The newest member of the White Sox drew a comparison to Rafael Furcal from one of his former teammates.
Texas Rangers All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler said on Friday that White Sox infielder Leury Garcia has a very similar skill set to Furcal, a three-time All Star and the 2000 National League Rookie of the Year.
Garcia, who came over on Aug. 11 in exchange for outfielder Alex Rios, hasn’t yet played for the White Sox, who promoted him from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. The White Sox have said they don’t know whether Garcia, 22, profiles as a super-utility man or an everyday player. Kinsler thinks with the right amount of development Garcia could be a regular.
“He’s got a tremendous amount of potential,” Kinsler said. “He’s got a lot of stuff you can’t teach. He’s got a great arm, it’s just a matter of him figuring out how to control it. He’s got a lot range and it’s just a matter of him figuring out how to use it, and he’s got a lot speed and the same thing, he has to figure out how to use it. He’s still got some stuff to learn, but he’s got a lot of ability and as long as he works hard and learns from people trying to teach him the right way he’s going to be a good player. ... He’s just got to develop into (an everyday player). He’s got everything you could ask for really. It’s just basically up to him.”
Petricka, Rienzo’s wins for the ages
When Jake Petricka earned the first win of his major league career on Thursday, a day after Andre Rienzo accomplished the same feat, it marked the first time in 50 years the White Sox had pitchers pick up their first victories on consecutive days.
The last time it occurred was when Fritz Ackley and Frank Kreutzer won on back-to-back days on Sept. 27-28, 1963.
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Petricka earned his win by pitching out of a jam in his major league debut.
The right-hander took over in the 11th inning with two on and one out and induced a double play. The White Sox pulled ahead in the top of the 12th on Conor Gillaspie’s solo home run.
“That’s just crazy," said Petricka, who threw five pitches. “It just worked out that way. You can’t ask for anything better than that.”
Ventura hopes to stay away from Reed
Addison Reed has earned saves in a franchise record six games over the last seven days. He’s the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat since Eric Gagne nailed down six saves in six games from May 16-22, 2003.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura would prefer to stay away from Reed on Friday, if possible.
Reed, who is 5-1 with 34 saves and 3.13 ERA this season, has thrown 88 pitches over the seven-day span, including 16 on Thursday.
“I would rather not, but we said that last night too,” Ventura said. “You kind of get into situations where you kind of have to use guys, but I wouldn’t mind it if we didn’t use him.”