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 […]

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 […]

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The Catbird Speaks 8.22.17 – Bad, But Interesting

Collin (@cowhitchurch) and Nick (@Nick_BPSS) 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 […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers

White Sox place Reynaldo Lopez on DL; Lucas Giolito Debuting Monday

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rick Renteria said prior to Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers that the White Sox didn’t believe the right side soreness that forced Reynaldo Lopez out of Thursday’s game early was anything series. But nonetheless, the White Sox placed the young righty on the 10-day disabled list, calling up veteran Danny Farquhar […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox

How should we value Jose Abreu?

Jose Abreu burst onto the scene during his debut season in Major League Baseball. Despite already being 27-years-old, Abreu won the American League Rookie of the Year award after hitting .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs in 622 plate appearances. He posted a 167 wRC+ and, despite FRAA finding his defense to be pretty poor, produced 5.7 […]