Today’s ‘B’ game lineup:
Mitchell lf; Danks cf; Flowers c; Viciedo 1b; Kroeger dh; Nix 2b; Lillibridge ss; Morel 3b; De Aza rf; Floyd p
Besides G. Floyd, D. Cabrera, C. Torres and D. Hudson are scheduled to pitch.
BTW, Jim says pay attention to the walk and strikeout numbers.
from Merkin’s latest mailbag:
In deciding the original layout of the rotation, manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper will take a number of factors into consideration. They will look at the opponents over the first few weeks, which features home games against Cleveland and Minnesota and road games in Toronto and Cleveland, and they probably won’t put left-handers Buehrle and Danks back-to-back in the rotation.
Neither Buehrle nor Peavy are the type of pitcher to make a big deal over who gets that first start or campaign for the nod, but it would serve as an important milestone for Buehrle. With an Opening Day start on April 5 at home against Cleveland, assuming there isn’t 10 inches of snow still on the ground in Chicago, the lefty will break Billy Pierce’s franchise record for most Opening Day starts at eight.
With that deciding factor in mind, I look for a starting rotation of Buehrle, Peavy, Danks, Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia. It’s a solid unit, regardless of the way you stack it at the top.
Merkin also says that Carlos Torres is behind Daniel Hudson on the Sox pitching rotation depth chart but Torres has a better shot than Hudson on filling the long reliever spot. Hudson will go to Spring Training as a starter but may end up starting in Charlotte so he gets regular work. Merkin also says, Greg Walker went to California a few months ago and had “rave reviews” after seeing Carlos Quentin and Quentin should be closer to the 2008 Quentin in 2010.
The 2008 fifth-round pick out of Old Dominion began the year with the White Sox’s lowest full-season affiliate, the Kannapolis Intimidators, in the South Atlantic League. It would be the first of five stops for the right-hander, who finished the season in Chicago. It’s for that reason — as well as the success he had every step of the way — that he was the obvious choice for the 2009 MiLBY as Overall Starting Pitcher of the Year. …
Hudson was Mayo’s 2009 MiLB Pitcher of the Year on October 7. Here are some videos of Hudson.
Carlos Torres won the Triple-A Starting Pitcher of the Year MiLBY.
1) Dan Hudson, RHP, Grade B [changed to B+]
2) Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B
3) Tyler Flowers, C, Grade B
4) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B-
5) Jordan Danks, OF, Grade C+
6) Dayan Viciedo, 3B, Grade C+ …
Go to the link for descriptions and the entire list.
from today’s Prospect Hotsheet:
Triple-A Charlotte RHP Carlos Torres (White Sox) didn’t exactly have an easy route to the big leagues, but once the 27-year-old got there, he made the most of the opportunity. After turning in five scoreless innings for the Knights last Friday, Torres earned another callup to the show. Pitching in an interleague make-up game against the Cubs, Torres pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out six. The righty sits in the low 90s, throws a sharp, mid-80s cutter and mixes in a 76-78 mph curveball
FutureSox is hearing that Dan Hudson was pulled from his start due to an impeding promotion to Chicago, still waiting for confirmation.
BTW, Carlos Torres gets the start on Thursday.
UPDATE: The Newport News, VA Daily Press says so too:
The 22-year-old pitcher, who starred at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach and at Old Dominion University, came back as a member of the Charlotte Knights and pitched three shutout innings against the Norfolk Tides. After the third inning, pitching coach Richard Dotson pulled Hudson out of the game and told him he was being called up to the majors by the Chicago White Sox. “It couldn’t have happened in a better place,” Hudson said between games of a doubleheader. “To get the news here, at this park with all of my friends and family here, it’s crazy to think about.” Hudson said the news caught him by surprise, since he was not among several Charlotte players promoted the day before as major-league rosters expand for September.
to start the game against Cleveland