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On The Farm: Sox Draft Picks Have Big Day At Bristol

On The Farm: Sox Draft Picks Have Big Day At Bristol

Monday, Aug. 16, 2010
Posted: 10 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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While some teams were sweating out whether their draft picks would sign by the time Mondays deadline passed, the White Sox got to watch as some of their draft picks continued to impress. Consider 12th-rounder Drew Lee from Morehead State. The infielder had another big game for Bristol, which upended Kingsport, 7-2.

Lee was 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs. The two round-trippers doubled his output for the entire season while the three RBIs gave him 33.

Jordan Keegan, a 24th-rounder from the Junior College of Southern Nevada, also had three hits, including a solo homer while Mike Schwartz, a 17th-rounder from the University of Tampa, had three hits, too, extending his hitting streak to six games.

It all made a winner of Spencer Arroyo 6-2, who allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

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Savannah swept a doubleheader from the Intimidators, taking the opener 1-0 before coasting to a 9-3 victory in the nightcap.

The Sand Gnats took the opener on the strength of a John Church one-hitter. He allowed only a first-inning single to Brady Shoemaker. The only other runner to reach base was Jose Vargas, who walked in the fifth. Justin Collup pitched a two-hitter for Kannapolis, going the distance but allowing a run on Nick Santomauros RBI double in the fourth.

Zach Piccola allowed seven runs over two innings in the second game to suffer the loss. Nick Ciolli had a pair of hits and an RBI.

In other action, Winston-Salem scored a pair of ninth-innings runs but still came up short against Salem, dropping a 4-3 decision at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash managed only four hits. Terry Doyle took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over six innings.
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A trio of pitchers put on a brilliant show Monday evening as Peoria completed a sweep of Kane County with a 4-0 victory at Elfstrom Stadium.

Su-Min Jung started and allowed three hits over three innings before Jeff Antigua scattered three hits over five innings to earn his fourth win of the season and first since June 8. He struck out a season-high seven and didnt walk a batter. Ronny Morla pitched the ninth, preserving the shutout and moving the Chiefs to within three games of a playoff spot in the Midwest League.

Jae-Hoon Ha followed up the cycle he produced on Sunday with a three-hit game on Monday. Luis Flores had a double and drove in two.

In other action, Tampa downed Daytona, 5-3, to up its lead to two games in the Florida State Leagues North Division. DJ LeMahieu had three hits. Alberto Cabrera took the loss. Chattanooga scored seven fourth-inning runs and ran by Tennessee, 8-2. Brandon Guyer returned to the lineup after missing several days with an eye infection and went 3-for-4, scoring twice. He extended his hitting streak to 17 games during which he is batting .477 31-for-65.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

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White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.

Javy Baez can do anything defensively, but what's next for him at the plate?

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Javy Baez can do anything defensively, but what's next for him at the plate?

MESA, Ariz. — You don’t need to spend long searching the highlight reels to figure out why Javy Baez goes by “El Mago.”

Spanish for “The Magician,” that moniker is a fitting one considering what Baez can do with his glove and his arm up the middle of the infield. The king of tags, Baez also dazzles with his throwing arm and his range. He looks like a Gold Glove kind of player when you watch him do these amazing things. And it’s no surprise that in his first media session of the spring, he was talking about winning that award.

“Just to play hard and see what I can do. Obviously, try to be healthy the whole year again. And try to get that Gold Glove that I want because a lot of people know me for my defense,” he said Friday at Cubs camp. “Just try to get a Gold Glove and stay healthy the whole year.”

Those high expectations — in this case, being the best defensive second baseman in the National League — fall in line with everything the rest of the team is saying about their own high expectations. It’s been “World Series or bust” from pretty much everyone over the past couple weeks in Mesa.

Baez might not be all the way there just yet. Joe Maddon talked earlier this week about his reminders that Baez needs to keep focusing on making the easy plays while staying a master of the magnificent.

“What I talked to him about was, when he had to play shortstop, please make the routine play routinely and permit your athleticism to play. Because when the play requires crazinesss, you’re there, you can do that,” Maddon said. “But this straight up ground ball three-hopper to shortstop, come get the ball, play it through and make an accurate throw in a routine manner. Apparently that stuck. Because he told me once he thought in those terms, it really did slow it down for him. And he did do a better job at doing that.”

But the biggest question for Cubs fans when it comes to Baez is when the offense will catch up to his defense. Baez hit a game-winning homer run in his first major league game and smacked 23 of them last season, good for fifth on a team full of power bats. But arguably just as famous as Baez’s defensive magic is his tendency to chase pitches outside of the strike zone. He had 144 strikeouts last season and reached base at a .317 clip. Seven Cubs — including notable struggling hitters Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist — had higher on-base percentages in 2017.

Baez, for one, is staying focused on what he does best, saying he doesn’t really have any specific offensive goals for the upcoming season.

“I’m not worrying about too much about it,” he said. “I’m just trying to play defense, and just let the offense — see what happens.”

Maddon, unsurprisingly, talked much more about what Baez needs to do to become a better all-around player, and unsurprisingly that included being more selective at the plate.

“One of the best base runners in the game, one of the finest arms, most acrobatic, greatest range on defense, power. The biggest thing for me for him is to organize the strike zone,” Maddon said. “Once he does that, heads up. He’s at that point now, at-bat wise, if you want to get those 500, 600 plate appearances, part of that is to organize your zone, accept your walks, utilize the whole field, that kind of stuff. So that would be the level that I think’s the next level for him.”

Will Baez have a season’s worth of at-bats to get that done? The versatile Cubs roster includes a couple guys who split time between the infield and outfield in Zobrist and Ian Happ. Getting their more consistent bats in the lineup might mean sacrificing Baez’s defense on certain days. Baez, of course, also has the ability to slide over to shortstop to spell Addison Russell, like he did when Russell was on the disabled list last season.

Until Baez learns how to navigate that strike zone a bit better, it might make Maddon more likely to mix and match other options, rather than considering him an everyday lock like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

But like Russell, Albert Almora Jr. and Willson Contreras, Baez is one of the young players who despite key roles on a championship contender the last few years still have big league growth to come. And Maddon thinks that growth is right around the corner.

“I want to believe you’re going to see that this year,” Maddon said. “They’ve had enough major league at-bats now, they should start making some significant improvements that are easy to recognize. The biggest thing normally is pitch selection, I think that’s where it really shows up. When you have talented players like that, that are very strong, quick, all that other stuff, if they’re swinging at strikes and taking balls, they’re going to do really well. And so it’s no secret with Javy. It’s no secret with Addy. Addy’s been more swing mode as opposed to accepting his walks. That’s part of the maturation process with those two guys. Albert I thought did a great job the last month, two months of getting better against righties. I thought Jason looked really good in the cage today. And Willson’s Willson.

“The natural assumption is these guys have played enough major league at-bats that you should see something different this year in a positive way.”