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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The Catbird Speaks 4.3.17 – It’s Opening Day!

Opening Day is here, and Collin Whitchurch, Nick Schaefer, and Frank Firke get together to discuss the 25-man roster, including the decisions the White Sox made regarding certain positions, and what options they have going forward. Later, they talk generally about the season as a whole, predictions for the rest of the American League, and they each give predictions on how many games the White Sox will win this season.

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The Catbird Speaks 3.13.17 – Spring Training Odds and Ends

As the White Sox make their way through Spring Training, Collin, Nick, and Cat get together to discuss all the latest musings out of Glendale. Among the topics:

-Charlie Tilson’s latest injury, what it means for him as well as what it means for the makeup of this year’s roster.

-Jose Quintana owning at the World Baseball Classic and how awesome that is.

-The trade value of David Robertson.

-The construction of this year’s roster, what it might look like given Tilson’s injury and the departure of Brett Lawrie.

-Observations and insight from Collin after covering Sox camp last week in Glendale.

-And we answer questions from our Twitter followers!

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The Catbird Speaks 2.13.17 – Spring Training Preview with James Fegan

James Fegan, White Sox reporter for The Athletic Chicago and BPSouthside.com’s Editor Emaritus, returns to the podcast fresh off of his flight to Arizona for Spring Training to help us preview White Sox camp.

Among the topics:

-Why all the new, young arms are among the things to most look forward to at camp,

-What the catcher position is going to look like this season,

-The trade markets of Jose Quintana and Jose Abreu,

-Playing time for young players vs. trade chips,

-Why Whataburger is a superior fast food chain to In-N-Out,

-How much James loves and misses us already.

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The Catbird Speaks 2.6.17 – Talking Prospects With Jeff Paternostro

Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer welcome Baseball Prospectus Senior Prospect Writer Jeff Paternostro to talk about the White Sox Top 10 prospects. Among the topics:

-Whether or not Reynaldo Lopez, Carson Fulmer, and other top pitching prospects are likely to be starters or relievers.

-Zack Collins’ bat, and his chances of sticking at catcher

-Yoan Moncada’s best position and whether or not he’s destined for stardom

-The White Sox U25 list and how he’d rank Moncada with the likes of Carlos Rodon and Tim Anderson

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