Escobar's Departure A Tough Goodbye

White Sox players will miss young infielder

CHICAGO—Sure, there were some losses.

But the overall cost of adding three veterans to a White Sox team aiming for their first postseason berth since 2008 isn't going to tax a farm system that has been depleted in past years by deadline trades.

"It's difficult to have as many young players as we have and compete," general manager Kenny Williams said. "It's a testament to scouting, our player development and the kids."

Of the seven players who were sent away in deals for Kevin Youkilis, Brett Myers and Francisco Liriano, just two players—utility player Brent Lillibridge and backup infielder Eduardo Escobar—were removed from the major league roster.

It's a huge difference from deadline deals in 2009 and 2010, when the Sox traded five pitchers—including major league starters Clayton Richard and Daniel Hudson—to acquire Jake Peavy and since-departed Edwin Jackson.

And only the loss of Escobar, 23, the organization's No. 10 prospect entering the season, truly hurt. He'll be missed for more than his versatility around the infield and his switch-hitting capabilities.

"We love Esco," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of Escobar, who was traded with minor league lefthander Pedro Hernandez to Minnesota for Liriano on July 28. "If he gets the opportunity, he'll be a good player for the Twins.

"He's a guy that kind of came out of nowhere to make the team. He'll be a good big league player if they give him the opportunity."


• Winston-Salem outfielder Keenyn Walker, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 draft, was out indefinitely after injuring his left shoulder July 26 while eluding a tag. Walker flew to Chicago to be examined by team doctors.

• Outfielder Jared Mitchell, a first-round pick in 2009, and infielder Tyler Saladino, who made a strong impression on manager Robin Ventura as a non-roster invite to spring training, were promoted to Triple-A Charlotte.