StrategyAugust 4, 2009

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Future Rookies: White Sox No Longer

By R.J. White

Last week it was Chris Tillman, and this week Brian Matusz makes the leap to the majors. Check here for some solid discussion on the rookie. Also making a jump is Desmond Jennings, although he’s merely moving up a minor-league level and joining the Rays’ Triple-A team. Carlos Santana is working on an 11-game hitting streak. Jason Heyward hasn’t slowed down a bit in Double-A. And for some sad news, Jesus Montero will miss the rest of the season with a fractured finger. He attained the injury while catching, and since most don’t see him behind the plate in the majors, this might be the straw that breaks the Yankees into moving him to 1B/DH full-time. So who should we add to the Future Rookies class this week? How about a couple players formerly in the White Sox organization?

Featured Add – Hitter

Brandon Allen, 1B, Ari, Age 23, Triple-A

2009 AA2413973513047.290.372.452.825
2009 AAA ChA616180013.262.262.377.639
2009 AAA ARI831791941112.361.442.7591.201
Last 1043623127.326   

Talk about responding to a change of scenery. After the 23-year-old Allen held his own in his second Double-A stint early in the season, he struggled when called up to the International League. When the White Sox wanted to deal for Diamondbacks reliever Tony Pena, Allen was the bait. Since coming into the Arizona organization, Allen has been on fire, with an OPS of about 1.200. He’s done much better with his plate patience, drawing double-digit walks already after not walking once in 61 ABs at Charlotte. He’s got the body to be a HR hitter in the majors, which will play well in Arizona. With the Diamondbacks not getting much production from 1B this season, Allen could be making his big-league debut very soon.

Hitter Performance Review (as of 8/3/09)


Matt LaPortaAAA29555134913250.295.374.515.889
Last 10AAA37312147.162   
Justin SmoakAAA1071331501425.224.315.355.670
Last 10AAA37628057.351   
Brett WallaceAAA2602972501950.292.341.427.768
Last 10AAA38716048.289   
Michael TaylorAAA651031121115.262.367.462.829
Last 10AAA34317067.235   
Alcides EscobarAAA39870331372760.302.351.412.763
Last 10AAA37602412.351   
Buster PoseyAAA5810050910.241.338.328.666
Last 10AAA32601075.281   
Desmond JenningsAA38369845374852.316.395.486.881
Last 3AAA11100223.182   
Mat GamelAAA1622783402755.278.378.512.890
Last 10AAA332030516.121   
Kila Ka’aihueAAA33864144208272.257.401.462.862
Last 10AAA317120114.226   
Gaby SanchezAAA23839104053038.282.364.445.809
Last 3AAA6211071.167   
Mike CarpAAA30955114205170.269.381.447.827
Last 10AAA34613048.235   

Jason HeywardAA861942111510.419.500.7331.233
Last 10AA339311176.455   
Pedro AlvarezAA1212272101535.298.370.545.915
Last 10AA316260105.323   
Carlos SantanaAA32369197706661.282.401.533.934
Last 10AA379414036.432   
Jesus MonteroAA1671993301421.317.370.539.909
Josh VittersA+888010129.227.253.307.560
Last 10A+43404115.233   

Former features Nolan Reimold, Andrew McCutchen, Josh Whitesell and Kyle Blanks have moved on to the majors.

Featured Add – Pitcher

Aaron Poreda, SP, SD, Age 22, Double-A

2009 AA64.12.381.2713569
2009 AAA10.03.601.10039
July 306.01.501.00016

After being rebuffed by Jake Peavy earlier in the season, the White Sox were able to convince the San Diego ace to waive his no-trade clause and come to Chicago. Of course, acquiring a player of Peavy’s caliber doesn’t come without a steep price; in this trade, the top prospect surrendered was Poreda. He’s a groundball pitcher than strikes out a lot of people with a great fastball. Pitching in the NL West and in Petco Park, he’s likely to post some great fantasy seasons in the near future. I added him in my dynasty league immediately, as I think he’ll be up by the beginning of 2010 and be an every-week fantasy starter by mid-season.

Pitcher Performance Review (as of 8/3/09)


Michael BowdenAAA100.12.961.15113570
July 30AAA7.01.290.86006
Jake ArrietaAAA56.24.921.4872053
Aug 3AAA5.07.202.00024
Carlos CarrascoAAA120.05.251.381539118
July 31AAA5.16.751.69116
Jeremy HellicksonAAA12.01.501.080510
July 30AAA6.00.000.83024
Hector RondonAAA29.02.791.172631
Aug 2AAA6.03.001.00127
Junichi TazawaAAA11.12.380.71016
Aug 2AAA5.13.380.94013

Brian MatuszAA46.11.550.9121146
Aug 1AA1.00.002.00011
Madison BumgarnerAA76.02.011.0752154
Aug 1AA5.03.601.60112
Kyle DrabekAA73.23.421.2272254
Aug 1AA6.07.501.50335
Jarrod ParkerAA78.13.681.4823474
July 30AA4.011.252.25215
Jeanmar GomezAA99.03.271.1872987
Aug 2AA5.20.001.06028

Former features Mat Latos, Scott Elbert, Jhoulys Chacin, Kris Medlen, Derek Holland, Chris Tillman, and Tommy Hanson have moved on to the majors.

We’re taking questions at, so send any you have along. I’ll see you back here next week.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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