Harrell Becomes One Of White Sox's Top Arms
CHICAGO—Outside of Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo, Ken Williams hasn't met a prospect he couldn't trade. The White Sox general manager proved that again at the 2010 deadline, sending righthander Dan Hudson to Arizona, just as he had traded lefthander Clayton Richard to San Diego a year earlier.
The trade of Hudson leaves 2010 first-round lefthander Chris Sale, 25-year-old righthander Lucas Harrell and 27-year-old righthander Carlos Torres as the top pitching options in the White Sox farm system at or near the big league level.
Like Torres in 2009, Harrell got a win after being summoned from the minors. He filled in for one start after Hudson was traded, holding the Athletics to one run in six innings on July 30.
"I feel proud of this kid because he's come a long way," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He came from prospect to who-is-this-guy back to prospect. He went through everything in our organization to pitch in the big leagues."
Harrell, a fourth-round pick '04, battled career-threatening shoulder injuries in 2006-08, missing the entire '07 season after surgery. He re-established himself in '09, throwing 10 scoreless innings for the United States in the World Cup (including four against Cuba) and won 12 games in the high minors.
"This guy is kind of a goofy guy, the right way," Guillen said. "Very fresh. I like that. Very, very confident. A lot of people say he's cocky, arrogant. I think he's a confident kid. He showed people he's not afraid. Now I know we have someone down in the minor leagues who can help us just in case something happened."
Harrell and Torres have been mainstays of the Triple-A Charlotte rotation. Harrell was 10-9, 4.43, while Torres was 8-7, 3.23. He also got a recent start for the White Sox, working six innings in a loss at the Tigers in the nightcap of an Aug. 3 doubleheader.
• Before many first-round picks had even signed, the White Sox added Sale to their bullpen on Aug. 4, about six weeks after he had agreed to a contract. He is expected to compete for a job in the major league rotation next spring.
• Outfielder Stefan Gartrell remains an underappreciated run-producer. Gartrell, 26, hit his 24th home run for Charlotte, topping the career high he set in 2009 between Birmingham and Charlotte.