MLB Power Rankings: Week 4


MLB Power Rankings: Week 4

Every Monday throughout the regular season, we'll be ranking all 30 MLB teams -- take a look and offer up your thoughts in the comments or to us on twitter @CubsTalkCSN or @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3

JJ Comments 1

Tony: Best team in MLB...if Hamilton is healthy.
JJ: The best in AL at scoring (120) & preventing (67) runs.

Tony: Two walk-off losses in Wrigley hurt.
JJ: Nearly best in NL at scoring (113) & preventing (60) runs.

Tony: The Chosen One has joined the team.
JJ: Worse haircut: Bryce Harper or Bill Gates?

Tony: They look good if Price, Zobrist are right.
JJ: A productive Jason Heyward has been huge.
Tony: Off to a fantasticly surprising start.
JJ: Matt Kemp (11) has more home runs than the Cubs (8)
Tony: Can their rotation hold up?
JJ: Surprisingly, offense rates fourth-best in baseball.

Tony: This team shouldn't get swept by SEA.
JJ: Second-highest starter ERA in MLB negated by best offense.

Tony: Hudson return is a big boost.
JJ: Quick and painful regression to the mean for White Sox, Twins.

Tony: Four straight losses this week hurts.
JJ: Anyone notice their team OBP is at .305?

Tony: The O's are for real, just ask the Blue Jays.
JJ: 3.42 ERA from starters is probably a mirage.

Tony: Is Bruce on his way to superstardom?
JJ: Lincecum's gonna be fine.

Tony: Hey! Signs of life! This team can win!
JJ: Wholly average, but good enough for 1st in division.

Tony: Desperately need Utley, Howard back.
JJ: Need Upton to hit for power to carry lineup.

Tony: Watch out, looks like Lincecum has found it again.
JJ: BruceVotto are great, but can anyone else hit?

Tony: Peavy looks awesome, but needs to close out W's.
JJ: They'll come crashing back, but let 'em have this.

Tony: They're in first at end of April? Huh.
JJ: Missed a great early chance to gain on Detroit.

Tony: They're going to need Gallardo.
JJ: With their pitching, they can't be this bad, right?

Tony: Ailing D-Backs still holding on.
JJ: One of 3 NL teams to allow 100 runs.

Tony: Maybe Trout will help in SouthLAAnd?
JJ: At 49, Jamie Moyer has been their best SP.

Tony: Who players Moyer in the movie? Dennis Quaid?
JJ: Blech.

Tony: Just imagine where they'd be if Ike could hit.
JJ: Probably too harsh; allowed 25 more runs than scored.

Tony: See? They're not so bad. Are they finding groove?
JJ: Bad offense, good pitching.

Tony: Is the drama getting to them?
JJ: Even worse offense, good pitching.

Tony: They're scoring runs! Well...kinda.
JJ: Offense has scored 16 more runs than the Angels. 25

Tony: They may set record for lack of attendance.
JJ: Only NL team to score fewer runs: Pittsburgh.

Tony: Did that Humber perfecto wake them up?
JJ: Shoutout to them for staying out of the basement.

Tony: Liriano just doesn't look right.
JJ: "Our Time" is 2012's "All In," apparently. 28

Tony: Well, at least they won some games, eh?
JJ: Good series wins this week, overall outlook is blah.

Tony: Lead the MLB in losses.
JJ: Do they move the fences in?

Tony: They're coming back to Earth a bit.
JJ: MLB-worst starting rotation.

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.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]​

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.”

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.

Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.

The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]​

“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly.  The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success.  I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. 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.”

Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).

Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.