The Sox have a deep crew of backstop prospects going into 2010, so what can we expect from them?
2009 in review: Flowers came over in the Javier Vazquez trade and quickly showed why. He tore it up right out of the gate for AA Birmingham. He hit for average (.302), power (.548 slugging) and got on base (.445 OBP). Tyler was promoted to AAA Charlotte and performed well enough there to earn a September call-up to the big league club. …
February 21, 2010
“I think (Buehrle) earned that spot because of the respect and the love we have for him,” Guillen said Sunday at Camelback Ranch. “I hope he doesn’t throw another no-hitter – please don’t – because we were in first place when that happened, and I don’t have to hear Hawk (Harrelson) calling it all winter. That was the only good thing we did.”
Guillen was referring to Buehrle’s perfect game on July 23 against Tampa Bay last season. From that point, Buehrle won two of his next 13 starts and the White Sox went 29-38, finishing 7.5 games out of first place.
“I am shocked that Jermaine Dye is still out there,” Williams said. “I thought about [bringing him back]. But our biggest need would be a left-handed bat, in my opinion. That doesn’t fit or is consistent with what Ozzie wants to do. I did think about it, and Ozzie would be in a position where he would have to play him.”
White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy tipped his cap to the rival Detroit Tigers for their acquisition of left-handed hitting free agent Johnny Damon.
”I wanted him on my team,” Peavy said Sunday morning. “Johnny Damon is a winner.” …
Mark Buehrle was named White Sox Opening Day starter on Sunday afternoon by Ozzie Guillen, during the manager’s first press conference of Spring Training.
With the trip to the mound set for April 5 against the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, Buehrle will set the franchise record for most Opening Day starts at eight. He was previously tied with Billy Pierce (1951-52, 1954, 1956-59).
Jake Peavy, considered the staff ace, will get the start in the second game on April 7. …
the rest of the rotation would likely be danks, floyd, garcia says gregor.
”I can’t wait for that first side day. Once I see that side day, I can’t wait to see batting practice. Once I see that, I want the spring games to start, then I want camp to end and get on that plane … I’m looking forward to the start of the season more than anything because it’s time for us to get back into the playoffs. Believe me, 2005 was all good, but the one thing is, you realize if you don’t win a championship, well, you come up short. I want another championship. I want the White Sox to have another championship. … As I sit here on, what, the third week of February — I’m sitting here believing we will win this division until someone steps up and proves me wrong.”
Gordon Beckham moves from third base to second base. Beckham, who arrived almost one week before position players report on Saturday, seems confident in his ability to handle the new position, while avoiding the sophomore jinx following an opening campaign earning him two top rookie honors.
“Hit .300, that’s all I really want to do,” said Beckham, who isn’t concerned as much with his home run power as he is with knocking out 40 or 50 doubles. “But it’s not an easy task.”