Here's the second of four blogs that will grade the players on the White Sox's major league roster at the All-Star break. Today it's the infielders, tomorrow the outfielders and Friday it'll be Manager Robin Ventura.
Gordon Beckham: B-
Beckham has made positive strides at the plate and is arguably the best defensive second baseman around. Here's hoping he continues to improve offensively.
Adam Dunn: B
The strikeouts drive us nuts, but his power numbers and walks are Dunn-like again--and for that we should be grateful.
Eduardo Escobar: C+
For how much he plays and what he's asked to contribute, he's certainly an asset and made Brent Lillibridge expendable.
Orlando Hudson: E (for effort)
He willingly switched to another position, has had a couple of game-winners, but it was obvious he wasn't the answer at third. All in all, it's nice to have his positive attitude and veteran leadership in the mix.
Paul Konerko: A
One of the great players in franchise history, Paulie is enjoying another All-Star season. It's a privlilege to watch him play.
Alexei Ramirez: B-
If only the Missle could start his offensive engine a bit earlier each season. But even with his annual slow starts, he's a force and one of the best defensive shortstops in the game.
Kevin Youkilis: A+
The man that I felt would make a huge difference for the Pale Hose, has done just that. He's been everything we had hoped for and was just named A.L. Player of the Week. There's no reason to think he won't continue to contribute in his patented hard-nosed manner.