Chicago White Sox

Tigers going after Juan Pierre?

612500.png

Tigers going after Juan Pierre?

embedly_twitter_99716180background:url(http:a1.twimg.comimagesthemestheme14bg.gif) 111214; padding:20px; embedly_twitter_99716180 pbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_99716180 .embedly_tweet_contentbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_99716180 p span.metadatadisplay:block;width:100;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px; padding-bottom: 12px; embedly_twitter_99716180 p span.metadata span.authorline-height:15px;color:999;font-size:14px embedly_twitter_99716180 p span.metadata span.author aline-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle embedly_twitter_99716180 p span.metadata span.author imgfloat:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px embedly_twitter_99716180 p a color: 009999; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_99716180 p a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_99716180 .embedly_timestampfont-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top: 5px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .components-above span.embedly_timestampfont-size:10px;margin-top: 1px;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_99716180 a color: 009999; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_99716180 a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-screen-name font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-full-name padding-left: 4px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-actionsmargin-left: 10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px embedly_twitter_99716180 .components-above span.tweet-actionsfont-size:10px embedly_twitter_99716180 .controlsline-height:12px!important embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-actions a margin-left:5px embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-actions a bfont-weight:normal embedly_twitter_99716180 .components-above span.tweet-actions a bvertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_99716180 .components-above .tweet-textfont-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-image float: left; width: 40px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-user-block-image float: left; width: 48px; height: 48px embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-row margin-left: 40px; margin-top: 3px;line-height: 17px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-user-block margin-left: -40px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .stream-item padding-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 12px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .simple-tweet-image img margin-top: 4px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .simple-tweet-content margin: 0 0 13px 0px; font-size: 14px; min-height:48px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .in-reply-to-border border-color: EBEBEB; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 0 0; embedly_twitter_99716180 .in-reply-to-text margin-left: 4px; padding-left: 8px; padding-right: 10px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-actions i background: transparent url(http:a2.twimg.coma1306889658phoeniximgsprite-icons.png) no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px -3px 3px;outline: none; text-indent:-99999px;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;position:relative; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i background-position:-192px 0; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-actions a.reply-action i background-position:0 0; embedly_twitter_99716180 .tweet-actions a.favorite-action i background-position:-32px 0; @JimBowdenESPNxm
JIM BOWDENTigers considering Johnny Damon & Juan Pierre with thinking of adding table setters and letting Boesch and Young make up for VMarts RBI's
Jan 22 via web Favorite Retweet Reply
That's not the worst idea ever, given the dearth of run-producers left on the free-agent market in Detroit's price range (in other words, not Prince Fielder). Johnny Damon makes sense, although it's hard to see how Juan Pierre would fit on the Tigers.

At this stage in his career, Pierre doesn't have the on-base skills to lead off. If you're into the traditional line of thinking for a leadoff hitter (speed), he didn't utilize that well at all in 2011, as he was thrown out on 17 of 44 stolen base attempts.

Defensively, Pierre's outfield mishaps cost the Sox dearly at the beginning of the 2011 season. His range took a step backward last year, too, and coupled with his poor throwing arm, his defensive value plummeted.

While it seems more likely that Detroit will sign Damon, a move to acquire Pierre in response to losing Victor Martinez would be extremely curious.

Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

HOUSTON -- Two weeks ago Chris Volstad was focused on Hurricane Irma prep when the White Sox called to invite him to the majors. On Thursday night, he earned his first major league victory in more than five years as the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park.

Volstad, who had only made 10 big league appearances the previous four-plus seasons and spent all of 2017 at Triple-A Charlotte, allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings to pick up his first win since Sept. 10, 2012.

He hadn’t just shut it down after the Triple-A season ended, Volstad was actually shuttering his Jupiter, Fla. home and business the day the short-handed White Sox called.

“I was probably a little mentally shut down,” Volstad said. “But yeah, it’s kind of crazy how things can change. I guess it’s been about two weeks now. At home getting ready for a hurricane and then getting called back up to the big leagues.”

Volstad received word he might pitch early in Thursday’s game when a blister on Carson Fulmer’s right index finger worsened. Fulmer felt some discomfort after his Friday start at Detroit.

The White Sox let Fulmer try to go but yanked him after 20 pitches, including two walks. That brought out Volstad, who along with Al Alburquerque was promoted Sept. 10 after the White Sox lost several pitchers to injury.

The White Sox actually had to track Volstad down two weeks ago as he’d already been home for a week. He spent part of the time prepping for Irma, including boarding up his brewery.

He escaped a first-inning jam with a double play ball of the bat of Carlos Correa and ended a threat in the second with a pickoff at second base of Alex Bregman. After he surrendered a solo homer to Brian McCann in the third, Volstad retired the final eight men he faced.

[MORE: Why the White Sox are optimistic about their middle infielders' potential

He was awarded his first victory since he defeated Thursday’s Astros starter Dallas Keuchel 1,836 days ago here. Volstad remembered the win because Houston was still in the National League and he had a base hit in the five-inning start for the Cubs. He went 3-12 for the Cubs that season.

“You’re able to lock it in pretty quickly and get focused at the big-league level, you have to,” Volstad said. “But being home in Triple-A for the last few years, just getting called up about 10 days ago, I’ve got people following it, but it’s kind of unknown I guess. It’s a little surprising, but I’m glad to be a part of a team for sure.”

Fulmer, Volstad, Jace Fry, Mike Pelfrey, Gregory Infante, Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar and Juan Minaya combined on a three-hitter for the White Sox. Tim Anderson extended his hit streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning solo homer, his 17th.

White Sox add two cross checkers to amateur scouting department

8-24_guaranteed_rate_field.jpg

White Sox add two cross checkers to amateur scouting department

The White Sox hired two new national amateur scouting cross checkers, Tim Bittner and Juan Alvarez.

Bittner was a one-time White Sox farmhand who was included in a package for Scott Schoeneweis in 2003 while Alvarez was an undrafted pitcher who pitched in 80 major league games for the Angels, Rangers and Marlins from 1999-2003.

Bittner previously worked as a Houston Astros area scout while Alvarez held the same role for the Cleveland Indians. They replace Joe Siers, who moved over to the team’s pro scouting staff, and Mike Ledna, who took a job with the New York Mets.

“Both are very smart guys with playing experience,” amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. “And they’re also coming from two clubs with a lot of recent success.

“I want to add as many smart, passionate, high-energy scouts to what I feel is a department already filled with scouts that check those boxes.”

The White Sox expect to have at least a top-four selection in the 2018 amateur draft. They headed into Thursday’s game with the second-worst record in the majors. Hostetler praised the 2018 draft class for its depth earlier this week.