Mike Rankin and James Fox welcomed Chris Lanuti of Sox in the Basement Podcast to discuss the latest controversy hanging over Tony La Russa and the White Sox. The guys also discussed several key names the organization may target this offseason.
The White Sox hired Ethan Katz to fill the role as pitching coach. How will the move impact pitchers like Reynaldo Lopez and Dylan Cease? Later, Mike, James and Chris reacted live to Jose Abreu's American League MVP as it was announced.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Beef Loaf of Fromthe108.com to preview what to expect from the White Sox as they prepare for an offseason in front of a year that will have World Series aspirations attached. The guys explore the thinking behind Tony La Russa as manager and dive into the overwhelmingly negative perspective from the fan base associated to the hire. Who will fill the role as bench coach? Should the Sox go outside the organization for a pitching coach?
Later, Beef provides his offseason hopes as it relates to free agent right fielders, catchers and pitchers. He also highlights expectations for Dylan Cease. The White Sox must decide whether to tender or non-tender Carlos Rodon and Nomar Mazara. Will they be back?
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcomed on 2016 first round draft pick Zack Burdi to discuss how he was able to overcome two major injuries on his way to his Major League debut in 2020. Burdi is entering an offseason fully healthy and shared insight on analytical incorporation throughout his time in the organization.
Later, Mike and James further explored the White Sox managerial search following James' article on potential candidates. How serious is Tony La Russa's candidacy?
Mike Rankin, James Fox and Dan Santaromita discuss the decision of the White Sox to move on from manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper. Tony La Russa emerged as an early candidate to fill the role as manager, but the panel isn't necessarily sold on the rumors.
They go on to explain their rationale behind supporting AJ Hinch if he were to join the organization. Mike, James and Dan also discuss internal candidates to fill the job as pitching coach. How will the White Sox incorporate Garrett Crochet into the equation next season? Is he a starter long term? Later, the guys highlight needs as the club heads into a pivotal offseason, as well as discuss the future of Nomar Mazara.
*Rick Hahn audio provided courtesy of the Chicago White Sox.
Mike Rankin and James Fox reacted to the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season as it concluded on Sunday, September 27. The White Sox earned the No. 7 seed in the playoffs and will take on the Athletics in Oakland in the Wild Card round, which is a three-game set. Mike and James evaluated several Sox storylines that took place across the 60-game schedule as the chase for a World Series begins on Tuesday, September 29.
Topics include: Garrett Crochet, Dane Dunning, Jonathan Stiever, Matt Foster, Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, Andrew Vaughn, as well as a preview of where the White Sox will select in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome back Steve Paradzinski of the On Tap Sports Network to celebrate the White Sox clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2008. The guys explore whether they'd vote for Tim Anderson or Jose Abreu for American League MVP and discuss the continued development of Anderson's overall game. Later, Steve offers his perspective of Dane Dunning's surprising development in 2020, as well as the future of Reynaldo Lopez. Should the White Sox pursue a top of the rotation arm this offseason? How does Jonathan Stiever play into all of this?
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcomed Kevin Dziepak of 670 the Score and the Mully & Haugh Show to pick his brain following Major League Baseball's trade deadline. The White Sox were linked to several starting pitchers, including Lance Lynn, Mike Clevinger and Brandon Woodruff. What went behind the organization's decision to stand pat? Later, the trio attempt to explore what's ahead for the White Sox in 2020 and beyond. What will be the plan of attack this offseason? Are Reynaldo Lopez and Carlos Rodon legitimate rotation options moving forward? How does Dane Dunning fit into all of this? Kevin also details the value he believes Michael Kopech can provide to the Sox in 2021.
Mike Rankin welcomes South Side Hit Pen White Sox beat writer Janice Scurio to the podcast. Janice was present at Guaranteed Rate Field during Lucas Giolito's no-hitter and the stadium's power surge. Later, the two discuss the importance of baseball's platform as the conversation surrounding social justice continues. Danny Mendick, meanwhile, is earning his spot at the big league level. Yolmer Sanchez was recently added on a minor league deal as well. What does that mean for Nick Madrigal this year?
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcomed Double-A Birmingham coach Devin DeYoung to the FutureSox podcast to discuss his role within the organization. He shared how intently he and the White Sox are working with biomechanics as a means of player development.
DeYoung spent 2019 with the Boston Red Sox before returning to Chicago. Prior to his opportunity in the affiliated scene, DeYoung began his professional career in independent baseball. He provided perspective on the industry's outlook moving forward.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome WGN Radio's Joe Brand to the FutureSox podcast to discuss the latest White Sox trends. Luis Robert is adjusting to life in Major League Baseball with ease and Joe gives his thoughts on a player with very few physical limitations. Later, the group discusses the impact of Carlos Rodon and Jimmy Lambert's injuries, as well as the plan for Dane Dunning moving forward. Was the decision to call up Nick Madrigal purely based on service time manipulation? The show concludes with a focus on the future of Minor League Baseball as a result of MLB's plan to influence the product moving forward.
Joe Brand is a co-host of the "Baseball From Home" podcast, which is part of the "House of L" network. He also is the play-by-play voice of the Kane County Cougars, class "A" affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Sox on 35th Editor-in-Chief Jordan Lazowski to the podcast to discuss the latest Chicago White Sox storylines. Jordan details how the website has grown over the last three years while also providing insight on its internal operation.
As for the White Sox, several prospects have made their debut in the 2020 season. Luis Robert is already making an impact, Codi Heuer impresses out of the pen early and the depth of the team's 60-man player pool includes several young options including Nick Madrigal and Dane Dunning. Also, Jimmy Lambert, rated as the No. 16 prospect in the system by FutureSox, experienced a forearm strain after working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Clinton Cole had a conversation with Chicago White Sox first baseman Andrew Vaughn just a week prior to the start of the 2020 MLB season. Vaughn shared what it's like playing with his big league teammates, how he spent his time during quarantine as well as his favorite baseball memory to this point in his career.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome new radio play-by-play voice of the Chicago White Sox Andy Masur to the podcast. Andy shared what it means to take over for the late Ed Farmer and how he remembered him as a colleague. With the 60-game MLB season vastly approaching, Andy breaks down how the White Sox stack up against the pack. He offers his perspective on Dane Dunning, Jimmy Lambert, Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn, Dylan Cease and several others. Andy also talks about the challenges he may face in the radio booth due to COVID-19 related guidelines established by the league.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome senior writer Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs to the show for his takes on the upcoming 60-game MLB regular season. Dan recently wrote about particular records that could be broken as a result of the shortened year. He also named several breakout candidates for 2020, which includes a White Sox slugger. Later, the conversation shifts to a focus on the best way for the Sox to handle its pitching staff, whether Nomar Mazara will finally fulfill Dan's projections, as well as what the organization has in prospects like Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Andrew Vaughn and Garrett Crochet.
Connor McKnight, formerly of WLS 890AM & WSCR 670 the Score in Chicago, was kind enough to speak with Mike Rankin and James Fox about a plethora of topics surrounding baseball in 2020. Connor shares his perspective of the negotiations between Major League Baseball owners and the MLB Players Association. He later dives into his expectations surrounding the White Sox and they way they're set up for a 60-game regular season. Later, the group discusses several issues as it pertains to Minor League Baseball as a whole.
2020 Chicago White Sox No. 11 overall pick Garrett Crochet joined Mike Rankin and James Fox to discuss his process throughout draft season. Crochet detailed how his mentality and work ethic evolved as he progressed through the University of Tennessee. He also shared his workout schedule leading up to Major League Baseball's 60-game season.
Senior Editor of Baseball America, Josh Norris, joined Mike Rankin and James Fox on the FutureSox Podcast to talk Chicago White Sox farm system. Where do Garrett Crochet and Jared Kelley rankin the Sox top-30? How does an expanded Arizona Fall League sound? What does the organization have in Bryce Bush, Luis Mieses, Bryan Ramos, DJ Gladney, Benyamin Bailey, Anderson Comas and Victor Torres, among others?
Chicago White Sox 2nd round draft pick Jared Kelley joined the FutureSox podcast to discuss his experience getting drafted by the organization. The 18-year-old right handed pitcher shared perspective on his time in high school, how he feels about the effectiveness of his pitches, where he stands at this point in his career as well as the relationships he's making early on with the White Sox.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome national scout Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game to the podcast to discuss the White Sox 2020 MLB Draft selections, as well as the rest of the AL Central. Brian provides his thoughts on the Sox strategy and details what the organization has in Jared Kelley and Garrett Crochet. Later, Brian shares his philosophy as a scout when evaluating players out on assignment.
Mike Rankin, James Fox and Sean Williams break down the Chicago White Sox five round 2020 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The guys share their excitement and optimism over second round pick Jared Kelley, who was often described as a top-20 prospect in the class. They follow the conversation with an explanation of Garrett Crochet's value following his selection at No. 11 overall. Later, the trio provides an evaluation of the remaining three picks: RHP/SS Adisyn Coffey, RHP Kade Mechals and LHP Bailey Horn.
Clinton Cole caught up with White Sox right-hander Tyler Johnson, who worked his way back from injury last year and totaled just over 31 innings before participating in the Arizona Fall League. Gavin Sheets also joined the show, as the left-handed slugger was ticketed for Triple-A for the first time in his career prior to the season's shutdown.
National prospect writer Emily Waldon of The Athletic and Baseball America joined Mike Rankin and James Fox ahead of the 2020 MLB Draft. Emily covers the Detroit Tigers Minor League affiliates and previewed what the White Sox division rivals have in top prospect Tarik Skubal, as well as what their draft strategy will be on June 10-11. Waldon also led an initiative to help MiLB players who were affected by COVID-19 by providing them work opportunities through her network. The trio also discusses what a unionized Minor League scene would look like and how it would impact Major League Baseball as a whole.
Jeff Ellis is immersed in the 2020 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and we were thrilled to get his insight on the most unique format we've ever experienced. Mike Rankin and James Fox pepper Jeff with draft questions that impact teams in the American League Central, as well as the Indians specifically. Later, we break down prospects who may fall to the White Sox at pick No. 11 and try to anticipate how the organization will play the five round draft.
Clinton Cole welcomes two hard-throwing White Sox right-handed prospects, Zack Burdi and Will Kincanon. Burdi is looking to make an impact after a healthy offseason, while Kincanon is ready to take the next step after a career year in 2019.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Burke Granger of 2080 Baseball and Division I Baseball to the podcast to preview the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft. Burke provides insight on several prospects who may fall to the White Sox, including Louisville RHP Reid Detmers and Mt. Carmel High School shortstop Ed Howard. Throughout his time as a scout, Burke managed to evaluate White Sox farmhands such as Andrew Vaughn, Bryce Bush, DJ Gladney and Matthew Thompson in the recent past.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome former 1st round draft pick Kyle Peterson to the podcast to discuss the issues Major League Baseball and its union are facing as they work to negotiate a new deal. Kyle covers SEC baseball for the SEC Network and will also be a host of ESPN's broadcast of the 2020 MLB Draft. We get his insight on specific talents projected to go in the top-15 and also how the college game is going to evolve over the next couple seasons as a result of this year.
Steve Paradzinski, aka NWI Steve on Twitter, of the On Tap Sports Net joined Mike Rankin and James Fox to talk some baseball. Steve shares his perspective on the ongoing labor dilemma surrounding Major League Baseball and its players association. He also dons the shoes of White Sox Amateur Scouting Director and describes his strategy across a five round draft. Steve later highlights several Sox Minor League players he is looking forward to watching in the near future. The show concludes with a recap of Steve's Wednesdays across "Dollar Hot Dog Night" at Guaranteed Rate Field last year.
FutureSox Advanced-A correspondent of the Chicago White Sox, Julie Brady, joined Mike Rankin on the podcast to talk baseball! Julie shares her story on how she was captivated by the White Sox, her path to working in the minor leagues and how she joined us at FutureSox. Julie later highlights several players she was able to cover over the last two Dash seasons, including: Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Andrew Vaughn, Jonathan Stiever, Konnor Pilkington, Kade McClure and Yermin Mercedes, among others. The two also share their perspective on baseball's current state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome national baseball writer and author Jared Diamond on the FutureSox podcast to discuss negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association on what a shortened 2020 season will look like. He explains hurdles the two groups must work through in order for an agreement to be reached. Later, Jared talks about his book "Swing Kings" and how it relates to the Chicago White Sox organization.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcomed White Sox insider Adam Hoge to the podcast to discuss the recent three division proposal and implications that may result in permanent changes to Major League Baseball. Adam shared his level of Sox minor league consumption, as well as provided insight on players he's looking forward to watching make their debuts, what he's looking forward to in the June amateur draft and his expectations surrounding the 2020 White Sox.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome FanGraphs lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen to the show to discuss the future of amateur scouting departments, the value of analytics within the White Sox organization and the status of MiLB in 2020. Eric also breaks down the value of recent international target RHP Norge Vera, as well as how Yoelqui Cespedes & Oscar Colas look going into the next international signing period. Later, several top Sox prospects are evaluated like Yolbert Sanchez, Benyamin Bailey, Jose Rodriguez and Micker Adolfo, among others.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcomed Baseball America executive editor JJ Cooper to the podcast to discuss the uncertainty surrounding Minor League Baseball in 2020. MLB announced a plan to hold the draft as scheduled on June 10th albeit in an abbreviated state. JJ expounds on the proposal regarding the reduction of a reported 42 rookie-level affiliates as well.
Mike Rankin, James Fox and Dan Santaromita welcome back former FutureSox Editor-in-Chief Matt Cassidy to the program to talk realistic expectations surrounding the Minor League scene. The group offers an in-depth conversation about the financial toll affiliated teams will be hit with if they're forced to take a year off. Later in the show, Matt and the guys reminisce about the good ol' days of White Sox prospects and revisit some names Cassidy covered throughout his time at FutureSox.
Mike Rankin welcomes the voice of the Dash Conor Clingen to discuss Advanced-A White Sox baseball. Conor covered several names last year in Winston-Salem including: Andrew Vaughn, Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Kade McClure, Will Kincanon and more.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Alyssa Bergamini of the Chicago White Sox to the podcast to discuss Alyssa's journey as a multi-media journalist. She talks her experience with the organization, the player's she's been able to work with across her eight-year career and what it means to work for a club she's rooted for her entire life.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Brad Squires aka Buzz from the On Tap Sports Network to discuss White Sox baseball. Jake Burger's name was brought up in conversation, so the guys dive in for a bit related to his story. Buzz shares who he is keeping an eye on in the Sox Minor League system as well. Plenty of content to keep you interested in this episode of the FutureSox podcast.
Carlos Collazo of Baseball America joins Mike Rankin and James Fox to talk the recent eligibility ruling made by the NCAA. As the White Sox prepare for pick No. 11 for the 2020 MLB draft, the guys preview some names who may fall in that range, including local high school SS product Ed Howard.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome 670 the Score host Matt Spiegel to the FutureSox podcast. The guys react to the news related to the MLB Amateur Draft, as well as get Matt's take on the job Rob Manfred has done as commissioner during these trying times. Spiegel offers up a story about touring the White Sox spring facilities. He also talks about organizational philosophy and how its changed since the start of the 2010 decade.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Sox Machine Podcast host Josh Nelson to the show to discuss White Sox as mandatory sheltering and social distancing continues. Josh touches on a lot of important organizational philosophies that helped the Sox get to where they are today. He also mentions the value in guys like Bryce Bush, Kade McClure, Matt Zaleski and several others. Later, the guys talk about the uncertainty over the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft and the implications should baseball decide to push it to 2021. Spoiler - they hate that idea. That and more on this information laden episode of the FutureSox podcast.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Baseball America's Ben Badler to discuss White Sox international prospects. This is a republishing of a previous episode recorded back in December of 2019. Ben shares his knowledge of the Sox involvement in the international scene, as well as highlights players such as RHP Christian Mena, who was the top signing in the organization's class this year.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome ESPN Baseball Insider Kiley McDaniel to the FutureSox podcast. The three discuss Kiley's background with Fangraphs and what led him to ESPN, before switching gears to prospects. They talk about newest Cuban White Sox prospect Norge Vera, and the White Sox' rumored interest in Yoelkis Cespedes and Oscar Colas. Other topics include the Sox' potential draft strategy, their interest in Texan pitcher Jared Kelley and Mount Carmel HS shortstop Ed Howard, Luis Robert, the development of Nick Madrigal and Andrew Vaughn, and much more.
FutureSox' Mike Rankin and James Fox talk with MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis. The trio touches on (what else) the coronavirus and its influence on daily life and baseball work, before diving into the White Sox' draft strategy for the upcoming draft and the farm system as a whole. Jim discusses Thompson, Dalquist, Gladney, Robert, and more.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome White Sox twitter personality and host of Pinwheels and Ivy Podcast Matt Zawaski. The guys gather Matt's perspective on several topics, including his optimism surrounding Zack Burdi.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome The Athletic's Keith Law to the podcast to discuss White Sox baseball amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Keith touches on the 2020 MLB Draft and provides his evaluations on Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Andrew Vaughn, Nick Madrigal, Jonathan Stiever, Bryce Bush and more.
Mike Rankin welcomes MLB.com’s Scott Merkin to discuss the plans for Zack Collins, Yermin Mercedes, Andrew Vaughn and others. Scott also talks his favorite White Sox prospects outside of Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Nick Madrigal and Vaughn.
Mike Rankin welcomes Sox in the Basement host Chris Lanuti to talk optimism on the South Side. The guys react to Yoan Moncada's recent extension and later explore the potential for Dylan Cease, Aaron Bummer and well as Andrew Vaughn in 2020.
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The Chicago White Sox finished 4th in the AL Central following a 67-95 record in 2017.
At the time of this interview, general manager Rick Hahn expounded upon his decision to trade Jose Quintana for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. Plenty of insight from the man in charge on this blast from the past.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome South Side Sox and South Side Hit Pen's @ballerlibrarian.
Janice shares her interest in the White Sox farm, as well as personal experiences as a credentialed media member.
Mike Rankin and James Fox welcome Beef Loaf from the Section 108 network! The guys talk expectations for 2020, which includes some specifics on Beef's favorite/not-so-favorite prospects as we begin the year.
White Sox OF Prospect Steele Walker joined Clinton Cole via Skype Friday, July 5th, to chat about his season. Walker talked about the challenges of moving up and what he needs to focus on. They also talked about a few of the pitching prospects in Winston-Salem.
White Sox P prospect Bernardo Flores and Clinton Cole spoke about his 2018 season and what he's doing in Spring Training to get ready for the 2019 season. Clint also talked to Chuck Garfien on a variety of different White Sox topics.