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09-16-2002, 02:12 PM
From BA:

Chicago White Sox
The Brothers Durham

CHICAGO–For the first time in six years, there’s only one Durham in the White Sox organization. Center fielder Chad Durham remains at Double-A Birmingham after his better-known brother Ray was traded to the Athletics.

The two had hoped to play together someday, but Chad just started to make strides toward the major leagues as Ray’s pending free agency prompted the White Sox to give rookie Willie Harris a look at second base. It was tough for Ray to leave the organization.

"We’ve talked a lot about that," Chad Durham told the Birmingham News. "He doesn’t like the West Coast, but he’s determined to make the most of it at least for the next month. Then he’s a free agent."

There are six years between the two Durhams, both of whom played for Harding High in Charlotte. Ray was a fifth-round pick in the 1990 draft; Chad wasn’t drafted out of high school but showed enough at Surry (N.C.) Community College to be selected in the 14th round in 1997.

Like his brother, Chad played second base in his first two years of pro ball. He switched to center field in 1999 and has made a slow climb toward the top of the organization.

Speed has long been Chad’s calling card. He has led the Appalachian, Midwest and Carolina leagues in stolen bases. But unlike Ray, he hasn’t developed power to go with the speed.

The younger Durham was hitting .277 this season but had no homers and 12 extra-base hits in 328 at-bats. At 5-foot-8, his strike zone should be a tough target for pitchers, yet he has never had more than 46 walks in a season.

With Aaron Rowand and Joe Borchard ahead of him, the 24-year-old Durham faces long odds on establishing himself as a big league regular. He nevertheless hopes to follow Ray’s path to Comiskey Park, where he figures one Durham would be better than none.


Lefthander Corwin Malone went on Birmingham’s disabled list because of a tender elbow and was shut down for the rest of the season as a precaution.

Third baseman Micah Schnurstein, a seventh-round pick from Basic High in Henderson, Nev., wasted no time opening eyes in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He was hitting .325-3-38 with 18 doubles.

09-18-2002, 04:00 PM
Is it safe to almost completely write off Chad yet? Especially with Yan in the system?

09-18-2002, 05:56 PM
I predict Micah Schnerstein will make the majors. With a baseball name like his he just gotta.

09-19-2002, 10:29 AM
Originally posted by RichH55
Is it safe to almost completely write off Chad yet? Especially with Yan in the system?

Regardless of Yan, who play 2B, not CF, it's safe to write off Chad. It's been safe for a couple of years IMO.