Coming off of a career-best season and running with swagger to burn, it seems most likely Anderson is the South Side’s starting shortstop for the foreseeable future.
The White Sox got free agency off to a stirring start by snatching No. 1 target Yasmani Grandal.
All three shortstops at the upper levels seem to fit the bill of utilityman profiles, but don’t have the upside of a Lenyn Sosa, Lency Delgado or Yolbert Sánchez.
The roots of the White Sox were forged on this day, long, long ago. Also, a big, moody masher came to town.
In A-ball, Lenyn Sosa is clearly the better of the two prospects, as he’s four years younger than Johan Cruz; he’s also the second-ranked shortstop prospect in the organization (behind only Yolbert Sánchez) according to MLB Pipeline.
A good and a bad day for White Sox acquisitions, as Roland Hemond made a killer trade and Bill Veeck a free-agent flop.
There is a decent degree of upside both offensively and defensively among rookie league shortstops. In fact, the talent level here may actually exceed any at the higher levels, with the possible exception of Lenyn Sosa.
One way to sass those sluggish “rebuilding” owners and punish teams that aren’t even trying? Relegation!
In an exhaustive interview, the Hall of Fame manager looks back at his time with the White Sox … and the one time he was close to returning.
Anthony Rendon is the top of the class, but there are some other solid third sackers available via free agency for 2020.
Time for the fun stuff: An exhaustive look at the best everyday player on the White Sox roster.
We’ve done the best of the best … now it’s time for the worst of the worst. (Hey, it’s Friday, crack a beer and let these go down easy.)
The miraculous Dick Allen was honored as AL MVP, on this day 47 years ago.
With the possible exception of Camilo Quinteiro, these guys appear to be only organizational depth pieces unless they bounce back in a big way in 2020.
Tis a folly to non-tender our second sacker, if the best offense truly be a great defense.
El Capítan is back, ready to supercharge a stronger Chicago offense. (YouTube) Though there were rumored extension talks leading up…
While Yeyson Yrizarri has yet to advance to Birmingham despite spending nearly 2 ½ years with Winston-Salem, Jake Burger hasn’t even participated in game action for two years due to injuries. Both guys are still young enough to attain their high ceilings — but 2020 will be a big year for both.
An exhaustive world tour begins for the South Siders.
Here’s our look at the very best White Sox games of the 2019 season, from STICK TALK to Giolito’s mound mastery, and a whole bunch of fun in-between.
It was not a pretty 10 years for the Chicago White Sox. Can you recall enough South Side standouts to even fill an All-Decade roster?
The money will be spent … so why not start with rising star Zack Wheeler, and add a lefty on the way out of the store?
A team nabbing the top three finishes in the MVP voting? Go-Go Sox!
There is indeed some talent here, though it’s mostly raw. The AZL third basemen appear to be the best of this group.
Goodbye to one of our greatest managers … hello to one of our all-time greats.
This kicks off a mini-burst of bests and blursts this week at South Side Hit Pen. Today, Lenny G gets things going with his highly-entertaining look at his most and least favorite games of 2019.
A massive trade, and two huge, unanimous awards mark the day.
Today, a big win for a World Series champion manager.
With the pickings pretty slim at second, it’s awfully nice that the White Sox seem set at the spot.
The highlight of Jerry Manuel’s five-year run in Chicago came in 2000, with an ultimate award.
As a player who’s actually been in the White Sox organization longer than anyone else, it would be nice to see Sánchez contribute —even if it’s just as a reserve infielder — to a winning team for a change.
Nick Madrigal and Danny Mendick are, by far, the best second basemen in the White Sox system.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of long-term talent at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, so this trio needs to prove some people wrong in 2020.
While there is some decent talent at Great Falls, Arizona and the Dominican, nobody is firmly established enough yet to be a surefire lock for full-season ball in 2020.
A momentous day for Ozzie Guillén, whose World Series hangover cleared just in time to be named White Sox manager.
Notable manager news: one award-winner, one great hire.
A big win for the winningest pitcher of the early 1990s.
It’s a robust field this free agency period — and the White Sox have a need for offense.
Well … we had to come up with something for this day, although if you didn’t know better, this series is … trending downward.
Does Abreu truly have a ‘lifetime’ deal? We’ll find out, as he tests free agency for the first time.
One out of two is pretty bad, SI.
The true prospect on this list is Gavin Sheets, who enjoyed his best power season to date this year at pitching-friendly Regions Field in Birmingham.
The entire class of free agent and trade acquisitions for the White Sox in 2019 contributed just 3.9 bWAR.
No, that is not a typo.
Some hardware for both Early Wynn and Jeff Torborg highlight the day.
With a depth chart boasting Vaughn, Zangari and Osik, first base is in good hands at the A level.
Two huge hires, 30 years apart, led to big stretches of White Sox success.
While there’s nobody here that is a Top 30 organizational prospect as of yet, there are a couple of interesting bats worth watching here — especially with Great Falls.
Yoán Moncada is destined to be a star on the South Side for a long, long time.
Photo: Clinton Cole (@CDCole55)/South Side Hit Pen
It was the celebration we all had waited our entire lives for.
A busy day in White Sox history is headlined by the news that we all waited our lifetimes for.
Geoff Blum got it done — with a save from Mark Buehrle.
After Yasmani Grandal, this year’s crop of backstops is … lacking.
Not as much to report on the AL manager rumor mill, with just one opening left. But let’s rant about it a bit, anyway.
James McCann had a surprisingly great year for the White Sox in 2019, even punching a ticket to this year’s All-Star Game. What’s next for McCann and the White Sox in 2020?
Judging from the size of the crowd and the overwhelmingly favorable feedback heard at the event, it was a great night for the city of Kannapolis and its baseball team.
Nineteen years ago today, the White Sox installed the architect of the 2005 champions as GM.
There’s a catching logjam at the top of the system, and the White Sox are hoping at least one major league backstop can emerge from it.
Another miracle day, marked by two homers — one expected and one most improbable.
Meet our newest writer, bringing some humor and attitude to the crew … Colleen Sullivan!
Joe Girardi can only be hired by one team … we think.
With his mix of offensive competence and defensive strength, Carlos Perez stands out as our top A-ball catcher.
A glorious win in the opener of the 2005 World Series, 14 years ago today.
Due to the number of White Sox rookie league teams, each catcher gets relatively little playing time, with the DSL White Sox backstops looking sharpest.
Happy birthday, Soupy!
Another outright steal for Frank Lane.
This article delves into the left-handed relief options available this offseason; as in most years, the pickings are slim.
Ladies and gentlemen, eight years after hitting No. 1, rocking Comiskey Park, it’s … Steam!
Bummer’s combination of low salary, years of team control and performance should make him a key contributor to future competitive squads on the South Side.
Happy 50th birthday, Chris Tremie!
There are some major league (and experienced) arms at Charlotte, but the two most enticing southpaws in the White Sox system may reside in Birmingham.
Paul Konerko’s unassisted out at first clinched a fourth straight win, fourth straight complete game, and World Series berth in 2005.
The Winston-Salem southpaw bullpen arms are especially interesting — especially Andrew Perez and Jacob Lindgren.
World title No. 2 is in the books!
The rookie corps of southpaws, especially at Great Falls and AZL, showed a lot of promise in 2019.
A historic, unique, first-time World Series win for the White Sox!
Meet our 17th writer, guitarist, power bat, and serious concessions patron Scott Reichard!
Yoán Moncada and Lucas Giolito are the clear highlights of the next step of the rebuild.
Pat Kelly was so good with the White Sox, he turned a 0.0 bWAR season in 1973 into an All-Star Game appearance.
It was the dropped third strike heard ’round the world.
There are five 1.0 WAR-plus righty relievers out there this offseason … and a ton of bullpen projects after that.
Where it all began for the White Sox … and where Jeff Torborg’s successful reign ended.
Metrics don’t take kindly to pitchers like Colomé. Despite a mostly solid relieving career to date in which he’s posted 126 saves, he’s amassed only a 6.7 bWAR. With that said, there’s something to be said for Colomé being a relatively calming influence in the clubhouse.
The credentials are there. Here’s hoping that Menechino is ready to launch the White Sox’s offense to new heights.
It was an American Invasion, as the White Sox and Giants hit Liverpool.
A “popular and well-known team,” the 1910s White Sox, threw it all away for a little bit of money — and we live with their original sin to this day.
Many of the top organizational bullpen arms finished the season with Birmingham and Charlotte this year. Hopefully with a little luck, some of these arms could be fixtures in the White Sox bullpen for years to come.
One devastating loss, and one season-saving win, in postseasons 74 years apart.
Even though none rank in MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 White Sox Prospect list, there is indeed some quality under-the-radar talent here. In fact, the strength of the Kannapolis squad this year may well have been its right-handed relief corps.
Heartbreak in 1983 … hope in 1993.
Let’s take a look at the Top 15 rookie league righties, focusing on five at each affiliate.
El Duque forever! An INCREDIBLE pitching performance from Orlando Hernandez highlights the day.
Heartbreaking losses, including two late pennant eliminations in the 1900s, mark the day.
Go figure, the AFL-worst Desert Dogs host the AFL-best Saguaros, and … Glendale wins!
Three playoff games (two wins!) but One Massive Retirement highlight the day.
Plentiful left-handed starter options should be available this offseason. Let’s take a look at ’em.
The beginning of a rebuild, 70 years ago … and the end of a ribald era.
It would be great to see Rodón finally reach his potential at some point in a White Sox uniform, no matter how likely it is.
The day the music died? Sure, but the White Sox clinched one of their pennants on this day, too.