The White Sox have four players they will probably consider for the 2B job this spring. Wilson Betemit has the most power, Brent Lillibridge has the most speed, Jayson Nix is probably the best defender but rookie Chris Getz might have the best all-around game of this bunch. The 25-year old lefty swinging Getz played in 10 games for the White Sox last season and he was 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .572 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen bases. He also played in 112 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 122 for 404 (.302 avg, .814 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 11 homers, 52 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Getz didn’t make any errors in 7 games for the White Sox at 2B last year while showing outstanding range.
26-year old righty swinging Jayson Nix won the starting job at 2B last spring for the Rockies but he lost it quickly due to problems with his bat. Nix played in 22 games for the Rockies last season and he was 7 for 56 (.125 avg, .395 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Nix also played in 67 AAA games last season in which he was 80 for 264 (.303 avg, .964 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 17 homers, 51 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Nix did show outstanding range in 20 error-free games at 2B last year for the Rockies.
25-year old righty swinging Brent Lillibridge is a shortstop by trade but he will throw his hat in the ring at 2B this spring. Lillibridge played in 29 games for the Braves last season and he was 16 for 80 (.200 avg, .576 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He had trouble making contact with the Braves having struck out 23 times that season. Lillibridge also played in 98 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 78 for 355 (.220 avg, .638 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Lillibridge will really have to improve his all-around game if he wants to make it with the White Sox in 2009.
The wild card in this derby is 27-year old switch hitting Wilson Betemit. He is far and away the best hitter of this bunch. He played in 87 games for the Yankees last season and he was 50 for 189 (.265 avg, .718 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. He has played in 496 games in his major league career to date and he has a batting average of .260 with a .762 OPS. Betemit only played 3 games at 2B last season for the Yankees and he made 1 error. You know how much Ozzie Guillen loves offense so Betemit could win either the starting 2B or 3B job this spring.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: D+