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Ryno

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Fangraphs Top 50 AL Prospects

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Flowers #20 Hudson #33 Highest I've seen for either for them, especially Flowers, who seemed to be sliipping in other recent lists.

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects and Diamond Futures Top Prospects (#100 - #51)

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Baseball America Mitchelll #55 Flowers #60 Hudson #66 Surprised to see Mitchell so high, and above Flowers and Hudson. I guess if you're looking at highest possible upside, he could be the best of the three. Diamond Futures Hudson #79 MItchell #83 Viciedo #90 HIghtest I've ever seen for Viciedo (who comes out ahead of Eric Hosmer, Austin Jackson, and Jake Arrieta, for example). Seems slightly low for Hudson. Presumably Flowers is in the top 50.

Sox projected for 88 wins, AL Central title

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Projected standings White Sox - 88 Twins - 82 Indians - 76 Tigers - 75 Royals - 71

Keith Law says Sox have worst farm system in MLB

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30. Chicago White Sox They don't spend money in the draft, they don't spend much in Latin America except for Cuban free agents who might be closer to the big leagues, they've been quick to trade prospects for major league value when they were contending, and their first overall pick from 2008, future star Gordon Beckham, is already ineligible for this list (one of only two first-rounders from 2008 to do so). They did take on a little more risk than usual with their first draft pick in 2009, outfielder Jared Mitchell, a high-ceiling, two-sport college player, who is probably their best shot at getting an impact player from anyone in their system right now.

Jerry Crasnick Interviews Matt Thornton

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Editor's note: Jerry Crasnick caught up with Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, a graduate of Centreville (Mich.) High School. Thornton talked about his experiences playing at the prep level.

Swings and Misses: Danks, Jenks

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Looking at fastballs only and the percentage of them that a pitcher gets a swing and a miss on, there’s some names in interesting places. It’s probably no surprise that Scott Kazmir and Rich Harden were at or near the league best in 2008, but would you have guessed John Danks and Micah Owings would be right with them? It’s probably not surprising that Dallas Braden had the lowest rate of fastball swinging strikes amongst starting pitchers last year given his typical 87-88 mph velocity, but would you thought Bobby Jenks and his mid-90s fastball would be near the bottom for relievers at a rate roughly half that of Ramon Ramirez? In fact, Bobby Jenks saw a significant decline in the amount of swings and misses he managed across all pitches in 2008, something to watch out for in 2009.

Carlos Quentin Complete's [sic] Me!

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It's about time I set the record straight, I have an extreme man-crush on Carlos Quentin for the 2009 Fantasy Baseball season. I'm not going to lie, it's a strong feeling and at times, it may make my wife a bit jealous. You see, I have to try to stop bringing Carlos' name up at the dinner table or when we're out running errands, but if there was one player with monster upside you could count on, it's Carlos Quentin. I have said recently that I love the potential of Quentin and I have already drafted Quentin quite early in the two expert mock drafts like the 2009 CBS League of Champions Expert League Draft and the 2009 Fantasy Man's Early Bird Expert Mock Draft. Quentin even slipped to me in the 3rd round of Mock Draft Central's first 2009 Expert Draft. With this post, I wanted to justify why I believe in Quentin for those who still don't agree.

Draft pick update

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From ChicagoSports.com: Texas junior outfielder Jordan Danks, the Sox's seventh-round pick in the amateur draft, took batting practice in front of several high-ranking executives. The 6-foot-5-inch Danks, younger brother of Sox pitcher John Danks, relished taking batting practice with Paul Konerko four hours before Tuesday night's win over Cleveland. Danks was selected in the 19th round by the Sox in 2005 but elected to attend Texas. He is three semesters short of graduating. "I feel a lot more comfortable now," Danks said. "I got some schooling [and three years of college baseball] under my belt. I have all this to start my pro career and get rolling with that and hopefully make it up here as soon as possible." Danks is confident he will sign before the Aug. 15 deadline. Meanwhile, the Sox plan to take another shot at Kyle Long, a 6-8, 285-pound left-hander they drafted in the 23rd round out of St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va. Within the next 10 days, the Sox plan to visit Long, the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long. He throws in the mid-90 m.p.h. range and has committed to play at Florida State.

Cubs sign Reed Johnson

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Because the younger and more talented Matt Murton isn't grindy enough, I guess? Since the Cubs obviously don't think much of Murton, I wonder what it would take to pry him away.

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2008 Projected Roster and Payroll

I was inspired by the possible 2008 lineup Cheat posted yesterday so I decided to figure out my semi-realistic best case scenario for next year.  Tell me if I'm delusional.Starting lineup Ichiro -...

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2008 Free Agent Outfielder Survivor

With the Sox's black hole in left field, there's been a lot of talk around here about the tantalizing outfield options that will be hitting free agency after the season.  So I decided to take a...

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Down on the Farm

Well, it's Friday morning and I'm hungover at work.  What better way to waste time than to write a recap of last night's Sox minor league action.Charlotte 5, Syracuse 4 (Game 1); Charlotte 2,...

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White Sox sign veteran Perez

If you're like me, you screamed "Oh no, not Timo!" in your head when you saw that headline.  Luckily, it's not everyone's favorite clutch-hitting trilingual 5th outfielder.From ChicagoSports.com: ...

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Michael Young

It seems like the Tribune's Mark Gonzales brings up the possibility of trading for Michael Young every time he writes about ways the Sox can improve in 2007.  I'm not sure if this is a pet idea of...

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Ex-Factor

The following is a list of the 2006 playoff teams in order of their "Soxness," and thus provides a guide to which teams to root for in the postseason.Oakland Athletics Frank Thomas - 1959 games...

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Jason Schmidt trade rumor

I just saw this posted on Buster Olney's blog at ESPN.com: Heard a good trade rumor late Sunday, and it makes some sense on the face of it (and for now, it stands as speculation, because I didn't...

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Accentuating the Positive

Since a lot of people seem to be incredibly pessimistic and even downright unhappy with the Sox right now, despite one of the best starts in team history, I thought I'd link to this article to...

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Birthday Boy

I just happened to stumble across the fact that today is Joe Crede's 28th birthday.  To celebrate, I decided to project a full season of stats for everone's favorite mancrush based on the 50 games...

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Sox are lucky #13 in ESPN's Ultimate Franchise Standings

It's amazing what a championship can do for your popularity.  The Sox vaulted to 13th out of the 92 professional MLB, NFL, and NBA franchises in ESPN's poll of fan statisfaction, something they...

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Confirmation of what we all already knew about Juan Uribe

I don't know if anybody noticed it, but Rob Neyer addressed the horrendous Gold Glove choices recently and broke down the AL shortstops.  Guess who came out on top? I've received a few e-mail...

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2005 Win Share All-Stars

With some of the recent talk about who should make the All-Star game, I decided to figure out who would make it according to Win Shares (WS).  I got the info from the Hardball Times.  Ties in Win...

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Crede and BMac for Chavez?

Damn these juicy trade rumors!  How am I supposed to get any work done now that this is all I can think about?  As many of you have probably heard, there's a fairly legitimate sounding rumor that...

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Timo Must Go

I know yesterday's Sox victory was bittersweet for a lot of us because of who got the game-winning hit: Timo.  And subsequently I've read a lot of chatter about how he'll definitely be staying on...

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Another stupid national baseball writer

This is from Jayson Stark's May 26 chat on ESPN.com:When asked whether the Sox are for real, here's what he had to say:I wrote about this in Rumblings this week. Only one of the last 20 teams to...

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