I posted this in the Birmingham thread, but it might be buried to alot of posters. This warrants it's own thread so people can get an idea of how the top prospects and the minor league players are being considered by the organization. I'm hoping this gives many posters a better idea of the minor league system, how the development philosophy has changed (in regards to Poreda at least) and will lead to less uninformed "Call up the kids!" posts.
Evidently last night was blog night at the Sox game, and bloggers/independent media were treated to a Q & A with Rick Hahn, Brooks Boyer and Moose Skowron. Alot of insight was given in regards to some of the Sox top prospects. Sox Machine
and Larry from SouthsideSox
(near the bottom of the page) have a recap.
Originally Posted by Larry
Aaron poreda is the player teams ask about the most. he’s making slow but steady progress with his secondary offerings and is buying into the idea of it’s okay to make mistakes with his secondary offerings because it’s only the minors, after all. and he is quite bemused by the calls from the media for poreda to make a spot start or be the 5th starter now – not gonna happen if rick has his way since poreda needs to develop.
Flowers’ bat is probably ready now but the defensive issues will hold him back for awhile. sox roving catching instructor spends a lot of time with him. i asked about 2011 as the likely ETA and he agreed as the probable though conservative estimate.
Allen should be in the mix in 2010.
Said no one in the organization was untouchable but it would take quite a haul to get beckham or flowers due to their ability to provide excellent offense from a traditionally defensive position.
Originally Posted by Jim Margalus
Answered a long-standing question about the contracts of Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo. Yes, both are under White Sox control for six years like any other drafted player. That makes it a helluva lot easier to be patient with Viciedo.
Said Brandon Allen isn't on a 2009 timetable, but could be in the plans by the start of 2010, depending on what happens with Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye.
Said Aaron Poreda's offspeed stuff is coming along "slowly." There is progress, but the Sox aren't considering him for any short-term fixes. Poreda could be somewhat successful now, he said, but the move would be "pennywise and poundfoolish."
Likes Charles Leesman as an off-the-radar prospect due to his ability to throw 95 from the left-hand side. They were able to take him in the 10th round due to some discipline issues that the Sox investigated and deemed a nonfactor.
Said this year's draft is lacking top-tier talent, and the 10th pick might not differ much from the 70th pick in terms of quality.
Boyer: Can't control what Hawk Harrelson will say, and refers to series-long rants as "benders."