Don’t read anything into the Mike Lowell to the WhiteSox rumors. An MLB source tells me Sox aren’t interested.
June 3, 2010
13. Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have been focused on college pitching all spring, and nothing has occurred to knock them off that position. Right-handers like Texas’ Brandon Workman and The Citadel’s Asher Wojciechowski have been in their sights over the past few months, but they probably didn’t imagine Deck McGuire falling to them. The Georgia Tech righty could go much higher, as he’s the safest pitcher in the draft, but he’s anything but an upside guy.
Pick: Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
Summary: McGuire may not have the highest ceiling of the pitchers in this draft class — he profiles as a No. 3 type starter — but he might be the safest college arm to choose from. He’s got a good three-pitch mix and excellent command that comes in a big, durable body. He’s always been successful and has shown the ability to compete and win even without his best stuff. While he’s not an ace in the making some teams might look for, he should be the type of advanced arm that can get to the big leagues in a hurry and be a very important innings-eater in the middle of a rotation. That might not be sexy, but it’s likely to get McGuire drafted early on Draft Day.
No. 24: 2B Gordon Beckham, Chicago (AL) (Age 23; Total projected WAR: 22.04; WAR Years 1-5: 4.0, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.6)
Beckham was expected to emerge this season as the new cornerstone of the White Sox, but instead he’s struggled so badly that there have been calls to return him to Triple-A to work things out. After putting up 2.2 WAR in 103 games last season with Chicago, he came into this season as the team’s everyday second baseman. But he’s promptly been one of the worst players in baseball, his -0.6 WAR is the second-worst in the AL, better only than White Sox teammate (and former Sox cornerstone) Carlos Quentin.
But it’s only been a quarter of the season, and before this year Beckham had an awfully long track record of success going back to his days as the star shortstop at the University of Georgia. Our projections have Beckham as a roughly average defender at second base while showing some offensive improvement in Year 1, with a +16.5 RAA.
While his defense would decline over the years, it should only cost him a few runs in terms of value, which his offensive improvement more than makes up for. These projections probably look awfully bullish now given how bad Beckham has looked this season, but Beckham still looks like one of the best young infielders in the game.
Major League Baseball can review Wednesday night’s controversial call that cost Detroit’s Armando Galarraga a perfect game all it wants, but DO NOT overturn umpire Jim Joyce’s muffed call.
I’m all for using video reviews on home runs because the umpires often are unable to get a good look.
But you have to keep the human element in play elsewhere in baseball. It’s one of the main things that makes the game so great.
I don’t understand why blown calls make baseball great. I have seen the ‘human element’ argument before but I don’t understand it. I enjoy the competition. I don’t enjoy blown calls.
I can understand the ‘don’t overturn this because you will have to overturn a lot more in the past too’ (UPDATE: I can see some, however little, reasoning behind it). But ‘don’t take away blown calls, they make baseball great’?
Imagine you pitched 8.2 perfect innings and then due to a Joyce-type blown call you lose the perfect game. And then someone comes to you and says ‘ain’t blown calls fantastic?’. There better not be any bats around!
And something else. If the ‘human element’ is so great then why do you want to take it away using replay?
And then in 2010 a funny thing happened…his strikeout rate dropped from 9.7 per nine innings entering this season to a still respectable but substantially lower 7.8 per nine in 2010. To hear a local writer tell the story (“Fewer Strikeouts Can Lead to More Wins”) Gonzalez’s turnaround in 2010 can in large part be traced back to his strikeout rate falling by nearly 20%. …
Paul Konerko continued to make solid contact with the fastball. He entered Wednesday night only missing 7.5 percent of fastballs compared to the league average of 14.4. He continued that trend Wednesday night, swinging on three of the four fastballs he faced without missing and hitting two home runs.