Carlos Torres accomplished the goal he needed to in his Tuesday start of the 2nd half of a day-night doubleheader. He didn't somehow lose the game he wasn't pitching in. Hurrah.
Just like flipping over a moldy log reveals a horrifying army of slugs
large and organized enough to take down a cocker spaniel, so has dealing
somewhat prized pitching prospect Daniel Hudson revealed a field of
throwers in the White Sox organization with a decidedly sluggish development schedule.
In the wake of the tumult in the rotation schedule that trading Hudson
the same day he was supposed to start caused, there have been two
occasions for spot starts by sudden minor-league call-ups. The first
was perfectly understandable; as it occurred the day of the trade, whereas the
most recent Carlos Torres start was explained by some story that Don
Cooper had scheduled out all the starts for the rest of the year, and
adjusting it one day would throw everything off horribly somehow.
Whatever. Coop claims to be able to fix Edwin Jackson, I'm willing to
give him room to operate.
In place of Hudson, a player the White Sox surely had curiosity in seeing whether he could become a rotation starter, starts have been doled out to Lucas Harrell and Carlos Torres, two guys with the combined MLB potential of Crash Davis. Harrell somehow worked a quality start despite walking five in six innings, and Torres went rogue and tried to save the 2010 Detroit Tigers season.
And that should be the norm for the while. Now that Hudson is gone, there are no potential big league starters in the system with a hope of cracking the rotation before the Mayans predict the world will end, meaning any injuries to rotation members requires either an outside pickup (possibly trading MORE players from a bankrupt farm system), or rolling the dice and hoping that minor league quality players can catch lightning in a bottle. Chris Sale is projected to be a middle of the rotation guy at some point, but that won't happen till he's finished his work being the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen now that Erick Threets is on the DL with turf toe. (Turf toe sounds innocuous, but is actually a painful torn ligament, whereas elbow inflammation sounds like your body is on fire but can be treated with ibuprofen. This amuses me)
I'm excited as anyone about Sale, and I doubt he'll embarrass himself--or be put in the situation to do so--in the big leagues. But his meteoric rise says just as much about how no one in the marginal White Sox talent pool has distinguished themselves as it says about his sterling K-rate. Especially not Randy Williams.
This underlying fear of the Sox draining talent pool stems from the front office approach of trading prospects for veterans, in accordance to the constant principle of "win now". As much as this has ingratiated management to its fan base by making no season a lost season (except for '07), and has produced a World Series championship, making it somewhat beyond reproach, there has always been the question of whether doomsday could occur. A point where the minor leagues became so drained, and the major league roster became so old, that the franchise would reach talent bankruptcy, and have to rebuild from the ground up for a few seasons...or forever. Seeing as the big league club recently won its 60th game on August 3rd, and there are still some future MLB contributors in the system, this hasn't happened yet, nor is it imminent. Still, it's a melty ice cap, and none of those worthless polar bears can get a breaking ball over for a strike either.