The Catbird Speaks


2.19.19 White Sox Fumble Machado On The 1-Yard Line

February 20th, 2019

The White Sox randomly found themselves ready to sign Machado for a bargain and instead the Padres actually met his demands and now we’re basically left with the 2018 roster plus Jon Jay and Yonder Alonso.





1.11.19 Anthony Rescan on Machado, Harper, and More

January 11th, 2019

Anthony Rescan of the BP R&D team joins Nick Schaefer to talk about the wild range of possibilities for the White Sox from:

1. Signing Manny Machado and where he’d play and whether that will happen;

2. What the White Sox can do if they don’t land someone big; and 

3. Talk about the state of the current roster.


The Catbird Speaks 10.2.18: Sixty-Two And One Hundred

October 1st, 2018

The White Sox 2018 season is over. They went 62-100. Nick Schaefer, Collin Whitchurch, and Frank Firke got together to talk about it. Among the subjects:

-The general disappointment of the pitching staff. What to make of Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Carlos Rodon going forward.

-The fact that there’s still hope for Yoan Moncada, and optimism over Tim Anderson’s production.

-Thoughts on the White Sox’s timeframe for contention, particularly given the glut of injuries to Michael Kopech and various other prospects.

-Team-building thoughts coming off the success of this season’s Milwaukee Brewers.

-Postseason thoughts. Who is going to win the World Series? Who do we want to win the World Series?


The Catbird Speaks 8.3.18 – Free Eloy!

August 2nd, 2018

Collin Whitchurch, Mark Primiano, and Frank Firke got together on a Thursday evening to talk about a number of White Sox things. Such as:

-Disappointment over the fact that the White Sox have yet to promote phenom Eloy Jimenez as he continues to lay waste to Triple-A pitching.

-Michael Kopech’s bumpier minor league season and when we should expect to see him in Chicago.

-Possible August trade candidates, such as James Shields, Leury Garcia, and a host of bullpen options.


The 2018 Midseason 50 Prospect Podcast feat. Jeff Paternostro

July 14th, 2018

Jeff Paternostro, the head of Baseball Prospectus’ prospect team, joins Nick Schaefer to discuss the list, the White Sox prospects on it, the system in general, and the organization’s future.

–Eloy Jimenez;

–Michael Kopech;

–Dylan Cease;

–Luis Robert;

–Bryce Harper?!


4.24.2018: The White Sox Have Won A Game

April 25th, 2018

Since our last podcast, the White Sox have played 16 games and even won one of them! 

–Carson Fulmer had a good outing;

–Yoan Moncada is looking like a monster all of a sudden;

–Justin Verlander is a big whiny baby;

–Jose Abreu is still the best;

–Is Giolito okay?

And so much more!


4.4.2018 – Real White Sox Baseball, For Better or For Worse

April 3rd, 2018

Nick, Mark, and Frank chat White Sox, early 2018 MLB, animals, and the Unwritten Rules.

Tune in for:

–Tim Anderson and Matt Davidson talk;

–The encouraging start of Reynaldo Lopez;

–Royals & Tigers schadenfreude; 

–The Twins being ridiculous; and

–Animal chat.


The Catbird Speaks 3.9.18 – The Young and the Guestless

March 9th, 2018

Lacking a guest, Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer got together to talk about the latest White Sox Spring Training happenings, the free agent market, and some Fantasy Baseball. Among the topics:

-The White Sox roster situation, including Collin citing way too many Spring Training stats.

-The remaining free agents, including reaction to the Mike Moustakas deal that was reported during recording.

-Some self-indulgent fantasy talk, White Sox players we might target during our drafts, and general draft strategy.


The Catbird Speaks 2.18.18 – Fegan v. Boyé

February 18th, 2018

In one corner you have James Fegan, editor emaritus of BP South Side, White Sox beat writer for The Athletic, and someone who has edited countless Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer posts over the years.

In the other corner you have Paul Boyé, contributor to The Good Phight, BP Short Relief contributor, one of Nick Schaefer’s best pals, and someone who has never met nor spoken to Collin Whitchurch before this episode was recorded.

Listen, as the two match wits in guessing which BP Annual White Sox comments were written by Nick, and which were written by Collin, in an intense game in which you, the listener, is ultimately the winner.


The Catbird Speaks 1.26.18 – Roster Construction

January 26th, 2018

We’re less than one month from pitchers and catchers reporting, so Collin and Nick got together to talk about what the White Sox roster looks like, as well as reactions to the latest Hot Stove dealings and the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Among the talking points:

-The Brewers’ acquisitions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, what that means for them in 2018, and if this kind of model can be expected from the White Sox in a year or two.

-What the White Sox roster is going to look like heading into Spring Training, as well as if they will or should take advantage of the stalled free agent market.

-The differences in prospect lists from source to source, including some deep diving into the backend of the White Sox farm system rankings.

-Jim Thome’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and some thoughts on the ballot as a whole.

Be sure to follow BP South Side on Twitter @BPSouthSide. You can follow Collin @cowhitchurch and Nick @Nick_BPSS.


The Catbird Speaks – 12.17.2017 – Frank Firke Chats Machado and More

December 18th, 2017

–Ohtani signing;

–Giancarlo Stanton trade;

–Jeter’s ownership group;

–The Mets;

–Jack Morris & Alan Trammell;

–Manny Machado rumors;

–White Sox “buying” prospects?


The Catbird Speaks – Thanksgiving Hall of Fame Edition

November 21st, 2017

There are seven former White Sox on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. Dr. Mark Primiano, fresh off his honeymoon, joins Nick Schaefer to discuss the candidacies and remember the careers of everyone from Lidge to Isringhausen. 

–The slam dunk candidates like Thome and Chipper;

–The no chance but fun guys like Johnny Damon;

–Defense-driven careers and weird profiles;

–The candidates that will infuriate Nick for unhealthy reasons!

All of this and more.


The Catbird Speaks 11.17.17 – The White Sox Top 10 Prospects List

November 17th, 2017

The White Sox Top 10 Prospects list was released Friday on Baseball Prospectus, and Jarrett Seidler of BP’s prospect team joined Collin and Nick to talk about what went into the construction of the list. Among the topics:

-The overall state of the White Sox farm system.

-The upside of Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech, what sets them apart from the rest of the system, and what went into picking between the two for the No. 1 spot.

-The high upside but risk of a prospect like Dylan Cease.

-Alec Hansen’s roller coaster ride from potential No. 1 draft pick to terrible college performance to top prospect.

-How the hell you rank Luis Robert.

-The next group of guys, what to like and dislike from Jake Burger, Dane Dunning, Blake Rutherford, and Zack Collins.

-Thoughts on guys outside the Top 10, including Micker Adolfo, Spencer Adams, A.J. Puckett, Yeyson Yrizarri, and more.

-Some always necessary talk about Japanese wrestling between Jarrett and Collin, while Nick tries not to fall asleep.

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10.9.2017 Bonus Cast: Nick & Mo Talk Yankees & Fantasy

October 10th, 2017

The White Sox aren’t in the postseason and the offseason hasn’t begun in earnest yet. So we sat down with Mo Narang, Yankee fan extraordinaire, and get some perspective from a fan whose team is a little further along in the rebuild than the White Sox are.

–Perspective on the Yankees’ season

–Danny Tartabull

–Macro level fantasy strategy

–Pax Diamondbacks


The Catbird Speaks 9.21.17 – Every White Sox Prospect, As Told By James Fegan

September 21st, 2017

Old friend James Fegan of The Athletic joins Collin and Nick to discuss the White Sox as the season winds to a close. Among the topics:

-If Lucas Giolito’s September success is sustainable.

-Carson Fulmer’s impressive few starts after a disasterous season.

-Yoan Moncada is who we thought we was.

-James’ latest iteration of the White Sox Top 30 prospects.

-Why James loves the Twins and Royals so much.

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