Yes, I know the Sox-Twins game starts in a few hours, but there has been some interesting news..
First, with my stomach hurting I have decided to take some Leyson Septimo. Doesn’t that sound like an antacid? It’s actually not, it’s the hard throwing left handed pitcher the Sox claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks yesterday.
Why is that interesting, at all? Septimo used to be outfielder. With the success of former shortstop Sergio Santos on the mound, why shouldn’t the Sox claim every former position player who now desires to be a pitcher.
It got me thinkin’ (Uh oh). How about a bullpen of former position players now playing in the bigs: Closer: Santos. Set up men: Tony Pena. No, not the guy they already have, but the former Royal shortstop, who is now pitching. Come to think of it, two Tony Penas on one team would be a riot. Former White Sox top draft pick, and starting center fielder, Brian Anderson, who is getting his pitch on in the Yankees organization. They would have to acquire Kenley Jansen, who was drafted by the Dodgers as a catcher. They would need a lefty, so bring on Ron Mahay. Mahay started his career as an outfielder with the Red Sox.
Talking about lefty’s, I saw that the Padres DFA’d Aaron Poreda. Remember him? He once was a top pick of the White Sox. He was the big gun that went to the Padres in the 2009 Jake Peavy deal. Poreda came out throwing bullets in spring training 2008. The Sox staff was stoked with what they saw from Poreda’s first performance, a 3 strike out effort against major leaguers in the back fields of T-E-P stadium.
I interviewed him, and he was like any kid. Excited, awed, you name the adjective. He also had short hair, and was very polite. He didn’t say a lot, but you couldn’t help pull for the kid. Fast forward one year. He had long, bushy hair, and was, what’s the word I’m looking for…. odd. Not mean, just spacey. The kid who seemed so excited to be in bigs, was now very impressed with himself. I want to say that I am surprised that the Padres DFA’d him, but a part of me is not. Maybe a slice of humble pie will bring the talented lefty back to earth.
My guess is that he’ll be back in he Sox organization by the end of the month. If he gets his act together, he has the stuff to be a fine MLB pitcher.
After the Sox claimed Septimo from the D’backs, Arizona turned around and acquired Gaby Hernandez from the Chicago. Hernandez will be with his 5th organization in 17 months. Is that a record? With a name like that, I hope he talks a lot. I’d love to walk away from an interview with him by saying, “Man, that guy is gabby”.
Did you notice how Hernandez is maturing in the pictures? I hope the next one doesn’t show him a long, white beard.
Last thing, I was looking over past Sox drafts. Have you ever taken a look at their 2008 class? At least 6 of the players have or will make the Majors. That’s includes their starting 2nd and 3rd baseman. Their future left or center fielder, plus a future set guy, or more. They also drafted a guy who is now zooming through their system, and let’s not forget a guy who helped the team acquire a pitcher who once threw a non no. Figure out who they are yet?
Brandon Short, and
That’s quite a haul.
Come on Sox, deep fry some twinkies tonight.