Project Birmingham questions for FutureSox

If you’re not familiar, the White Sox are sending a number of players and coaches/instructors from the lower levels to Double A Birmingham as an opportunity for them to play together and receive instruction. On initially hearing this, it sounds like an interesting idea. However, since the Sox seem to be the only team doing it and everyone seems to be really in favor of this, it gives me a little bit of pause. If it’s so obvious, every team would already do this.

While I love the White Sox, I am not that knowledgeable about all the goings ons in the minor leagues. There are multiple teams to follow, many players, and additional facets that don’t apply to the pro game. Typically, when FromThe108 wants to delve into these topics, we’ll get someone from FutureSox to join our show and we will discuss. But this week, I’ll be out of town and leaving the FromThe108 podcast to BeefLoaf and MySoxSummer. So instead, I figured I’d write up a few questions I have about this new experiment, then hang up and listen.

What problem are the White Sox trying to solve?

I’m a fan of experimentation and innovation, but the reason you would do that is to solve a problem. So my question is, what problem or problems are the White Sox trying to solve? Is this about minor leaguers better adapting level to level? Or is this about the staff being too thin to work with all the players they want to provide attention to? Or is it something else?

In other words, how will we know if this was a successful experiment?

Are there enough at bats for all these guys?

Getting more game time for these young players sounds overall good to me. But I am wondering if there are any players currently in AA, that the Sox may count on next year, that are not going to get adequate playing time? Is the minor league game structured in a way, where it should be easy enough to get them all at bats?

Could this hurt a player’s trade value?

For the younger players being moved up, and while this is an experiment, could a promotion and then subsequent demotion for 2023 make it appear as though the player is not as far along as they should be? In other words, could this have the optics of a player regressing as opposed to progressing if they struggle and are not in Birmingham or Charlotte to start 2023?

Who can benefit the most from this experiment?

Which players that have been added to Birmingham’s roster have the biggest chance to accelerate their path to the major leagues?

Should this change our expectations of when we will see some of these players in Chicago?

Is there any indication that this is aimed at pushing the top tier of prospects through the system quicker? Or is this more thought of as a camp of sorts with the goal of sharpening some skills?

-Chorizy-E

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