Kevin Goldstein looks at those minor leaguers who saw their stock jump the most:
Chicago White Sox: The breakout pitcher of the year, right-hander Dan Hudson went from a non-descript fifth-round pick in 2008 to a big-leaguer, pitching at all four full-season affiliates while finishing with a 2.32 ERA and a remarkable 166/34 strikeout/walk ratio in 147 1/3 innings. All of the scouting evidence indicates that this breakout’s for real.
Runner-Up: An undrafted free agent out of Arizona, all C.J. Retherford has done is hit at every level. That continued at Double-A, as the second baseman hit .297/.340/.473 in 128 games for the Barons, including 46 doubles.
The 2010 schedule is announced. Sox open at home against Clevaland and then Minnesota.
Here’s the 2010 schedule in a one-page sortable format. And a one-page pdf ready to print.
scouting the sally:
Dayan Viciedo – If I were Viciedo’s hitting coach, he would drive me absolutely nuts. From my seat down the third base line, he finished every swing looking in my direction which left me feeling a bit self conscious. When he made contact, the ball exploded off of his bat, but he only made solid contact with two strikes. His bat speed is elite, but his mechanics are messy. He should adapt his two strike approach to be his every pitch approach which would not only shorten his swing, but help take advantage of his tremendous bat speed. At third base, he was iffy at best. His arm was solid average, but he didn’t move well laterally and his hands were just so so. With his size, I’m not sure he’s a great fit in left field or at first base either.
Jordan Danks’ report at the link.