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Old 06-29-2004, 01:57 PM
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Default Brandon McCarthy promoted to Winston-Salem

Jason Gage at FutureSox is reporting that Brandon McCarthy, one of the top Sox arms in the lower levels, has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Kannapolis after posting some solid numbers in the first half.

He was 8-5, 3.64 (one "take one for the team outing") ERA, 94 IP, 80 H, 21 BB, and 113 K's, giving up 10 HR's for Kanny.

A well deserved promotion, to say the least, as he's been dominant most of the first half.
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Old 06-29-2004, 01:59 PM
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Jason Gage at FutureSox is reporting that Brandon McCarthy, one of the top Sox arms in the lower levels, has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Kannapolis after posting some solid numbers in the first half.

He was 8-5, 3.64 (one "take one for the team outing") ERA, 94 IP, 80 H, 21 BB, and 113 K's, giving up 10 HR's for Kanny.

A well deserved promotion, to say the least, as he's been dominant most of the first half.
Wow, he's pretty young to be up at that level, I hope he can continue to compete up there. Personally I thought he'd be at Kannapolis all year. Too bad Haigwood and Rodriguez aren't following his lead...
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Old 06-29-2004, 02:11 PM
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Wow, he's pretty young to be up at that level, I hope he can continue to compete up there. Personally I thought he'd be at Kannapolis all year. Too bad Haigwood and Rodriguez aren't following his lead...
Both Haigwood and Ryan Rodriguez are coming off of Tommy John Surgery, IIRC, so they should take their time, as they are both already pitching at the highest levels they've seen to this point.

McCarthy will turn 21 in about a week (July 7) so he'll still be almost 2 years older than Sweeney, LOL!
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Old 06-29-2004, 02:13 PM
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Both Haigwood and Ryan Rodriguez are coming off of Tommy John Surgery, IIRC, so they should take their time, as they are both already pitching at the highest levels they've seen to this point.

McCarthy will turn 21 in about a week (July 7) so he'll still be almost 2 years older than Sweeney, LOL!
True, I completely forgot about their injury problems. It's pretty amazing what Sweeney has been able to accomplish at such a high level at such a young age.

Hopefully soon we will also be talking about Anderson and Rogowski's promotions to AA.
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Old 06-29-2004, 06:06 PM
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Anyone know the plans with Bajenaru? Is he going to just stay in AA, b/c he can't do much more there. I think maybe it's time to bring him up and release Mike Jackson. The guy has been absolutely lights out.

31 IP, 49 K's, 17 hits, 10 walks. 12 saves, 1.16 ERA.

Anyone got the lowdown?
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Old 06-29-2004, 09:07 PM
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Neither Haigwood nor Rodriquez had "Tommy John". Haigwood had an ACL that has healed. Roddy had some arm soreness that has also healed. Thay are both "good to go" and a little more time will put them both on track.
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:46 AM
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Anyone know the plans with Bajenaru? Is he going to just stay in AA, b/c he can't do much more there. I think maybe it's time to bring him up and release Mike Jackson. The guy has been absolutely lights out.

31 IP, 49 K's, 17 hits, 10 walks. 12 saves, 1.16 ERA.

Anyone got the lowdown?
I'm not keen on bringing Baj up to the majors straight from AA. He's very old to be pitching at that level (though he did miss time due to injuries).

I'd like to see him pitch against more seasoned hitters in a small ballpark before he gets thrown into the fire. Anyone know of a place where he could get that?
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:55 AM
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what is the report on mccarthy? is he a power pitcher? and what will he be in the future? a 1 or 2 starter?
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:14 PM
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what is the report on mccarthy? is he a power pitcher? and what will he be in the future? a 1 or 2 starter?
He has numbers like a power pitcher, but he really isn't. Fastball usually sits between 89-92, has a nice curve, and his out pitch is some sort of cutter. He's still pretty young and lanky, so he might still add some mph. What most scouts say is his biggest asset is that he has the biggest heart of any Chicago pitching prospect since Black Jack. He'd definitely be one of the "grinder" types that KW likes.
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Old 07-01-2004, 11:32 AM
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I'm not keen on bringing Baj up to the majors straight from AA. He's very old to be pitching at that level (though he did miss time due to injuries).

I'd like to see him pitch against more seasoned hitters in a small ballpark before he gets thrown into the fire. Anyone know of a place where he could get that?
Baj missed one year to Tommy John and before that was moving up fairly quickly through the system. He also did not sign until after his senior year in college. That explains the age. There is not much more he can do to prove his case, sometimes it is not the players fault that they are held down at a certain level.
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Old 07-01-2004, 01:18 PM
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Baj missed one year to Tommy John and before that was moving up fairly quickly through the system. He also did not sign until after his senior year in college. That explains the age. There is not much more he can do to prove his case, sometimes it is not the players fault that they are held down at a certain level.
True, but I am always skeptical about our pitcher's stats in AA, especially older guys. The ballpark is a pitchers' haven. Pacheco's 2003 season basically sums up my hesitance.
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:01 AM
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Anyone know the plans with Bajenaru? Is he going to just stay in AA, b/c he can't do much more there. I think maybe it's time to bring him up and release Mike Jackson. The guy has been absolutely lights out.

31 IP, 49 K's, 17 hits, 10 walks. 12 saves, 1.16 ERA.

Anyone got the lowdown?
Baj's situation is interesting. Right now he's nursing an injury (Rex mentioned it) so I'm starting to think they are waiting for him to be 100% and then he'll be called up.

I don't get why he hasn't been called up, especially with Darensbourg out of the way.
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:05 AM
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He has numbers like a power pitcher, but he really isn't. Fastball usually sits between 89-92, has a nice curve, and his out pitch is some sort of cutter. He's still pretty young and lanky, so he might still add some mph. What most scouts say is his biggest asset is that he has the biggest heart of any Chicago pitching prospect since Black Jack. He'd definitely be one of the "grinder" types that KW likes.
To add to that, command, command, and more command. Bmac can throw the ball threw a teacup. His velocity is also up a bit this year and its my personal belief that he projects to still add another 1-2 MPH to his fastball.

He has added some muscle mass though, he's now in the 200LB range which is good cause he was really tall and lanky earlier.

In my opinion he is now the top pitching prospect in the organization. I have never been that high on Honel, minus his sick curve, and well Wing is a guy I really like, but its going to take him time and who knows about shoulders.

Also, just to point out, but Haigwood had his knee operated on or something leg related while Rodriguez had like a minor shoulder thing or something. Both have been solid for Kanny, especially considering they are coming back from injury, but neither should be rushed.

The next pitchers to move up from Kanny will likely be Flores or Miller, imo.
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:07 AM
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True, but I am always skeptical about our pitcher's stats in AA, especially older guys. The ballpark is a pitchers' haven. Pacheco's 2003 season basically sums up my hesitance.
In regards to Pacheco, don't write him off. Last year he was probably one of the best few pitchers in the org and it wasn't Bham related. This year he's really been hampered with injuries and his fastball is nowhere near as sharp/crisp as it was last year. He could be a one hit wonder, but last season he had fantastic stuff.
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Old 07-07-2004, 06:35 AM
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Neither Haigwood nor Rodriquez had "Tommy John". Haigwood had an ACL that has healed. Roddy had some arm soreness that has also healed. Thay are both "good to go" and a little more time will put them both on track.
So neither Haigwood or Rodriguez had surgery?
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