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Sox's Boston to bridge OF generations

CHICAGO -- One of the Chicago White Sox’s new major league coaches had a message for all the high-level outfield prospects in the system: It’s your turn to get here now.

The White Sox not only named Daryl Boston the team’s new first-base coach, he will also coach the outfielders. Those duties were previously held by Harold Baines, who will now serve as the assistant hitting coach to Jeff Manto.

"Basically, Alex Rios, (Dayan) Viciedo, (Alejandro) De Aza, Dewayne Wise, I have been with these guys since they have been in the organization," said Boston, who spent the past 12 years as the organization’s minor league outfield coordinator. "It won’t be anything new. I was always running the defense in spring training and a few times a year I come up to Chicago.

"I know the guys, and me and Harold have always been on the same page. We will continue to do the same things we have always been doing."

Boston’s new role, though, might have just as much to with the future of the White Sox outfield as it does the present. While coaching in the minor leagues, he had been helping to shape the next generation of White Sox outfielders that includes Jared Mitchell, Courtney Hawkins, Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker.

"Those are still my guys," Boston said. "I still talk to those guys. They have called four of five times during the winter already. I will always have a place for the guys in the minor leagues."

And what might he say to each one of them the next time they talk?

"All right let’s go," Boston said. "I’m here and now it’s time for you to get here too."

Hawkins and Thompson, listed in that order, will head into 2013 as the organization’s top two prospects, according to Baseball America. Walker was ranked fifth, while Mitchell was ninth.