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Daver
07-09-2002, 02:00 PM
From Baseball America:

Chicago White Sox
Midseason Report

Best Player: If the White Sox ever give Joe Crede a chance in the big leagues, he should be ready. The 24-year-old third baseman has played more than 700 games in the minors now, including four seasons above Class A.

He’s always been considered an above-average fielder and this year is out-hitting teammate Joe Borchard, the organization’s top prospect. Crede, who was batting .307-18-48 at Triple-A Charlotte, played well enough in spring training to win at least a platoon role, but general manager Kenny Williams had him penciled in at Charlotte and wouldn’t change those plans. Crede has been a victim of the Sox’ glut of veteran infielders.

Biggest Leap Forward: The White Sox found a dynamic offensive player in the minor league Rule 5 draft when they selected outfielder Alex Fernandez from the Mariners. He rakes from the left side of the plate, hitting .303-7-49 with 19 stolen bases so far at Double-A Birmingham.

Fernandez, following in Borchard’s footsteps, was MVP of the Southern League all-star game and won the event’s home run derby. Fernandez’ defense is considered average, but he is the type of offense-first prospect who often gets the benefit of the doubt in the White Sox system. He’s listed at 21, though some have suggested he’s older.

Biggest Disappointment: Forced to change positions for the third time in as many seasons, Tim Hummel finally hit a wall at Charlotte.

He played third base in 2000 and used 2001 to establish himself as the heir apparent to Ray Durham at second. He moved back to shortstop, the position he played as an All-American at Old Dominion, after the Sox added second baseman Willie Harris in a trade. A .302 hitter as a pro entering this season, the 23-year-old was batting .241 this year. He doesn’t have much range in the field but makes few mistakes, whether playing short or second.



Chi-Lites


Righthander Edwin Almonte, a Keith Foulke clone who converted 13 of his first 15 save opportunities, joined Crede as a Triple-A all-star team and will accompany Borchard to the Futures Game. He is likely to pitch in the big leagues before the season is over and could get a stint in the closer’s role, granting Foulke his wish to join the rotation in 2003.


Righthanders Jake Meyer, traded to the Reds for Brook Fordyce in 1999, and Carlos Chantres, who signed with the Brewers as a minor league free agent in 2001, returned to the organization. Meyer was assigned to Birmingham, and Chantres stepped into the rotation at Charlotte.

kermittheefrog
07-09-2002, 02:06 PM
So uhm. How did everybody find out who that Fernandez guy is? :smile:

delben91
07-09-2002, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by kermittheefrog
So uhm. How did everybody find out who that Fernandez guy is? :smile:

I don't know for sure...but perhaps....

:kermit