The Off-season up to this point has been eventful for the White Sox. Trades and signings have continued to strengthen the farm system. The rebuild process has remained strong throughout the early part of the 2017-18 off-season and the front office shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to adding organizational depth.

Daniel Palka

Earlier this month, the White Sox claimed corner outfielder Daniel Palka from the Minnesota Twins. Palka was placed on outright waivers as the Twins worked to trim their 40-man roster. He is a 2013 third round pick out of Georgia Tech. The hard-hitting lefty hit 34 homers in the minors in 2016, 4th in all of the minor leagues. Although he needs to work on his strikeout tendencies, he could turn out to be a solid lefty power bat in the White Sox lineup.

Thyago Vieira

The White Sox acquired minor league pitcher Thyago Vieira from the Mariners in exchange for $500,000 in international signing bonus pool money. The 24-year-old was the number 8 prospect in the Mariners organization. The hard-throwing right-hander has the potential to be one of the best closers in the game with his 80 grade fastball that is consistently in triple digits. Vieira retired all three batters he faced in his major league debut against the Orioles this past season. Vieira adds even more depth to the crop of young pitchers in the organization and builds potential for the White Sox bullpen in the future.

Roster Moves

This past week the White Sox added five prospects to the 40-man roster. Those prospects are OF Eloy Jimenez, INF Casey Gillaspie, OF Micker Adolfo, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and LHP Ian Clarkin. This move will protect these prospects from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. Along with this move, the Sox also outrighted Chris Beck and Tyler Danish to AAA Charlotte bringing the 40-man roster to 39.

Eloy Jimenez 

White Sox GM Rick Hahn announced that Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert will be in the big league camp in February. Eloy just finished his impressive stint in the Dominican Winter League. In just 19 games and 68 AB Jimenez posted a .368 AVG with 4 HR, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 12 R, 21 RBI, .443 OBP, .676 SLG, and a 1.120 OPS. If Eloy can continue to produce like he has this spring training and in the minors for the early part of the 2018 season, Sox fans will see Eloy in a White Sox uniform before the all-star-break.

Farm System

The Atlanta Braves were hammered with penalties by the MLB for breaking international signing rules. The Braves were previously named to have the number one farm system in all of baseball. Atlanta’s farm system will severely suffer because of the penalties which include losing thirteen prospects, one of them being the top 2016 signee Kevin Maitan. The penalties caused the White Sox to be named as the number one farm system in the game by MLB senior writer Jim Callis. Rick Hahn now has the opportunity to work his magic and potentially sign a prospect that the Braves have lost.

The White Sox will continue to be in the mix throughout the off-season with the Winter Meetings coming up in December. Rick Hahn is no where close to being done making moves for the better the future of the organization. The prospects will continue to make headlines when they report the Spring Training in March and Sox fans should look forward to next season as the team looks poised to compete in 2018 with a plentiful amount of young talent making their way up to the big leagues.

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