The injuries kept piling up for the White Sox top prospects. Jake Burger went down with an Achilles injury and will miss the rest of the season, and now Luis Robert will miss ten weeks after suffering a thumb ligament sprain in his left hand.

The White Sox needed some positive news about their crop of young players and they got it. Lucas Giolito and Eloy Jimenez had strong performances against the Cubs today. Although Jimenez only came in as a pinch hitter off the bench, he blasted a two-run homer to give the White Sox the late lead.

Lucas Giolito’s reaction was priceless when he witnessed the home run as he was being interviewed inside the clubhouse.

It was an 0-2 count, but that didn’t stop Jimenez. He really wanted to play against his former team, and pushed for it all week asking manager, Rick Renteria to give him an opportunity. Even though it was only one plate appearance, he certainly took full advantage of the opportunity.

Lucas Giolito and Kyle Hendricks had a phenomenal  pitching duel. Hendricks played well, but Giolito was the one to watch out for. After throwing a total of 75 pitches, Giolito struck out eight hitters, including four straight strikeouts to start the ballgame. All four of them consisted of an improved curveball, which he has worked on this spring and it has shown significant improvement from last year.

Giolito’s curveball is a nasty one. Just look at the one he used to strike out, Kris Bryant.

The future is bright for the young players in the White Sox organization. Only time and development is holding these guys back from contending in the future. And before everyone says relax it’s only a spring training game, you need to realize that baseball is back and in full force for the White Sox. It’s only a matter of time.