23-year old righty swinging Brent Morel is the White Sox’ #2 prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. He played in 21 games for the White Sox last season and he was 15 of 65 (.231 avg, .687 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He also played in 130 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 158 of 490 (.322 avg, .839 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 10 homers, 64 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Morel only made 1 error in 20 games at 3B for the White Sox last season but he showed pretty awful range. I think with a full spring of ABs and P.T. in the field will be just what the doctor ordered to get Morel ready to handle the starting job at the hot corner for the Pale Hose in 2011.
29-year old lefty swinging Mark Teahan will battle Morel this spring for the starting gig at 3B. He played in 77 games for the White Sox last season and he was 60 of 233 (.258 avg, .709 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers, 25 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Teahan made 10 errors in only 52 games at 3B last season for the White Sox but he did show good range. Teahan is one of the most overrated players in all of baseball as he’s as average as they come.
43-year old switch hitting Omar Vizquel doesn’t have the bat to handle the hot corner. He played in 83 games at 3B for the White Sox last season in which he made 3 errors while showing pretty awful range. The White Sox hope they only need Vizquel in the middle infield.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE WHITE SOX 3B IN 2011: C