Escobar sent down; will play some third base


Escobar sent down; will play some third base

Monday, March 14, 2011
3:21 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini

GLENDALE, Ariz. The official second round of Chicago White Sox cuts wont be announced until after todays game vs. the San Diego Padres, but leading the list is rising infield star Eduardo Escobar.

Escobar confirmed to had been sent down Monday morning.

I havent had the conversation with manager Ozzie Guillen yet, but they have just sent me down, Escobar said, in high spirits in spite of wheeling his own equipment out of the major league clubhouse early on Monday. But they keep telling me Ive been working hard and improving, so Im just going to keep on working.

Escobar made the first true splash of his career by dominating the Arizona Fall League in 2010, recording an .889 OPS with four doubles, five triples, four home runs and 15 RBI in 28 games for the Peoria Saguaros. He continued his strong offense this spring, with just a .455 OPS in 21 Cactus League at-bats, but with his batting average jumping to .300 if counting his outstanding offense in two B-Games.

My confidence has definitely increased, especially working with Omar Vizquel and Alexei Ramirez, Escobar said. Theyve given me some good advice, things Ive taken into games, so my concentration is higher. Each day, as hard as Im working, my confidence is increasing.

His peers have noticed. Ramirez had Escobar on his radar before his offensive breakthrough last fall.

I got a great impression from him last year when I saw him, the starting Chicago shortstop said. The skys the limit for him. He has great fundamentals and a great work ethic, so hes going to go far.

As for Escobars quick click in as a hitter, Ramirez wasnt too surprised about his success for Peoria, either.

Once you get to play every day, thats when things start clicking, he said. Its just about getting at-bats.

Escobar has never played above AA ball, but has been told he would be reporting to AAA Charlotte to begin the season, something Guillen as much as confirmed much earlier in camp, in order to give Escobar the reps he needs to stay sharp and keep improving.

Im not frustrated, Escobar said. Its actually the opposite. Im learning so much from these guys about what it takes to be a player at the major-league level. Now Im going to go to AAA and play a little third base and second, playing all three positions so the opportunity will be out there for me at some point.

Additional player cuts will be announced after todays game.

Brett Ballantini is's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs


White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs

Chuck Garfien, Slavko Bekovic and Chris Kamka react to the national media blunders that failed to recognize the White Sox as 2005 World Series champions. 

Later, the guys discuss Jerry Reinsdorf's comments about cheering for the Cubs and break down what it takes to beat the Indians. 

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast below: 

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”