With just the very early part of Spring Training under the White Sox' belt, one name has popped up quite a bit that you probably didn't expect to see so much of. Particularly in the shape of a 6'4, 250 lb. first base prospect - the one and only Joe Borch -- I mean, Seth Loman.
I'm going to assume most of you don't know much about him. With the team's surplus of power hitters, there frankly hasn't been much reason to familiarize yourself with the slugger.
Drafted in the 47th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim in the 2005 MLB Draft, Loman has always been considered a bit of a raw prospect. But considering that big size he has, the potential has always been there. Since coming to the White Sox organization before the 2009 season, he's been very consistent and productive all throughout the minors.
Dating back to 2006, he actually has an impressive 115 minor league home runs; not too shabby for someone who wasn't expected to surmount to much at all. His best season came back in 2010 for Winston-Salem Class A+ when he hit 25 doubles, 25 home runs and drove in 88 runners throughout the 133 games he appeared in.
But like I mentioned, he has indeed been consistent. Most recently in 2012 for the AA Birmingam Barons, he hit .276 with 16 home runs, 21 doubles, and 58 RBI's through just 115 games. He was ultimately promoted to the AAA Charlotte Knights where he saw very minimal action before the season ended.
Lifetime in the minor leagues, Loman has hit .285 while maintaining a .382 OBP ... both very respectable numbers for a lefty that prides himself on the extra-base hits. And as someone who hits from the left side with power, he'll always be viewed as a valuable asset, even if he is just insurance in the minor leagues for the White Sox, who have Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn (both of which may vacate a spot in the coming seasons) ahead of him on the depth chart, and even possibly Dayan Viciedo ahead of him on the 'waiting list,' if you will.
It'll either be Seth Loman or another tall lefty slugger Jim Gallagher starting for the Knights regularly at 1B (both 27 years old), but right now, it is certainly Loman who's the talk of the town ...
Through the team's first 3 spring games, Loman has logged 6 at bats and already has 5 RBI coming on his 2 mammoth home runs. MLB.com White Sox beat writer and friend of the site, Scott Merkin jokingly said his first one traveled almost 700 feet. His 2nd long ball was yet another bomb and came during the White Sox' 7-run 8th inning against the Dodgers on Monday with 2 men on base.
Unfortunately since Loman pretty much sticks to playing first base in the field, he doesn't have much of a chance to break camp with the major league ball club. It's a shame, really, because we know how much the White Sox could use a lefty with serious pop off of the bench.
But barring an injury (knock on wood) to one of the Sox' main power hitters, Loman may be the first guy in line to get the call up ... similar to Dan Johnson's situation with the ball club last season. So for that reason, it's definitely worth knowing a bit about Loman, who hopefully will hit more than just one home run onto the right field concourse like our old friend Joe Borchard.