

Sunday’s Finale

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-8, 5.45) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 3.40) for Cleveland.

Photos of the Day

Adam Eaton visits with his buddy Andrew Hooley from Make-a-Wish. The youngster hit in the cage and played video games with Adam before last night’s game.


WGN’s Rich King gets ready to throw out last night’s ceremonial first pitch. King, who is retiring, has covered Chicago sports for almost a half-century.


Jason Benetti and Steve Stone enjoying themselves in the K Zone during last night’s game.



Sox Seek Series Win, Sale Looking to Become Majors’ First 11-Game Winner


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and nine-game homestand. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.87), aiming to become the major league’s first 11-game winner, for the Sox vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey (1-6, 4.68) for Detroit.

Last Night’s Highlights

After scoring 10 runs on 16 hits in Monday’s exciting night’s comeback victory, the Sox tallied eight runs on 11 hits last night in the 11-8 loss to the Tigers.

Tyler Saladino smashed a two-run homer, his fourth, and knocked out a two-run single. Tim Anderson, Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia and J.B. Shuck each collected a pair of hits. Shuck, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each drove in a run. With his two doubles, Anderson had his second multi-hit game since making his debut last Friday. Three of his five hits have been doubles.

Michael Ynoa, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte, made his big-league debut, tossing two scoreless innings while striking out two.

Enjoy Saladino’s big night:

Quotes of the Day

TV voice Jason Benetti got a visit last night from Charlie, a nine-year-old boy using a walker because of a disability. Benetti took a few photos with the youngster and signed his trading card, the first he’s given away.

Benetti, who was born with cerebral palsy, had this exchange with the boy:

Jason: “Charlie, if anyone is ever surprised to see you doing things you shouldn’t be able to do, don’t say anything to them. Just keep doing it.”

Charlie: “You mean, like prove them wrong?”

Jason: “Yes, just keep proving them wrong.”

It certainly seems that Benetti has done exactly that on his way to an impressive broadcasting career. Charlie couldn’t have a better mentor.


Benetti, Stone Will Be in K Zone Tonight

With Sale on the mound, Benetti and Steve Stone will be broadcasting from the K Zone tonight.

Friday Schedule

After tomorrow’s off day, it will be the White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series and seven-game road trip that continues with a four-game set in Boston. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.66) for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.69) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Messi? Ronaldo? No, it’s the guy going for No. 11 tonight switching sports for a while before last night’s game.




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights: Good for What Ails You

The White Sox treated their fans at U.S. Cellular Field, and those watching on television and listening to the radio, to a epic win just when we all needed it the most.

Down 7-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, the Sox (32-32) fought back to tie the score in the ninth and walked off with a 10-9, 12-inning victory over the Tigers in the opener of the three-game series. It was also the biggest comeback by the Good Guys since June 28, 2002 when they overcame an 8-0 deficit at home to defeat the Cubs, 13-9.

In the bottom of the 12th, J.B. Shuck led off with a double down the right-field line. Tim Anderson laid down a perfect bunt, moving Shuck to third and Adam Eaton singled up the middle with a drawn-in infield scoring Shuck (pictured below) with the game-winner.

The Sox got on the board in the bottom of the third via Jose Abreu‘s ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot, and Dioner Navarro made it 7-3 in the fourth with his third homer. In the fifth, RBI by Abreu, Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie made it a 7-6 game.

The Tigers went up 8-6 in the top of the sixth and the Sox came back in the bottom of the frame with an Eaton sac fly to make it 8-7.

Detroit scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth, but the premium wasn’t worth much as the Sox came back to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth.

With one out, Cabrera singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Abreu walked and Frazier reached first after grounding into a force out, Cabrera landing on third. With two outs, Lawrie’s single drove in Cabrera and Avi Garcia followed with a clutch single that scored Frazier from second and tied the score at 9-9. With neither team scoring in the 10th and 11th, the ninth-inning rally set the stage for the 12th inning heroics.

There were plenty of heroes on offense as the Sox pounded out 16 hits. Along with the game-winner, Eaton collected four hits, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Cabrera knocked out three hits and scored twice, Abreu had a single, the homer, walked twice and drove in three. Lawrie had three hits with two runs batted in and Navarro walked three times and scored twice as well as belting the long one.

The bullpen, in relief of James Shields, gave up only two runs in seven innings. The work of Tyler Danish (0.1 IP), Dan Jennings (0.2), Matt Albers (1.1), Nate Jones (2.0), David Robertson (1.0) and Zach Duke (1.0) did the trick. Duke got credit for the win.

The final stages of the comeback:

Tigers White Sox Baseball

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 3.57) for the Sox, RHP Jordan Zimmerman (8-3, 3.30) for Detroit.

Quote of the Day

Eaton on the win:

“It’s huge. To claw back the way we did, especially in the ninth to tie it up, it’s a huge win for the team. We can hopefully hop on this wave and ride it a little bit.”

Abreu, Cabrera Surging

Abreu is batting .410 with three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, seven runs scored and seven multi-hit efforts over his last 10 games. He recorded his 20th multi-hit game of the season.

Cabrera is hitting .371 with four doubles, a homer, five RBI and seven runs scored over his last nine games. He registered his 24th multi-hit game of the season and fifth contest of three-plus hits.

Roster Move

Following last night’s game, the White Sox optioned RHP Danish to Class AAA Charlotte. Today, the Sox recalled RHP Michael Ynoa from the Knights. He has made 21 relief appearances this season for Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham combined and has limited right-handed batters to a .210 average.

Extra-Special Draft Pick

Enjoy reading how Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard reacted when the Sox told him they were drafting his son Brandon.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.87) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (1-6, 4.68) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

A Hall of Fame pancake suitable for a Big Hurt breakfast (pancake art by Dan Drake, known as Dr. Dan the Pancake Man).

Read more:


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


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.


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

“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.


Tim Anderson on Sparkling Debut: “I Just Had to Think, ‘Is This Really Happening?'”

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-6, 2.58) for the Sox, RHP Chris Young (2-6, 6.37) for Kansas City.

Last Night’s Highlights

The White Sox connected for four homers and rookie shortstop Tim Anderson doubled in his first major-league at bat, added a single and scored a run as Chris Sale won his 10th game of the season in the 7-5 victory over the Royals…Melky Cabrera (5) smashed a two-run homer in the third, Brett Lawrie (7) belted a solo shot in the fourth and Alex Avila homered twice, his first two of the season. Avila’s first of the night went back-to-back with Lawrie and his second was a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Sox a 7-3 lead…Jose Abreu went 2-4 and singled home Anderson with the first Sox run…The bullpen came through for the second straight night. Sale went six innings, followed by Dan Jennings (0.1 IP), Zach Putnam (0.2), Nate Jones (1.0) and David Robertson (1.0) who combined for three scoreless frames. Robertson registered his 15th save.

The Cabrera, Lawrie and Avila homers:

Welcome to ‘The Show,’ Mr. Anderson

It was a special day for Anderson, called up to the major leagues for the first time and enjoying a sparkling debut with his first two hits in “The Show.”

The montage at the top of the blog gives a glimpse of Tim’s first day in the bigs and click on the links below to view that first hit and his post-game reaction. Also, take note of the photo above that shows Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas giving a pep talk to the rookie before he went out on the field for the first time as a big-leaguer.

And here are the numbers behind Anderson’s promotion to the Sox:

Anderson, 22, is hitting .304 with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 39 runs scored and 11 stolen bases over 55 games with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot- 1, 185-pound Anderson leads the International League in hits and mult-hit games (25) and ranks among the leaders in runs scored (2nd), total bases (T5th, 101) and average (10th).

Anderson, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect, Best Hitter For Average and Best Athlete in the White Sox organization, posted a .337 average with 31 runs scored over his last 37 games since May 1.

He owns a .301 average with 62 doubles, 26 triples, 19 homers, 127 RBI, 220 runs scored and 94 steals over four minor-league seasons after being selected by the White Sox in the first round (17th overall) of the 2013 draft out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.

Anderson led the Southern League at Class AA Birmingham in 2015 in hits (160), runs scored (79) and stolen bases (49), ranked third in average (.312) and tied for third in triples (12).

Quotes of the Day

Robin on the Sox’ new shortstop:

“I think he’s just at that point where it’s time to see what he can do. Again, he’s not coming up here timid; he’s ready to play. It’s a nice way to start it off, spark a little rally for us. I think later on he probably won’t remember a whole lot of it, but it was just nice. He looked comfortable out there.”

GM Rick Hahn on Anderson:

“He is here to, hopefully, continue his successful run that he has been on over the last month or six weeks down there at Charlotte and get himself some experience here at the big-league level. We do feel that he has the ability to be a special player. But this is still a young player, still a player that is developing, and that development continues at the big-league level.”

MLB Draft: Day 2

The White Sox yesterday completed the second day (rounds 3- 10) of the 2016 MLB Draft, selecting two pitchers (one left-hander and one right-hander), one catcher, three infielders and two outfielders.

The White Sox will conclude the 2016 draft today (rounds 11-40), beginning with the 11th round, at 11:00 a.m. CT.

Here are the Sox selections after Day 2:

Roster Moves

Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox placed outfielder Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee and recalled outfielder Jason Coats from Class AAA Charlotte.

Coats, 26, is batting .335 with 13 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored over 43 games with the Knights this season. He leads the International League in average and ranks second with a .966 OPS.

Coats, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, was recalled from Charlotte on June 4 and made his major-league debut that night at Detroit. He was optioned back to the Knights on June 7 after appearing in two games with the White Sox.

Additionally, relievers Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb had season ending surgeries yesterday. Webb had Tommy John surgery in his right elbow, and Petricka had a torn labrum in his right hip.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

Robertson, Carlos Rodon and the White Sox Volunteer Corps built 10 playhouses yesterday morning as part of Sox Serve Week. Here’s David with members of the Corps.


Big Night for the Good Guys–and the Anderson Era Begins

Friday, June 10, 2016

Today’s News

A Good Day’s Work

A satisfying win, a top catcher and two elite right-handed pitchers selected in the MLB draft and an Amateur City Elite (ACE) product picked with the fifth overall selection. Those were the happy headlines in the world of the White Sox yesterday.

The montage above shows a little bit of everything, from last night’s winning pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, to top Sox draft pick Zack Collins, a hard-hitting backstop chosen at No. 10 overall, and former ACE standout Corey Ray who was plucked early by the Brewers.

And things got a bit more exciting today with the promotion of No. 1 prospect Tim Anderson (his shortstop counterpart, Jimmy Rollins, was designated for assignment to make room for Tim on the 25-man roster). Anderson (pictured below) will wear No. 12.


Here’s a recap:

White Sox 3, Nationals 1

Gonzalez (1-1, 3.57) earned his first victory in a White Sox uniform with six strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits, no walks and five strikeouts in the 3-1 victory…The Sox scored their three runs in the first inning. With one out, Austin Jackson and Jose Abreu walked and with two outs, Melky Cabrera doubled to right, scoring Jackson and Abreu. Cabrera came home on Brett Lawrie’s double…The bullpen–Zach Duke (0.2 IP), Nate Jones (1.1) and David Robertson (1.0)–finished off what Gonzalez started with three scoreless innings. Robertson chalked up his 14th save.

The Sox Draft

In the words of the White Sox’ director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler, the club couldn’t be happier with their first three picks in the draft. “I couldn’t tell you how excited that room is right now,” he said about the Sox war room after the selections were made. The draft continues today and tomorrow up to 40 rounds. Day 2 coverage begins on and the MLB Network at 11:30 a.m. CT.

* Zack Collins, C, University of Miami

In Collins, the Sox got the man they targeted since April. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound, 21-year-old left-handed hitting junior is batting .358 with nine doubles, 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 49 runs scored, one stolen base, 69 walks, a .534 on-base percentage and .631 slugging percentage in 57 games for No. 3 Miami this season. He’s the Division I leader in walks and fifth in on-base percentage.

Collins was named First Team All-American by Baseball America and is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award and semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes and Dick Howser awards.

Hostetler expressed his happiness to get Zack’s catching ability and middle-of-the-order bat into the organization:

“He has great plate discipline and understands the strike zone as well as anybody. Big, raw power. This is something we’ve been looking for for a long time in our organization, and we think we found it today.”

Former major leaguer and current MLB Network analyst Sean Casey heaped praise on Collins:

“(He) has an advanced approach at the plate. He’ll be a great bat in the big leagues some day.”

Another MLB scout said that he believed Collins was the top impact bat in the draft.

Collins himself said being picked was “a dream come true” and explained the reason he was wearing a Sox cap at his celebration party was because his girlfriend bought every major-league cap just in case.

“It’s hard to explain,” Collins added. “My dad was crying tears before I was. I started hugging everybody. It’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had, especially in my baseball career. It’s an amazing honor to be drafted.”

Major-leaguers Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and Buster Posey have influenced Collins and he revealed that some people compare his swing to Jim Thome‘s.

Take a look for yourself:


* Zack Burdi, RHP, University of Louisville

At pick No. 26 overall and their second selection of the night, the White Sox chose another Zack–right-handed pitcher Zack Burdi of the University of Louisville, a native of nearby Downers Grove, Illinois.

“We are thrilled to add Zack Burdi to our organization,” Hostetler said. “He possesses dynamic stuff with a fastball that has reached 102, a plus slider and a devastating changeup. We’ve known him for a long time, we’ve scouted him since high school, and we love his tremendous leadership and work ethic.”

Burdi, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, went 8-3 with a 1.98 ERA, 82 strikeouts and 20 saves in 59 career appearances for Louisville. He limited opponents to a .167 average. His brother, Nick, was a second-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2014 MLB Draft out of Louisville.

Others outside the organization echo Hostetler’s excitement about the White Sox drafting Burdi.

Baseball America draft expert Jim Callis, speaking on the MLB Network, said that Burdi could “be the first guy in this draft to make it to the big leagues.” Former Mets and Orioles GM Jim Duquette, now with MLB Network Radio, tweeted: “Not surprised the White Sox went here. There’s the makings of three pitches that could see him in the starting rotation.”

Being from the Chicago area, it is great to know that Burdi is a Sox fan and especially loved Mark Buehrle:

“It’s an absolute dream come true, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Chicago kid. Being a White Sox fan growing up, going to games, seeing the Konerkos and Frank Thomases, it was something I looked forward to and always wanted to be part of.”

* Alec Hansen, RHP, University of Oklahoma

With the 49th overall pick and last White Sox selection of the night, the Sox selected right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen from the University of Oklahoma. The native of Loveland, Colorado, struck out 75 batters in 51.2 innings, a 13.06 strikeout rate per nine innings.

Hostetler said that Hansen has a 97 to 100 mph fastball and at his best has four plus pitches. He added:

Don Cooper feels there are some small mechanical adjustments that as soon as we make them, (Hansen) is going to take off.”

The Story of Corey Ray

Ray, from Simeon on the South Side, a product of the White Sox Amateur Elite Program and a star at the University of Louisville, may now be a Brewer but no one or group is as proud of Ray’s accomplishments than the Sox organization. In fact, he got a rousing ovation from the Sox war room when he was selected.

Ray becomes the highest Chicago player selected since Simeon’s Jeff Jackson was picked by the Phillies in 1989. And even more significantly, he becomes the highest draft pick to come out of the ACE program, started in 2007 to help cultivate more youth baseball participation in the inner city and provide college scholarships.

The previous highest selection was Blake Hickman, a Simeon and University of Iowa product who was picked in the seventh round by the White Sox last year. Yet another Simeon and ACE player, Darius Day, is currently in the Texas Rangers organization.

Kevin Coe, the director of youth baseball initiatives for the Sox, has been with Corey on his entire baseball journey. He was naturally emotional last night when he heard the selection. When asked how he felt about Corey being selected so high, Coe paused for about 10 seconds before answering:

“I’m speechless. This wasn’t the reason for the ACE program, It was to help kids with college scholarships, but Corey made himself into a major-league prospect. The credit goes to Jerry Reinsdorf, (scout) Nathan Durst and the whole White Sox organization. It’s unreal, unbelievable. I wasn’t this excited when I was drafted. To help develop a player like this is very satisfying. For Corey to do this is very special.”

Ray, who will certainly be an inspiration to the current and future ACE players, was a Baseball America second-team All-American as a lead-off man with 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 55 runs scored, 35 walks and 39 strikeouts in 62 games for the Cardinals.

“Hard work and surrounding myself with the right people, it has been a combination of both,” Corey told reporters last night. “I’ve had great leadership and great role models n my dad and my grandfather and the mentors who have helped me throughout the years…

“The instruction I got from (the ACE program) the places (I’ve been) and the opportunities I was given definitely helped me. And I think there will be more guys who will do great things in baseball coming out of that program because of everything the White Sox do on the South Side of Chicago.”



Sox Roster Moves

In addition to their success on the field and in the draft yesterday, the White Sox also made three significant roster moves.

–RHP Mat Latos, who signed as a free agent on February 9, was designated for assignment.

–Replacing Latos on the 25-man roster is RHP Tyler Danish (pictured above), who leads the Southern League in innings pitched for Class AA Birmingham. The 6-foot, 200-pound Danish is 21 and was the Sox’ second-round draft pick in 2013. Making his big-league debut, Danish will wear No. 60.

–The Sox also agreed to terms with first baseman Justin Morneau (pictured below) on a one-year, $1-million contract, plus incentives, and placed the former American League MVP, National League batting champion and four-time All-Star on the disabled list to continue his recovery from offseason surgery to repair the primary flexor in his left elbow.

GM Rick Hahn on Morneau: “Justin provides us with a quality veteran threat from the left side who fits in the middle of the batting order…He is close to being ready to begin a rehab assignment, and we project him available in Chicago sometime in mid-to-late July.”

Morneau, a .282 lifetime hitter with 241 homers and 960 RBI over 13 seasons with the Twins (2003-13) Pirates (2013) and Rockies (2014-15), will wear No. 44.


This Weekend’s Series vs. the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field

Tonight: (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-2, 2.54) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (4-4, 3.44) for K.C.

Saturday: (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-6, 2.58) for the Sox, RHP Chris Young (2-6, 6.37) for Kansas City.

Sunday: (1:10 pm. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (1-1, 3.35) for the Royals.

Photo of the Day

Coe and Sox icon Harold Baines represented the White Sox last night at the draft, held at the MLB Network in Secaucus, N.J.


MLB Draft Begins Tonight: Sox Have 10th, 26th and 49th Picks, Keep an Eye on ACE’s Corey Ray


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Today’s News

Draft Day

There’s great anticipation among the White Sox and their fans as the MLB draft begins tonight and continues through Saturday.

Not only do the Sox have the 10th, 26th and 49th picks, Corey Ray–a product of the club’s Amateur City Elite program–is predicted to be one of the top selections.

Here are estimated times for tonight’s Sox picks: 6:49 p.m. (CST) for No. 10, 8:05 p.m. (No. 26) and 9:48 p.m. (No. 49).

Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. CT on the MLB Network. You can also follow the draft on

Here’s more info:

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 3.93) for the Sox, LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 3.94) for the Nats.

Miguel replaces Carlos Rodon in the rotation. Rodon has had discomfort in his neck and although an MRI indicated he was clean, the Sox are having him skip this one start as a precaution.

Last Night’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera knocked out three hits with an RBI while Avi Garcia, Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu collected two hits apiece…Avi drove in a pair of runs and Eaton one in the loss to the Nationals.

MLB: SEP 07 Indians at White Sox

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the draft:

“It’s going to be busy, and it’s going to be fun. We’re excited about some of the possibilities.

“You won’t know until things get going how realistic some of the clusters for each of our picks are. But there are a lot of interesting names to choose from potentially at those spots.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (9-2, 2.54) for the Sox, RHP Ian Kennedy (4-4, 3.44) for K.C.

Photos of the Day

Sox Serve Week Highlights: A group of visually-impaired teenagers from the Vision Resource Program at Curie High School paid a visit to U.S. Cellular Field yesterday for a tour and some baseball.

White Sox players Tyler Saladino and Nate Jones plus TV play-by-play man Jason Benetti had a great time participating with the youngsters:

Aaron Rowand’s Little Cousin James Makes Sox Debut Tonight

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields, making his first start for the Sox, vs. RHP Matt Scherzer (6-4, 3.87) for Washington.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Shields has gone 129-104 with a 3.76 ERA (910 ER/2,180.0 IP) and 1,899 strikeouts in 330 career games (329 starts) over 11 major-league seasons with Tampa Bay (2006-12), Kansas City (2013-14) and the Padres (2015-16).

Since 2007, Shields leads all major-league pitchers in games started (308) and IP (2,055.1) and ranks among the leaders in quality starts (3rd, 31), opponents GIDP (3rd, 178), strikeouts (5th, 1,795), shutouts (T5th, 9), complete games (T6th, 21) and wins (8th, 123). He has recorded at least 10 victories, 200.0 IP and 160 strikeouts each season during that span. His streak of nine consecutive seasons with at least 200.0 IP is the longest active in the majors.

Shields, who was an American League All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2011, has made 11 career postseason starts, including three in the World Series. He owns a career record of 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA (24 ER/72.0 IP) in 11 career starts at U.S. Cellular Field.

Shields is signed through 2016 and holds a two-year player option for the 2017-18 seasons. If the player option is exercised, the club would hold an option for 2019.

A native of Newhall, Calif., James is the younger cousin of former White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand, who was a key member of the 2005 World Champions. Shields originally was selected by Tampa Bay in the 16th round of the 2000 draft.

“Believe it or not, Jamie was the runt who wanted to play with us,” Rowand once told’s Scott Merkin about his little cousin. “We were always like, ‘You are too small. Get out of here.’ Now, he’s taller than all of us.”

Last Night’s Highlights

Todd Frazier connected with his 19th homer, a two-run shot, and continues to be one shy of the major-league lead. Jose Abreu singled in a run and drove in another with a sac fly and Austin Jackson and Melky Cabrera each pounded out a pair of hits in the Sox’ 10-5 loss.

Frazier’s home run:


Quote of the Day

Shields talked to the media upon his arrival in Chicago yesterday, expressed how happy he is to be here and spoke about Aaron (via

“They got a lot of tradition here in Chicago and in the White Sox organization. My cousin actually played in the 2005 World Series, Aaron Rowand…So I got a lot of history myself in my own family here in the White Sox organization. So I’m excited to be apart of that.

“Aaron played a huge role. He (took) me out to Las Vegas and we worked out together for about seven years. And he showed me how to become a big leaguer and how to work. There wasn’t too many guys in the big leagues that worked harder than my cousin. One thing that he will do is he’ll run into any wall and he’s just a bulldog out there. He’s a professional. He goes about his business the right way, he taught me a lot in my career and I owe a lot to him.

“(Rowand) loves it here. Chicago is one of his favorite cities, obviously he won a World Series here. He said I’m gonna have a blast here and just enjoy the moment. And that’s what he said. Enjoy the moment, enjoy the crowd, enjoy the fans and enjoy the city and everything will be good.”

Roster Moves

Outfielder Jerry Sands has been designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Shields. The Sox also optioned outfielder Jason Coats to Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated Melky Cabrera from the family emergency leave list.

Sox Hosted Players from the Amateur City Elite (ACE) Program

While Amateur City Elite product Corey Ray is one of the top players available in Thursday’s amateur draft, a group of current ACE members visited U.S. Cellular Field yesterday. Here’s Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton spending time with the youngsters.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 3.93) for the Sox, LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 3.94) for the Nats.

Miguel replaces Carlos Rodon in the rotation. Rodon has had discomfort in his neck and although an MRI indicated he was clean, the Sox are having him skip this one start as a precaution.

Photos of the Day

Sox Serve Week highlights: The White Sox turned out for David Robertson‘s “High Socks for Hope” event on Monday and Sox front office personnel made breakfast and lunch for Matthew House earlier that day.


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