The Catbird Speaks 9.21.17 – Every White Sox Prospect, As Told By James Fegan

Old friend James Fegan of The Athletic joins Collin and Nick to discuss the White Sox as the season winds to a close. Among the topics:

-If Lucas Giolito’s September success is sustainable.

-Carson Fulmer’s impressive few starts after a disasterous season.

-Yoan Moncada is who we thought we was.

-James’ latest iteration of the White Sox Top 30 prospects.

-Why James loves the Twins and Royals so much.

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The Catbird Speaks 9.7.17 – Giolito’s Success and the AL Wild Card Mess

Nick and Collin got together on a Thursday afternoon to discuss the success of the White Sox young pitchers, the state of the AL Wild Card race, and a number of other random things. Among the topics:
Lucas Giolito’s most recent start, as well as how good he’s looked during his brief time thus far with the White Sox.Reynaldo Lopez’s return and whether or not there’s any concern over the minor injury that kept him out for two weeks.Tim Anderson’s rebound during the last month and what that means for his future.The Tigers’ recent trades, what that means for them and what acquiring Justin Verlander means for the Astros.The mess of the AL Wild Card race and which teams, if any, are actually good.
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The Catbird Speaks 8.22.17 – Bad, But Interesting

Collin and Nick got together on a Tuesday afternoon to talk about recent White Sox activity and all the interesting stuff going on with an otherwise bad baseball team. Among the topics:
Carson Fulmer’s rotation cameo and what his terrible season means for his future.Reynaldo Lopez’s two starts, his injury, and what we’ve seen out of him in his brief time with the team.Leury Garcia’s surprisingly successful season and chances of sticking around when the White Sox are ready to compete again.Season-long improvements from Avisail Garcia, and where he fits in with the White Sox in the future.2018 free agency and long-term financial implications.Jose Abreu being awesome forever and always.
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The Catbird Speaks 8.10.17 – The Baseball Girl

Cat Garcia (@TheBaseballGirl), former BPSS contributor and current White Sox writer for WLS-AM, joins Collin and Nick to talk about all the White Sox recent promotions and more. Among the topics:

-Nicky Delmonico and what he’s shown during his brief major league stint.

-The patience of Yoan Moncada.

-What to expect out of Reynaldo Lopez in his White Sox debut.

-Tim Anderson’s rough 2017 season.

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The Catbird Speaks 7.21.17 – Another trade, Moncada’s promotion, and more

Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer got together to react to the latest White Sox trade as well as the promotion of heralded prospect Yoan Moncada. Among the talking points:
-The return for Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle.-The high difference of opinions on Blake Rutherford.-Whether trading Kahnle was the right thing to do.-Any other trades likely? Does anyone want Tommy Kahnle?-The insanely mediocre American League Central-Yoan Moncada’s promotion and what to watch from him the rest of the season-Other prospects who might get called up this season. Reynaldo Lopez? Lucas Giolito?
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The Catbird Speaks 7.13.17 Jose Quintana Trade Reactions

A mere hours after the news of the White Sox trade that sent Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs broke, Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer got together to give us some instant reactions.

Among the topics:

-The trade market for Quintana, why they didn’t trade him earlier, and why they said yes this time around.

-What the additions of Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease bring to the White Sox.

-The state of the White Sox farm system post-trade.

-Randomly, the 2008 Futures Game, famous prospect busts, and how far the White Sox farm system has come in such a short time.

-What Jose Quintana has meant to the White Sox from a fan’s perspective.

-What this means in terms of other White Sox trades that could be coming down the road.

Be sure to read Ryan Schultz’s quick take on the Quintana trade at BPSouthside.com. You can also read Nick Schaefer’s Wednesday chat at BaseballProspectus.com, and several members of our staff participated in BP’s Top 50 Prospect Busts list. Also be sure to head over to BPWrigleyville.com for perspective on the trade from the Cubs’ point of view. And finally, check out the official Transaction Analysis at BP, as well.

The Catbird Speaks 7.7.17 – Midseason Top 50 Prospects with Craig Goldstein

Baseball Prospectus minor league editor Craig Goldstein joined Collin and Nick to talk prospects after BP released its Midseason Top 50 Prospects list on Thursday.

Among the specific topics:

-Why Reynaldo Lopez was omitted from the Top 50.

-The difficulty of slotting in the newly signed Luis Robert.

-What’s the deal with Lucas Giolito?

-Why Yoan Moncada isn’t in the majors yet.

-Lower ranked White Sox prospects and what Craig thinks of them.

-Best names in the White Sox farm system.

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The Catbird Speaks 6.19.17 – James Fegan returns to impart White Sox wisdom

Our old, dear friend, James Fegan, the Chicago White Sox beat writer for The Athletic, returns home for one glorious day to banter about baseball with his good pals Collin Whitchurch, Nick Schaefer, and Mark Primiano. Among the topics:

-Miguel Gonzalez’s injury and James Shields’ return.

-The trade value of the White Sox bullpen pieces, as well as Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera.

-Why none of the White Sox top prospects are putting together particularly good numbers.

-Rick Renteria’s affect on the clubhouse.

-And More!

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The Catbird Speaks 5.8.17 – We Called Answer Dave and he Answered

Dave Brown joined Collin and Nick to talk about the White Sox. Among the topics:

-How and why Dave grew up a White Sox fan.

-The White Sox better-than-expected start to the season and what it means for the future of Jose Quintana.

-The surprising good starts of the likes of Avisail Garcia, Leury Garcia, and Matt Davidson.

-Why the Kansas City Royals are bad now.

-Which Star Wars character would Jose Quintana be?

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The Catbird Speaks 5.1.17: Talking Baseball with The Ringer’s Michael Baumann

With one month of the season in the books, Michael Baumann from The Ringer joins Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer to talk about a variety of topics. Among them:

-Jose Quintana’s trade market.

-How to deal with following a rebuilding team. (Michael’s a Phillies fan, so…)

-MLB Draft, including some top college prospects to keep an eye on.

-The progress of White Sox pitching prospects Dane Dunning and Alec Hansen.

-The movie “Backdraft” and a new nickname for Anthony Swarzak.

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