White Sox buying into success of Angels' Trout


White Sox buying into success of Angels' Trout

As things currently stand, Mike Trout is the odds-on favorite to win an avalanche of awards, from AL MVP to rookie of the year to even gold glove and silver slugger honors. One White Sox player even joked after Saturday's game that Trout might as well win the Cy Young, too.

"Hes a great player," manager Robin Ventura said. "Again, I think talent-wise he does everything. Hes got power, speed. Defensively, the catch he made the other night you wont see too many of these guys in a while."

Ventura was alluding to Trout's home run-robbing grab of a Gordon Beckham fly ball in Saturday's game. And that wasn't even Trout's best robbery of a homer this season, as the rookie's leaping catch to take away a home run from Baltimore's J.J. Hardy in late June may stand as the defensive play of the year in baseball this season.

"You might want to put it about 10 rows back for him to not get it because it seems like he's able to catch a lot of them," Ventura said Saturday. "I almost thought he got Rios' walk-off homer Friday. Make sure you hit it a little further."

But defense isn't Trout's only strong suit. Going into Sunday, Trout is leading the American League in runs scored, stolen bases, batting average and OPS. Since being called up in late April, he's hit 19 home runs and has only been thrown out trying to steal a base three times in 36 attempts.

Trout's 6.8 WAR easily is the best in baseball, a full win above leading NL MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen. And he can't even legally buy a beer in this country yet -- he turns 21 on Tuesday.

"I told him in the one at-bat, Im like 'Youre really good, man, because he does it all," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "He makes those catches in the outfield look so good. He hits for power, he can run as fast as anyone Ive seen in a long time. He plays the game right, plays the game hard, has a smile on his face. The Angels are lucky to have him and hes one of the best Ive seen in a long time."

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yoan Moncada is still trying to familiarize himself with the White Sox but his new club probably don’t feel all that unfamiliar.

At the very least, the rookie second baseman has a strong support group in his first week of spring training. Whether is a seat next to Jose Abreu in the clubhouse, chats with Jose Quintana on the field, or the comfort provided with a manager who speaks the same language, the White Sox clearly want their prized prospect to adapt to his new team. Already in town for the past few days, Moncada participated in the club’s first full-squad workout on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m just trying to get to know the culture here, the guys, the staff, the players, how they like to work,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “And so far I’ve been good. Also, the change of the city and state, especially in spring training, I’m getting to know that a little bit better right now.”

Moncada’s comfort is only likely to grow now that Abreu is also in town. The veteran first baseman reported to camp around noon on Saturday (his flight was delayed by weather) and took his physical. Abreu and Moncada played together in 2012 for Cienfuegos and they spent much of the weekend at SoxFest together having fun. Abreu has spoke glowingly about Moncada, who came over from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, and is interested in helping him get comfortable at the big league level. Moncada, who debuted last season, likes having Abreu around.

“That’s a good advantage for me,” Moncada said. “I know him. He knows me. We played together in Cuba. We haven’t yet had the opportunity to practice together. Today was our first day and he wasn’t here, but that’s something that is going to be very good for me.”

So too is the addition of manager Rick Renteria, who is bilingual and addressed his clubhouse in both languages on Saturday. While he’s only getting to know his new teammates and coaches, Moncada is comfortable with the knowledge he can clearly communicate with the man in charge. All those elements should pave the way for Moncada to maximize his development in camp rather than worry about things off the field.

“He’s an excellent manager,” Moncada said. “He can speak both languages, especially Spanish for me, I can communicate with him. That’s a huge advantage for me and I like that. I think that we are going to have a very good season and we are just waiting for the season to start.”