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08-08-2002, 03:35 PM
From Baseball America.

Chicago White Sox
Stocked With Southpaws

CHICAGO–Corwin Malone’s rise has been slowed by control problems. But even with Malone stalled at Double-A Birmingham, the White Sox still are developing lefthanders throughout their system.

Including Malone, the Sox have eight lefties in their early 20s who have worked at least 80 innings as starters with their top four farm teams. Wade Parrish, acquired from the Dodgers last year for center fielder McKay Christensen, and Josh Stewart are probably the closest to the big leagues, but 20-year-olds Heath Phillips and Ryan Wing have the most potential after Malone.

Phillips, a draft-and-follow from the 2000 draft who signed last May, draws comparisons to Mark Buehrle.

"There are a lot of eerie similarities," said Don Cooper, the new major league pitching coach after spending six years as the organization’s pitching coordinator. "The delivery is similar. The polish is similar. It will be interesting to see how he develops."

Phillips’ best pitch is a two-seam fastball with late break, which gets hitters to beat the ball into the ground. He was 6-8, 2.77 at Class A Winston-Salem, had walked 32 in 130 innings and was leading the Carolina League with three shutouts and four complete games.

Wing, a second-round pick in 2001, stands 6-foot-2 and throws heat. He’s spent his first full pro season at low Class A Kannapolis, going 7-5, 3.94 in his first 18 appearances, including 14 starts. He had 77 strikeouts in 80 innings.

Like Phillips, Jim Bullard is holding his own at Winston-Salem in his first pro season. The 6-foot-7 product from UC Santa Barbara was 9-5, 3.28 through 123 innings. Tim Bittner, taken one pick behind Bullard in the 2001 draft, was 4-10, 4.85 through 108 innings with Kannapolis.


After sending strong-armed catcher Humberto Quintero to the Padres along with outfielder Alex Fernandez in a deal for shortstop D’Angelo Jimenez, the Sox signed power-hitting catcher Ryan Sienko from Joliet of the independent Northern League. He was leading the Northern League Central with 18 homers when he was signed.

The Sox acquired live-armed righthander Jon Adkins in the deal that sent second baseman Ray Durham to the Athletics. Adkins was 7-6, 6.03 for Triple-A Sacramento.

duke of dorwood
08-08-2002, 04:22 PM
I remember this cycle-guys like Ken Kravec, Ross Baumgarten, and others that were average pitchers, but not a dominating #1. I hope this current cycle has a different result.