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Randar68
06-29-2004, 02:57 PM
Jason Gage at FutureSox is reporting that Brandon McCarthy, one of the top Sox arms in the lower levels, has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Kannapolis after posting some solid numbers in the first half.

He was 8-5, 3.64 (one "take one for the team outing") ERA, 94 IP, 80 H, 21 BB, and 113 K's, giving up 10 HR's for Kanny.

A well deserved promotion, to say the least, as he's been dominant most of the first half.

rdivaldi
06-29-2004, 02:59 PM
Jason Gage at FutureSox is reporting that Brandon McCarthy, one of the top Sox arms in the lower levels, has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Kannapolis after posting some solid numbers in the first half.

He was 8-5, 3.64 (one "take one for the team outing") ERA, 94 IP, 80 H, 21 BB, and 113 K's, giving up 10 HR's for Kanny.

A well deserved promotion, to say the least, as he's been dominant most of the first half.
Wow, he's pretty young to be up at that level, I hope he can continue to compete up there. Personally I thought he'd be at Kannapolis all year. Too bad Haigwood and Rodriguez aren't following his lead...

Randar68
06-29-2004, 03:11 PM
Wow, he's pretty young to be up at that level, I hope he can continue to compete up there. Personally I thought he'd be at Kannapolis all year. Too bad Haigwood and Rodriguez aren't following his lead...
Both Haigwood and Ryan Rodriguez are coming off of Tommy John Surgery, IIRC, so they should take their time, as they are both already pitching at the highest levels they've seen to this point.

McCarthy will turn 21 in about a week (July 7) so he'll still be almost 2 years older than Sweeney, LOL!

rdivaldi
06-29-2004, 03:13 PM
Both Haigwood and Ryan Rodriguez are coming off of Tommy John Surgery, IIRC, so they should take their time, as they are both already pitching at the highest levels they've seen to this point.

McCarthy will turn 21 in about a week (July 7) so he'll still be almost 2 years older than Sweeney, LOL!
True, I completely forgot about their injury problems. It's pretty amazing what Sweeney has been able to accomplish at such a high level at such a young age.

Hopefully soon we will also be talking about Anderson and Rogowski's promotions to AA.

SoxxoS
06-29-2004, 07:06 PM
Anyone know the plans with Bajenaru? Is he going to just stay in AA, b/c he can't do much more there. I think maybe it's time to bring him up and release Mike Jackson. The guy has been absolutely lights out.

31 IP, 49 K's, 17 hits, 10 walks. 12 saves, 1.16 ERA.

Anyone got the lowdown?

trailboss
06-29-2004, 10:07 PM
Neither Haigwood nor Rodriquez had "Tommy John". Haigwood had an ACL that has healed. Roddy had some arm soreness that has also healed. Thay are both "good to go" and a little more time will put them both on track.

rdivaldi
06-30-2004, 10:46 AM
Anyone know the plans with Bajenaru? Is he going to just stay in AA, b/c he can't do much more there. I think maybe it's time to bring him up and release Mike Jackson. The guy has been absolutely lights out.

31 IP, 49 K's, 17 hits, 10 walks. 12 saves, 1.16 ERA.

Anyone got the lowdown?
I'm not keen on bringing Baj up to the majors straight from AA. He's very old to be pitching at that level (though he did miss time due to injuries).

I'd like to see him pitch against more seasoned hitters in a small ballpark before he gets thrown into the fire. Anyone know of a place where he could get that? :wink:

habibharu
06-30-2004, 12:55 PM
what is the report on mccarthy? is he a power pitcher? and what will he be in the future? a 1 or 2 starter?

rdivaldi
06-30-2004, 02:14 PM
what is the report on mccarthy? is he a power pitcher? and what will he be in the future? a 1 or 2 starter?
He has numbers like a power pitcher, but he really isn't. Fastball usually sits between 89-92, has a nice curve, and his out pitch is some sort of cutter. He's still pretty young and lanky, so he might still add some mph. What most scouts say is his biggest asset is that he has the biggest heart of any Chicago pitching prospect since Black Jack. He'd definitely be one of the "grinder" types that KW likes.

professionalfan
07-01-2004, 12:32 PM
I'm not keen on bringing Baj up to the majors straight from AA. He's very old to be pitching at that level (though he did miss time due to injuries).

I'd like to see him pitch against more seasoned hitters in a small ballpark before he gets thrown into the fire. Anyone know of a place where he could get that? :wink:

Baj missed one year to Tommy John and before that was moving up fairly quickly through the system. He also did not sign until after his senior year in college. That explains the age. There is not much more he can do to prove his case, sometimes it is not the players fault that they are held down at a certain level.

rdivaldi
07-01-2004, 02:18 PM
Baj missed one year to Tommy John and before that was moving up fairly quickly through the system. He also did not sign until after his senior year in college. That explains the age. There is not much more he can do to prove his case, sometimes it is not the players fault that they are held down at a certain level.
True, but I am always skeptical about our pitcher's stats in AA, especially older guys. The ballpark is a pitchers' haven. Pacheco's 2003 season basically sums up my hesitance.

Chisoxfn
07-07-2004, 04:01 AM
Anyone know the plans with Bajenaru? Is he going to just stay in AA, b/c he can't do much more there. I think maybe it's time to bring him up and release Mike Jackson. The guy has been absolutely lights out.

31 IP, 49 K's, 17 hits, 10 walks. 12 saves, 1.16 ERA.

Anyone got the lowdown? Baj's situation is interesting. Right now he's nursing an injury (Rex mentioned it) so I'm starting to think they are waiting for him to be 100% and then he'll be called up.

I don't get why he hasn't been called up, especially with Darensbourg out of the way.

Chisoxfn
07-07-2004, 04:05 AM
He has numbers like a power pitcher, but he really isn't. Fastball usually sits between 89-92, has a nice curve, and his out pitch is some sort of cutter. He's still pretty young and lanky, so he might still add some mph. What most scouts say is his biggest asset is that he has the biggest heart of any Chicago pitching prospect since Black Jack. He'd definitely be one of the "grinder" types that KW likes.
To add to that, command, command, and more command. Bmac can throw the ball threw a teacup. His velocity is also up a bit this year and its my personal belief that he projects to still add another 1-2 MPH to his fastball.

He has added some muscle mass though, he's now in the 200LB range which is good cause he was really tall and lanky earlier.

In my opinion he is now the top pitching prospect in the organization. I have never been that high on Honel, minus his sick curve, and well Wing is a guy I really like, but its going to take him time and who knows about shoulders.

Also, just to point out, but Haigwood had his knee operated on or something leg related while Rodriguez had like a minor shoulder thing or something. Both have been solid for Kanny, especially considering they are coming back from injury, but neither should be rushed.

The next pitchers to move up from Kanny will likely be Flores or Miller, imo.

Chisoxfn
07-07-2004, 04:07 AM
True, but I am always skeptical about our pitcher's stats in AA, especially older guys. The ballpark is a pitchers' haven. Pacheco's 2003 season basically sums up my hesitance. In regards to Pacheco, don't write him off. Last year he was probably one of the best few pitchers in the org and it wasn't Bham related. This year he's really been hampered with injuries and his fastball is nowhere near as sharp/crisp as it was last year. He could be a one hit wonder, but last season he had fantastic stuff.

hose
07-07-2004, 07:35 AM
Neither Haigwood nor Rodriquez had "Tommy John". Haigwood had an ACL that has healed. Roddy had some arm soreness that has also healed. Thay are both "good to go" and a little more time will put them both on track.
So neither Haigwood or Rodriguez had surgery?

Chisoxfn
07-07-2004, 01:17 PM
So neither Haigwood or Rodriguez had surgery? I know Haigwood had surgery. I think Rodriguez had a minor shoulder operation and then rested. Someone else may know better on Rodriguez.

rdivaldi
07-07-2004, 03:02 PM
I know Haigwood had surgery. I think Rodriguez had a minor shoulder operation and then rested. Someone else may know better on Rodriguez.
Haigwood had ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee. I'm not sure what Rodriguez had, but how serious could it have been if he's pitching one year after going on the DL?

jeremyb1
07-07-2004, 03:20 PM
Haigwood had ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee. I'm not sure what Rodriguez had, but how serious could it have been if he's pitching one year after going on the DL?

Tommy John. Guys are starting to make it back that fast. AJ Burnett did.

Randar68
07-07-2004, 04:47 PM
Tommy John. Guys are starting to make it back that fast. AJ Burnett did.
Well, that is what was reported early for Ryan Rodgriquez, but now I can't seem to get or find any confirmation on that. "trailboss" claims otherwise, but only 2 posts doesn't exactly lend itself to complete credibility.

Ryan has certainly made some steady progress over the last month or so after starting out real rough. He's still just 20 years old.

rdivaldi
07-07-2004, 05:14 PM
Well, that is what was reported early for Ryan Rodgriquez, but now I can't seem to get or find any confirmation on that. "trailboss" claims otherwise, but only 2 posts doesn't exactly lend itself to complete credibility.

Ryan has certainly made some steady progress over the last month or so after starting out real rough. He's still just 20 years old.
I've searched high and low for some sort of confirmation of his injury and I just can't seem to find anything. There are some pretty good prospects in Kanny right now, I just wish we had some more quality prospects in adv A and AA. There's a lot of garbage on the hills in Winston-Salem and Birmingham.

Chisoxfn
07-07-2004, 05:17 PM
I've searched high and low for some sort of confirmation of his injury and I just can't seem to find anything. There are some pretty good prospects in Kanny right now, I just wish we had some more quality prospects in adv A and AA. There's a lot of garbage on the hills in Winston-Salem and Birmingham. I'm almost positive that he did not have Tommy John, but I do remember that was one of the early reports on him. Stuff on Rodriguez is hard to find. I'm going to be in Kanny later this week so I'll ask them when I'm there :)

professionalfan
07-08-2004, 07:23 PM
True, but I am always skeptical about our pitcher's stats in AA, especially older guys. The ballpark is a pitchers' haven. Pacheco's 2003 season basically sums up my hesitance.

With only 17 hits allowed and 49 K's in 31 innings, I don't think it's the walls of the Birmingham ballpark that are keeping the ERA down for Baj.

trailboss
07-08-2004, 09:04 PM
O.K., I may not post much, but trust me---I know Rodriguez and he didn't have surgery. ChisoxFn will confirm this when he talks to Ryan in Kanny. Rest and rehab was all he needed. He's "back in the saddle" this year.

Haigwood had ACL surgery, but he is obviously doing fine as well.

I just don't want the wrong info to follow guys and make people suspicious.

Randar68
07-08-2004, 11:40 PM
O.K., I may not post much, but trust me---I know Rodriguez and he didn't have surgery. ChisoxFn will confirm this when he talks to Ryan in Kanny. Rest and rehab was all he needed. He's "back in the saddle" this year.

Haigwood had ACL surgery, but he is obviously doing fine as well.

I just don't want the wrong info to follow guys and make people suspicious.
What was it, shoulder soreness, tendinitis, etc?

It is the internet, so don't take it personally. I just take everything I read with a grain of salt until I have confirmation from someone I know/trust or have a rapport with.

rdivaldi
07-09-2004, 11:42 AM
With only 17 hits allowed and 49 K's in 31 innings, I don't think it's the walls of the Birmingham ballpark that are keeping the ERA down for Baj.
Yes, he's pitching well, but you just can't discount the fact that he's 26 years old pitching in AA, which is a level he's pitched in before. Scouts always tell you to be weary of guys repeating levels, and guys that are too old to be at a certain level. I wouldn't get too high on this guy, until he shows us something promising in AAA or in the majors.

professionalfan
07-09-2004, 04:30 PM
Yes, he's pitching well, but you just can't discount the fact that he's 26 years old pitching in AA, which is a level he's pitched in before. Scouts always tell you to be weary of guys repeating levels, and guys that are too old to be at a certain level. I wouldn't get too high on this guy, until he shows us something promising in AAA or in the majors.

If he was in a different organization, he would be in AAA or majors by now. It is not his fault that he is stuck in AA.

rdivaldi
07-09-2004, 05:01 PM
If he was in a different organization, he would be in AAA or majors by now. It is not his fault that he is stuck in AA.
Possibly, but all I'm really trying to say is that we shoudn't go Ruffcorn on this guy. I think it's important as Sox fans that we recognize who the real prospects are. We've had quite a few effective closers in AA go on to lesser achievements in AAA and the majors.

rdivaldi
07-22-2004, 05:24 PM
Didn't notice any mention, but Brandon had a decent outing last night.

6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

He's definitely handled the jump to Adv A, it's definitley looks as though he'll be on the bump for Birmingham next year.

Chisoxfn
07-22-2004, 05:26 PM
Didn't notice any mention, but Brandon had a decent outing last night.

6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

He's definitely handled the jump to Adv A, it's definitley looks as though he'll be on the bump for Birmingham next year. I thought I'd share this with you guys, but its a wav file of an interview I and Mike did back a week or two ago with Brandon Mccarthy. Audio Clip (http://www.futuresox.com/interviews/brandonmccarthy.wav) Actual Story (http://www.futuresox.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=667)