The latest revelation is manager Ozzie Guillen is considering batting Mark Kotsay in the third spot against right-handed starters to give the Sox a balance of left- and right-handed hitters at the top of the order.
That Guillen has Kotsay as an option is a tribute to Kotsay’s production because Guillen doesn’t want to bat a left-handed hitter high in the order just for the sake of balance.
But Kotsay is batting .429 with seven RBIs in his last 10 exhibition games. He also has four stolen bases and is running better than Carlos Quentin, who missed eight weeks last season because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Quentin ripped three singles Wednesday in a 10-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. ….
March 24, 2010
Guillen said after Wednesday’s game that his final roster cuts will probably come sometime next week. However, he may pare down the number of players in camp on Sunday or Monday.
Guillen and the White Sox coaching staff are trying to figure out whether the team can carry 12 pitchers to begin the season. Reliever Sergio Santos has created problems for the team because of his outstanding pitching so far.
“I got my team,” Guillen said. “We have one guy who is a tough problem. You know who it is. It’s Santos.” …
Dan Hudson is waiting for an answer:
“I’m just hanging on until they tell me (otherwise),” Hudson said. “I’m just hanging around the locker room until they kick me out – they haven’t really told me anything.” …
Kenny is impressed:
Sergio Santos, a converted infielder who looks as if he’ll break camp as a Major League reliever in just one year’s transformation time, stands at the forefront of this group.”I’ve been surprised how Santos, for a position change guy, can locate his fastball and throw a slider for strikes and a changeup behind in the count,” Williams said. “It just doesn’t happen.”
Santos, 26, entered camp with the reputation of possessing a high-octane fastball in the 98-mph range. But his pitchability, for lack of a better word, has been off the charts.
With nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings heading into his next scheduled outing Thursday against San Diego, the right-hander has put himself as the prime contender for that 12th spot on the pitching staff. Santos is out of Minor League options, so through this great spring, he also has made himself attractive to other teams with thin bullpens. …
… The question with the 32-year-old Aquino is whether this is a flash in a pan or if Don Cooper has done something to unlock his potential. The bottom line here is that the White Sox have pitching to trade, which should make Ken Williams‘ phone ring frequently in the next week. He’d love to move Linebrink, but would he deal Pena if his staff projected that Aquino could be just as effective? Could he receive an offer rich enough to deal Santos, who has the chance to become a right-handed complement to Thornton if not, ultimately, a candidate to replace Jenks?
Laumann likes very much what he sees from David Holmberg this spring, and thinks Trayce Thompson will probably eventually move to a corner outfield position. Not this year though. Laumann also touches on Jared Mitchell, Bryce Harper, Charlie Leesman, Leroy Hunt, Stefan Gartrell, C.J. Retherford.