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Robert and Jiménez shine, but White Sox fall to Rangers 7-6

The offense surged, but the bullpen splatted, in this Cactus League heartbreaker.

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Posted in Top 100 Prospects

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 56: Lency Delgado

Delgado, still very young, should get his first taste of full-season ball in 2020.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 57: Anderson Comas

Comas’ aggressive move up the ladder stalled last year in Great Falls.

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Posted in Today in White Sox History

Today in White Sox History: February 28

Two consummate red-ass managers descended on Chicago in 1968.

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Bench sparks a Sox stomp on Cleveland, 8-3

The Sox starters were flat, but once again Ricky’s comeback corps — the resilient bench — delivered a victory. Oh, and Yermín is crushing it this spring.

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Posted in Podcast

SSHP Podcast 15: Less meatball, more sauce

We’re talking spring training, how to be a White Sox fan, crosstown fans, and how wearing pants can generate run production for the offense.

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Posted in Analysis

Dallas Keuchel, and the elephant in the room

Think the Astros cheating scandal is all in the past, or that their pitchers didn’t benefit from the chicanery? Think again.

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Late rally falls short as White Sox lose, 7-6

Hot start: Adam Engel hit a three-run homer in today’s loss, boosting his way-too-early spring OPS to 1.140. (Sean Williams/South…

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 58: Blake Battenfield

Offspeed mastery may be all that separates Battenfield from Triple-A — or the majors.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 59: Kelvin Maldonado

Maldonado’s varied skills have found him moving through the system with his bat yet untracked.

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Spring training’s in full swing with split-squad games — and the White Sox split them

It is early, but the White Sox dropped the game they should have, and came back to win the starters-packed game they needed to.

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Posted in Offbeat

So, you’ve decided to become a White Sox fan …

Are you eager to partake in some base-ball rooting this summer? Not sure where to start? Simply Sox-curious? Our orientation packet is here to guide you through the first steps of your impending sickness.

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Posted in Top 100 Prospects

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 60: Elijah Tatís

Tatís had a short pro debut but should still see the States in 2020.

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Mercedes homers, White Sox rally late to force tie

The White Sox rally in the ninth to tie, powered by Yermín Mercedes and Matt Skole.

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Today in White Sox History: February 24

The Bronx Bombers lifted Eddie Lopat off of the White Sox 72 years ago.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 61: Vince Arobio

No White Sox farmhand jumped more levels in 2019 than Arobio.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 62: Kyle Kubat

The Triple-A beach ball kicked Kubat’s hiney just as it did everyone else. He’s still on track to steal a spot start on the South Side in 2020.

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Minor key: The last bullpen spot

While much of the roster is pretty well set, the final bullpen spot is up for grabs — and a surprising name holds the inside track to claim it.

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SSHP Podcast 14: Cactus League opener!

A podcast from Actual Baseball Games, as we check in down south to talk about the victorious Cactus League opener for the White Sox.

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Subs provide spark, pitching shuts down Reds in 7-2 win

In a top-to-bottom strong effort, it was the reserve corps that provided the knockout punch in today’s win.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 63: Lincoln Henzman

Encountering some of his first pro setbacks in 2019, look for Henzman to right himself and see Charlotte soon.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 64: Laz Rivera

It was a step back for Rivera in 2019, but there’s still a chance he regains true prospect status.

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Posted in Breaking News

Aaron Bummer signs a five-year, $16 million extension

The White Sox have locked up their best reliever, well into the 2020s.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 65: Austin Conway

While a little old for his level, Conway’s exquisite numbers don’t lie.

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AL Central Big 3: The intangibles

A final study of the ALC contenders focuses on the strength of the managers and state of the farm systems.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 66: Tyler Osik

Tyler Osik’s bat got him fast-tracking in his first pro season. Now, as a catcher, he could move even faster through the system.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 67: Manuel Veloz

Just days after signing with the White Sox, Veloz was on his way to being the best relief pitcher in the DSL.

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AL Central Big 3: The pitching

Pitching advantage, Cleveland — but Minnesota and Chicago are pretty dead even.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 68: Alex Destino

Destino needs to put his power and plus-defense to work with a climb to Birmingham by season’s end.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 69: Luis Curbelo

Though still young, Curbelo’s demotion in 2019 should be a wake-up call.

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AL Central Big 3: The offenses

In the first of a three-part series leading up to the Cactus League opener, we look at how the Big 3 ALC offenses stack up.

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Tim Anderson’s BABIP breakout wasn’t all luck, so hop off your high horse and jump on the TA train

Analysts anticipating a fall from grace from Anderson may be waiting a long time.

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Posted in Meet the Players

Meet the Players: Trevor Lines

Our newest writer is an ex-college player and diehard White Sox analyst.

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Four under-the-radar, early-season storylines

Our newest writer takes a look at four overlooked story lines heading into the 2020 White Sox season.

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Posted in Podcast

SSHP Podcast 13: Spring training begins!

Happy spring training! Let’s catch up with all the awesomeness that the kickoff of Cactus time provides!

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Posted in Camelback Confidential

New kids on the block had a strong showing at full squads

Another day, another batch of potent bats, as Yoán Moncada, Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnación punish BP arms.

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Reynaldo López: now or never

Full of promise and flashing elite skills, the young righty nonetheless disappointed. This dig into the numbers highlights some reasons for optimism with López — and reveals why there’s some fools’ gold in the stats as well.

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Posted in Camelback Confidential

Welcome to the La Pantera party!

Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal and even Adam Engel go BOOM in the batter’s box.

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A Conversation With: Billy Pierce

One of the best — and kindest — White Sox to ever wear the uniform.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 70: Tyler Frost

Frost has proven to have a sweet power stroke from the leadoff spot.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 71: Johnabiell Laureano

With last year’s second-best OPS in the White Sox organization, Laureano may yet prove a fast mover.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 72: Dan Metzdorf

Small in stature, the southpaw put up nice results in his first taste of pro ball.

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Posted in Camelback Confidential

Camelback Confidential: Beefed-up rookies impress

Blake Rutherford’s hitting and Nick Madrigal’s fielding make two things clear: They’ve added a ton of muscle, and they’re impressing the heck out of everyone early.

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Today in White Sox History: February 15

Hands-down, the worst acquisition in White Sox history.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 73: Zach Thompson

The bouncy ball battered Thompson in 2019, but with some adjustments, he could see the South Side in 2020.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 74: John Parke

Parke has little prospect sizzle, but continues to put up sweet numbers in the White Sox system.

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Posted in South Side Hit Pen Hall of Fame

2019 Top Moment in White Sox History inductee: DeWayne Wise, The Catch

Honoring the greatest outfield catch any White Sox fan has ever seen.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 75: Joel Booker

Booker booked his way to Charlotte with a hot start — then tripped badly for the rest of the year.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 76: Ian Dawkins

It was a shock that Dawkins wasn’t promoted from Kannapolis to begin 2019 — and a bigger one that he never advanced from there last season.

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Today in White Sox History: February 13

Paul Edmondson was killed 50 years ago today in a traffic accident, cutting short what appeared to be a promising pitching career.

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Five White Sox are elected to the South Side Hit Pen Hall of Fame!

Joe Jackson, Paul Konerko, Carlton Fisk, Harold Baines and Ed Walsh are enshrined, with the 1906 season double-dipping with honors this year as well.

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Posted in Podcast

SSHP Podcast 12: Helmet nachos, PECOTA projections, and the small hurdle incident

Yes, there’s anticipation for the coming season, as spring training opens. But there’s also a host of new possible team promotions, site Patreon benefits and philosophical underpinnings discussed. Plus, a cameo from Mr. Wendal.

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Posted in Top 100 Prospects

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 77: Anthony Coronado

Still young, Coronado saw his offensive production spike last season in Arizona.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 78: Camilo Quinteiro

Quinteiro started fast with the White Sox, but needs to bounce back from a lackluster 2019.

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Posted in Literary Supplement

Prophet of the Sandlots

We’re bringing back the Literary Supplement, South Side Hit Pen style, with a wonderful book detailing the journey of legendary scout Tony Lucadello.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 79: Josue Guerrero

It might finally all be coming together for the young outfielder.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 80: Corey Zangari

Defensive limitations place Zangari at first base; injuries have kept him from faster advancement.

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Today in White Sox History: February 9

The One-Dog comes to town, spreading the joy of triples year after year!

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Today in White Sox History: February 7

Magglio Ordoñez’s stellar White Sox career came to a crashing end after mystery medical procedures and a war of words.

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Posted in Analysis

Filling the gap at the second sack

With a lot of options on the table for the White Sox at second base, it’s a free agent who makes the most sense for now.

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Posted in White Sox Minors

Jonathan Stiever: Ace in the hole

Thanks to tips from pitching coach Matt Zaleski, Jonathan Stiever had a second half for the ages.

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Posted in Offbeat

We need to talk about The Hat

This assault on the eyes begs the question: On what day did New Era make these abominations, and couldn’t they have rested on that day instead?

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 81: Carlos Perez

The best defensive catcher in the system, who’s also demonstrated some offensive ability, Perez is a backstop to keep on the front burner.

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Potential White Sox lineups for 2020

Let’s take a look at how Chicago’s lethal 2020 lineups should play out.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 83: Harold Diaz

Diaz will be back for another run at the AZL after a tough offensive 2019.

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Posted in Offbeat

Southpaw: America’s true, gritty, working-class mascot

Gaze into Southpaw’s eyes, and you will not see a void; you will see a comrade looking back at you saying, “Damn the man. Gritty, who?”

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 85: Lane Ramsey

Ramsey is poised for a big leap to Winston-Salem, and perhaps Birmingham, in 2020.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 86: Sam Abbott

If Abbott can add a bit better contact to his power, he could climb the ladder quickly.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 87: Jefferson Mendoza

If this backstop can get his high-ceiling offense and defense to sync in a single season, he could climb fast in the White Sox system.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 88: Wilber Sánchez

The lesser-known of the DSL Sánchezes should make his way to Arizona in 2020.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 89: Hunter Schryver

Schryver has shot to Charlotte, with an outside chance of seeing time on the South Side in 2020.

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