He swings under a lot of balls and racked up a lot of strikeouts in college. His walk rate did improve, but his plate discipline is still a work in progress. …
As mentioned earlier, the Kannapolis Intimidators placed Mitchell on the 7-Day disabled list.
What are you hearing from your spy Ozzie?
“The control was outstanding, his velocity was not there and he threw more breaking balls,” said Guillen of Colon, who gave up one run on two hits over five innings during the Knights’ 7-1 victory over Norfolk “That’s it. You know the way Colon is. He’s like, ‘OK, let me go out and do it.’ It was nothing impressive, but it was good.”
Guillen’s initial report on Colon, who walked two, struck out one and threw 40 of his 65 pitches for strikes, came from his son Oney, an employee of the White Sox organization currently located in Charlotte. Oney added that Colon threw some breaking balls on 3-2 pitches, a mixture of fastballs and off-speed offerings the White Sox wanted to see from the burly right-hander before Colon even was considered for a return to the Majors. …
From what Oney says, Freddy is training in Charlotte.
MiLB.com says so:
07/10/2009: “Kannapolis Intimidators placed CF Jared Mitchell on the 7-Day disabled list.”
Maybe some procedural move?
Guillen said the Sox have studied videotape of Richard, “but we don’t have any better choice,” Guillen said. “We have to wait to see how Colon is doing, and see what happens. Right now, I’m supporting him (Richard).”
what about Freddy Garcia, Ozzie?
“He hasn’t turned the corner,” said Guillen, who talked to Garcia recently but said Garcia is “throwing well.”
A major league source observed Colon’s start with the Charlotte Knights yesterday and compared it favorably to his April 23 start against the Baltimore Orioles:
“He definitely threw more breaking pitches and change-ups. You could notice he was throwing more sliders and wasn’t afraid to throw them to left-handers as well as right-handers. He was throwing in the 88-to-90 (mph) range. It looked like when he wanted to throw harder, he did. He was throwing more four-seam fastballs. I could tell because he was trying to raise the hitters’ eye level.”
UPDATE: Colon’s next start will be Tuesday for Class-A Kannapolis against Savannah.
Players with the most grounded-into-double-plays over the last 10 seasons:
1 Miguel Tejada 208
2 Paul Konerko 189
3 Vladimir Guerrero 185
4 Magglio Ordonez 168
5 Albert Pujols 168