Abreu is En Fuego…and it’s Sox vs. Cubs II in Mesa
Friday, March 27, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second and final meeting this spring between the two Windy City clubs. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox and RHP Jason Hammel for the North Siders.
Jose Abreu went 3-3, raising his Cactus League batting average to a blistering .488…Adam LaRoche (double), Alexei Ramirez, J.B. Shuck, Gordon Beckham (double) and minor-leaguer Christian Marrero each drove in a run in the Sox’ 9-6 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam, Jairo Asencio and Erik Surkamp each pitched a scoreless inning.
Words of Wisdom From the Front Office
Earlier this week a group of Sox bloggers spoke with GM Rick Hahn and Assistant GM Buddy Bell. Here’s a sampling of what was discussed.
Hahn (pictured above), speaking about the importance of building the farm system:
“It absolutely was a priority for all of us. The end-all, be-all is winning in Chicago, and really the farm system plays into that two-fold. One, is providing impact talent that can help us win in Chicago, or two, providing us with viable trade assets to go get the pieces we need in Chicago. While I agree that we’re in a healthier spot than we’ve been in in a while, from a farm system standpoint, I do think for years it was serving that second purpose fairly well, as we were able to augment the big league club. But in an effort to try to create something around here that’s sustainable, not a situation where we just jump up once and contend and knock out an 88 to 90-win season and fall back down, but instead, put ourselves in position to contend annually. Getting the farm system to hit on all cylinders so that we were providing guys for Chicago was a priority.”
Bell, talking about the organization’s philosophy of challenging players:
“I think the benefit is that you’re able to see what kind of adjustments you have to make, ultimately. I see low A and high A as not a tremendously big jump, I think in Courtney’s (Hawkins) case, in his first year he did a good job in Kannapolis and then went up to Winston-Salem for the playoffs and did well. I thought he needed to make some adjustments and he had to understand the adjustments and he had to be humbled a bit. He certainly was even though he put up some pretty good numbers from a strikeout standpoint. I think he suffered there a little bit. I think probably from my experience as a player, I wanted to be pushed, I wanted to understand what I needed to do—it’s hard at times, this game is an awful hard game to play. Within reason, I think our philosophy is to push guys and I think we’ve been successful for the most part. Guys are ultimately going to determine if they are going to make it in the big leagues and a jump from low A to high A is not that big of deal in my mind. A jump—just to get away from that question for a bit—I think the jump from Charlotte to the big leagues is the biggest jump and I don’t think it ever used to be, I’m not sure what the deal is but the game the way it’s played in Triple A is not even close to how it’s played in the big leagues. The speed of the game in the big leagues has gotten so quick to how it’s played in triple-A. I think the jump from single-A ball to triple-A is not as great as it used to be, I think it is all kind of relative. But to answer your question—our philosophy is to push the guys a little bit, to be a little more aggressive than maybe (other organizations).”
Abreu Among Elite Sluggers
Tweet of the Day: Quite a Comparison
@BerniePleskoff: Heard it from scout today: #WhiteSox Carlos Rodon reminds him of “young Steve Carlton.” Not too shabby. I love what I’ve seen of Rodon.
Carlos Rodon‘s 19 strikeouts are tied with the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker and the A’s Drew Pomeranz for the Cactus League lead.
The LaRoche/Thome Connection
Quotes of the Day
White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir for Oakland.
Photo of the Day
Straight A’s: Avi and Alexei.