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The Road to The Show™: Michael Kopech

Fireballer ready to complete comeback in South Side bullpen
March 1, 2021

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Chicago White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. Among the highly ranked and

Toolshed: Spring Training camps to watch

Ten groups worth following as top prospects showcase talents
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 24, 2021

Pitchers and catchers have been in Arizona and Florida a while. Position players have officially joined them in earnest. Look around you. It's decidedly spring. To celebrate the official opening of Spring Training and return of full-squad workouts, Toolshed presents 10 camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues that prospect

Roundup: White Sox invite Vaughn to camp

Cardinals, Angels also bringing Top-100 talents to Spring Training
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 11, 2021

The White Sox addressed their rotation, bullpen and outfield situation by adding Lance Lynn, Liam Hendriks and Adam Eaton this offseason. Their biggest opening might be at the designated hitter spot. They'll get a closer look at one talented internal option very soon. No. 14 overall prospect Andrew Vaughn is

2021 Prospect Projections: AL Central rookies

White Sox prepared to pounce again with a little prospect help
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 27, 2021

This is the third in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

Drive-thru and Dash: Santa visits Winston-Salem

Claus and crew create socially distanced memories at the ballpark
@BensBiz
December 17, 2020

Across the country and around the world, Santa Claus has been recognized as an essential worker. The Winston-Salem Dash are assisting him with his essential work. On Saturday the Dash will host their final installment of "Drive-Thru Santa," a holiday endeavor devised for these pandemic-affected times. Though the name may

Righty Dunning heading to Rangers

Chicago gives up No. 98 overall prospect, Weems to get Lynn
@RobTnova24
December 8, 2020

Dane Dunning is on the move again. MLB.com's No. 98 overall prospect and left-hander Avery Weems were traded to the Rangers for right-hander Lance Lynn. Reports came in late Monday night with both clubs confirming Tuesday afternoon.

State of the System: Chicago White Sox

South Siders optimistic about youth beyond Vaughn, Crochet
@jtbloss
December 7, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. While much of the offseason conversation around

White Sox provide updates on Madrigal, Crochet

Second baseman underwent shoulder surgery; lefty's UCL healthy
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 12, 2020

There were two big injury updates on Chicago's South Side on Monday -- one expected and one that should be a relief to White Sox fans. No. 36 overall prospect Nick Madrigal underwent planned shoulder surgery that will keep him out for five to six months while No. 89 Garrett

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

White Sox rookie hurler Crochet exits early

2020 first-round pick suffers left forearm tightness in second
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 1, 2020

Following the 2020 Draft, White Sox left-hander Garrett Crochet quickly burst onto the scene with an even speedier fastball. But his rookie season has hit a speed bump. Baseball’s No. 89 overall prospect exited early in the second inning of the decisive Wild Card Series 6-4 loss to the A’s

The Show Before the Show: Episode 276

White Sox exec Getz discusses prospect contributions, alt site
September 18, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

White Sox call up 2020 first-rounder Crochet

No. 11 overall pick becomes first member of class to reach MLB
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

It didn't take long for the 2020 Draft to make an impact on Major League Baseball. The White Sox are calling 2020 No. 11 overall pick Garrett Crochet up to the Majors, general manager Rick Hahn announced Friday. Crochet will be the first player from the 2020 Draft class to

Flores flourishes by studying history of the game

No. 19 White Sox prospect enjoys lessons leading him to his goals
@AndrewAtBatt
September 2, 2020

Even as a young child growing up, Bernardo Flores was a student of baseball. At age 7, he started watching Ken Burns' iconic Baseball documentary series and fell in love with the game. There were things in the past that he could point to or aspire to, like his pitching

White Sox activate Madrigal from IL

No. 4 prospect out since Aug. 4 with separated shoulder
August 28, 2020

Battling for the top spot in the American League Central, the White Sox activated rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal from the Injured List on Friday. MLB Pipeline's No. 44 overall prospect missed 21 games with a separated left shoulder suffered while sliding into third base in a 3-2 victory over

Knights help Charlotte youth lead the way

Nonprofit selected as one of five CommUNITY grant recipients
@katiejwoo
August 27, 2020

For Charlotte's Megan Smithers, nominating an organization for Minor League Baseball's CommUNITY grant program was a no-brainer, given the team's relationship with and appreciation for the Young Black Leadership Alliance.

Robert doubles down on White Sox history

Chicago's top prospect posts first multi-homer effort in The Show
@RobTnova24
August 18, 2020

The top of the White Sox order may have opened the night by making history, but from the bottom of the order, Luis Robert ended the night with an exclamation point. MLB.com’s third-ranked overall prospect smoked his second dinger of the game in the eighth inning to cap a 7-2

Madrigal collects first four big league hits

Fourth-ranked White Sox prospect ends drought, scores twice
@tylermaun
August 2, 2020

On Saturday night, it was top White Sox prospect Luis Robert shining with four hits out of the leadoff spot. Less than 24 hours later, another Top 100 prospect did it from the bottom of the lineup. After going 0-for-8 in his first two games since being called up from

Robert tees off atop White Sox lineup

Batting leadoff, No. 3 overall prospect collects four hits
@jtbloss
August 2, 2020

Luis Robert had to replace the reigning American League batting champion on Saturday, and all he could muster in response was a 415-foot dinger and nine total bases in an 11-5 White Sox win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. With Tim Anderson’s pregame move to the Injured List, Robert

White Sox summon Madrigal to Majors for debut

No. 39 overall prospect bringing high contact rate to Chicago roster
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 31, 2020

The White Sox have already seen Top-100 prospect Luis Robert make big contributions to their Major League club in the early days of the 2020 season. Now, they'll see what another bright young talent can do. Chicago called up No. 39 overall prospect Nick Madrigal on Friday, the club announced.

Robert blasts first dinger for White Sox

No. 3 overall prospect has hit safely in first three big league games
@RobTnova24
July 27, 2020

You can put it on the board -- Luis Robert mashed his first big league dinger on Sunday afternoon. The top White Sox prospect continued his torrid big league debut with his first homer, a two-run blast off veteran right-hander Kenta Maeda that accounted for the White Sox offense in

Robert knocks twice in White Sox debut

No. 3 overall prospect collects pair of hits in first MLB game
July 25, 2020

The legend of Luis Robert that grew in Summer Camp was on full display in a Major League game Friday. MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect recorded a double and a single in his big league debut as the White Sox dropped a 10-5 decision to the Twins at Guaranteed Rate

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
@MavalloneMiLB
July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Toolshed: Burger trying new route to South Side

No. 15 White Sox prospect to spend summer in collegiate league
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 17, 2020

It's Friday, July 17, 2020, and No. 15 White Sox prospect Jake Burger will get to play regular-season baseball in a game that matters in the standings, any standings for the first time since Sept. 4, 2017. That's a stretch of 1,047 days, not that anyone's counting. He'll do so

Prospects in the White Sox 2020 player pool

Robert, Madrigal set to lead South Siders back into contention
@RobTnova24
July 14, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Kopech opts out of 2020 season

No. 3 White Sox prospect has not pitched since 2018
@AndrewAtBatt
July 10, 2020

It's been two years since Michael Kopech pitched in an official game, but White Sox fans will have to wait a while longer to see the team's third-ranked prospect. The hard-throwing right-hander has opted out of playing this season, general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement Friday. “Michael Kopech