On the Brandon Allen-Tony Pena trade:
Moving Allen was tough for me to stomach, but I understand the need to strengthen the bullpen. Pena can step into Dotel’s role next year and could become more valuable now if Carrasco moves into the rotation. … The trading of Allen slightly alleviates a logjam at the corners. Konerko probably takes over as the designated hitter. If the Sox don’t re-sign Jerma[in]e Dye, that would pave the way for Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields to play first.
and Mark’s future infield prediction:
1b – Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields
2b – Chris Getz or Jayson Nix
ss – Alexei Ramirez
3b – Gordon Beckham
Quentin was 1-2 with an RBI-double in the Kannapolis game tonight. He was replaced in the begginning of the 4th inning. Mark Gonzales reports that he played DH and not bLF due to the rain. BTW, Colon will start for Kannapolis tomorrow.
UPDATE: Savannah Morning News:
Carlos Quentin approached the batter’s box in the first inning. Rather than his usual No. 20, he was wearing 43 on his jersey. Instead of the black and white of the Chicago White Sox, he was sporting the red and black of the Kannapolis Intimidators. And instead of being at a major league park, Quentin was playing designated hitter at Grayson Stadium.
While the jersey and stadium were different, the result looked familiar. The 2008 All-Star doubled the first pitch down the left-field line, driving in a run. …
Seth Loman went 3-for-4 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored Sunday as Winston-Salem routed Lynchburg, 13-3. Loman is hitting .289 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 33 games.
Loman is hitting .289/.362/.518/.880. With 5 BB to 30 K and a .354 BABIP though…
UPDATE: From the Winston-Salem Journal:
Loman, a 6-4, 240-pound designated hitter from Las Vegas, started the season at Winston-Salem, but struggled early and was sent to Kannapolis of the low Class A South Atlantic League on May 18. He hit eight homers for Kannapolis and was sent back June 17. “I’ve worked with our hitting coach Robert Sasser a lot. I’ve worked on some stuff — working on my stride and all that kind of stuff — so it paid off today,” Loman said. Loman said he had a three-homer game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers when he was with Kannapolis. “I feel good. Whenever I keep my stride short it allows me to see things well.”
He’s just re-charging his batteries:
The 6’0, 200 pounder our of New Iberia has been placed on the seven-day disabled list by the team. He is eligible to come off of the disabled list Thursday and should debut for the Intimidators then. Sources tell NewOrleans.Com/Sports that Mitchell is not injured, that the White Sox simply gave him the time to re-charge his batteries, rest a bit from the non-stop grind of LSU football and baseball, and to get his feet on the ground before debuting. He has been taking batting practice with the team. The Intimidators play at Savannah Thursday night.