White Sox News & Notes: Blake Tekotte, the Loss of a Bullpen Coach and "Who's on Third?"

White Sox News & Notes: Blake Tekotte, the Loss of a Bullpen Coach and "Who's on Third?"
Top prospect Carlos Sanchez

The latest from SoxWorld:

Who is Blake Tekotte?

The most recent White Sox move, acquiring 25-year-old outfielder Blake Tekotte from the Padres for minor league reliever Brandon Kloess, will most likely will receive lukewarm response from the faithful. But GM Rick Hahn obviously sees something in the former 2008 third round draft choice by San Diego that his stats don't reveal.

Although the versatile Tekotte was designated for assignment by the Padres after hitting .269 in his minor league career and much less in his major league cup of coffee, Hahn views him as a prospect if he can stay away from injuries and makes an adjustment in his swing.

Juan Nieves Changes Sox

For the layman, it has been difficult to judge how effective Juan Nieves was as the club's bullpen coach with the aura of respected Sox pitching coach Don Cooper hovering over him. But now Nieves has the chance to escape Cooper's shadow as he's been named the new Red Sox pitching coach under the team's former pitching guru and new manager, John Farrell.

Third base Vacancy

The conventional wisdom is that Kevin Youkilis won't return to the South Side. If that's the case, one of Hahn's biggest challenges is to fill the gap at third base. Top prospect Carlos Sanchez is more of a middle infielder, but who knows? Third could be the 20-year-old's home, at least temporarily a la Gordon Beckham. Hahn revealed that another option could be Dayan Viciedo, who came to the U.S. from Cuba as a third baseman before he was tried at first and right field before settling in left this past season. Up until now it seemed that the Sox were resisting having Viciedo make yet another move, but it very well could be the best decision--especially if the South Siders can acquire a power-hitting leftfielder.

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