CHICAGO—After serving as farm director for five years, Nick Capra is now third base coach for new White Sox manager Rick Renteria, who takes over for Robin Ventura.
Chicago wasted little time naming Capra’s replacement.
Chris Getz, drafted by the White Sox in 2005, is taking over for Capra after spending the last two years as a Royals assistant in baseball operations and player development.
Getz played seven seasons in the major leagues with the White Sox, Royals and Blue Jays. He thought about staying in baseball as a manager, coach or scout but was drawn to the front office with the Royals, particularly on the minor league side.
“What I think it is is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players are identified by the scouts and then they are brought in, and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach his ceiling. It’s a daily process.”
The White Sox have beefed up their talent in the minors the last couple years, but there is still plenty of work to do.
“I have a little bit of a feel for the system,” Getz said. “I don’t have a great feel for it. I know I will learn a lot more at the organizational meetings. I’m going to be going to the Dominican Republic to see our academy, and then I’ll go to the Arizona Fall League.
“Through all those different stops, I’ll get a better feel for things.”
After a taste of what to expect while working in the Kansas City front office, Getz is ready to make his mark in Chicago.
“It’s very task-oriented,” he said. “I am focused on what’s in front of me. Player-development people are trying to get the player better every single day. With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”
• Curt Hasler, a minor league pitching coordinator and coach with Chicago the last 25 years, is the new big league bullpen coach. He replaces Bobby Thigpen.
• The White Sox removed righthander Jacob Turner from the 40-man roster. He went 4-7, 4.71 in 18 starts at Triple-A Charlotte this year.