Posts Tagged ‘Chicago White Sox’

Average Distance From Majors To Affiliates: American League Central

Cleveland Indians (average: 501 miles)
Cleveland to…
…Columbus Clippers (AAA): 143 miles
…Akron Aeros (AA): 39 miles
…Kinston Indians (A): 650 miles
…Lake County Captains (A): 19 miles
…Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A): 72 miles
…GCL Indians (Rookie): 2,081 miles

Detroit Tigers (average: 572 miles)
Detroit to…
…Toledo Mudhens (AAA): 58 miles
…Erie Seawolves (AA): 270 miles
…Lakeland Tigers (A): 1,177 miles
…West Michigan Whitecaps (A): 165 miles
…Oneonta Tigers (A): 586 miles
…GCL Tigers (Rookie): 1,177 miles

Kansas City Royals (average: 756 miles)
Kansas City to…
…Omaha Royals (AAA): 184 miles
…Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA): 227 miles
…Wilmington Blue Rocks (A): 1,119 miles
…Burlington Bees (A): 300 miles
…Surprise Royals (A): 1,258 miles
…Burlington Royals (A): 1,018 miles
…Idaho Falls Chukars (Rookie): 1,183 miles

Chicago White Sox (average: 833 miles)
Chicago to…
…Charlotte Knights (AAA): 778 miles
…Birmingham Barons (AA): 662 miles
…Winston-Salem Dash (A): 758 miles
…Kannapolis Intimidators (A): 799 miles
…Bristol White Sox (Rookie): 623 miles
…Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie): 1,377 miles

Minnesota Twins (average: 1,172 miles)
Minneapolis to…
…Rochester Redwings (AAA): 1,010 miles
…New Britain Rock Cats (AA): 1,291 miles
…Fort Meyers Miracle (A): 1,690 miles
…Beloit Snappers (A): 316 miles
…Elizabethton Twins (Rookie): 1,034 miles
…GCL Twins (Rookie): 1,690 miles

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Now Pitching For The Chicago White Sox…

The future is now in on the South Side of Chicago.

One week after top prospect Gordon Beckham was called up to the major league team, second-rated Aaron Poreda got the happy news that he will be replacing Bartolo Colon in the rotation.  While Colon heads to the disabled list with knee problems, Poreda brings his career 2.58 ERA and 1.13 WHIP to The Show.

Unlike Beckham, who picked up his first major league hit tonight after starting 0-for-13, Poreda’s major league spot is not guaranteed:

The paper trail on the Freddy Garcia signing also then makes sense, as the club feels that if Poreda or a Clayton Richard falls on their face, Garcia can come in and give them the same workload as Colon did.

The other decision that has to be made will be what to do with Jose Contreras after his lights-out performance Monday night. In all likelihood, he could take Richard’s spot, putting the southpaw back in the bullpen as a safety net if Poreda struggles.

Good for him on making it, though, and here’s hoping he performs well enough to stick around for awhile.

Now Batting For The Chicago White Sox…

White Sox prospect Gordon Beckham made his highly anticipated major league debut on Thursday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Chicago’s 7-0 loss to the Oakland A’s.  He was also 0-for-3 in his second game, a 6-0 loss to Cleveland on Friday.  Two games, no hits in six at-bats, his team has been outscored 13-0.  Clearly the Gordon Beckham Era in Chicago is destined to be a failure.

Okay, so I’m clearly kidding.  Beckham, the eighth overall pick in last year’s amateur draft, has the full support of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams:

‘He’s not going anywhere,” Williams said of Beckham, who started at third base and batted eighth. “We’re committed to letting him get his major-league feet under him. He’s not going to sit.

“The fact of the matter is I was confident enough in him out of spring training that if the need arose that this guy could contribute,” Williams added. “He’s a special guy. We won’t treat him that way, and he doesn’t need to feel he has to carry the team. He’s just a part of it. He has a special makeup.

“It’s not unheard of for young guys to struggle when they first come up, and I’m not saying he won’t. But he’s not going anywhere.”

So, if Williams is to be believed, the kid’s gonna get a chance to work through some struggles as they come up without having to look over his shoulder.

Baseball Musings writer David Pinto made a funny point about Beckham: he was born about a week after Pinto’s wedding.  I remember when it was a big deal to me that players were born in the same year as me, and my wife still often looks at famous people and says, “Oh my God, they’re younger than us.”  Still, it’s hard for me to even fathom the day when a major leaguer is born in the year I graduated from high school, or college, or my son was born.