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CPditka
03-16-2005, 03:02 PM
From an ESPN insider article "guessing" 2005's breakout players...
(Rich Harden...shock)

At least they recognized Aaron as coming into his own.


TUCSON, Ariz. People who follow the Chicago White Sox (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=cha) on a regular basis had a sense that Aaron Rowand (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6742) was ready to break out last season. The kid was fearless in the outfield, crushed the ball in batting practice and played with a hyper-aggressive style that suggested good things were about to happen.

Sure enough, Rowand took advantage of increased playing time in 2004 and burst onto the rotisserie radar with 24 homers and a .310 average. The White Sox signed him to a three-year, $8.5 million deal in January and now he's their regular center fielder.

The evolution of a major leaguer can take a while. Pitchers with great stuff have to learn how to change speeds and devise a game plan for a lineup. Hitters with bat speed and raw power need to make constant adjustments in the box. But when the light clicks on, it can be fun to watch. Looking for this year's Aaron Rowand? Here are five Cactus Leaguers with the talent, the temperament and the opportunity to have breakthrough seasons in 2005:

Hangar18
03-16-2005, 03:31 PM
"People who follow the Chicago White Sox on a regular basis ...had a sense ....."

I remember all the people who screamed how ARow took "terrible routes"
to the ball, how he was an awful hitter, etc etc. I knew he was a guy
with a good head on his shoulders and needed playing time. :cool:

Hangar18
03-16-2005, 03:44 PM
Heck, I remember the Ballroom at SoxFest erupting in CHEERS,
when it was announced that Kenny Lofton was just signed to a 1yr deal
to play CF. I remember telling Aaron Rowand later to NOT WORRY,
he would get the job eventually, KLofton wouldnt last with us,
Lofton was washed up (I was eating crow for about 1 month though)
I remember Aaron replying that he wasnt gonna worry about it, and that
he was just gonna keep his head up and keep playing hard. The
best attitude to have .......... were lucky to have the guy

WhiteSoxFan84
03-16-2005, 03:53 PM
http://games.espn.go.com/cgi/flb/edge/story?id=2008737

Round 9
108Karabell - A.J. Burnett (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6314')), P
Swartz - Aaron Rowand (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6742')), OF
Engel - Vernon Wells (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6327')), OF
Brown - Brad Radke (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=5337')), P
Shactman - Brian Giles (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=5543')), OF
Jones - J.D. Drew (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6117')), OF
Schroder - Troy Glaus (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6063')), Util
Cuomo - Danny Kolb (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6240')), P
Cockcroft - Rich Harden (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=7180')), P
MacGibbon - Lance Berkman (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6279')), OF
Wyman - Paul LoDuca (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6032')), C
Spiegel - Carlos Guillen (http://javascript<b></b>:newWin('/cgi/flb/request.dll?PLAYERCARD&nPlayerID=6105')), SS
Best Pick: Wells. If he makes good on his 30/30 goals, he's an absolute steal this late. Even if he doesn't, hitting in the middle of the order should mean good numbers.
Worst Pick: Rowand. There really aren't many "bad" picks in this round, but Rowand seems the most likely one-year wonder of the group.

This assumption MIGHT be true but there are so many question marks drafted that round. At least Rowand is healthy. Berkman and Glaus both are either injured or missed a huge portion of the 2004 season. Kolb in ATL maybe a different pitcher (for better or worse) and he might be a one year wonder.

MisterB
03-16-2005, 04:05 PM
http://games.espn.go.com/cgi/flb/edge/story?id=2008737



This assumption MIGHT be true but there are so many question marks drafted that round. At least Rowand is healthy. Berkman and Glaus both are either injured or missed a huge portion of the 2004 season. Kolb in ATL maybe a different pitcher (for better or worse) and he might be a one year wonder.

Carlos Guillen is far and away the most likely to be a one-year wonder on that list. Rowand at least flirted with .300 (with decent power) in his sporadic playing time over the last couple of years, Guillen's '04 numbers are way out of line with his previous performance.

BRDSR
03-16-2005, 05:18 PM
"People who follow the Chicago White Sox on a regular basis ...had a sense ....."

I remember all the people who screamed how ARow took "terrible routes"
to the ball, how he was an awful hitter, etc etc. I knew he was a guy
with a good head on his shoulders and needed playing time. :cool:

I can proudly say I was always an ARow supporter. He reminded me a lot of Brian Simmons, who I also think could have been an outstanding player if it hadn't been for the torn Achilles.

Iguana775
03-16-2005, 05:47 PM
"People who follow the Chicago White Sox on a regular basis ...had a sense ....."

I remember all the people who screamed how ARow took "terrible routes"
to the ball, how he was an awful hitter, etc etc. I knew he was a guy
with a good head on his shoulders and needed playing time. :cool:

You mean that the FOC were right?? :)

But I thought he was nothing more than a 4th OFer on a playoff team.

My, how times have changed.

Go Sox!! :dtroll:

Foulke29
03-16-2005, 06:12 PM
Carlos Guillen takes 'roids.

Fixed that for you.

:bandance:

flo-B-flo
03-16-2005, 07:10 PM
I can proudly say I was always an ARow supporter. He reminded me a lot of Brian Simmons, who I also think could have been an outstanding player if it hadn't been for the torn Achilles. I was gonna mention Brian Simmons who also reminded me of Aaron. Pretty good contact hitter with some power. Very good outfielder. I wonder whatever happened to him?

RichFitztightly
03-16-2005, 09:01 PM
"People who follow the Chicago White Sox on a regular basis ...had a sense ....."

I remember all the people who screamed how ARow took "terrible routes"
to the ball, how he was an awful hitter, etc etc. I knew he was a guy
with a good head on his shoulders and needed playing time. :cool:

Just because he corrected it, doesn't mean it wasn't true. There were many times I heard the words, "Ball hit to center. Rowand starts in, now has to get back...yada yada yada." About 7-8 times out of ten, Aaron would recover and catch the ball, which is very good.

I know from playing outfield myself, when in doubt, always start back, it's a lot easier to come in for the ball and you can hold the runner to a single if you don't catch it. Whereas if it gets over your head, its a sure double.

Ol' No. 2
03-16-2005, 11:39 PM
Just because he corrected it, doesn't mean it wasn't true. There were many times I heard the words, "Ball hit to center. Rowand starts in, now has to get back...yada yada yada." About 7-8 times out of ten, Aaron would recover and catch the ball, which is very good.

I know from playing outfield myself, when in doubt, always start back, it's a lot easier to come in for the ball and you can hold the runner to a single if you don't catch it. Whereas if it gets over your head, its a sure double.Rowand started out as a RF and had to adjust to playing CF shortly before coming up to the bigs. I think that adjustment is a lot of what you were seeing. People think outfield positions are all the same, but they're not.

batmanZoSo
03-17-2005, 01:27 PM
"People who follow the Chicago White Sox on a regular basis ...had a sense ....."

I remember all the people who screamed how ARow took "terrible routes"
to the ball, how he was an awful hitter, etc etc. I knew he was a guy
with a good head on his shoulders and needed playing time. :cool:

When he came on to the scene in 2001, he was excellent all around. I thought then that he could be an everyday player. Of course last year I lost patience with him (and many others) because of the rampant corpseball that was going on with several players.

Jerome
03-17-2005, 03:17 PM
All I know is, I've always been a Rowand supporter. :D:

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