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Lars Anderson
March 27, 2000
an opposing team's scout sizes up the White Sox
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March 27, 2000

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the White Sox

"The white sox have some players I who can supply power and run production, but this is one of the worst defensive teams I've seen in a long time....

Carlos Lee is an absolutely terrible leftfielder. He can't catch the ball. Jose Valentin adds some punch at shortstop, but he doesn't have much range. Their third baseman, Craig Wilson, should be a utility guy—or playing Triple A....

They'll likely DH Frank Thomas and play Paul Konerko at first. I saw Konerko play third base at Triple A Albuquerque, and he was above average. They'd be much better with him at third, Thomas at first and Wilson out of the lineup. If they leave Konerko alone and let him play every day, he's a 25 to 30 home run guy....

Thomas is a mystery. It doesn't seem like he's lost any bat speed, but it looks like he's standing much more straight up at the plate than he used to....

The toughest guy to figure out is shortstop Mike Caruso. He does a lot of things I question. He swings like a big man, but he's small. He should be putting the ball in play. And he throws a ton of balls away. He's talented but out of control."