Found July 10, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
Entering this season, several teams took the risk of transitioning a young, dominant reliever from the bullpen to the rotation. To put it mildly, the results have been mixed, ranging from smashing success to unmitigated disaster even thought he season is only halfway done.
The high profile nature of these pitcher conversions are sure to draw the attention of other front offices who wil face similar decisions in future seasons. Depending on which case they put the most stock in, their willingness to convert a pitcher could be wildly different.
The Good - Chris Sale
Chris Sale is the example all front offices and coaching staffs will point to when they make a case for converting one of their young relievers to a starter. He never even started in the minors and had already established himself as a potentially dominant closer in his first season and a half in the majors. The White Sox could have played it safe. They had an obvious need at closer but they still...
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AROUND THE WEB
It was a new year and a new look for the Boston Red Sox at the start of 2012. Faces had come and gone and some were placed in different roles. Daniel Bard was one face that was willingly being positioned to man another spot. Bard figured the extent of his moving would be from the bullpen to the rotation in 2012 and not from Boston to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Pawtucket Red Sox could get used to this. On Sunday afternoon, three Red Sox stars contributed to the PawSox 4-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs, with Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz out on rehab assignments, and Daniel Bard still trying to make his way back to the big club. If their Sunday performances were any indication, all three could be looking north to Fenway in the immediate...
Who has the time to keep up with all of the Sox minor league teams? We'll do all the work to keep you updated with the beat on the farm.
Clay Buchholz: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Daniel Bard: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 K
Jacoby Ellsbury (CF): 1-for-4, R
Nate Spears (2B): 2-for-3, 2-run HR (6)
J.C. Linares (RF): 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
Nick will cover it in Beat Farming tomorrow, but I wanted to mention a bit about Ellsbury and Buchholz's performances in Pawtucket today since I happened to go to the game.
First of all, it was ideal baseball weather, and my spontaneous decision to attend couldn't have worked out better. In addition to Ellsbury and Buchholz, I got to see Daniel Bard, Junichi Tazawa,...
Here is the last of the series in my midseason awards. Feel free to start a conversation in the comments section below. (all stats are through 7 July) Chris Sale, Pitcher, Chicago White Sox 10-2 / 2.19 ERA / 1 CG / 0 SHO / 102.2 IP / 98 K / .955 WHIP / 195 [...]
The All-Star Break is upon us, and until game action starts up again on Friday, we're going to do a brief season in review of the 2012 MLB season thusfar. Our staff has voted on a variety of awards, and we're going to roll them out over the next four days.
It's been a very interesting year for AL pitchers. There hasn't been a dominant force like last...
When dissecting the Chicago White Sox current 25-man roster, the holes are few and far between.
For the most part, the starting pitching has been good behind aces Chris Sale and Jake Peavy; the offense has been powerful, or at least timely, as the team leads the majors in hitting with runners in scoring position; and the bullpen has been solid to this point, overcoming an excess...
Here’s an abbreviated rundown of Pirates action in Kansas City this week:
Andrew McCutchen entered in the 5th inning and played CF for the rest of the game. He clobbered a line-drive single off lefty Chris Sale in his first at-bat (and reportedly flashed the “Z”, although the TV cameras missed it). He grounded out–barely–in the ninth against Fernando Rodney...