Fun fact: My now-five year old daughter’s first baseball game was Quentin’s major league debut, a game in which he hit his first home run. So while I admit that I have a soft spot for him, I also think that what the 28-year old has done so far is sustainable. Part of it is that he’s done it before: his .408 wOBA this year wouldn’t even be a career high (.414 wOBA in 2008). And part of it is that a major reason for his lower performance over the past few years may be injury. He has missed a lot of time over the last two years (240 games played total from 2009-2010), and it’s possible that the injuries negatively affected his play–if nothing else, by throwing off his timing upon returning. There is nothing really alarming about his indicator stats: walk rates, strikeout rates, HR/FB rates, BABIP, etc, are all close to career norms. He may well just be healthy for the first time in a while, and is clobbering the ball. Hopefully he can stay that way!
June 9, 2011
Who They are:[Round 1s pick Keenyn] Walker is exactly the kind of player the White Sox used to avoid, but with Kenny Williams’ edict to focus on upside, he’s a great find. Yes, he’s raw, but he’s a big athlete with plus speed and is developing power from both sides of the plate. Scouts that like him, really like him, and while Walker is a significant risk, his kind of upside is hard to find outside the first round.
[Round 2 pick Erik] Johnson is a safer pick with third- or fourth-starter upside, but he’s a big, physical right-hander with above-average velocity and a good slider. He’s not pretty to watch and needs to throw more strikes.
[Round 3 pick Jeff] Soptic is 6-foot-6, throws 95-98 mph, and I’m done saying good things about him. The hope is that he can find some command, hone his breaking ball, and turn into a late-inning reliever. …
And there appears to be more help along the way.
“You know, [Minor League Director] Buddy Bell and I spent a lot of time with each other over the last few days, and I’m very encouraged by what I see on video as well as what I’m hearing from Buddy and some of the coaches, so yeah,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said. “And we’ve already got some guys that are here that kind of shot through the system. I think that’s a testimony to our scouting with Beckham and Morel and also the player development.”
It’s magic I tell you!
Other White Sox links: Mike look’s at Adam Dunn’s struggles and relays a interesting [visually] idea.