Climb machine: Eloy working way up to MLB

White Sox top prospect Jimenez full of confidence after strong Winter League showing

Climb machine: Eloy working way up to MLB

Fresh off a strong performance in the Dominican Winter League and being added to the White Sox's 40-man roster on Monday, top prospect Eloy Jimenez said he's feeling confident and believes he's close to reaching the Majors.

Jimenez, ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, spoke with reporters in a conference call from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday, discussing a wide range of topics about his play and expectations for the coming season.

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Thome joins Hall hopefuls in 1st time on ballot

Slugger among 7 players with White Sox ties to appear on 2018 list

Thome joins Hall hopefuls in 1st time on ballot

CHICAGO -- Joe Crede played alongside Jim Thome during three of the slugger's four seasons with the White Sox.

Aaron Rowand was traded to Philadelphia for Thome following the White Sox 2005 World Series championship season. But if Crede and Rowand -- two accomplished players in their own right -- had their way, Thome would have long ago been specially inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to waiting the requisite five years after his retirement and making his first appearance on the 2018 Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot as announced Monday.

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Sox add top prospect Jimenez to 40-man

Team also protects Gillaspie, Adolfo, Basabe and Clarkin from Rule 5 Draft

Sox add top prospect Jimenez to 40-man

CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com and No. 4 overall, was one of five players added to the White Sox 40-man roster with their contracts purchased Monday.

Major League Baseball had a 7 p.m. CT deadline to add players to the 40-man and avoid their exposure to Rule 5 Draft selection on Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. First baseman Casey Gillaspie (No. 11 White Sox prospect), outfielder Micker Adolfo (No. 14), outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 17) and left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin (No. 21) also were added.

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White Sox trade for hard-throwing Vieira

Chicago sends $500K in international slot money to Seattle

White Sox trade for hard-throwing Vieira

CHICAGO -- The White Sox bullpen rates as a work in progress during the organization's ongoing overall rebuild.

But the acquisition of Minor League hurler Thyago Vieira from Seattle on Thursday, in exchange for $500,000 in international signing bonus pool money, could serve as one of the White Sox relief solutions in the short term and long term.

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Get to know White Sox new 100-mph arm

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Get to know White Sox new 100-mph arm

The Mariners kept on wheelin' and dealin' Thursday morning,shipping away flamethrowing reliever Thyago Vieira to the White Sox for international bonus money.

Vieira instantly becomes one of the most exciting relief options for a Chicago team who traded away what seemed like their entire bullpen at the trade deadline. Still only 24, Vieira reached the bigs with the M's in 2017, but only threw one eventful, though scoreless, frame for the Seattle ballclub.

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Steverson says Avi can build off breakout '17

Outfielder had impressive season for South Siders, hitting .330 with 80 RBIs

Steverson says Avi can build off breakout '17

CHICAGO -- When will Avisail Garcia reach his full potential?

It's a question Todd Steverson heard on a regular basis beginning when he took over as the White Sox hitting coach on Oct. 31, 2013. Garcia provided the resounding answer of "2017" by hitting .330 with 18 homers, 27 doubles and 80 RBIs scored last season.

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Avisail an attractive piece for multiple clubs

Avisail an attractive piece for multiple clubs

CHICAGO -- When it comes to his two biggest assets, Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is in no hurry to make the decision everyone knows is coming at some point -- he will have to negotiate large contract extensions or trade them.

"It's not me just dancing around or being cute," said Hahn at season's end. "There isn't a firm answer right now."

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White Sox host ACE signing-day program

Tuesday's turnout reflects Amateur City Elite's growing success

White Sox host ACE signing-day program

CHICAGO -- A perfect 20-for-20.

That underlying theme ran throughout the White Sox Amateur City Elite's annual signing-day program Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. There were 20 players eligible in ACE's 2018 class, and all 20 signed letters of intent to play baseball at the collegiate level on this same day.

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Former Sox outfielder Rivera passes away

'Jungle Jim' played for 1959 American League pennant winner

Former Sox outfielder Rivera passes away

CHICAGO -- Jim Rivera, an outfielder on the White Sox 1959 American League pennant-winning squad, passed away Monday night at the age of 96 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

"Jungle Jim" played for the White Sox from 1952-61, hitting .257 with 134 doubles, 50 triples, 77 home runs, 382 RBIs and 146 stolen bases over 1,010 games.

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After flurry of moves, Sox expect quieter winter

Chicago ready to advance rebuild to development stage

After flurry of moves, Sox expect quieter winter

There's not much offseason certainty yet for Rick Hahn, even as the GM Meetings move toward a close in Orlando, Fla.

But the White Sox general manager knows one fact to be true.

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Phil Rogers

White Sox mark 10th year of ACE program

White Sox mark 10th year of ACE program

CHICAGO -- It's beautiful when dreams are fulfilled, when opportunities are extended.

Jamarion Loston was beaming from the purest of joys on Tuesday night in the Conference and Learning Center at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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White Sox face key offseason with veteran bats

Abreu, Garcia coming off impressive seasons at the plate

White Sox face key offseason with veteran bats

The White Sox goal to build for the future has not changed since last season. There is a fundamental difference, though.

"Unlike a year ago when we had seven, eight, nine, 10 guys potentially more on shorter-term control and not necessarily fitting into our long-term plans," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, "we now have a far fewer number of players under that short-term control."

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Owens' only career HR memorable off Halladay

Former Sox outfielder, Pierzynski share memories of deceased hurler

Owens' only career HR memorable off Halladay

CHICAGO -- It doesn't take Jerry Owens very long to recount his Major League home runs.

In fact, the 36-year-old -- who played four seasons with the White Sox and was known for his speed -- cleared the fences exactly one time over 430 plate appearances. That long ball came as a rookie and as the game-winner on July 28, 2007, in the seventh inning of a 2-0 White Sox home victory highlighted by eight scoreless innings thrown by Mark Buehrle.

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White Sox prospect Collins revisits swing

Catcher was 10th overall Draft pick in 2016, reached Double-A this year

White Sox prospect Collins revisits swing

CHICAGO -- For a good part of September and October, Zack Collins -- the No. 7 White Sox prospect and their catcher of the future -- was making adjustments to his swing during instructional league action in Arizona.

What were these tweaks exactly?

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Pierzynski hopes to call '18 game with Hawk

Former White Sox catcher says broadcaster is Hall of Famer

Pierzynski hopes to call '18 game with Hawk

JOLIET, Ill. -- A.J. Pierzynski has a broadcasting goal for 2018. Make it more like a quest to be fulfilled.

The catcher on the White Sox 2005 World Series champion and the team's starter behind the plate for eight seasons plans to broadcast one game with Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. The iconic White Sox broadcaster is set to work a 20-game home schedule during his 34th and final season in the TV booth.

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Smith, Robertson recall caring, witty Webb

Close friends, former teammates remember late Sox reliever as passionate, impactful person

Smith, Robertson recall caring, witty Webb

CHICAGO -- Kevan Smith and Daniel Webb's regular hunting and fishing trip to Montana, which they had enjoyed since they became friends and teammates in the White Sox organization, was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16.

That journey lined up two days after the 28-year-old Webb, and his wife, Melissa, celebrated marital bliss with numerous friends and family members during a party at their ranch in Waverly, Tenn. Their infant daughter was one of the honored guests.

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Moncada expecting even more next season

22-year-old hopes to build on White Sox debut as he prepares for first full season in Majors

Moncada expecting even more next season

CHICAGO -- Good, but not satisfied.

That description came from Yoan Moncada, through interpreter Billy Russo, when the 22-year-old second baseman was asked to describe his 231-plate-appearance debut with the White Sox during the 2017 season. Honesty and self-awareness apparently can be added into the wide array of talents for MLBPipeline.com's one-time No. 1 prospect.

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Tilson reaches four times for Glendale

Tilson reaches four times for Glendale

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson, the White Sox No. 19 prospect, made his Major League debut on August 2, 2016. He notched a single in his first at-bat but left the game two innings later after tearing his left hamstring.

On Thursday, in just his sixth game since missing the entire 2017 regular season, Tilson reached base four times to help the Glendale Desert Dogs defeat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-2, in Arizona Fall League action.

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Matt McClure is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This offseason, Sox to let top prospects develop

Club unlikely to be overly active in free-agent market

This offseason, Sox to let top prospects develop

CHICAGO -- The White Sox quickly became one of the major focal points during the 2016 Winter Meetings by trading Chris Sale, one of the game's top starters, to Boston, and Adam Eaton, one of the game's best leadoff hitters, to the Nationals.

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John on Hall of Fame Modern Era ballot

Garvey, John, Mattingly, Miller, Morris, Murphy, Parker, Simmons, Tiant, Trammell to be considered

John on Hall of Fame Modern Era ballot

The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with the process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jimenez, Tilson on different paths to Majors

White Sox No. 1, No. 19 prospects progressing toward same goal

Jimenez, Tilson on different paths to Majors

CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez and Charlie Tilson possess the same Major League goal with the White Sox for the 2018 season.

But their journeys will be slightly different.

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White Sox facing 3 offseason questions

White Sox facing 3 offseason questions

CHICAGO -- Some highly optimistic followers of the White Sox rebuild believe the team could sneak into American League Wild Card contention during the upcoming 2018 season.

General manager Rick Hahn certainly doesn't want to discourage those hopes -- inside or outside the organization. But as far as the current offseason is concerned, Hahn isn't about to change the big-picture focus for a possible singular move onto the playoff bubble. The White Sox goal through this rebuild centers on contending for and potentially winning multiple World Series titles.

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Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Jirschele, Gulley recognized by White Sox

Class A Kannapolis manager named Minor League Coach of the Year

CHICAGO -- Class A Kannapolis manager Justin Jirschele was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year and Phil Gulley was named Scout of the Year as announced by the team on Thursday.

Jirschele, 27 and just two years removed from playing in the White Sox system, led Kannapolis to a first-half division title and a berth in the South Atlantic League finals in his first year as a professional manager.

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Smith confident he can do more at plate

Catcher expects to hit for more power in 2018

Smith confident he can do more at plate

CHICAGO -- The .283 average produced by catcher Kevan Smith for the 2017 White Sox should be considered a breakout performance after parts of seven seasons spent in the club's farm system.

But the 29-year-old believes there's more ahead, offensively.

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As Bell departs White Sox, Getz praises mentor

Director of player development describes impact of guidance

As Bell departs White Sox, Getz praises mentor

CHICAGO -- It was difficult for Buddy Bell to contain his excitement after helping to bring on Chris Getz as the White Sox director of player development on Oct. 24, 2016.

A little more than one year later, it's equally difficult for Getz to put into words the personal guidance provided by Bell, who is departing the White Sox to join the Reds as vice president and senior advisor to general manager and president of baseball operations Dick Williams.

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White Sox Covey, Polo leave AFL early

White Sox Covey, Polo leave AFL early

CHICAGO -- White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey departed Arizona Fall League competition with Glendale due to right arm fatigue. Covey had a 5.25 ERA over three starts and 12 innings.

"There certainly wasn't any reason to push through it this late in the year," White Sox director of player development Chris Getz said. "The point of having him out there to begin with really was because he missed a significant amount of time and we view him as a starter, so it was an opportunity to get some more innings."

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