MLB: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

South Side Morning 5: Jose Abreu’s big, round number

1. If you’re a regular visitor to Baseball Prospectus, I likely don’t need to explain how RBI are a poor representation of a player’s value. One only need to look at Albert Pujols — at 98 RBI on the season despite being one of the least valuable position players in baseball this year — to […]

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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 […]

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox

What matters now and what matters in the future

I was heading to work Wednesday afternoon when a buddy sent me a message to rib me over the fact that the White Sox bullpen had just blown a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of what wound up a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. This gentle fan-to-fan banter is commonplace in my […]

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The Catbird Speaks 9.7.17 – Lucas 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 […]

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox

South Side Morning 5: Prospects, Roster Filler, And Avi

1. Lucas Giolito’s 7-inning, 10-strikeout gem in Sunday’s victory over the Rays wasn’t quite the complete game shutout our own Nick Schaefer boldly predicted would happen before the season began, but it represented a glimpse of why scouts and prospect analysts alike were drooling over the 23-year-old’s potential not all that long ago. James Fegan went […]

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox

Giolito Shines & Minor Leaguers Flourish

In the majors… If your first look at Lucas Giolito was in his White Sox debut, you might have concluded he profiles differently than he has all year in Triple-A.  Despite a total inability to locate or utilize his offspeed pitches, Giolito scrapped through six innings anyway relying entirely on his low-to-mid-90s heat.  And while […]