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Daver
11-08-2002, 05:03 PM
According to this, (http://www.baseballprimer.com/articles/gleeman_2002-11-06_0.shtml) I highlight the three Sox prospects here.

#39 Corwin Malone SP Age: 22 Throws: Left White Sox

Year LG IP ERA W L H SO BB HR K/9 W/9 H/9

2000 A 72 4.90 2 3 67 82 60 4 10.2 7.4 8.4

2001 A 112 2.00 11 4 83 119 44 2 9.6 3.5 6.7

2001 A+ 37 1.72 0 1 25 38 10 1 9.2 2.4 6.1

2001 AA 19 2.33 2 0 8 20 12 2 9.5 5.7 3.8

2002 AA 124 4.71 10 7 116 89 89 6 6.5 6.5 8.4


Corwin Malone had a "breakout" season in 2001, breezing through 3 different minor league levels within the Chicago system.

The number one reason for his success in 2001, improved control, completely abandoned him in 2002.

This year, Malone walked as many as he struck out (6.5/9 IP).

Looking at his minor league career, his 2001 jumps out, sort of like the answer to one of those "Which one of these doesnít belong" questions on the SAT.

7.4 BB/9 IP in 2000.

3.7 BB/9 IP in 2001.

6.5 BB/9 IP in 2002.

Along with walking people in bunches in 2002, Maloneís strikeout rate, which had always been exceptional, dropped almost 3 per 9 innings.

Malone is still a very promising, young left hander, but the combination of a drop in strikeouts and a return of walks is not a good sign for the future. At this point, his 2001 sticks out like a sore thumb.

Stock: Way Down

#33 Jon Rauch SP Age: 24 Throws: Right White Sox

Year LG IP ERA W L H SO BB HR K/9 W/9 H/9

2000 A+ 110 2.86 11 3 102 124 33 10 10.1 2.7 8.3

AA 56 2.25 5 1 36 63 16 4 10.1 2.6 5.8

2001 AAA 28 5.79 1 3 28 27 7 8 8.7 2.2 9.0

2002 AAA 109 4.28 7 8 91 97 42 14 8.0 3.5 7.5

ML 29 6.59 2 1 28 19 14 7 5.9 4.3 8.7


Jon Rauch was one of the top prospects in baseball after a wonderful 2000 season in which he went 16-4 between Single and Double-A. He did all the things you look for in a young pitcher - struck out a ton of hitters (10.9/9 IP), didnít walk very many (2.7/9 IP) and kept the ball in the ballpark (14 HRs in 166 IP).

After starting 2001 at Triple-A, Rauch was shut down early after complaining of some shoulder problems. It turned out to be very serious and required surgery, which ended his season. As with any pitcher who suffers a season ending arm/shoulder injury, what to expect the next season is never easy to figure out.

Because of that, Rauchís 2002 season has to be considered a success. While his strikeouts, walks and homers allowed were not as good as they were back in 2000, they were good enough to show that he is on his way back, although he may never completely be back to the pitcher he was. Many pitchers perform better in their second season after a major arm surgery, which makes Rauchís 2002 season look even better.

Look for him to start the year with the White Sox and look for that 8.0 K rate in 2002 to start creeping back up to his 2000 level.

Stock: Neutral


#12 Joe Borchard OF Age: 24 Bats: Switch White Sox


Year LG AB AVG OBP SLG HR 2B 3B BB SO SB CS

2001 AA 515 .295 .384 .509 27 27 1 67 158 5 4

2002 AAA 438 .272 .349 .498 20 35 2 49 139 2 4

ML 36 .222 .243 .389 2 0 0 1 14 0 0
Whatís not to like about Joe Borchard? Heís athletic (he played QB at Stanford), big, switch-hits, can play center field and hit for power. He even walks a little bit.

The only flaw in his game is the strikeouts, but they arenít a huge, Russell Branyan type problem or anything like that.

Borchard had himself a pretty nice 2002 season. The batting average dropped about 20 points, but the power was actually up a little bit from last year, as his slugging % only dropped about 10 points. He continued to walk at a decent rate and despite moving up to a higher level, his strikeouts didnít skyrocket.

His defense in CF is decent, although he may end up as a corner outfielder for the ChiSox.

Stock: Neutral