View Full Version : Corwin Malone promoted again:

08-17-2001, 10:21 AM
Corwin Malone has been promoted to AA Birmingham and started last night against the Cubs' AA affilliate in an 11-4 win.

He went 6.2 innings and struck out 12. He did walk an uncharacteristically high 6 batters, but gave up only 1 hit and 1 ER in picking up the win. He pitched very well, while the Sox hitters destroyed one of the Cubs' 'top prospects' Juan Cruz.

Miguel Olivo went 3-5 with 2 doubles, Borchard, Hummel, Ingram, Saunders, Miles, and Danny Bravo all had multiple hit games. Hummel also walked twice.

Below was a game preview:

Any loyal BA reader is familiar with Cruz. The No. 2 prospect in the Cubs organization coming into the season, the 6-foot-2, 155-pound righthander has continued to showcase his mid-90s fastball, power slider and solid changeup in the Southern League in 2001. In his 22 starts covering 118 innings for West Tenn so far this season, Cruz is 9-5, 3.74 with 134 strikeouts (tied for second in the league) and 58 walks against 98 hits. The Dominican native, signed as a free agent by the Cubs on July 4, 1997, is 1-1, 2.03 so far in August. The Barons seem to have his number: He's lost in his last two starts against Birmingham, yielding 14 runs (all earned) and 17 hits in just five innings.

Malone, meanwhile, was No. 14 on the White Sox prospect list before the season, but has put up numbers very similar to what White Sox No. 1 Jon Rauch did last season, albeit one level lower. Tonight will be the lefthander's first Double-A start, and the first professional start he's made in his home state. Rauch was a combined 16-4, 2.66 in 166 innings between high Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham, while Malone is a combined 11-5, 1.93 in 149 innings so far this season between low Class A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem. After his first Carolina League start, Warthogs manager Wally Backman pronounced Malone the best prospect in the league. Part of the White Sox' productive pitching haul in the 1999 draft, the ninth-round pick out of Thomasville (Ala.) High–about 120 miles from Birmingham–uses a plus fastball, above-average curve and a developing change, resulting in a 38-10 strikeout-walk ratio for Winston-Salem and a 119-44 ratio in Kannapolis. White Sox scouts say the key to his success this season has been repeating his delivery more consistently.