Final grades for the White Sox Class of 2012

Final grades for the White Sox Class of 2012
The Sox's Grade A Skipper.

The White Sox's season ended last night with a resounding 9-0 victory over the Tribe for win No. 85. It was satisfying to end on a winning note in light of the disappointment of the past two weeks. And while Dan "Babe" Johnson isn't evaluated below because of his short stint with the Sox, he may have put himself in great position for a 2013 roster spot with his three (count 'em) homers and five RBIs.

Now that 2012 is in the rearview mirror, here is my final report card:

PITCHERS

Dylan Axelrod...Decent job as a fill-in. C

Jesse Crain...Had his bumps in the road and missed time because of injuries, but all in all was a dependable reliever. B

John Danks...Had a rough start, then he was injured for the season. Successful comeback next year would be a major plus. Inc.

Gavin Floyd...I keep thinking he's better than his performance, but maybe he is who he is. C-

Philip Humber...Certainly would have been a lot lower grade if it weren't for his miracle perfect game. C-

Nate Jones...A terrific job as a workhorse in his rookie season and you can't beat an 8-0 record. B+

Francisco Liriano...Very disappointing. One player that could have made a difference. D

Brett Myers...At times was unhittable, but gave up a couple of homers at the worst possible time. B-

Brian Omogrosso...He finally made the major leagues and might have made a case for sticking around next year. C

Jake Peavy...Solid year coming off the injury. Had very little run support, but still should have been better. B

Jose Quintana...Despite late season slump, we couldn't have asked for more from this Met and Yankee castoff. B-

Addison Reed...Proved he can close and will only get better. B+

Chris Sale...What a season! And a bright future ahead. A

Hector Santiago...Started out as closer, ended up as a stop-gap starter. Iffy season in between. C

Matt Thornton...Not what he was, but improved as year went on. C

Donnie Veal...Nice surprise as lefty specialist. B+

CATCHERS

Tyler Flowers...Had a couple of good offensive moments, was solid defensively, but his strikeouts are alarming. Hard to figure out if he's the answer for the future. C

A.J. Pierzynski...Career year for the durable catcher. Has he played his last game in a Sox uniform? A

INFIELDERS

Gordon Beckham...Three years ago we thought he was a future All-Star, but he's been disappointing every since. If he's still around next season, his stellar defense will be the main reason why. C

Adam Dunn...Great comeback in the power numbers, but enormous strikeout total. And, like some of his teammates, faltered in September when we needed him the most. B

Orlando Hudson...Played sparingly after the Kevin Youkilis acquisition, but great guy in the clubhouse and got a couple of key hits along the way. C-

Paul Konerko...Paulie sizzled at the start, but withered as the season went on. Age? Injury? Whatever it was, he didn't provide us what we needed at crunch time. B

Ray Olmedo...Sox need to upgrade the bench and they can start here. D

Alexei Ramirez...Homers were down, RBIs up, wild swings and the slow start continued--but his defense is spectacular. C+

Kevin Youkilis...As it turned out, the thought of getting Youkilis was much better than his performance. One of the guilty parties in the season's final weeks. C+

OUTFIELDERS

Jordan Danks...The days of thinking little brother can be a force are long gone. Future in the majors is as a 4th or 5th outfielder. C-

Alejandro De Aza...Rose to the occasion as a productive leadoff man. B+

Alex Rios...The best of the bunch and the Sox MVP. Came through from start to finish. Also should be A.L. Comeback Player of the Year and not far behind Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout in the A.L. MVP voting. A

Dayan Viciedo...Power numbers were more than respectable, but would love him to be more consistent. B-

Dewayne Wise...Was valuable as a bench player and when De Aza went down. Glad we signed him. C+

MANAGER 

Robin Ventura...Magnificent job. Calm and cool all the way through. Just what the Sox needed. A

A big thanks to you for stopping by Art of the Pale Hose this summer. I'll be back over the course of the offseason to report and comment on the Sox and what they plan to do to contend in 2013.

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  • The only thing I would add about Peavy (besides the lack of run support) is that for some reason he was kept in way too long in too many games, including the last one when he gave up the lead in the 9th. I don't know if he was out to prove that he was an ironman after the surgery, but it didn't really work.

    With Youk, he was still better than Orlando Hudson, which apparently would have been all that was available if the trade had not been made. So, he still has to rank higher.

  • Spot on in your evaluation, especially how a lot of guys faded down the stretch. My only criticism on Robin was he sometimes waited too long to pull pitchers or left on the mound out to dry without a visit from Coop. But maybe that's not his call. But at minimum he did an A- job.
    Anyway, great piece.

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