The Catbird Speaks 10.2.18: Sixty-Two And One Hundred

The White Sox 2018 season is over. They went 62-100. Nick Schaefer, Collin Whitchurch, and Frank Firke got together to talk about it. Among the subjects:

-The general disappointment of the pitching staff. What to make of Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Carlos Rodon going forward.

-The fact that there’s still hope for Yoan Moncada, and optimism over Tim Anderson’s production.

-Thoughts on the White Sox’s timeframe for contention, particularly given the glut of injuries to Michael Kopech and various other prospects.

-Team-building thoughts coming off the success of this season’s Milwaukee Brewers.

-Postseason thoughts. Who is going to win the World Series? Who do we want to win the World Series?

The Catbird Speaks 8.3.18 – Free Eloy!

Collin Whitchurch, Mark Primiano, and Frank Firke got together on a Thursday evening to talk about a number of White Sox things. Such as:

-Disappointment over the fact that the White Sox have yet to promote phenom Eloy Jimenez as he continues to lay waste to Triple-A pitching.

-Michael Kopech’s bumpier minor league season and when we should expect to see him in Chicago.

-Possible August trade candidates, such as James Shields, Leury Garcia, and a host of bullpen options.

The 2018 Midseason 50 Prospect Podcast feat. Jeff Paternostro

Jeff Paternostro, the head of Baseball Prospectus’ prospect team, joins Nick Schaefer to discuss the list, the White Sox prospects on it, the system in general, and the organization’s future.

–Eloy Jimenez;

–Michael Kopech;

–Dylan Cease;

–Luis Robert;

–Bryce Harper?!

4.24.2018: The White Sox Have Won A Game

Since our last podcast, the White Sox have played 16 games and even won one of them! 

–Carson Fulmer had a good outing;

–Yoan Moncada is looking like a monster all of a sudden;

–Justin Verlander is a big whiny baby;

–Jose Abreu is still the best;

–Is Giolito okay?

And so much more!

4.4.2018 – Real White Sox Baseball, For Better or For Worse

Nick, Mark, and Frank chat White Sox, early 2018 MLB, animals, and the Unwritten Rules.

Tune in for:

–Tim Anderson and Matt Davidson talk;

–The encouraging start of Reynaldo Lopez;

–Royals & Tigers schadenfreude; 

–The Twins being ridiculous; and

–Animal chat.

The Catbird Speaks 3.9.18 – The Young and the Guestless

Lacking a guest, Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer got together to talk about the latest White Sox Spring Training happenings, the free agent market, and some Fantasy Baseball. Among the topics:

-The White Sox roster situation, including Collin citing way too many Spring Training stats.

-The remaining free agents, including reaction to the Mike Moustakas deal that was reported during recording.

-Some self-indulgent fantasy talk, White Sox players we might target during our drafts, and general draft strategy.

The Catbird Speaks 2.18.18 – Fegan v. Boyé

In one corner you have James Fegan, editor emaritus of BP South Side, White Sox beat writer for The Athletic, and someone who has edited countless Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer posts over the years.

In the other corner you have Paul Boyé, contributor to The Good Phight, BP Short Relief contributor, one of Nick Schaefer’s best pals, and someone who has never met nor spoken to Collin Whitchurch before this episode was recorded.

Listen, as the two match wits in guessing which BP Annual White Sox comments were written by Nick, and which were written by Collin, in an intense game in which you, the listener, is ultimately the winner.

The Catbird Speaks 1.26.18 – Roster Construction

We’re less than one month from pitchers and catchers reporting, so Collin and Nick got together to talk about what the White Sox roster looks like, as well as reactions to the latest Hot Stove dealings and the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Among the talking points:

-The Brewers’ acquisitions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, what that means for them in 2018, and if this kind of model can be expected from the White Sox in a year or two.

-What the White Sox roster is going to look like heading into Spring Training, as well as if they will or should take advantage of the stalled free agent market.

-The differences in prospect lists from source to source, including some deep diving into the backend of the White Sox farm system rankings.

-Jim Thome’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and some thoughts on the ballot as a whole.

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