Although I’m a bit late (just call it working on Jewish time) I’d like to welcome the newest member of the Minyan, pitcher Aaron Poreda of the Chicago White Sox!!!
He received “the Call” on June 8 and he is taking the spot of Bartolo Colon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 8. He’s currently working out the ChiSox bullpen.
Aaron, who Baseball America ranks as the White Sox’ No. 3 prospect, is 22 years old, stands 6’6″ and weighs 240 pounds. He was the White Sox’ first round pick in 2007 out of the University of San Francisco.
He was promoted from the White Sox’s AA Birmingham Barons, where he was part of the starting rotation, Aaron posted a 5-4 record with a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts. fanned 69 over 64 1/3 innings and led the Southern League in strikeouts. He also limited opposing hitters to a .206 average and held left-handers to a .170 mark, while allowing just one home run.
Poreda’s last start was on June 5 against Montgomery, when he threw six scoreless innings and gave up three hits. He worked out of the bullpen during Arizona Fall League action and also pitched there in Spring Training, so he was more than ready to tackle the change of roles.
“I’m happy to fulfill my role first in the bullpen,” Poreda said. “We’re just trying to win games, so I’m doing whatever the White Sox want me to do. And having fun.”
That fun started when Poreda found out about his promotion on and immediately posted the great news on his Facebook status.
“I was just so excited I wanted to shout it out to the world,” said Poreda with a laugh. “I guess it snowballed a little bit.”
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Poreda simply was the best option to add to the White Sox staff, while Manager Ozzie Guillen stressed that this move was not a sign of rebuilding but simply another decision made to help the team compete.
Poreda’s goal at the outset of the 2009 campaign was to develop secondary pitches behind his fastball in the high 90s, and he admitted to working hard on his slider and changeup.
“Going right after hitters, a lot of inside fastballs,” said Poreda of his pitching style. “I like to pound the strike zone.”
“You’re going to be treated the same way as everyone else,” said Guillen of his message to Poreda. “If you don’t do the job, we have Southwest Airlines waiting for you to go to Charlotte.
“That’s the only one with non-stop. I already checked,” added Guillen with a laugh. “In Spring Training, I liked the way he threw. But I make it really clear to him, this isn’t development.”
As of June 19, Aaron had pitched twice out of the bullpen and was unscored on. On June 12, against the Brewers he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three. On Friday, June 19, he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. So I’d say that’s a pretty darn good start for the 11th member of the Minyan!!!
Let’s see how the other 10 did!
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Angels on Friday.
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan reached on an error in his first at bat and scored on Prince Fielder’s 3-run homer in the Brewers loss to the Tigers on Friday. Other than the first inning, Ryan went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and dropped his average to .316.
Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s
Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning on Friday in the A’s win over the Padres. Though he gave up a hit and a walk, he picked up his 8th hold of the year and lowered his ERA to 4.50.
Craig earned a Chai 5 for his work!
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott (5-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over 6 innings on Friday to the Giants to record his second straight loss. Along the way, he gave up 2 homers and struck out five. This effort raised his ERA to 4.02.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss Jason Marquis and the Rockies on Friday.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe didn’t play in the Rays loss to the Mets on Friday.
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went 1-for-5, on Friday against the Giants, with the one hit being his 15th double of the year. He also took part in 2 double plays. He saw his average fall to .266.
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason came within an out of the sixth complete game in his 10-year career as the Rockies beat Pittsburgh, 7-3, Friday night for their 14th win in 15 games. Jason (9-4) allowed three runs on eight hits. He induced 21 ground-ball outs, three strikeouts and two flyouts, and he did it mostly with his nasty sinker. Jason, who improved to 5-1 in his last seven starts, lowered his ERA to 3.71 .
Manager Jim Tracy, who is 16-5 since taking over for Clint Hurdle on May 29, received a chorus of boos when he went to the mound following pinch-hitter Eric Hinske’s run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth.
The fans gave Tracy a standing ovation when he spun around and returned to the dugout alone, having given Marquis one more chance at his second complete game of the season.
“He told me this was my last guy, it was make or break,” Marquis said.
Andrew McCutchen sliced a sinker into the corner just out of right fielder Brad Hawpe’s reach to pull the Pirates to 7-3 and chase Marquis.
Left-hander Alan Embree came on and retired Nyjer Morgan for the final out.
“I needed to make better pitches to Hinske and McCutchen. But you know what, we got the win and that’s what matters,” “It’s not the best I felt all year, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Marquis said. “It’s definitely fun when you get deep into games and watching guys make plays like that.”
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott faced one batter on Friday, Mariners’ 1B Russell Branyan, who proceeded to hit a solo homer, which proved to be a important run in the Mariners’ 4-3 win over the D-Backs. That at bat raised his ERA to an even 3.00.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk grounded into a fielder’s choice and scored on Jason Bay’s 2-run homer, which accounted for the BoSox’ only runs in their loss to the Braves Friday night. On the night he went 0-for-4 and lowered his average to .317.
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Jason Marquis