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Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.

Effectively Wild Episode 25: "The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns"

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Episode 25 Companion

​All times are approximate

00:00: Today's intro is the Guile theme, because the Guile theme goes with everything.

01:30: TIL that Argentinian ant colonies have multiple queens. Thanks, Sam Miller!

02:30: Ben Lindbergh wants to talk about the White Sox again. The White Sox haven't been a subject of the show since Friday. After that show, Ben discovered that Sam picked the White Sox to finish last in the AL Central.

03:15: The White Sox minor-league system ranked last in Kevin Goldstein's organizational rankings earlier this year. White Sox general manager Kenny Williams made some comments about the organization's minor-league philosophy to Scott Merkin at on Monday.

08:25: Sam checked out the White Sox' top prospect lists from the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Here's Kevin Goldstein's Top 11 White Sox Prospects for 2010, and here's 2011.

11:20: Sam breaks out the stats: A.J. Pierzynski is slugging .543.

11:45: The Cubs and Starlin Castro are working on completing a long-term deal. R.J. Anderson wrote about it in Monday's Transaction Analysis. ($)

17:00: Despite the massive deal, Castro's slugging percentage is .116 lower than A.J. Pierzynski's.

Compiled by Dave Pease

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Just downloaded this episode, first ever listen to the podcast.

To confirm something that Sam suspected: no, nobody else wants to hear more about the insects. :)
Thanks for listening. We'll try to keep the insect talk to a minimum, because insects scare me (which made it all the more heroic when I went after the wasps).