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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
ChiSox unveil top prospect


The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzalez reports that the White Sox have summoned one of their top prospects: As RotoWorld notes, Bartolo Colon's not been good in his last two starts; this was Ozzie Guillen's reaction after the last one: Oddly enough, Colon's 4.23 ERA is the second best in the rotation, behind Mark Buehrle (2.91 ERA) and Clayton Richard (4.14) but well ahead of John Danks (5.10) and Gavin Floyd (5.35). Considering that Danks and Floyd both pitched similarly well last season, and are pitching similarly poorly this season, it's hard to figure which one of them would get chucked. And considering that Colon has a lower K/BB ratio and a higher HR/9 ratio than both of them, he seems like the No. 1 candidate if someone is going to get chucked.

Obviously it's a big jump for Poreda -- from the 27th pick in the draft to the Southern League to a major league rotation in just two years -- but he routinely throws in the mid-90s and entered this spring as Chicago's No. 3 prospect. One concern: He has walked 35 batters in 64 innings this spring. One bright spot: He's given up just one home run in 64 innings this spring.

Pitching for the White Sox, Poreda figures to give up more homers and more walks, which makes me wonder if he's ready right now to contribute to a pennant-winning club. However, with Poreda and Richard, and the still-young Danks and Floyd and the steady Buehrle, the White Sox do have the makings of a solid rotation for years to come.