Dunn on slump: It's going to happen


Dunn on slump: It's going to happen

MINNEAPOLIS --- The White Sox offense has struggled of late and Adam Dunn is no different.

The slugger, who is tied for second in the American League with 23 home runs, said Tuesday afternoon his current slump is his worst this season.

Over the last nine games, Dunn is 3-for-32 with no homers, one RBI and 19 strikeouts. In June, Dunn is hitting .169 with seven homers. A self-proclaimed feel-hitter, Dunn, however, doesnt feel as if hes far off from finding success again.

Its as bad as Ive been in a long time, but its a long year, Dunn said. That stuff happens. I know its going to happen. Every hitter is going to go through it. Some go through it longer than others. For about a week-and-a-half I havent been swinging the bat very good --- at all. I feel good, so I know its going to change. Its kind of weathering the storm.

Dunn doesnt think his current slump has approached 2011 levels and neither does White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Last season, Dunn experienced a drought like no other when he hit .159 with 11 homers in 122 games. It was the first time since 2003 Dunn hadnt finished a season with at least 38 home runs.

I dont think its anything like last year, but its one of those hes got to work through, Ventura said. Im not worried about him. Its just a little funk that everyone else goes through during the course of the year and hell come back out of it.

Ventura said after Mondays game it looked as if Dunn was trying to hit a homer with every pitch. On Tuesday, he said he thinks the first basemandesignated hitter recently has recently become more of a pull-hitter. When he has had success, Ventura said Dunn uses the center of the field.

Ventura also sees some of the signs in Dunns strikeouts.

Its the kind of strikeouts, Ventura said. I think there are some when it looks like hes missing more than when you see him missing a pitch. He might be out front, more of a timing thing that can be worked on. But I dont worry about those strikeouts when hes doing what he was doing a couple weeks ago.

Dunn leads the AL with 119 strikeouts. Hes OK with them as long as hes also hitting homers and hed love for this stretch to end shortly.

I feel good, Dunn said. Hopefully, its a matter of time. Hopefully, its today because Im tired of it.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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