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gr8mexico
01-28-2010, 11:31 PM
This is someone I can see the Sox signing.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/01/leslie-anderson-defects-from-cuba.html#disqus_thread
In 2008-2009 (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/bullpen/2008-2009_Cuban_National_League), Anderson batted .381/.490/.572. He finished 5th in the batting race behind Michel Enríquez (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/bullpen/Michel_Enr%C3%ADquez), Yulieski Gourriel (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/bullpen/Yulieski_Gourriel), Yorelvis Charles (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/bullpen/Yorelvis_Charles) and Giorvis Duvergel (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/bullpen/Giorvis_Duvergel). He also won a Gold Glove at first base.

munchman33
01-29-2010, 12:07 AM
This would be a really good move. Backup OF, 1B, DH. If he plays well enough, answer to Konerko's impending free agency.

Craig Grebeck
01-29-2010, 12:09 AM
This would be a really good move. Backup OF, 1B, DH. If he plays well enough, answer to Konerko's impending free agency.
What Mark Kotsay is supposed to be!

voodoochile
01-29-2010, 12:25 AM
What Mark Kotsay is supposed to be!


Is this guy really ready for MLB caliber pitching? I've seen Cuban competition valued at about AA level.

Craig Grebeck
01-29-2010, 12:27 AM
Is this guy really ready for MLB caliber pitching? I've seen Cuban competition valued at about AA level.
No, I seriously doubt he is, just based on the track record of guys coming over right away. Sounds like a talent, but, meh. I don't know. Not worth getting excited about.

stevemcstud
01-29-2010, 12:52 AM
Is this guy really ready for MLB caliber pitching? I've seen Cuban competition valued at about AA level.

.380 at AA would be a pretty impressive stat in itself. As far as MLB ready you could go either way on that. I think it comes down to if that person can hit breaking pitches.

If you can hit .380 in AA it is pretty safe to say you can handle MLB Fastballs. I can definitely see us signing him and him getting called up in May/June.

gr8mexico
01-29-2010, 09:33 PM
Here is a good read about Leslie Anderson and another Cuban Jose Julio Ruiz.
http://cubanballplayers.blogspot.com/2009/10/leslie-anderson-is-my-fifth-best.html
http://cubanballplayers.blogspot.com/2009/10/jose-julio-ruiz-is-my-third-best.html
Leslie Anderson
Bat: Left
Throws: Left
Age: 27
Height: 6’1
Weight: 200 pounds
Looks like what the Sox need next year

TheVulture
01-29-2010, 11:39 PM
Is this guy really ready for MLB caliber pitching? I've seen Cuban competition valued at about AA level.

I doubt you find too many 30 year old Orlando Hernandez's and Jose Contreras's in AA. I'd think you'd have talent ranging from A ball to major league all-star caliber. Probably more of the latter, but obviously there has been some of the former in the past too.

Lillian
01-30-2010, 09:15 AM
For those who think he lacks power because he only had 13 homers, remember they don't play nearly as many games per season in Cuba.
He only had 300 at bats. 13 homers and 61 RBI's is very respectable, and projects to about 20 homers and 100 RBI's in full 162 game season.

Now the question as to how good he would be in the Majors, that's another thing altogether. However, anyone who can hit .381 with an OBP of .490 versus any decent competition obviously has ability. Who put up numbers like that at any level of the Minors last year?

At 27 or 28 with a Gold Glove caliber defensive game at multiple positions, this guy looks like one of the best Cuban prospects to come along in a while. If the Sox were willing to spend the money they did on Viciedo, I would hope that they'll take a long look at Leslie Anderson.
Anyway, wouldn't it be nice to have a new Anderson around here to argue about?

Lillian
02-15-2010, 07:13 AM
This thread has been inactive for quite a while. As we all contemplate and speculate about the chances of Damon filling the need for a left handed bat, why not revisit the merits of Leslie Anderson?
And we could add Jose Julio Ruiz to the discussion, although according to this recent report, the Sox have not been pursuing him:
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/02/jose-julio-ruiz-close-to-signing.html

Both Anderson and Ruiz are left handed and available. I personally favor Anderson, as I would guess he is further along in his development, and probably is a better hitter, with more power. Any guy who can hit .380 vs both right handed and left handed pitching has to be a pretty talented player. I don't care if it's in a League comparable to AA, that is impressive.

He would cost less money than Damon, and at the very least, he would help to rebuild the farm system. If he could fill the need for a left handed bat with some pop, then he could pay big dividends right away. He'll be 28 this Spring, so if he's ever going to be a Major League player, I would guess he's pretty close to being ready to make the jump.

hi im skot
02-15-2010, 08:48 AM
Seeing this thread revived just makes me upset that the authors of both the Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye WTS threads didn't stick "American" at the beginning of the titles.

dickallen15
02-15-2010, 09:54 AM
This thread has been inactive for quite a while. As we all contemplate and speculate about the chances of Damon filling the need for a left handed bat, why not revisit the merits of Leslie Anderson?
And we could add Jose Julio Ruiz to the discussion, although according to this recent report, the Sox have not been pursuing him:
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/02/jose-julio-ruiz-close-to-signing.html

Both Anderson and Ruiz are left handed and available. I personally favor Anderson, as I would guess he is further along in his development, and probably is a better hitter, with more power. Any guy who can hit .380 vs both right handed and left handed pitching has to be a pretty talented player. I don't care if it's in a League comparable to AA, that is impressive.

He would cost less money than Damon, and at the very least, he would help to rebuild the farm system. If he could fill the need for a left handed bat with some pop, then he could pay big dividends right away. He'll be 28 this Spring, so if he's ever going to be a Major League player, I would guess he's pretty close to being ready to make the jump.

With Damon you know what you are getting. I don't know if Anderson would necessarily be cheaper when its all said and done, than the $6 million or so it probably is required for Damon. In the long run, Anderson may be better, or he may not. In the short run, you would have to take Damon. The Sox have a chance to win this year. If you could get a Damon and not break the bank, go for it. It seems most Cuban hitters need some time to adjust. The Sox were lucky with Alexei. He seems to be the exception more than the rule.