Mitchell Making His Mark in Comeback At Winston-Salem

Mitchell Making His Mark in Comeback At Winston-Salem

Saturday April 9, 2011
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
The Dash earned their first win of the season Saturday, topping Kinston, 3-2, in game that was called after eight innings because of rain at Historic Grainger Stadium.

Jared Mitchell continued to write an early remarkable comeback story, connecting for a two-run first-inning homer that would put Winston-Salem out in front to stay. Mitchell missed all of last season with an ankle injury but is 3-for-9 with a homer and four RBIs.

Jose Martinez, who had four hits, drove in the third Dash run in the fifth with an RBI single. Taylor Thompson earned the win pitching two scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo.
Birmingham AA
The Barons surprise start to the season continued Saturday night as they squeaked by Montgomery, 6-4. Birmingham improved to 3-0 behind the big bopping of Chris Marrero, who had three hits, including a homer and three RBIs.

Kenny Williams added a double and two RBIs as Charlie Leesman went 5 13 innings to earn the win. The Barons will continue their season-opening five-game set with the Biscuits on Sunday night.

Kannapolis A
The Intimidators had their doubleheader with Lakewood postponed because of unsafe playing conditions at FirstEnergy Field. The two teams will play a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Charlotte AAA
Charlottes game against Norfolk was also postponed because of unplayable grounds. The game will be made up Sunday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 1:15 at Knights Stadium.

CUBSDaytona A
Nelson Perez hit only three home runs last year and has seven round trippers over the last two seasons. Yet Saturday night, he was a one-man power show for Daytona, which upended Brevard County, 7-3, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Perez hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs with his two-run shot capping a three-run second inning. Justin Bour also connected for a solo homer in the second to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. It was enough to make a winner of Aaron Kurcz, who allowed three runs on four hits in five innings.
Peoria A
Jean Almanzars three-run double in the 12th lifted Cedar Rapids to a 12-9 victory over Peoria at OBrien Field.

The Chiefs has staged a pair of rallies, finally knotting the score at 9-9 in the eighth inning. Yohan Gonzalez issued a pair of walks and surrendered a single in the 12th, setting the stage for Almanzars double.

Matt Szczur had a pair of hits, a walk, an RBI and scored twice. Greg Rohan added a pair of hits and an RBI while Pierre LaPage chipped in three hits and has hit safely in all three games this season.

Tennessee AA
The Smokies bullpen imploded and as a result Chattanooga handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, a 12-4 decision Saturday night. The pen allowed nine runs on 13 hits over four innings, erasing the one-run lead with which starter Alberto Cabrera had left it.

Ryan Flaherty and DJ LeMahieu each had a pair of hits while Brett Jackson singled to extend his hitting streak to three games.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs racked up 15 hits and made a late charge Saturday night but it wasnt enough as they dropped a 13-9 decision to Round Rock at the Dell Diamond.

Starter Robert Coello and Jake Muyco combined to allow all 13 runs through the first seven innings, negating the five runs that Iowa scored over the final three innings. Bryan LaHair and Scott Moore each had a homer and three RBIs.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria won't be fazed by rebuild

White Sox manager Rick Renteria won't be fazed by rebuild

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rick Renteria knew a White Sox rebuild would be a possibility when he took over as manager and he’s not afraid of the challenges it presents.

Same as he told them in October, the new White Sox manager said on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday that he’s OK with whatever direction the team chooses to head. Given the events of the past two days, when the White Sox reigned in four elite prospects in pair of blockbuster deals for Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, Renteria has a pretty firm grasp of what’s to come.

Shortly after trading they traded Sale to the Boston Red Sox for four minor leaguers on Tuesday, the White Sox acquired three top pitching prospects from the Washington Nationals for Eaton on Wednesday. Despite what promises to be an inexperienced roster in 2017, Renteria plans to take the same open-minded approach into next season as he always has regardless of the makeup of the roster.

“We're obviously going to miss Chris,” Renteria said several hours before the Eaton deal was completed. “He was an integral part of our organization and our team. My only concern is obviously whatever players, what group of players I have, those are the ones I have to manage. So at this point, we have what we have right now and we'll see how it continues.”

When he hired him on Oct. 3, general manager Rick Hahn said he did so in part because the Renteria could handle a veteran roster equally as well as a youthful one. Hahn mentioned Tuesday that the entire major league coaching staff has been restructured with player development in mind, including the additions of third-base coach Nick Capra and bullpen coach Curt Hasler.

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Regardless of whether or not the team planned to compete next season, Renteria expected to at least work with some younger players. It’s the way of the world, promoting prospects to the majors with the idea it’s the final step in their development, Renteria said. Renteria didn’t sound as if he’s worried if he was inundated with prospects.

“There was talks of the possibility, but there was nothing set in stone at the time obviously,” Renteria said. “Younger players are filtering in a lot sooner than they used to in the past. You still have to continue to teach at the Major League level, and that's one thing that's evident throughout.”

Renteria said the key to players young or old is communication. Either way his approach would mostly be the same.

“Every human being is the sum total of all their experiences, so you've got to get to know people first, see what it is that motivates them, what kind of clicks with them to get them to act out on certain things that you might have them perform on a more consistent basis,” Renteria said. “I think that baseball has its own language. It's something that is indescribable at times. But working with the younger guys, I relish it. I look forward to it.

"But I also look forward to working with older veteran players, too. It's the same. My approach doesn't change a lot, other than you give people with experience their place.”

White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, two others

White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, two others

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox completed another blockbuster deal at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday night, sending Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals.

One day after they traded Chris Sale to Boston for four minor leaguers, including two elite prospects, the White Sox traded their outstanding leadoff man for three more top prospects, including pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Washington’s 2016 first-rounder Dane Dunning is also in the deal.

The Nationals’ top minor leaguer and MLB.com’s third-rated prospect in the game, Giolito was one of the main players included in a reported package for Sale only two days earlier. A first-round draft pick in 2012, the 22-year-old right-hander features an outstanding fastball-curveball combination.

Lopez is the No. 38 overall prospect in baseball and Dunning was selected with the 29 th pick in the June draft.

Giolito is the second top-5 prospect the White Sox have added in two days along with infielder Yoan Moncada, the 2016 minor league player of the year, who came over from Boston in the Sale trade. The White Sox also acquired right-hander Michael Kopech, the 30th overall prospect, in the Sale deal.