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Who is on the White Sox offseason radar?

The White Sox know a more experienced type of starting pitcher is needed in the group. They will probably go after a couple of starters, but one might be more of the bridge variety for now.

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White Sox Season in Review: Carson Fulmer

Walker Buehler threw seven strong innings for the Dodgers last night, striking out eight hitters while allowing four runs. His postseason has been rocky, but his rookie season was phenomenal: 8-5, 2.62 ERA, 151 K, 4.08 K:BB ratio, all over 137.1 IP. He’ll be in the conversation for National League Rookie of the Year, which is pretty much all you can hope for from a young pitcher. You may be asking yourself, “Mark, why the hell are you talking about Walker Buehler?” and that’s a...

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How White Sox prospects performed in AFL

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

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Brett Ballantini

Desert Dogs dumped again

Losing streak hits five; only Laz Rivera sees action

Mesa Solar Sox 8, Glendale Desert Dogs 0

Not much to see here, as only Laz Rivera played in the game for Glendale, going 0-for-4: two fly outs to right, a line out to center, and a ground out to third. Rivera is down to .182 on the young fall season.

It’s a bit premature to say the Desert Dogs won’t win a game this fall, but hey, they’re already one-sixth of the way there! At 0-5, Glendale sits in the basement; a season ago, the team...

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Brett Ballantini

Value Survey: Team

Were the Chicago White Sox a good value in 2018? (That’s a rhetorical question.)

All right, this is a quick n’ dirty look at — spoiler alert — how bad the Chicago White Sox were this season.

If you’ve done the quick math from the Hitting and Pitching Value Surveys, you know that the White Sox are in bad shape when it comes to the final value numbers.

On the hitting side, the team was actually in the black, with a surplus value (SV) of $9,534,717. But the pitchers, yeesh, were they...

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Brett Ballantini

Gamethread: Brewers at Dodgers, NLCS Game 3

Go figure: It was Milwaukee’s bullpen that sent them to L.A. tied at a game apiece

Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers, NLCS Game 3 (6:39 CT, FS1)

Well, listen for all the talk of how brilliant Christian Yelich is for the Brewers, an even bigger difference-maker through two games has been L.A.’s Justin Turner. It really feels like that Game 2 win shifted momentum the the Dodgers’ favor, and the universe is back in order with an advantage for the preordained and presumed NL...

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White Sox Season in Review: Ryan Burr, Ian Hamilton, Caleb Frare

On the one hand, the arguments to draft Zack Burdi with the 26th overall pick in 2016 were pretty clear: relievers are playing a bigger role on major league rosters than ever before, and Burdi looked like a basically ready to go out of the box late inning reliever, with huge velocity and two potential plus secondary pitches.  That could still be the result although a year was lost to Tommy John surgery.  One argument against drafting someone like Burdi in the first round is illustrated...

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Year of the Hamster

Gamethread: Astros at Red Sox, ALCS Game 2

David Price is the southpaw standing between a 108-win season and an 0-2 deficit heading to Houston

Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox, ALCS Game 2 (6:09 CT, TBS)

At least per ZiPS, Brett was right yesterday; the Chris Sale starts are the only ones in which the Boston Red Sox are favored to win, and that didn’t quite go according to plan in Game 1. Sale’s velocity is down, and while that still leaves him as a pretty darn good pitcher, he’s not the same this October.

It’s hard not to...

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Deep Dive: First Base Edition, Part 2

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the White Sox system’s upper tier of first basemen

“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the White Sox organization. Each position will be a four-part series:

Depth in the lower levels (Dominican through Kannapolis) Depth in the higher levels (Winston-Salem through Charlotte) Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position Free-agent options at that position, plus sneak peeks into available players in the...

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Brett Ballantini

Gamethread: Astros at Red Sox, ALCS Game 1

Old friend Chris Sale tries to get Boston off to a strong start toward the World Series

Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox, ALCS Game 1 (7:09 CT, TBS)

No offense to the National League, but this right here is the World Series.

Chris Sale takes the bump for Game 1. Must games are a little overplayed, but Boston really needs to pocket wins in every Sale start; it’s hard to see a rotation advantage they have otherwise.

Lineups:

Starting nine for Game 1. #NeverSettle...

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Brett Ballantini

Gamethread: Dodgers at Brewers, NLCS Game 2

Another win for Milwaukee not only sets a franchise-longest winning streak, it puts Los Angeles in an almost impossible hole

Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 2 (3:09 CT, FOX)

Well, hey dere, lookee here, the Brewers are within one win of the longest winning streak (13 games) in their history. Not their postseason history, mind you, but their entire history. Nice timing, eh?

Oh, and if being on the periphery of an all-time winning streak isn’t enough, yesterday’s (12th...

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Brett Ballantini

Value Survey: Pitchers

Near the top of the leaderboard all season long, Reynaldo López was easily the best pitching value on the 2018 White Sox

Now, listen, I said this was going to be ugly. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

OK, so, the good news: Eight White Sox pitchers did record positive surplus values (SV).

The bad news: Eight White Sox pitchers — out of 29 who pitched for the team in 2018 — recorded positive SV.

On to the bullet points, as it were:

Reynaldo López, at least by SV measures, isn’t just...

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Brett Ballantini

Glendale’s opening skid hits four

Luis Robert has another hit (then leaves with injury) and four consecutive White Sox prospects pitch in 4-1 loss

Surprise Saguaros 4, Glendale Desert Dogs 1

OK, so, the big and unsurprising news:

#WhiteSox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert, who hit this single to lead off the 4th, was helped off the field by trainers after running out a fielder's choice in the 7th. https://t.co/bmWSK3oVMg pic.twitter.com/7ziwV17Re9

— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 12, 2018

#WhiteSox OF Luis Robert, who...

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Year of the Hamster

Gamethread: Dodgers at Brewers, NLCS Game 1

Tonight begins Beertown’s quest for a World Series berth

Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 1 (7:09 CT, FS1)

Everyone who thought Giovany Gonzalez would be starting Game 1 of a League Championship Series, raise your hands. You know the Milwaukee Brewers are feeling confident when they’re trotting out a guy who didn’t throw a pitch in the NLDS to start against the fearsome Los Angeles Dodgers offense. Clayton Kershaw resumes his No. 1 slot for the Dodgers, so good luck with...

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whisoxman20051917

Deep Dive: First Base Edition, Part 1

Several high-ceiling but low-floor first base options exist in the lower levels of the White Sox system

“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the White Sox organization. Each position will be a four-part series:

Depth in the lower levels (Dominican through Kannapolis) Depth in the higher levels (Winston-Salem through Charlotte) Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position Free-agent options at that position, plus sneak peeks into available...

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Brett Ballantini

Value Survey: Hitters

Tim Anderson prevails — by a wide margin — as White Sox surplus value champion for 2018

With fewer than 20 games left in the season, I somewhat confidently predicted that Tim Anderson was the clear surplus value (SV) winner for the Chicago White Sox in 2018. And, thanks to the switch to the three-WAR averaging and a cut in WAR value of more than half (to $3,785,979.18), TA did end up winning going away.

But it almost wasn’t so easy. Had we stuck with using FanGraphs as the source for...

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White Sox Season In Review: Jace Fry

When writing player comments for the Baseball Prospectus Annual, as Nick Schaefer and I did for the White Sox a year ago, the first step in the process is submitting a list of players. The list runs deep — the one Nick and I submitted a year ago included about 75 players — accounting for every player on the 40-man roster, every relevant prospect, as well as an oddball or two, maybe relevant veterans hanging around in Triple-A (think, Chris Volstad) or a non-prospect whose name is still...

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Robert making up ABs, notching hits in AFL

For outfielder Luis Robert, MLB's No. 25 prospect, the Arizona Fall League is chance to extend his season and make up for an up-and-down first two years in the Chicago White Sox farm system.

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Darren Jackson

Desert Dogs crumble in the heat

An almost full slate of Sox got action in a 10-9 loss, as Luis Robert continues to take advantage of his at-bats

Surprise Saguaros 10, Glendale Desert Dogs 9

Luis Basabe (LF): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Luis Robert (RF): 2-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Laz Rivera (2B): 0-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K

Luis Robert is good — breaking news — and he paced Glendale to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. He drove in Ryan McKenna with an RBI infield single and then came around to score on a wild pitch.

Luis...

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Brett Ballantini

A better guide to surplus value

Adjusting for a realistic cost of WAR yields some sobering results for the White Sox

Anyone who knows me has to deal with the fact that I think surplus value (SV) is a pretty clever concept, combining player performance (WAR) with a player’s salary to determine how good a value that player is to a team.

Yeah, I can see it getting a little unseemly, like the nonsense this summer about the Chicago White Sox gaming Eloy Jiménez’s service time to squeeze another season of control out of...

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