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Old 04-18-2019, 12:07 AM
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Ah...the double and single today complete the April cycle.
At least he's hitting for power, still taking walks and now starting to make more consistent contact. If he can hit .250 with good power and walks, he'll be just fine offensively, then the question becomes will his defense hold up.

Still it's a great time to be watching the minors so many players are off to such amazing starts even if some of them aren't really considered long term solutions (Cordell, Tilson). If nothing else we have more players to trade and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:07 AM
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At least he's hitting for power, still taking walks and now starting to make more consistent contact. If he can hit .250 with good power and walks, he'll be just fine offensively, then the question becomes will his defense hold up.

Still it's a great time to be watching the minors so many players are off to such amazing starts even if some of them aren't really considered long term solutions (Cordell, Tilson). If nothing else we have more players to trade and there's nothing wrong with that.
The flip side is so many players are off to terrible starts. It's mid-April and you can't judge a player correctly off a 50 at-bat sample. Wouldn't you still bet on Rutherford becoming a better player than Tilson?
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:49 AM
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Rutherford is hitting .103 with four singles in thirty-nine at bats in Birmingham. Also,with one walk and fourteen strikeouts. Rivera, L.Gonzalez, Sheets, Adolfo, and Rutherford are all hitting below .200 at Birmingham. Oy.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:05 AM
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Rutherford is hitting .103 with four singles in thirty-nine at bats in Birmingham. Also,with one walk and fourteen strikeouts. Rivera, L.Gonzalez, Sheets, Adolfo, and Rutherford are all hitting below .200 at Birmingham. Oy.
Which has more to do with the sample size than anything else. It does make Rutherford vulnerable to a demotion, but that has as much to do with Luis Robert as it does with Rutherford.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:22 AM
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Which has more to do with the sample size than anything else. It does make Rutherford vulnerable to a demotion, but that has as much to do with Luis Robert as it does with Rutherford.
Yeah, I think Collins's batting average went from .188 to .250 by going 3 for 4 last night. Most of these minor leaguers have only played about 10-12 games so far.

If the Sox wanted to move up Robert to AA very soon, they could move Booker up to AAA to make room for him. Booker is 25, already played half a season at AA last year, and is hitting .400 this year in his first 12 games. Even if they made those moves, they'd need to make room for Basabe at AA when he returns to action sometime in May.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:39 AM
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...and speaking of slow starts, Bryce Bush is only hitting .098 at Kannapolis. It's only 41 ABs, but I wonder if he'd get bumped down to Great Falls once their season starts in June if he continues to struggle. He was drafted out of high school last year and is only 19.
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The flip side is so many players are off to terrible starts. It's mid-April and you can't judge a player correctly off a 50 at-bat sample. Wouldn't you still bet on Rutherford becoming a better player than Tilson?
Yes and I wasn't trying to imply otherwise. However, Rutherford is young and has only bee playing at a higher level for a month now. When a player like that struggles it well could be that he's still getting his feet wet. When experienced players playing for their second or third year at AAA start to hit well at that level, it might be a hot streak or it might be a sign they are putting it all together finally. I'm hoping with Tilson and Cordell it's the latter.

With Collins finding his power stroke and starting to see more consistency is a requirement, so it's exciting but yes it's very early, however given his pedigree it's also hopefully expected.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:18 PM
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Small sample size and all but Adolfo's K rate (53%) is obnoxiously bad.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:39 PM
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Robert hit his 6th HR of the year in the 1st inning tonight.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:42 PM
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Robert hit his 6th HR of the year in the 1st inning tonight.
...and Rutherford with a HR (his first of the year) in his first at bat tonight too!
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:18 PM
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OK to link to another site? See http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/bernardo-flores/ for a scouting report. They have him as our #23 prospect.

FanGraphs has him at #25.

MLB Pipeline doesn't have him in the top 30, which is an oversight considering they've had him listed before and he's been improving and moving up at the same rate as Jimmy Lambert.
Jim Callis was on the FutureSox podcast this week, I think his description of Flores was that “he gets the most out of his stuff”, and he liked them for that, though not a lot of upside.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:23 PM
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Jim Callis was on the FutureSox podcast this week, I think his description of Flores was that “he gets the most out of his stuff”, and he liked them for that, though not a lot of upside.
Not everyone can be Kopech. Flores is lefthanded, he doesn't walk many, he's consistent, and he has a better fastball than Buehrle. If he can improve a little bit more, he can have a long career.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:29 PM
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Small doses of encouragement tonight for the hitters having slow starts.

Gonzalez and Sheets had 2 hits each to get over .200. Rutherford homered to get to .116. Forbes singled to get to .176.

Blackman had 3 hits (2 doubles) to get to .176, Yrizzari a double to get to .173.

Bush and Curbelo had doubles to get to .114 and .122, respectively. Nunez and Sowers had hits to get to .167 and .065.

And, of course, Luis Robert finally got his average up to .482 with a home run, a double, and a single.

On the pitching side, Hansen threw a perfect 7th and 8th.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:26 AM
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Small doses of encouragement tonight for the hitters having slow starts.

Gonzalez and Sheets had 2 hits each to get over .200. Rutherford homered to get to .116. Forbes singled to get to .176.

Blackman had 3 hits (2 doubles) to get to .176, Yrizzari a double to get to .173.

Bush and Curbelo had doubles to get to .114 and .122, respectively. Nunez and Sowers had hits to get to .167 and .065.

And, of course, Luis Robert finally got his average up to .482 with a home run, a double, and a single.

On the pitching side, Hansen threw a perfect 7th and 8th.
I’m really encouraged by Hansen, who has been lights out so far this season. With every performance it seems more and more like 2018 was just a lost season due to injuries throwing off his mechanics, and then things spiraling out of control. Remember 18 months ago we were debating about who had the higher ceiling between him and Kopech. I hope they’re planning on giving him a start soon, because if this is for real it’s a HUGE boost to the future of the rotation.
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Not everyone can be Kopech. Flores is lefthanded, he doesn't walk many, he's consistent, and he has a better fastball than Buehrle. If he can improve a little bit more, he can have a long career.
I don’t disagree, in fact the “gets the most out of his stuff” comment reminded me of Buehrle. I’m pulling for him (especially as a USC alum).
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