Who is Nestor Molina?

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Who is Nestor Molina?

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Chuck GarfienKW says Molina needs "a little seasoning" but could force his way onto the roster soon.
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Kenny Williams had said all along he was trying to acquire MLB-ready talent in any trade this winter. So, in true Kenny Williams fashion, he did the exact opposite and acquired 22-year-old righty Nestor Molina from Toronto for Sergio Santos on Tuesday.

Molina is a fantastic strike-thrower who posted an eye-popping 148 strikeouts with just 18 walks over 130 13 innings between Single-A and Double-A last season with the Blue Jays.

Per this report, he features a fastball, breaking ball and changeup -- pretty standard fare. He'll be 23 next season and should begin 2012 with Double-A Birmingham. Best-case, he cracks the White Sox major-league roster as a September call-up in 2012 and then joins the rotation full-time in 2013.

The biggest concern with Molina is that, as a converted reliever, he doesn't have a ton of innings under his belt in the pros. He's only thrown 292 23 innings since joining the Blue Jays organization in 2007 and never threw more than 81 innings before 2011. He can expect to throw more than 130 13 innings in 2012 with the Sox, but whether he can handle the jump to 200 innings in the majors will be a major question.

Of course, pitching prospects are always extremely volatile, and there's no guarantee he'll even reach the majors. But the White Sox are incredibly thin on pitching prospects, and adding someone with the upside of Molina is encouraging.

More to come on the impact of dealing Santos away in a bit.

White Sox: Tim Anderson adjusting to 'grind' of first MLB season

White Sox: Tim Anderson adjusting to 'grind' of first MLB season

CLEVELAND -- He’s played far more than ever before this season, so it’s no surprise that Tim Anderson has started to feel a little more tired than normal.

This is exactly what baseball players mean when they mention the “grind,” that time of the season when the body aches more and each day off is important. It’s not something players can be prepared for — they learn how to handle it as they experience it for the first time. And that’s just what the White Sox shortstop is figuring out — how to manage himself in uncharted territory. Between Triple-A Charlotte and the majors, Anderson has accumulated 646 plate appearances, which is 96 more than he had in 2015. The White Sox have nine more games remaining, including Saturday night’s contest at the Cleveland Indians, which means Anderson could easily reach 680 plate appearances.

“Just working on locking in and staying focused and keeping myself healthy and doing what I’m supposed to do to stay healthy,” Anderson said. “It has been a little tough some times. My body is tired going through this extra month, I’m not really used to it. I’m holding up pretty well and my body is holding up pretty good.”

Anderson appeared to benefit from a day off Thursday when he returned to action on Friday. The team’s top position prospect since Gordon Beckham, Anderson said he spent Thursday hanging out and relaxing at the area home of his cousin, Cleveland Browns fullback Malcolm Johnson.

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He responded to only his third day off all month with two hits, including a first-inning triple on Friday. It was the 30th multi-hit game of Anderson’s career, but only the fifth in September. Anderson, who has a .710 OPS this season, has a .647 September OPS.

“You take advantage of (the time off),” manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s played hard. Coming up and realizing that if you are playing everyday, everybody tries to take advantage of it. When you are in your first year, you realize the grind you are going through and you are trying to find a way to be fresh and things like that. You rest and that’s the biggest thing for a day off.”

As much as he’s happy to see the finish line, Anderson wouldn’t mind if the White Sox were gearing up for a postseason run. Though he’s tired, Anderson is still hungry. He said he has no major changes planned in his offseason physical preparation and thinks this experience will be extremely valuable when he goes through it again next September.

“Basically it’s just the first time as a trial,” Anderson said. “See how it is and see how my body reacts and I know what to do next year at this time.

“It’s good. You also want to play more. Just trying to finish strong and end on a good note.”

Preview: Quintana, White Sox look to get back on track vs. Indians tonight on CSN

Preview: Quintana, White Sox look to get back on track vs. Indians tonight on CSN

Jose Quintana takes the hill as the White Sox continue their series against the Cleveland Indians tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (12-11, 3.26 ERA) vs. Cody Anderson (2-4, 6.24 ERA)

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