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On The Farm: Harris Starting Something New In Tennessee

On The Farm: Harris Starting Something New In Tennessee

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010
Posted: 10:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBSTennessee AA
Despite starting for much of his career at The University of Tennessee, TyRelle Harris has been coming out of the bullpen for much of his brief professional career. Prior to Tuesday, he had appeared in 44 games and in only one of those games did he start.

Harris, whom the Cubs acquired from the Braves last week, made his second career start Tuesday night for Tennessee and the results were impressive as the Smokies downed West Tenn, 9-6. The right-hander threw three-hit ball over five shutout innings to pick up his first victory since the trade.

The bullpen didnt fare as well, allowing six runs in 3 23 innings before Marco carillo came on to record the final out and pick up the save.

Tony Thomas and Marwin Gonzalez each had three RBIs for the Smokies. Steve Clevenger went 2-for-4 and is hitting .516 over his last nine games.

Daytona A
The Cubs continued their push to make the Florida State League playoffs Tuesday night with an 8-2 victory over Clearwater at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The win leaves Daytona 2.5 games back of first-place Tampa in the North Division with 11 games to play. The Yankees were idle for the second consecutive night because of rain.

Daytona explode for eighth third-inning runs. Kyler Burkes grand slam was the big blow in the inning, capping the rally. It was Burkes second slam of the year and seventh homer overall.

Brooks Raley allowed an unearned run over six innings to improve to 7-6. He fanned three and didnt walk a batter to earn his first victory since July 27. Raley has a 1.83 ERA in his last 10 starts.

In other action, Chris Carpenters Triple-A debut didnt go as planned as the Nashville downed Iowa, 6-4, at Principal Park. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks over three innings. Brad Snyder had a homer and two RBIs, extending his career high to 91 runs batted in. Vancouver bested visiting Boise, 5-1. Micah Gibbs had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Hawks. Peorias playoff hopes took another hit at Clinton on Tuesday as the LumberKings earned a 10-2 victory at Alliant Energy Field. The Cheifs committed four errors, surrendered three homers and left the bases loaded in the seventh en route to the loss. Nelson Perez was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Brett Wallach started and took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings. Peoria is 0-5 in Wallachs five starts since he was acquired from the Dodgers in a deadline deal. Carlos Silva will rehab with the Chiefs on Friday and pitch against Cedar Rapids. ... The AZL Cubs scored three first-inning runs and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Angels.

WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons stunned host Carolina with a four-run eighth inning on Tuesday and squeaked out a 5-4 victory at Five County Stadium.

C.J. Retherfords two-run double was the big blow in the inning and made a winner of Henry Mabee, who pitched two scoreless innings. Anthony Carter pitched a scoreless ninth for his Southern League-leading 22nd save.
Bristol Rookie
The Sox dropped a heartbreaker to visiting Johnson City on Tuesday, losing 1-0 at Boyce Cox Field.

Reggie Williams one-out homer off Spencer Shelton in the eighth inning was the difference. Bristol put runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings but couldnt push across the tying run. Spencer Arroyo started for the Sox and allowed two hits over seven innings. He fanned seven and didnt walk a batter.
In other action, Greensboro bested visiting Kannapolis, 7-1, in an afternoon affair. The Intimidators scored their run in the ninth inning on a Juan Silverio single. Matt Wickswat, who pitched a no-hitter in his previous start, took the loss after allowing two runs in five innings. He walked five and scattered three hits. Winston-Salem and Lynchburg were rained out and will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. Gwinnett erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning to rally past Charlotte, 9-5. Matt Zaleski didnt record an out and allowed six of those runs on two walks and four hits, including a homer. Brandon Hynick started and allowed two runs in 5 13 innings. Brent Morel was 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to eight games. ... Ryan Hamme had three hits and two RBIs to lead Great Falls past visiting Orem, 11-3.

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

How Coby White is putting it all together over most recent hot stretch

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How Coby White is putting it all together over most recent hot stretch

The shots are starting to fall for Coby White. In seven February games, the Bulls freshly-turned 20-year-old is averaging 17.7 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 35.7% from 3-point range (eight attempts per). That’s good news for the Bulls. 

And better is that’s not all that’s going right for White. Yes, consecutive career-high 33-point games — something no rookie reserve has ever done — on cumulative 55% field goal shooting (12-for-22 from deep) will grab eyes, especially on the heels of a frigid stretch between the beginning of February and the All-Star break. But after Sunday’s losing-streak-snapping 126-117 win over Washington, Bulls coach Jim Boylen peeled back the layers of White’s growth.

“I think he's been aggressive in transition, I think his finishing has been terrific, he's had the ball up and out, he's got it out of his stomach, something he's working on,” Boylen said. “I think his work pre-practice, post-practice is paying off.”

And of White’s defense: “We make a defensive (film) edit on Coby after every game. And him and I watch it together… (Early in the season) he had, of his 14 plays on the tape, you know, seven of them were good and seven of them were bad. Now it's like 10 are good and four are bad. He's climbing in that way.

“What he's finding out is: If you get into the game defensively and you follow your assignment and all that, good things happen for you at the other end. It just does. And I think he's locked in that way.”

White’s restricted area finishing has steadily improved over the season (59.3% in February) — he’s getting to the rim and finishing through contact better than ever before (White’s seven free throw attempts versus the Wizards ties a season-high). In transition, he’s a blur running off live rebounds and steals, which could prove a boon for a Bulls team that lives in the fastbreak. His decision-making and ability to change speeds in the halfcourt stand out. Defensively, though not yet perfect, he’s staying more and more connected off-ball, rotating sharply and hunting loose ball recoveries.

If the jumpers are falling, gravy. But the game slowing down for White, and his confidence growing as a result, should excite the Bulls and their fans the most. White, for his part, has learned over the course of a curious rookie campaign to control what he can control.

“It feels good,” White said of his recent red-hot shooting. “But I think now I look at the game differently than I did at the beginning of the year. Now, I just look at the games like I'm gonna go in and play hard on both ends of the court, that's all I'm gonna do. And then control what I can control — I can't control whether I miss or make shots, so. I'm just going out there and playing hard.”

That comes from Boylen, who White lauded for pushing him to continue improving, especially defensively.

“Coach Boylen was preaching to me, you gotta play defense you gotta play defense, so I took it as a challenge. And I feel like I'm continuing to get better at it. I still can get better at it,” White said. “But he pushes me, he pushes me to be a good player, so I can't knock him for that and that's the type of coach I want.”

None of the above (nor Boylen’s unconditional trust in White) has culminated in his first career start, despite clamoring from some media and fans. But perhaps that’s OK. Boylen has often preached White’s increasing comfortability leading the Bulls’ second unit — even injury-ravaged — and that comfort is starting to show up on the floor and in the stat sheet. It speaks to the labeless approach the Bulls have taken to White’s development.

“We got a second group that's playing pretty good again, and we're also melding Coby into that first group at times in the game,” Boylen said when asked if starting White could be a possibility. “So, coming off two 33-point games, I don't know if it makes sense to [start him].”

To that point: White is still getting his fair share of minutes — he played 34 tonight and is averaging 30.6 in February — and a healthy amount of time on the floor staggered alongside Zach LaVine and Tomas Satoransky. White has also played valuable minutes down the stretch of games recently and his usage rate is up to 24.1% over his last seven games. Opportunity comes in many forms.

“I feel like I'm in a good position,” White said. “This year for me wasn't about starting, it wasn't about being this being that, it was just about me getting better over the season. That's the main thing in this league, you just keep getting better. You don't want to be a guy that just stays the same the whole time.”

White certainly hasn't. The overarching point is that nights like tonight (and Saturday against Phoenix) further emphasize how crucial his continued progression will be down the 25-game stretch of this ill-fated Bulls season — whatever form it takes. Talk of a playoff push has noticeably tempered around the United and Advocate Centers, but White’s been the center of plenty of conversations.

“You see how explosive he is,” said LaVine, who’s been highly complimentary of White all year. “Trying to figure out some nicknames for him. Either like propane or gasoline or something like that. His scoring is special. He can do it in a variety of ways. He's finding his rhythm. Kid's good. He's real good.”

If we land on a pseudonym by mid-April, it’d be a welcome sign.

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White drops 33 in 2nd straight game

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White drops 33 in 2nd straight game

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders Podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson and Allana Tachauer discuss Coby White becoming the first Bulls rookie since Michael Jordan to score 30+ points in back-to-back games; LaVine breaking the Bulls record for threes made in a single season; and Dwyane Wade's role in Derrick Jones Jr.'s controversial dunk contest victory.

0:40 - Allana's back and the Bulls losing streak is over

1:10 - White drops 33 points in second straight game

5:30 - Tomas Satoransky records team-high 13 assists

6:45 - Zach LaVine breaks Bulls single-season three-point record

8:35 - Bradley Beal scores 53 points and doesn't get victory

9:45 - Have injuries kept Bulls from reaching their full potential?

11:10 - Should Daniel Gafford start over Wendell Carter Jr.?

14:00 - Pros and cons of playing White and LaVine together

18:25 - Is LaVine in the Bulls long-term future?

20:50 - Injured Bulls look like boy band

22:45 - Did Wade rig dunk contest for Jones Jr.?

25:50 - Does Coby need to start?

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

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