Scouting the Chicago White Sox System: an In Depth Analysis

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We’re coming up on t-minus two weeks until the MLB trade deadline. Time to think about the future direction of the Chicago White Sox. And that includes minor league prospects, who could be dealt if the Sox are indeed buyers at the end of the month. Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann knows as much as anyone about the Sox prospects currently being developed.

Since assuming the leadership role in 2008, his first round picks have been Gordon Beckham (2009), Jared Mitchell (2008) and Chris Sale (2010). Like Meatloaf sang “two out of three ain’t bad,” and 2/3 are contributing on the Sox roster already today. And if not for Mitchell’s knee injury, it could be 3/3.

The questions have been summated, and some of Laumann’s responses were paraphrased in the interests of brevity.

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White Sox Bring back All-Star Robin Ventura as Farm System Advisor

It was announced in the past couple hours that the Chicago White Sox hired former All-Star and Gold Glove-winning third baseman Robin Ventura as special advisor to Director of Player Development Buddy Bell. Ventura will scout the Sox minor-leagues throughout the season, evaluating performances and reporting directly to Bell.

“Robin’s experience and expertise will be invaluable to our entire minor-league system,” said Bell.

“He will serve as a terrific complement to our instructors and minor-league coaching staffs, and I look forward to hearing his thoughts and getting his input as we make player development decisions. As White Sox fans know, Robin was the consummate professional, and I can’t imagine a better role model and advisor for young developing players in our farm system.”

By Paul M. Banks

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White Sox Top Prospect Updates with Buddy Bell: Position Players

White Sox Top Prospect Updates with Buddy Bell: Pitchers