What do major league baseball players do on their off day in Seattle? How about book a salmon fishing charter trip on Puget Sound after taking a late night flight into town on Sunday. That was what Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and third baseman Gordon Beckham, along with assistant trainer Brian Ball and director of media relations Bob Beghtol did this morning (Sept. 14). …
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Rios said hitting coach Greg Walker has been reviewing his stance and doesn’t want to alter his swing. “If he wants to make any changes, he’ll wait until spring training,” Rios said.
Will Greg Walker be the Sox hitting coach in the next spring training?
The article also has the opinions of a couple of scouts on Rios.
Ozzie Guillen didn’t like Gordon Beckham’s promotion at first. How about it Ozzie?
”I never doubted this kid would be a big-league player. I doubted how good he was going to be and how important he was going to be for this ballclub this year. Wow. It’s tough to win without him. He showed that when he was not there [because of injury]. It’s tough to make the lineup. He makes the lineup a lot better. This kid has done a lot of great things for us — even unexpected.”
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Q: I never see White Sox righthander John Ely mentioned in prospect rankings. He went 14-2, 2.82 in Double-A this year, but Chicago has four set starters in the major leagues and prospect Daniel Hudson ahead of him. What do you see for Ely?
A: Don’t say never— Ely came in at No. 9 and No. 11 in our White Sox rankings lists in the last two Prospect Handbooks. A third-round pick out of Miami (Ohio) in 2007, he led the Southern League in victories and strikeouts (125 in 156 innings) and finished second in ERA. Not that wins are the most telling stat for a pitcher, but Ely consistently racks them up and has posted an 83-27 record going back to his days as a high school star in suburban Chicago. Ely can’t overpower hitters with his fringe-average fastball and his curveball is inconsistent, but he does have a nifty changeup. That repertoire doesn’t give him a huge ceiling, but he does locate his pitches down in the zone and rarely beats himself by surrendering walks or home runs. He’s a favorite sleeper of mine and I wouldn’t rule out Ely carving a niche for himself in the back of someone’s rotation. White Sox GM Kenny Williams isn’t afraid to trade prospects, and Ely could find a better opportunity elsewhere. He’ll probably open 2010 in Triple-A.