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.
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.
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.