SweetSpot: Aaron Poreda
Just under the wire, the White Sox made the biggest splash:
- The Chicago White Sox acquired Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres for four players.
Peavy, who has been on the disabled list since June 9 with an ankle injury, had a complete no-trade clause. He's a two-time All-Star and won the Cy Young Award in 2007.
The other thing about this ... I'm all for quantity, particularly when there's a fair amount of quality, too; all four young pitchers were ranked among the White Sox's top-30 prospects before this season. The A's are trying this same thing right now, though, and so far I'm not impressed with the results. I'm not saying it can't work, or won't. It can, and it might. But gosh, the growing pains sure can be painful. It's hard to imagine the Padres becoming truly competitive at any point before 2012.
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- Left-hander Aaron Poreda confirmed Tuesday morning that he has been promoted from Double-A Birmingham to the White Sox and will be at U.S. Cellular Field in time for Tuesday night's game against Detroit.
Poreda, who has a 2.38 earned run average in 11 starts to go with 69 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings, said he hasn't been told what role he will perform. He was used as a reliever during the Arizona Fall League.
"It's amazing," Poreda said of his promotion after being selected in the first round of the 2007 draft. "I don't think it's sunk in yet."
Poreda said a key development in his success has been the mastering of a sharp-breaking slider for strikes to complement his 96 m.p.h. fastball, as well as a change-up.
- "Colon has to throw more than fastballs," Guillen said. "He's not going to lead the American League with just fastballs. I don't care how much the ball moves. He has to come up with another pitch -- slider, changeup, curve, whatever it is because he's not going to get anybody out in the American League with just fastballs.'' Guillen stopped short of saying Colon's future with the Sox is in jeopardy, but with Jose Contreras returning today, the rotation is going to be reconfigured.
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.