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White Sox Top Heavy with Prospects

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

According to myworld and many other sources, the White Sox have the top prospects in the major leagues. Some of those prospects such as Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito have already graduated to the major leagues. Others will have graduated before the 2018 season ends. What sets them apart is the prospects are both in pitching and offense, though it is with the pitching staff that has scouts eyes sparkle.

The biggest jewel is Michael Kopech, who throws perhaps the hardest fastball in baseball. The character flaws have stayed quiet for the last couple years. Now he just has to learn to find the plate more consistently. His fastball crosses that plate in the triple digits, hitting 103 but sits in the high 90s. A quality slider and decent change give him the three pitches needed to be a starter. The 2014 first round pick tends to walk a hitter every other inning and that has usually come back to bite him. Hitters in AA only batted .184 against him, but he walked almost as many batters (60) as he gave up hits (74). He will start the season in AAA with a strong possibility of seeing major league time this year.

Alec Hansen is one of those tall and lanky pitchers (6′7″) that is all arms as he comes to the plate. His fastball marches to the plate in the mid-90s and as he matures he could hit the high 90s with consistency. He throws two quality breaking pitches, with the curve rated better than a slider and a still developing change. The height and the lanky limbs give him challenges finding a consistent delivery, which lead to control issues, the one nick scouts can cast against him. In 24 starts in A ball hitters bats fizzled at a .205 clip. He had a bit of a rough patch in AA in his two starts, which should be where he begins his 2018 season.

With Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito graduating to the major league pitching staff, Dane Dunning is the lone pitcher from the trio acquired in the Adam Eaton trade with the Nationals still left in the minor leagues. The first round 2016 pick of the Nationals has a good frame for pitching (6′4″) that generates fastballs at 93-96. His secondary pitches (slider and change) are good enough to fit in the middle of the rotation and his command of his pitches is better than Kopech and Hansen. He was a little more hittable in the Carolina League (.250 average) but he did get his share of swings and misses (136 whiffs in 118 innings). He hopes to repeat his success in AA next year and join Lopez and Giolito in the rotation by mid-season 2019.

The Cubs seemed to have given up on their hardest thrower Dylan Cease when they needed pitching, trading him to the White Sox in the Jose Quintana trade. His fastball has hit triple digits but sits between 93 and 97. Quality secondary pitches and command are a problem for Cease, which may make it best for him to settle in the bullpen. His curveball is a nice pitch but his change is still a work in progress. Cease will also be pitching in AA giving that Birmingham pitching staff a loaded rotation.

Carson Fulmer and Ian Clarkin are both pitchers worth mentioning since they were first round picks. Carson was selected by the White Sox in 2015 but he has struggled to retire hitters. Last year in AAA he strung together a 5.79 ERA with the opposition hitting him at a .268 clip. He doesn’t miss bats, with a low 90s fastball that has trouble finding the plate. He did better with the White Sox (3.86 ERA) but 13 walks in 23.1 innings will gray many a manager. Ian was drafted by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 draft, selected after Aaron Judge. He was acquired by the White Sox in the Todd Frazier deal. Ian lacks overpowering stuff and is still trying to figure it out in A ball. He could fit in the back end of the rotation but time is running out for Ian.

Bullpen fodder is Brazillian Thyago Viera. He throws in the triple digits but the White Sox were able to purchase him from the Mariners for international bonus money. Command can be a problem and hitters are able to make good contact off him despite the heat he throws on his fastball. If he has success in AAA he could be on the roller coaster with the White Sox, pitching in the major leagues to provide depth in the bullpen.

Eloy Jimenez is the White Sox top hitter. A minor injury will delay the start of his 2018 season in AA. The power is there for him to hit 30 plus homers and hit in the neighborhood north of .300. The Dominican may be wound a little tight because injuries last year limited him to 88 games. Defense is not his strong suit. Below average speed and arm will restrict him to left field. If he can dominate in AA the White Sox could give him a September callup.

Luis Robert may not have as much power as Eloy but he could be the more complete player. His speed will allow him to patrol center with an arm strong enough to fit into right. The White Sox paid the Cuban a $26 million bonus. In his last year in the Naccional Series in Cuba he was leading the league in hitting, homeruns and RBIs as a 19 year old when he departed for the United States mid-season. This will be his first season in the United States, possibly starting the season in Low A. He dominated last year in the Dominican Summer League with a 1.027 OPS in 28 games.

A third outfielder is Blake Rutherford, who was the Yankees first round pick in 2016. A crowded outfield there made him available to the White Sox in the Todd Frazier deal. Despite a 6′3″ frame his power has been a little disappointing. His average speed will limit him to a corner where teams expect some pop. The White Sox hope he’ll find some pop in his bat at High A.

The White Sox 2017 number one pick Jake Burger is a hitting machine. There are some questions about his other tools. An Achilles injury will delay his season until 2019. The White Sox will start him at third base, but there could be an eventual move to first. His bat needs to produce in order for him to play. In rookie ball last year he hit .271 with four homeruns.

Charlie Tilson was supposed to be the White Sox centerfielder as a rookie last year but a hamstring injury ended his season. He has good speed but little power and could find himself turning into a fourth outfielder with the arrivals of Jimenez and Roberts. The White Sox will start him in AAA and he could see the major leagues by mid-season.

Asia Baseball Championship

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The Asian Baseball Championships will be held October 2 through 8 in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The teams competing in the event are Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. The tournament will serve as a qualifier for the Under 23 championships to be held in 2018.

Group A

Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Taiwan

Group B

China, Hong Kong, Japan and Pakistan

SriLanka Wins West Asia Tournament

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

It turned into a five team tournament when the Indian baseball team could not obtain visas in time to travel to Pakistan to play in the tournament. Sri Lanka then surprised the competition, going undefeated including a 4-2 win over Pakistan. Pakistan has traditionally had an easy time with this tournament, winning the last four.

Sri Lanka had an easy time defeating Iran 22-0, then rolled over Nepal 11-0. The game against Pakistan was tied 2-2 until the bottom of the eighth when Sri Lanka scored two runs to give them the victory. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are eligible to compete in the Asian Baseball Championship held in New Taipei City in September. Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines are the six other teams who have qualified for the tournament.

Iran won a slugfest over Nepal 10-6 to finish in third place.

India Constructs First Baseball Field

Friday, February 24th, 2017

India has constructed its first baseball field, six acres of green that will host five international trainers to improve the Indians baseball skills. The Co-founder of Grand Slam Baseball Raunag Sahni helped support the development of the field along with major league baseball and Play Global.

It may also one day be used to host the West Asia baseball tournament, which is currently being played and hosted by Pakistan. Six teams are entered in the tournament, India, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Nepal, Iran and Pakistan. The winner of the tournament will compete in the Asia Baseball Championships held this year. Pakistan is the defending champ of the West Asia baseball tournament, but there skill level still falls far below that of Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

The Nepal and Sri Lankan Baseball Championships

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Nepal and Sri Lanka conducted their national baseball championships in December according to the WBSC. For Nepal it was their first national championship. The Armed Police Force defeated the Nepal Army 14-4 to win the Nepalese championship. If they continue their baseball championship myworld will have to create a category for them.

Ten teams competed in Sri Lanka in the double elimination tournament for their championship. The winners were the Old Royalist Baseball Club who defeated the Ranabima Baseball Club. They played the tournament on the recently built field that Japan helped build, the Japan/Lanka Friendship Baseball Field. Sri Lanka does have a category associated with it.

East Asia All Star Team

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Below are the list of names of the players who made the all star team in the East Asia tournament won by the Philippines.

All Star Team

C - Alfredo Olivarez Jr. (Philippines) - .278

1st Base - Ng Yuk Ming (Hong Kong) - .333

2nd Base - Adriens Ros Bernardo (Philippines) - .222 with 5 walks for .391 OBA

3rd Base - Francis Candela (Philippines) - .286

SS - Iresh Kosala (Sri Lanka) - .381, 5 runs and 4 RBIs, 4 walks for .480 OBA

LF - Gerves, Alan Edrian (Indonesia) - .263 with 4 RBIs

CF - Chamara Peiris (Sri Lanka) - .455

RF - Sameera Rathnayake (Sri Lanka) - .412 with 4 runs scored

DH - Leung Yu Chung (Hong Kong) - .286 with 5 RBIs

RHP - Tharindu Madumal (Sri Lanka) -

LHP - Junmar Diarao (Philippines)

Other Individual Awards

The Leading hitter - Lo Ho Lam Andy (Hong Kong) - .444
Pitcher with the Best Earned Run Average - Ugrasena (Indonesia) - 0.00 ERA pitching 11.1 innings
Pitcher with the best won-loss average - Muhammad, Hadi Nur (Indonesia) - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 10.2 innings
The most run batted in - Setiawan, Albefiandi Aik (Indonesia) - 8
The most stolen base - Sihombing, Elia M.K (Indonesia) - 4 for 4
The Most runs scored - Akalanka Ranasinghe (Sri Lanka) - 6
The Most Outstanding defensive player - Adriene Ros Bernardo (Philippines) -
Most Valuable Player - Juan Paulo Macasaet (Philippines)

Indonesia to Play Philippines in East Asia Final

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The Philippines easily defeated Indonesia 9-1 on the last day of pool play in the East Asia finals. After Hong Kong downed Thailand 8-5 and Sri Lanka blanked Singapore 11-0 there was a three way tie for second place between Indonesia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka at 3-2. The host Indonesia advanced to the finals by winning the tie breaker and get a rematch against the defending champion and undefeated Philippine team.

The winner of the championship game will qualify for the Asia Baseball Championship to be played in Taichung, Taiwan in September. Neither team has much of a chance to defeat the baseball powerhouses of Japan, Korea and Taiwan, but it is the competition that counts.

Sri Lanka finishes third and Hong Kong fourth, with Thailand and Singapore following in the standings.

East Asia - Day 4

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Sri Lanka upset Hong Kong 7-1 to give them their second loss. It evened the record for Sri Lanka at 2-2. Indonesia beat Thailand 9-2 to give them second place with a 3-1 record. Thailand dropped to 1-3. Philippines remained undefeated at 4-0 defeating the winless Singapore 4-0.

Indonesia plays the Philippines tomorrow for the honor of first place. These two teams may play again for the championship if Indonesia wins since the schedule shows the first place team plays the second place team for the championship. However, if the Philippines defeats Indonesia and Hong Kong and Sri Lanka win, there would be a three way tie for second and the second place team would be decided by tie breaker..

East Asia - Day Three

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Philippines remained the only undefeated team in the East Asia series after their 2-1 win over Sri Lanka. Hong Kong sent the hosts Indonesia to their first defeat with an 8-7 win. Thailand won their first game of the tournament with a 12-2 win over Singapore, who remained winless. Thailand then lost to Sri Lanka 9-3 in a makeup of a rain delay. For Sri Lanka it was their first win.

Standings after Day three

Philippines (3-0), Hong Kong (2-1), Indonesia (2-1), Thailand (1-2), Sri Lanka (1-2) and Singapore (0-3)

East Asia Cup - Days One and Two

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The Philippines look like the team to beat in the East Asia Cup with a day one 4-2 win over Hong Kong and a 10-1 win over Thailand. The Philippines had to rally for three runs in the eighth inning to defeat Hong Kong. Hong Kong came back on day two to defeat Singapore 9-4.

The host Indonesia club took it to Singapore 19-4. The game was ended after the sixth inning because of the 15 run slaughter rule that is in effect for international baseball. Indonesia then won their second game on day two 8-3 to make their fans happy.

Rain forced the postponement of the third game between Sri Lanka and Thailand. You can follow the results on their facebook page at the link below:

East Asia Cup