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10-19-2001, 03:03 AM
Mesa lost again tonight 3-2 on the road.

Tim Hummel started at SS and leadoff, going 2-4 with 2 singles and a stolen base. With the two hits, he's back over the .300 mark (.304)

Borchard started in left tonight and batted 5th. He was 0-4, with a K.

Olivo was the only other Sox prospect to play; he was 1-4 with an RBI double, and threw out 1 of the 2 runners attempting to steal. He also committed an error.

I believe Guerrier will pitch the next game.

10-19-2001, 08:46 AM
Originally posted by Vsahajpal
Mesa lost again tonight 3-2 on the road.

Tim Hummel started at SS and leadoff, going 2-4 with 2 singles and a stolen base. With the two hits, he's back over the .300 mark (.304)

by your assessment, by watching him play, do you think he is more suited for 2b or 3b?

10-19-2001, 09:55 AM
I think you mean SS, since he's not really played 3b.

Personally, I'd like to see him play SS until he proves he cannot handle the position. He's got a strong arm, great range to his right, and he's quick enough, IMO, to handle the position.

But if you're asking me where I belive CWS will put him, my guess would be 2nd base...

...and hopefully one of these guys (if not both pan out):

CHICAGO–Who was the last regular shortstop for the White Sox who was 100-percent homegrown?

A few years down the road, the answer to that question could be Guillermo Reyes. Andy Gonzalez is another solid candidate.

The two 19-year-olds were considered among the top shortstops in their leagues this year. They will defy a recent trend if they can rise through the Sox system to reach Comiskey Park as a regular. Chicago has used four first-round picks on shortstops in its history, and none have established themselves.

The switch-hitting Reyes signed out of Cana Chapeton, Dominican Republic, in 1998. He’s small (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) with good speed and strong fielding skills. He hit .248 while committing 29 errors in 129 games between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, the Sox’ two Class A stops.

Kannapolis manager Razor Shines said Reyes was the best shortstop in the South Atlantic League before he was promoted to the Carolina League. His average dropped from .279 to .208 at the higher level, where he is likely to begin the 2002 season.

Gonzalez, a fifth-round pick in the 2001 draft, is a native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, but attended Florida Air Academy in Melbourne. He looks like a complete package. He stands 6-foot-4 and figures to develop good power for a middle infielder. His arm and range drew praise in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he hit .323-5-30 in 48 games.

Gonzalez is large for his position, but the early reading is he might be athletic enough to stay there. His fielding is raw (22 errors in 38 games), but the Sox expect him to improve as he gains experience. He will try to win a job with Kannapolis in spring training, and should push Reyes as they move up the chain.

The answer to the trivia question: Scott Fletcher. He was a regular in 1984 before being replaced by Ozzie Guillen, acquired from the Padres in a trade.

BTW, the Sox will have the 18th pick in the 2002 draft:

It’s safe to say the 2002 draft has no sure-fire top prospect, as this year’s draft did when righthander Mark Prior and third baseman Mark Teixeira were identified by this time of 2000 as can’t-miss talents. They went on to sign the two largest contracts in draft history.

Rutgers righthander Bobby Brownlie is the top-rated college player, and Houston lefthander Scott Kazmir holds that distinction in high school. Here’s an early look at the top 12 college and high school players for 2002.


1. Bobby Brownlie, rhp, Rutgers

2. Bryan Bullington, rhp, Ball State

3. Anthony Reyes, rhp, Southern California

4. Jeff Francis, lhp, British Columbia

5. Jeff Baker, 3b, Clemson

6. Kiki Bengochea, rhp, Miami

7. Chris Leonard, lhp, Miami (Ohio)

8. Mike Esposito, rhp, Arizona State

9. Chadd Blasko, rhp, Purdue

10. Russ Adams, 2b, North Carolina

11. Tyler Parker, c, Georgia Tech

12. Drew Meyer, ss, South Carolina


1. Scott Kazmir, lhp, Cypress Falls HS, Houston

2. B.J. Upton, ss, Greenbrier Christian Academy, Chesapeake, Va.

3. Adam Loewen, lhp, Fraser Valley Christian HS, Surrey, B.C.

4. Jeff Francoeur, of, Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.

5. Denard Span, of, Tampa Catholic HS

6. Sergio Santos, ss, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.

7. Jason Neighborgall, rhp, Riverside HS, Durham, N.C.

8. Mark McCormick, rhp, Clear Creek HS, Clear Lake Shores, Texas

9. Jeff Clement, c, Marshalltown (Iowa) HS

10. Micah Schilling, ss, Silliman Institute, Clinton, La.

11. Jason Pridie, of, Prescott (Ariz.) HS

12. Wardell Starling, rhp-of, Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas