White Sox All-Star Break Report Card: Pitchers and Catchers

White Sox All-Star Break Report Card: Pitchers and Catchers

As we wait for the White Sox to resume play on Friday in Kansas City, here is Part 1 of a four-part blog grading the performances of the Sox's 25-man roster and manager. Today, pitchers and catchers, tomorrow I'll focus on the infielders, Thursday the outfielders and on Friday I'll take a look at Manager Robin Ventura.

You'll see that the Sox are one pitcher short with one more hurler--most likely Jesse Crain--to be added before Friday's game.

PITCHERS

Dylan Axelrod: C+      

A borderline major leaguer at best, you have to give him credit for keeping the Sox in the game--at least most of the time.

Gavin Floyd: C             

Sometimes good, sometimes awful, consistency is his problem.

Nate Jones: B                

Coming out of nowhere as one of the many rookies in the pen, he's been given a lot of responsbility and delivered.

Brian Omogrosso: I

Not impressed. He joins Axelrod as "a borderline major leaguer at best." I'll be kind and give him an Incomplete.

Jake Peavy: A

We couldn't have asked for more from the former Cy Young winner. He would be at least a 10-game winner if the Sox gave him any run support.

Jose Quintana: A          

He wasn't in our 25-man conciousness during the spring training, but the Colombian lefty has been nothing short of spectacular as he replaced the injured John Danks in the rotation.

Addison Reed: A            

It looks like I'm an easy grader with three straight A's, but Reed is the real deal. Sergio who?

Chris Sale: A+                    

Well, I'm breaking the string of A's with a grade that reflects an All-Star caliber first half that's off the charts.

Hector Santiago: C         

Based on his failure to hold down the closer's job and his penchant for giving up homers, a C grade seems appropriate since he's had some good outings as well. That said, I think he'll be an important part of the Sox pen this season and in the years to come.

Leyson Septimo: I           

I know that I'd rather take my chances with Septimo than endure Will Ohman, but I haven't seen enough to grade him.

Matt Thornton: C              

You never know with Thornton. I paraphrase a classic, when he's good he's very, very good, but when he's bad, he's horrid.

CATCHERS

A.J. Pierzynski: A              

My first-half Sox MVP has been superb, heading for personal highs in homers and RBIs.

Tyler Flowers: C-

Tyler has been disappointing, but lack of regular action may be at the core. A good defensive catcher, he seems to be constantly in strikeout mode at the plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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