Fuller, 26, was the Dodgers’ 11th-round pick in 2006 out of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). A solid defensive middle infielder, he offers solid range and a strong arm. He profiles better as a second baseman at higher levels, but he’s played just as much shortstop this season. For high Class A Inland Empire, Fuller was hitting .254/.340/.418 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs. A lefthanded hitter, Fuller has a line-drive swing that creates gap-to-gap power. He has fringe-average speed. The Juneau, Alaska, native hasn’t hit enough to propel himself to higher levels of the minors. Unless something drastic happens, Fuller would seem to be a nice organizational player.
September 2, 2009
Hynick, 24, made a name for himself June 30 when he threw a seven-inning perfect game for Colorado Springs against Portland. The righthander was 10-9, 3.83 in 26 starts for the Sky Sox, with 92 strikeouts and 48 walks in 155 innings. A third-round pick in ’06 out of Birmingham Southern, Hynick sits in the high-80s with his fastball and complements it with a changeup, curveball and split-fingered fastball. Hynick isn’t much of a groundball pitcher and doesn’t boast of a strong strikeout rate, but he can be effective with his stuff. He projects as a back-of-the rotation starter or a middle reliever in the big leagues.
Don’t look for a September callup such as Tyler Flowers to get regular at-bats any time in the near future for the White Sox. Although Flowers is considered a rising star in the organization and a top prospect, playing the young catcher is not the best way for the White Sox to keep their fledgling playoff hopes alive. And manager Ozzie Guillen believes those playoffs hopes still exist. “If I do that, then I give up, and I’m not going to give up,” said Guillen of going extremely young within his lineup during the final month. “I don’t care. If they give up, that’s their problem. I never will give up. When we are out, then we play the kids. I hope I don’t have to play them. But when we get to that point, we will play the kids.”
Sox pitching coach Don Cooper wants Peavy to pitch again before the season is over:
“I want to see if we can get him healthy right now so he can go out and pitch. That’s where I’m standing right now. I’m not going to shut him down and, ‘OK, let’s see if he’s OK in Spring Training.’ If there’s one thing I want to accomplish here, whether or not he’s pitching in a game or not, which is yet to be determined — I don’t know what he’s doing today, so how will I know what he will do five days from now? But before he leaves here, we’re going to make sure he’s healthy. Wouldn’t that be the smart thing to do? Instead of letting him go home, shutting him down, see you later and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that everything is OK in Spring Training?”
Although the MRI showed Peavy to be healthy, Cooper would like to judge him in action even for two or three starts, if possible.
“Right, but that being clear, that’s fine. That means there is no structural damage. But he got smoked. And he got smoked in his throwing elbow. I’m sitting here saying to be patient with this. He’s telling us he can’t throw, so he can’t throw right now. But when he’s ready, we’re going to try something. We’re going to make sure he’s OK, that’s my goal. And hopefully that leads to games. We’re not done yet. Yeah, we’re in a terrible spot, we need to win some games, but we’re going to play until the last out. We’re going to be running our guys out there until the last out. As far as Jake Peavy goes, it’s a day-to-day thing and I don’t know what’s going down the next few days because I’m not sure where we’re at today.”
[Twins pitcher Joe] Nathan than quickly retired pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay on a swinging strikeout to start the ninth and then induced Scott Podsednik’s routine fly ball to left fielder Denard Span for out No. 2. Nathan jumped ahead on Gordon Beckham with two quick strikes, needing one more swing to send the White Sox to their sixth straight loss. But the rookie phenom worked the count full and then launched a 3-2 pitch into the left-field stands for his 10th home run and a 2-1 deficit. … Beckham’s blast was a nice moment for the White Sox, but they still were one out away from falling 4 1/2 games behind the Twins for second. Once again, Nathan brought the game within its final strike, but Konerko drove out his own full-count offering for home run No. 24. Konerko’s long ball was more of a high fly, and Span looked as if he had his jump timed to take away the game-tying run. It would have been a fitting ending for the White Sox in the Metrodome, but instead, it landed about four rows beyond Span’s outstretched glove.
After that Nathan walked Jermaine Dye and Carlos Quentin and was replaced by Matt Guerrier. The next batter was Alexei Ramirez who singled:
His single to left on an 0-2 pitch scored pinch-runner Dewayne Wise when Span’s throw short-hopped catcher Mike Redmond. A good throw would have had Wise by a few feet. But it was an aggressive send by third-base coach Jeff Cox in a venue where the White Sox literally had nothing to lose.
Next, Carlos Quentin scored an insurance-run on a wild pitch, Bobby Jenks worked a scoreless 1-2-single-4 bottom of the 9th and the Sox had their first win in the Metrodome in a game the Twins lead by 2 runs in the 9th inning. Seems the Sox figure it in their last Metrodome game. The Sox finished with a 89-114 record at the Metrodome after it opened in 1982.
A couple quotes from the Sox after the jump.
Relieve Matt Thornton. While Ozzie Guillen and the players aren’t quitting (according to him), his GM certainly did once that reported memo went out telling fellow GMs that a list of veteran Sox players were available. That said, it’s not time to put on a show and more a time to give Thornton a rest. Between pitching in the World Baseball Classic and throwing 59.2 pressure-packed innings (throwing in the high 90’s throughout), Thornton call it a season. He’s too valuable of a 2010 piece – especially with the current state of the pen – to waste further energy and risk injury pitching in meaningless September games. You can say this about anyone I’m sure, but relievers unreliable health from year-to-year makes this too obvious of a choice. …
Hudson lasted just three innings on Tuesday night, but it was for all the right reasons. After the White Sox raised the white flag earlier in the week, they’ve decided to give Hudson the call. It’s easily one of the most improbably rises of the year, as the 150th overall pick began the year at Low-A Kannapolis while slowly working up the ladder, spending time with every full-season affiliate in the system. This year’s minor league breakout pitcher of the year, Hudson has incurred quite a few moving expenses, but it’s been well worth it, as his fifth team of the year is the ultimate goal.