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Desperately Seeking a Shortstop

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From Phil Rogers' 'Give a 3-year extension to Orlando Cabrera' column:

The White Sox have two shortstops coming, but both are a long way off. Virginia Commonwealth's Sergio Miranda was a steal in the 2007 draft but ought to get at least two more years to develop as a hitter. Then there's manchild Juan Silverio, who signed with the Sox last summer as a 16-year-old. He's got an intriguing package of talent but probably wouldn't be ready for the big leagues before at least 2011 or '12, when a long-term extension for Cabrera would be ending.
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With them [Cunningham and Carter] out of the picture, outfielder Jose Martinez and Silverio, the manchild shortstop, become the two position-player kids to watch. Martinez flashed his skills in the Appalachian League last summer after playing in the Venezuelan Summer League as a 17-year-old in 2006. He's a five-tool talent with a lot to learn. Silverio received a $600,000 bonus to sign last summer, the most the White Sox have ever given an international player. He's got a quick bat, strong arm and a ton of game but could wind up as a third baseman, not a shortstop. In trying to restrock a weak position, the White Sox signed two other teenage shortstops from the Dominican. Alexander Adame and Daurys Merecedes will probably play in the Dominican Summer League next year.
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