Posts in category "Outfield"

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox
There have been some attempts to sum up the surprises, both good and bad, for the White Sox this past season, and generally I feel they could use some context. Everything needs buckets of buckets of context; it’s just a matter of how much we can stand. Mark Gonzales of the Tribune highlighted a fun... Read more »

Dayan and information

Dayan and information
I generally have tried to avoid worrying about Dayan Viciedo. He’s young, and raw, and the potential is there, and the kinks are only going to be worked out with time if they get worked out at all.  All of the projections had him shaking out to around league-average at the end of it all,... Read more »

Evaluating the White Sox youth movement

Evaluating the White Sox youth movement
The White Sox roster is about 1/3 rookies, and they’re in 1st place.  Ergo, such a infusion of youth (or just inexperience) is a good idea, and the White Sox farm system is redeemed, right? Well, not nickel-and-diming themselves to death with veterans certainly made a lot of sense going into the season.  Even the worst... Read more »
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This is the Rios we want

This is the Rios we want
Whether it’s the curse of the five-tool player being inflicted upon him, or the curse of Alex Rios being inflicted on others, ascribing the proper expectations upon the 31 year-old outfielder has always been a challenge. Toronto was excited at how his tools and athleticism would age enough to sign him through 2014 when he... Read more »

Fukudome's departure is a good sign

Fukudome's departure is a good sign
Kosuke Fukudome was paid $47 million over the last four years, so there’s a lot less mourning required at his loss of employment than the average fourth outfielder.  He probably doesn’t need to consider a new line of work after being DFA’d.  In fact, he can go without considering the concept of ‘work’ for quite a... Read more »

Recognizing what Dayan Viciedo is doing

Recognizing what Dayan Viciedo is doing
When I warned that Dayan Viciedo would spend most of the year adjusting to being a full-time player before he could be expected to completely replace Carlos Quentin, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind. Viciedo struggled to tap into his power during his call-up in 2011, but nothing that suggested he would struggle to... Read more »
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Checking in with the outfield

Checking in with the outfield
The number of really, truly proven outfielders the White Sox entered the season with totaled around, oh, let’s say zero.  Alex Rios was terrible in 2011, Dayan Viciedo was dreadful in a September call-up, and Alejandro De Aza was a quarter-season wonder getting an enormous promotion.  It would behoove us to check in on how... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview - Outfield

White Sox Season Preview - Outfield
Maybe it’s because I’m presently watching a basketball game, but I can’t help but be struck that these position group previews are a lot like former NBA center Oliver Miller.  Like Oliver, these posts bring a lot of meat and fill space, but can also score with some regularity.  Also like Oliver, while it’s been... Read more »

Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt

Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt
The frustrating thing about trying to evaluate A.J. Pierzynski is reviewing his statistical profile, finding a decent but underwhelming player, and being met with the inevitable reply of “Yeah, but the intangibles”.  It’s a valid complaint, but one that’s hard to reconcile into a firm, sum total. Beyond the mystery of his bat-handling, or clutchitude,... Read more »
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Alex Rios needing to play right field is...less than ideal, but still fine

Alex Rios needing to play right field is...less than ideal, but still fine
Corner outfield spots are pretty interchangeable in the skill set they require.  Left field and right field are so interchangeable that at some point, someone started lumping them together and referring to the group as “corner outfielders”. The only real difficulty in transferring a player from one corner to the other would be an issue... Read more »