White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen proved once again to be a man of his word by putting Andruw Jones into Thursday’s series finale against Cleveland as the team’s center fielder. Alex Rios moved to left field and Juan Pierre switched to designated hitter.”That’s the way we’re going to play him and it’s something we might use a lot of the time during the season,” said Guillen of taking Pierre out of the field but keeping him in the lineup. “I don’t think it’s any different. It’s going to be different for him because most of the time he’s on the field, but in the meanwhile, like I say, we’ve got to get some guys at-bats.”
Guillen opted for Jones in center and Rios in left because Rios had played left field previously for the White Sox. Guillen also believes Jones, one of the game’s top defensive center fielders over the past 15 years, has some good play in center left in his game.
“We don’t have a regular in anything, not in the outfield,” Guillen said. “Maybe Carlos Quentin, but you’re going to see Carlos moving around. The others, we’re going to have three, four guys moving back and forth.”
April 8, 2010
MLPs – Major League Prime Projections – have been around at Baseball Daily Digest since the 2006 season, and are the output of Rob McQuown’s proprietary system for determining the “typical” prime-years season for a minor-league player. Since bad years are often the result of injuries, the system was designed to give results which are in line with the average of the “middle” three seasons between ages 26-30 for a ballplayer, and players can be expected to have seasons above and below those represented as a course of normal variance, but the lines provide good benchmarks for what to expect when a player develops fully. NOTE: projections are “tuned” to 2009 MLB values, and are for neutral park and league. …
Player Name Age PA PA’ AB H 2B 3B HR BB HP K AVG OBP SLG SB RCG Tyler Flowers 24 1408 600 503 119 35 1 25 82 7 129 .237 .352 .464 0 5.3 Jared Mitchell 21 138 600 495 116 49 4 7 106 3 161 .235 .374 .395 21 4.9
Minor League Transactions
Chicago White Sox
Signed: OF Alejandro De Aza*
Released: RHP Ryan Strauss, LHP Wander Perez
Added to 40-man roster: C Donny Lucy
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Dan Hudson, SS Brent Lillibridge, OF Alejandro De Aza
Option transferred: RHP Jhonny Nunez (Triple-A to Double-A)
Voluntarily retired: RHP Levi Maxwell, OF Harold Baines Jr.
BTW, Jhonny Nunez switched from relieving to starting.
55. Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox
Opening Day: Triple-A Charlotte. After going from Low-A to the big leagues last year, Hudson will get consistent innings at Triple-A, and he’s first in line to get called up should injuries or poor performance necessitate a move.
61. Jared Mitchell, OF, White Sox
Opening Day: Disabled List. In one of the most disappointing developments of the spring, Mitchell tore up his ankle leaping into the wall while trying to catch a fly ball and will miss the entire season after major surgery.
72. Tyler Flowers, C, White Sox
Opening Day: Triple-A Charlotte. Still in line to be the regular catcher next year, Flowers should get some second-half big-league time to settle into the role.
How much more comfortable is he now?
”One hundred percent,” Beckham said. ”Last year was really tough for me, just because I really tried to act like I knew what I was doing, but I really didn’t. I had a whole month to prepare [for second], and I really feel good — the turn is the most difficult part — but I really feel good about going out there and just being more athletic out there.”