The sox had at least five players start in cf last year (Swisher, Owens, Anderson, Griffey Jr., Wise) and with maybe the exception of Jr. and Wise in the playoffs, the production has been pretty bad.
The cf seems to be a blackhole again this year, making it 4 years in a row since the curse of Aaron Rowand started.
So right now we have again several options for cf, and after seeing the damnination and ressurection of Jerry Owens multiple times, I decided to hold a poll on whom you think truly will be our cf started this year.
Be warned, you may not have heard of some of these names, so I decided to get you a head start.
Dewayne Wise, our ALDS starter and currently the leader for our cf and leadoff spots. Nuff said. Spring avg: .346
Jerry Owens, the second coming or the acopolyspe, however you want to see it. Jerry was given the starting job at the end of the 08 season. However, in spring since then, he as struggled to hit or run, (Spring: .225 avg and 0-3 in base steals.)
Brian Anderson. The first to fail after Aaron Rowand was traded. He has shown excellent defense in the past but has struggled with the bat, and can't seem to find the combination between hitting for average and hitting for power. Expect him back as a defensive backup again. Spring avg: .235
Josh Kroeger, (yes I know a cubs uniform, a friggin cubs uniform) the suprise so far this spring. He is touted as a AAAA type player similar to Jayson Nix. However, Ozzie has said that he has made his decision much harder in whom to keep and whom to let go. Originally brought into spring training with a chance as a 1b, or of backup, he just may be a starter. Spring avg: .353
Tim Raines Jr. (yes hes related to that Tim Raines) has not officially played for the sox yet as they just signed them, but he seems a possibility. Since I don't know much about him Ill just put in what I read.
Raines, 29, enjoyed his time with Triple-A Tucson in ’08, batting .311/.346/.530 in 502 at-bats, with 30 doubles, 13 triples, 18 homers and a 28-for-36 showing on the bases. It didn’t stop there, however. The switch-hitter showed near-perfect symmetry in compiling an OPS of .880 from the right side of the plate and a .874 figure from the left. Raines then batted .310/.341/.512 in a 21-game tour of the Venezuelan League. He’s at the point in his career now where he’s annually one of the better middle-of-the-diamond minor league free agents available, and the White Sox may represent one of the better landing places for a player in his situation. (Hey, it worked for Dewayne "ALDS starter" Wise last offseason.) If Raines hits even a bit, he could be attractive to a Chicago team consigned to sorting through Brian Anderson and Jerry Owens in center field.
In honor of Raines, we present his scouting report (with the Orioles) from the 2004 Prospect Handbook, which turned out to be his final appearance:
No. 27 • Tim Raines Jr., of
Born: Aug. 31, 1979. Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 189. Bats: B. Throws: R.School: Seminole HS, Sanford, Fla. Career Transactions: Selected by Orioles in sixth round of 1998 draft; signed June 15, 1998.
Raines completed a remarkable turnaround in 2003, going off the Orioles’ 40-man roster and getting back on within a year. Raines, who debuted in the big leagues in 2001 and got the opportunity to play with his father Tim Sr., was sent back to Double-A in 2002 and performed poorly. His attitude also didn’t endear him to the organization, and he was designated for assignment in January 2003. He returned to Bowie and got back on track, earning promotions to Triple-A and then to the majors. Baltimore kept him on the 40-man roster after the season. As it was for his father, speed is Raines’ best tool. He’s a basestealing threat and an outstanding defender in center field. He has improved his approach at the plate and made better contact last year, though he has to prove he can do the same in the big leagues. He looked overmatched by major league pitching at times. Raines still doesn’t hustle all the time, failing to run after a ball that went over his head in a game against the Blue Jays, for instance. Still, his speed and defense give him a chance to make the Baltimore roster as a backup outfielder. If his offense contineus to progress, he eventually could be a starter.
If that doesn't sound good then I don't know what does.
And lastly if you think that Gordon Beckham, Brent Lillibridge, or Alice A. Ramirez should be in cf you are out of your mind.
Actually no you wouldnt, since our cf position sucks already, but I only put down people who have cf as their position, since I doubt Ozzie and KW would like to play anyone out of their position too much.
PS:(I know the averages don't mean much but i cannot find any overall spring statistics, ie obp, so, ect for each player so I just went through the recent box scores and took the averages. The averages are pretty close to how well the players have been doing anyways. If you can find the spring stats, let me know and I will add them.)
PPS: GO JORDAN DANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who will be the White Sox's starting center fielder for 09?
Brian Anderson (46 votes)
Jerry Owens (7 votes)
DeWayne Wise (58 votes)
Josh Kroeger (13 votes)
Tim Raines Jr. (21 votes)
145 total votes