GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Standing in the hallway of the White Sox complex at Camelback Ranch and talking with a few reporters and a team media relations representative, Micker Adolfo points to one of the bold, almost majestic pictures hanging on the wall.
It's a moment captured during one of the two games played at U.S. Cellular Field from the 2005 World Series, won by the White Sox over the Astros in a four-game sweep.
CHICAGO -- Nick Hostetler, the White Sox director of amateur scouting, took time from his busy 2018 MLB Draft preparation to serve as the White Sox Inbox guest. Here's Part 2 of Hostetler's answers; find Part I here.
How has the Draft thought process changed since you joined the organization?
-- Kevin M., Downers Grove, Ill., @KMcCar91
CHICAGO -- Nick Hostetler, the White Sox director of amateur scouting, took time from his busy 2018 MLB Draft preparation to serve as the White Sox Inbox guest for this week. Here's Part 1 of Hostetler's answers.
We have a tough time drafting hitters. How can you judge a young hitter and translate his ability to the Majors?
-- Cory, Glen Ellyn, Ill., @WitchBorn
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rick Hahn doesn't set out to win a trade when executing a deal, although he certainly has had many chances to do so since last December as the White Sox rebuild moved ahead full force.
"You want both sides to feel good about any transaction," said the White Sox general manager from the team's Camelback Ranch complex during Instructional League action Wednesday. "Nobody is looking to fleece anybody or get away with a quote unquote win. You want both clubs to benefit."
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Since switching to rebuild mode, the Chicago White Sox have built one of the best, if not the best, farm system in all of baseball. Some of the top prospects, like Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito, moved up to the big leagues and graduated off of prospect lists.
The group the White Sox sent to the Arizona Fall League this year does not include any of their upper-echelon prospects, but those who are here are trying to elbow their way onto the now-crowded radar in the organization. A pair of those Minor Leaguers, catcher Seby Zavala and outfielder Tito Polo, certainly opened some eyes with their performances on Friday in Glendale's 7-6 win in Surprise.
CHICAGO -- Former White Sox reliever Daniel Webb was killed Saturday night in an ATV crash in Northwest Tennessee.
Webb, 28, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 10, 2016. He made 94 appearances for the White Sox between 2013-16 and had a 3.99 ERA and 58 strikeouts over 67 2/3 innings in '14. He was released by the White Sox last November.
Dylan Covey threw five scoreless innings and struck out two as Glendale defeated Surprise, 8-2, on Thursday. Covey picked up his first victory of the Arizona Fall League season, helping the Desert Dogs improve to 2-1.
Covey pitched in the Fall League last year, then in the Athletics' organization, posting a 4.74 ERA in six starts for Mesa. He made his MLB debut in April for Chicago, making 12 starts and 18 appearances over the course of the year. He went 0-7 with a 7.71 ERA in those games. Since his stint in the Majors, he said he took a step back to better understand how to perfect his craft.
Matthew 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.
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. Bob Vanderberg contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Pitching, lefty power among White Sox needs
GM Hahn will not deviate from rebuilding plan to fill holes, however
CHICAGO -- The White Sox enter the 2017 offseason in an interesting stage of their rebuild.
While they will continue to procure talent, they also have young standouts such as second baseman Yoan Moncada and right-handed hurlers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez already enjoying daily Major League life in the midst of their development phase.
MESA, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson took part in a White Sox game on Tuesday afternoon.
Yes, the game represented an Instructional League contest against the A's at Fitch Park, played before a small crowd of teammates, scouts and maybe a few players' family members. But for the outfielder who did not play at all during the 2017 season, the type of competition didn't matter.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn seemingly can't go more than a couple of weeks without trading for more prospects, but his deals aren't the only avenue in which the White Sox have beefed up their farm system. They've also done well in the Draft, spending their last two first-round picks and their 2017 second-rounder on college sluggers.
Catcher Zack Collins (No. 10 overall, 2016), third baseman Jake Burger (No. 11, 2017) and first baseman Gavin Sheets (No. 49, 2017) all should fit in nicely at Guaranteed Rate Field, one of the most homer-friendly ballparks in the big leagues. For now, they're together in Chicago's four-week instructional league program in Glendale, Ariz., which ends this weekend.
CHICAGO -- The early stages of the White Sox rebuild, expertly executed by general manager Rick Hahn and his staff, produced a number of potential 2017 candidates for White Sox Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year.
But it was second baseman Yoan Moncada, MLBPipeline.com's top-rated prospect for much of the season, and right-handed hurler Alec Hansen who eventually earned the honors.
CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson and Bria Anderson are focused on giving back to the youth of Chicago.
That point was one of many made clear by the White Sox shortstop and his wife as part of a Wednesday panel entitled "Empowering Teenagers," during the second annual Chicago Sports Summit at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
After turning Chris Sale and Adam Eaton into seven quality prospects in a pair of deals at the Winter Meetings, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn continued to relentlessly pursue young talent as he rebuilds his team. Hahn swung eight trades in July and August, parting with nine veterans and some international bonus pool money to get 13 Minor Leaguers, including three Top 100 Prospects and three former first-round picks.
Outfielder Blake Rutherford, the only player who falls into both categories, is one of several summer acquisitions taking part in Chicago's instructional league program, which began Sept. 16 and will run through Oct. 14 in Glendale, Ariz. He highlighted a four-player package the Yankees gave up for Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson on July 19.
Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
In My Words: Renteria reflects, looks ahead
By Rick Renteria
It's been an exciting year for us. Even though the record might not be what we want, we've come a long way. It is exciting to see guys like (Reynaldo) Lopez, (Lucas) Giolito, (Yoan) Moncada, (Nicky) Delmonico come up, and watch guys like Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson, who now are having their first full season under their belts. They continue to show they're capable of performing here. They're not afraid. They've shown they're ready to compete.
We have a pretty close-knit group. I don't know if we can take it any higher with the way they're jelling as people, as players. It's pretty exciting to watch. We're seeing a group of young men who are developing and owning an identity of what they want to become, and how they want to express that identity to the next generation of players who will be coming to the White Sox.
CHICAGO -- The focus for the 2017 White Sox was talent procurement, followed by the development of top young players. That concept started as far back as last October, when their rebuild began and Rick Renteria took over as manager by setting an immediate tone as to what was expected throughout the organization.
While the on-field results were certainly less than ideal, wins and losses weren't the measure of this campaign -- and there were some important moments to remember.
CLEVELAND -- The Indians paid tribute to Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, the iconic White Sox television announcer, with a scoreboard tribute during the first inning of Chicago's 3-1 loss in Sunday's 2017 season finale.
That final White Sox defeat also marked the final road game of Harrelson's illustrious broadcast career, and the tribute to Harrelson included some older pictures from his playing days in Cleveland.
Brantly homers, but Sox fall to Tribe in '17 finale
By Scott Merkin and William Kosileski
CLEVELAND -- With the postseason right around the corner, the American League Central-champion Indians put the finishing touch on their regular season with a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at Progressive Field.
CLEVELAND -- The improved defensive play from Jose Abreu at first base during the 2017 campaign stems from the White Sox stalwart's daily work at shortstop or third base during batting practice.
"That was a recommendation from Super Joe," Abreu said through interpreter Billy Russo of the advice he received from bench coach Joe McEwing. "He told me that I should try to take ground balls in different positions because that's something that helps you to be more flexible and agile in your position at first base."
Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.
It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.
CLEVELAND -- Kevan Smith provided all the offense the White Sox would need Saturday night, as his two RBIs and Carson Fulmer's solid outing led Chicago to a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.
CLEVELAND -- For his final start of the 2017 season, Carson Fulmer drew the American League Central-winning Indians at Progressive Field with one of the AL Cy Young Award front-runners in Corey Kluber on the mound for Cleveland.
But it was the White Sox rookie right-hander who emerged with the victory, allowing one run over five innings in a 2-1 White Sox victory. The Indians (101-60) already had locked up home-field advantage throughout the AL by virtue of Houston's loss early Saturday, but with another strong mound effort, Fulmer moved closer to locking up a rotation spot as the White Sox rebuild prepares to focus on 2018.
CLEVLEAND -- Nicky Delmonico returned to Chicago on Saturday to have his strained left shoulder examined.
The White Sox left fielder suffered the injury while diving for a ball Friday in a 10-1 loss to the Indians then felt it again while swinging through a strikeout in the sixth. He was replaced by Rymer Liriano.
CLEVELAND -- The White Sox entire coaching staff is expected to be back for 2018, according to comments made by general manager Rick Hahn at his season-wrap press conference Thursday in Chicago.
But the end-of-season buzz surrounding bench coach Joe McEwing for managerial openings around baseball could change that configuration. McEwing lives in Philadelphia and could be a fit for the Phillies' vacancy. He also knows the Tigers from facing them as part of the White Sox coaching staff.
CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu has been in the United States for four seasons, and has done his part in every one of them for the White Sox. Yet, his teams have averaged only 73 wins and finished a combined 87 1/2 games out of first place.
You would think he'd wonder what he got himself into when he signed with the White Sox, instead of any of the other teams who aggressively recruited him after he'd left Cuba. Shouldn't a career .301 hitter who averages 30-plus home runs and 100-plus RBIs get to experience the excitement of big games in September and the drama of win-or-go-home games in October?
Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Sanchez homers, but Pelfrey rocked in loss
By William Kosileski and Scott Merkin
CLEVELAND -- The Indians' offense combined to score 10 runs in two innings to back Trevor Bauer's strong outing against the White Sox on Friday night, as Cleveland coasted to win No. 101 on the season with a 10-1 victory at Progressive Field.
The Tribe passed the 1995 club for the second most wins in franchise history. This season's team is second only to the '54 Indians, who finished with 111 victories. In addition, Cleveland's 101 wins are the most for a team in American League Central history (dating back to realignment in '94).