Saturday, July 31, 2010
By Chuck Garfien
In the days leading up to Saturdays trade deadline, Gordon Beckham was reading the same reports that you were. Teams were interested in acquiring Beckham in return for that lefty power bat Kenny Williams so dearly wanted.
Around 30 minutes before the 3 p.m. deadline, Beckham sat down in the Sox eating room, thinking he was finally safe. That was until Paul Konerko came by and told the young second baseman that its precisely around this time when Williams says, The heck with it, Ill give you Gordon Beckham.
Gordon thought Konerko was joking. That was until Williams himself came through the door about a minute later and shook Beckham to his core with a classic practical joke.
With some of baseball's top pitching talent in the White Sox system, who better to talk about them than longtime White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper? Coop gives us the goods on Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease, Joakim Soria and many others. He reveals the adjustment Lucas Giolito made last season that changed everything for the young right-hander, the one White Sox pitcher he thinks will make a big jump in 2018, and explains why he thinks the White Sox could surprise people in 2018.
The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.
Vieira, the 24-year-old right-handed hurler, has just one inning of big league ball under his belt.
A native of Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut last season for the Seattle Mariners, pitching one scorless inning — and striking out one batter — in an Aug. 14 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He's since joined the White Sox rebuild, acquired in a November trade that sent international bonus slot money back to the Pacific Northwest.
In the minors last season, Vieira split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, combining for a 4.00 ERA in 54 innings of 41 appearances. He struck out 46 hitters and walked 22. In previous minor league seasons, he showed a good ability to strike out opposing hitters, posting a 10.8 K/9 with Class A Bakersfield in 2016.
As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Vieira rated as the No. 20 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Get to know Vieira in the video above.