First of all, MLB.com’s release of its Top 100 prospects is well timed in the middle of a SoxFest that’s all about the young guys. MLB Pipeline was so optimistic as to put seven Sox prospects on the list, more than Baseball America (5) and Keith Law (4).
Congrats to our #NextSox who made the new @MLBPipeline Top 100 Prospects list:— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 28, 2018
4. Eloy Jimenez
10. Michael Kopech
26. Luis Robert
54. Alec Hansen
61. Dylan Cease
92. Dane Dunning
99. Blake Rutherford pic.twitter.com/I3oCY794mR
Five of these guys have been highly visible at SoxFest, and fans are connecting with the minor league players in a way that’s completely unprecedented in White Sox history—most recently because there were no such prospects to get excited about, and before that because there wasn’t as much publicly available information on prospects.
We’ll talk about MLB’s list again when they release the White Sox Top 30 list. For now, let’s take a look at what transpired at SoxFest on Saturday.
SoxFest Day 2
- Jason Benetti likes what he sees.
#SoxFest2018 has been remarkable for both the fun the players are having and the grand support from @whitesox fans. The coming years are bound to be lively and enjoyable.— Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti) January 28, 2018
- A lot of the players have been demoing this VR home run hitting game. Here’s your first look at Eloy Jimenez blasting one out of Guaranteed Rate Field. (I think Kevan Smith has the longest so far.)
Even in VR, @Lamantha21’s power is legit. #SoxFest2018 pic.twitter.com/CGTspVpmfB— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 27, 2018
- Tim Anderson spoke candidly on WLS about the loss of his friend Branden Moss and how it affected him. It’s a good bit of perspective on a baseball player as a human being.
#REVENGE18 @TimAnderson7 is the GOAT. #SoxFest2018 @whitesox pic.twitter.com/Nv3iLvUwmn— Ben Bokun (@ben_bokun) January 27, 2018
- Chess on the Mound featured Don Cooper and Ed Farmer, among others. Apparently Orlando Hernandez gave them a whole lot to talk about in just one year in the uniform.
Coop and Ed Farmer have been telling awesome El Duque stories for like 10 minutes. Hell of an end to this seminar. #SoxFest2018— Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) January 27, 2018
- The Making it to the Majors seminar is being lauded as the funniest so far. According to FloridianSoxFan, Carlos Rodon and Nicky Delmonico are a couple of “80-grade clowns”.
These guys were hilarious in the Making it to the Majors seminar.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 28, 2018
What was your favorite part? #SoxFest2018 pic.twitter.com/15lVkR1fBT
So sorry, @Nicky_Delmonico! pic.twitter.com/TZy5n7AbUl— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 27, 2018
- Once the fanbase grabs onto an idea, they never let it go. (The online shop prohibits you from doing stuff like this, by the way.)
The #WhiteSox fan base here at #SoxFest2018 is all in on Machado. Garfien is just helping to plant the seed. pic.twitter.com/E0uF5En3PB— The Tenth Inning (@TenthInningBall) January 28, 2018
SoxFest Day 3
Now we’re on to the final day of SoxFest, which I suppose you could call “Past, Present, and Future”. Here’s today’s seminar schedule.
10:00 am – Calling the Game (Gene Honda, Jason Benetti, Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson)
11:00 am – 35 Years Later: A look back at the 1983 season (Ed Farmer, Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle)
12:00 pm – La Vida fuera del Clubhouse (Hector Molina, Eloy Jimenez, Reynaldo Lopez, Yoan Moncada, Yolmer Sanchez)
1:00 pm – Down on the Farm (Scott Merkin, Dylan Cease, Blake Rutherford, Gavin Sheets)
2:00 pm – Building the Next Generation (Phil Rogers, Dan Fabian, Chris Getz, Jeremy Haber, Nick Hostetler)