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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 63: Alex Destino

2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 63: Alex Destino

Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox Solid performer needs to speed up the ladder in 2021 Alex Destino Right Fielder6´2´´215 poundsAge: 25SSS rank among all right fielders in the system: 7 After posting a nifty .882 OPS in his sophomore season, Alex Destino struggled a bit for the University of South Carolina during his junior year. That year (2017), he slashed .255/.338/.441 for the Gamecocks with eight doubles, 10 homers, 41 RBIs, three stolen bases, 27 walks (11.5%) and 42 strikeouts (17.9%). Due in part to his power potential, the White Sox selected him in the 14th round...
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2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 29

2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 29

Bryce Bush had a rocky 2019, but his slight move up our poll indicates we still have a lot of faith in him. | Kim Contreras/South Side Sox Who is the 29th-best prospect in the White Sox system? If you’re unsure of what this is, read our Top Prospect Vote primer. Round 28 was a lot of fun, a close race from No. 1 through 10. In the end, Bryce Bush prevailed, with 28% (19 of 68 votes). Bush had a down 2019 but continues to find support in our poll, debuting at No. 25 in 2019 and dipping to 29th last year. Yolbert Sánchez, who just missed the win here, was last...
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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 64: Dilmer Mejia

2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 64: Dilmer Mejia

Dilmer Mejia of the Fire Frogs delivers a pitch to the plate during the Florida State League game between the Florida Fire Frogs and the Clearwater Threshers on June 3, 2018, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. | Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via A young farm “veteran,” this southpaw newcomer is trending upward Dilmer Mejia Left-Handed Starting Pitcher5´11´´160 poundsAge: 23SSS rank among all left-handed starting pitchers in the system: 8 The White Sox signed Mejia back in December as a minor league free agent and assigned to High-A Winston-Salem. He’s not an...
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North Side Sox Podcast 10 — Running Through Brick Walls

North Side Sox Podcast 10 — Running Through Brick Walls

We’re so excited about the White Sox, and to share that enthusiasm, we bring on Sox Machine’s Josh Nelson! We at North Side Sox are so excited about this team. Tim Anderson’s comments on the Parkins & Spiegel show about the White Sox being the best team in the American League included a spicy expletive, and as a result, we wanna run through a brick wall for this man. (As if we needed another reason!) To share in our excitement (and perhaps to distract us from some recent drama), the effervescent Josh Nelson of Sox Machine joins us for a discussion on some hot button...
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South Side Sox Reacts: The Tatís Deal

South Side Sox Reacts: The Tatís Deal

Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ Fans neither locally nor nationally are utterly sold on the shortstop Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Chicago White Sox fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. Earlier this week, the San Diego Padres and star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. agreed to an enormous contract extension worth a reported $340 million over 14 years. Tatis is entering only his third year in the majors, but has already emerged as one of the game’s young stars....
Feb 26, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 65: Dan Metzdorf

2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 65: Dan Metzdorf

Boston College Small stature, big smarts Dan MetzdorfLeft-Handed Starting Pitcher5´10´´165 poundsAge: 24SSS rank among all left-handed starting pitchers in the system: 92020 SSHP Top Prospect Rank: 72 Dan Metzdorf enjoyed a successful senior season in 2019 for Boston College, posting a solid 2.58 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 11 starts. In 73 innings for the Eagles, he surrendered just 56 hits (.204 OBA) and 28 walks while striking out 65. Because of his diminutive size, and also because he doesn’t have top-notch stuff, Metzdorf was expected to be drafted much later....
Feb 26, 2021
Norge Vera Is Now Officially a Member of the White Sox

Norge Vera Is Now Officially a Member of the White Sox

With amazing potential, and as the son of a legendary Cuban hurler, Norge Vera officially joined the White Sox today. | @francysromero10/Twitter Announcement delayed, but the best pitcher in the international class is on his way into the system It took six weeks after the announcement of Yoelqui Céspedes, but the other plum of the White Sox international signing class, Norge Vera, is now officially signed. The class includes Adrián Gil, who trained under former White Sox pitcher Freddy García. Vera gets a touch less than Céspedes’ bonus, at $1.5 million, but is...
Feb 26, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 66: Elijah Tatís

2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 66: Elijah Tatís

@BenBadler/Twitter A disappointing and brief pro debut doesn’t diminish this infielder’s high ceiling Elijah TatísSecond Baseman5´11´´155 poundsAge: 19SSS rank among all second basemen in the system: 22020 SSHP Top Prospect Rank: 60 Elijah Tatís is the son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatís and the brother of former White Sox farmhand Fernando Tatís Jr. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, “Tatís possesses a strong and accurate arm and has impressed scouts with the way the ball jumps off his bat, as well as his ability to square up fastballs.” With...
Feb 26, 2021
Rick Hahn Steps in It ... Again

Rick Hahn Steps in It ... Again

Jonathan Daniel/ Snippiness over spending rears its ugly head in an Athletic chat Believe me, we’re trying to focus on the positivity of the 2021 White Sox season. But hardly a week after it was revealed that owner Jerry Reinsdorf froze his front office from the knowledge that Tony La Russa was arrested for DUI, there’s been another unforced error. This time, it’s from GM Rick Hahn, speaking far too frankly with James Fegan of The Athletic. White Sox Twitter is in an uproar. White Sox blogs, any worth their salt, are howling. But for whatever “bucks” that...
Feb 26, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 28

2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 28

Konnor Pilkington coasted to an easy win on our 27th ballot. | Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox Who is the 28th-best prospect in the White Sox system? If you’re unsure of what this is, read our Top Prospect Vote primer. As close as Round 26 was, No. 27 was not, as Konnor Pilkington crushed it with 49% (23 of 47 votes). Only three players so far (Michael Kopech at No. 3, Nick Madrigal at No. 4 and Yoelqui Céspedes at No. 6) have won with a higher percentage of the vote. Pilkington continues a slight slip down our poll after finishing at No. 24 in 2019 and 25th in...
Feb 26, 2021
SSS Cryptosoxery #9

SSS Cryptosoxery #9

A little spring training for us all In this week’s cryptoquote, a voice from the White Sox past has a little something to say about spring training. But first, the answer to Cryptosoxery #8, Hall-of-Famer baseball writer person Hal McCoy’s quote that has something to do with the new White Sox No. 22. McCoy, the record-setting, longtime Cincinnati Reds beat reporter for the Dayton Daily News, is as nice a man as you could ever hope to meet. But even he found a way to demonstrate something less than admiration for the new manager of the White Sox. That was in answer to a...
Feb 25, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 67: Caberea Weaver

2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 67: Caberea Weaver

Kim Contreras/South Side Sox Speed and defense are there, but the swing still needs to come around Caberea Weaver Center Fielder6´3´´180 poundsAge: 21SSHP rank among all center fielders in the system: 52020 SSHP Top Prospect Rank: 54 Caberea Weaver was an amazing athlete out of South Gwinnett, Ga. In fact, Perfect Game ranked him as the 14th-best high school outfielder in the 2018 draft class in part due to his projectable bat and running the 60-yard dash in 6.27 seconds on a slow track. Baseball America said of him at the time of the draft, “He is an athletic,...
Feb 25, 2021
Sharing Sox Podcast 25 — Full Spring Training Edition

Sharing Sox Podcast 25 — Full Spring Training Edition

Well, full except for Covid-delayed José Abreu As the great American philosopher Pogo once put it: Spring has sprung, the grass has riz,I wonder where the flowers is. Pogo was referring not to the one-time White Sox catcher who remains unwanted by any team this spring, but by the giddiness about all things blooming, a giddiness present in any all statements by White Sox players, coaches, managers, front officers and, no doubt, batboys and clubhouse crew. Not to be outdone, pretty much everyone covering the Sox has gone ultra-giddy, no doubt from the joy of warm Arizona...
Feb 24, 2021
Wednesday’s Spring Training Update: Abreu, and the White Sox Coaches Roundtable

Wednesday’s Spring Training Update: Abreu, and the White Sox Coaches Roundtable

Chicago White Sox The highlight of the day was getting a first, and frank, taste of the key staff La Russa, Menechino and Katz The big news of the day, Brett touched on earlier when the news broke on José Abreu and his COVID diagnosis, and there hasn’t really been an update since. You’d figure that in a best-case scenario, Abreu is probably still held out through the weekend. We’ll see. The big event of the day was the next step in Sox Spring Break, which was the Coaches Roundtable. And it was pretty entertaining: Tony La Russa started out looking like he...
Feb 24, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 68: Tyler Frost

2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 68: Tyler Frost

Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox Modest size, big power in the leadoff spot Tyler Frost Right Fielder5´10´´183 poundsAge: 25SSS rank among all right fielders in the system: 8SSS 2019 Top Prospect Rank: 41SSHP 2020 Top Prospect Rank: 70 Tyler Frost was consistently good with Gonzaga, and while he had a solid junior season for the Bulldogs, his numbers were just a shade off of his sophomore year totals. As a junior, he slashed .284/.372/.442 in 53 games with five doubles, one triple, nine homers, 38 RBIs, two stolen bases, 25 walks (10.0%) and 39 strikeouts (15.6%). The...