If you're like me, and there's a very good chance you're not, then you're presently sweating bullets waiting for some word on the Konerko decision. To ease us through these challenging and digestion-altering times, let's relax and look back at the warm vibrations that were Brent Morel's promising 2010 season.
As we sit here in November, or as I should say, as we sit here a really long ways away from Opening Day, Morel is a slight favorite to be the starting 3rd Basemen for the 2011 White Sox. He's wowed us with his steady defense, his hard-working nature, and his random blips of power hitting. In doing so, he's become the favorite position prospect of nerdy baseball bloggers anyway.
However, the problem with being the favorite young player of nerdy baseball bloggers is that they shun the obvious choice in some vain attempt to come off as more knowledgeable. So even though Dayan Viciedo could hit 40 HRs some year, and Chris Sale might have a 200 strike season, we want to make sure we get in early on the "next Joe Randa" bandwagon.
Such is the nature of the profession.
Stat line: .231 BA, .271 OBP, .415 SLG, .687 OPS, 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 R, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 17 SO, 2 SB (100%), .305 wOBA, -1.0 UZR, 0.0 WAR
What did we expect?: Alright, so maybe I didn't know who he was at the start of the season, but the buzz around Brent Morel picked up steadily as the year went on. First he was the other 3rd base prospect....then he was simply the competent fielding alternative to Dayan Viciedo in the farm system...then he was the reason that Dayan Viciedo to 1st base seemed like the only logical choice....then he was suddenly the best minor league position player the White Sox had. He got there by fielding well, and hitting lots and lots of doubles. (40 in AA-AAA-MLB combined)
This is the part where I stop rambling and put up what FutureSox.com had on him.
was originally better known for his defense than his bat as a prospect,
is changing that. The Sox have moved him quickly through
the system and he has done well offensively. He raised his profile
by winning the batting title in the Arizona Fall League in 2009. He
doesn't have big
power, but projects to have at least decent power. He is a good contact
hitter with a solid line drive swing. He is faster than most third
basemen and is an
above average baserunner allowing him to steal some bases in the minors.
He has good range to go with his plus arm. John
Sickels made a Joe Randa comparison. Morel might hit a few more home runs, but that
seems like a fair projection.