Today’s Roundup: From “Q” to a Dynamic Duo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Today’s News

Underrated But Greatly Appreciated

Jose Quintana, one of baseball’s most underrated pitchers, is looking to make a statement about  his worth (click link below). And it was announced today that Quintana will get the nod as the starter in the Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110375036/low-key-jose-quintana-works-in-the-zone-under-the-radar-for-white-sox

A Comeback Story in the Making?

Third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) is looking to rebound from a very tough 2014.

http://trib.in/1wkvSxh

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A Positive Sign

Jesse Crain is looking good in his Sox return.

http://t.co/FTEsSo0upL

The Rejuvenation of Hector Noesi

Early last season Hector Noesi, then a Texas Rangers reliever, was hit hard by the White Sox lineup. Shortly after that performance the right-hander joined the Sox and became a different pitcher–in large part due to the influence of pitching coach Don Cooper.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/398361/hector-noesi-aims-keep-climbing

Shark Alert

Here’s Jeff Samardzija throwing BP during today’s workout.

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Robertson Enjoying Sox Camp

New White Sox Closer David Robertson is finding that his first Sox spring training is more relaxed than what he was used to with the Yankees.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/david-robertson-takes-advantage-relaxed-white-sox-camp

Throwback Thursday

A warm, sunny afternoon at Old Comiskey

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Micker Adjusts to Big League Life

Micker Adolfo, a Dominican youngster who signed with the White Sox in 2013 as the No. 2 ranked International Prospect, is one of about 30 minor league players in camp early as part of the minor league mini camp.  So is former major leaguer Brian Anderson.

Each day, once the major league team is done on the fields, our top minor leaguers run through their own early practices to get a jump on their own spring training.

Adolfo, who is now 18 years old, arrived in the United States last summer and then played in the Fire League.  Last year, he seemed like a 17-year-old who was trying to understand how to be a professional baseball player while adapting to everything new in his life.

This year?

Yesterday, as the minor leaguers gathered for their first workout, Adolfo approached another young Latin player and corrected how he was wearing his baseball pants, literally helping the player roll them correctly.

“That’s a small thing, a small example,” one White Sox staffer said.  “But is also says a lot about how much he has grown up.

“And he’s the equivalent of a senior in high school.”

Sox Note of Note

According to Robin Ventura, there will be intrasquad games on Monday and Tuesday with the veterans more likely to get at-bats in the Tuesday game.

Quote of the Day

Catcher Geovany Soto on lefty Carlos Rodon (pictured in center of photo below):

“I think this kid is going to be special. His raw ability is through the roof.”

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Photo of the Day

Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche: a pretty impressive combo.

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