Marinez Almost There
White Sox righty has shot at 2013 bullpen
CHICAGO—Jhan Marinez is all the White Sox have to show as compensation for allowing manager Ozzie Guillen to depart to Miami.
But Marinez is determined to be more than part of the answer to a trivia question.
"Of course, I definitely want to stand out for myself," Marinez said.
With a few more opportunities, Marinez might get his chance in 2013 to earn a spot in a highly competitive bullpen. Marinez, 24, struck out 65 in 63 innings to go with a 2.86 ERA in 40 appearances at Triple-A Charlotte.
He had to wait patiently after a brief stint with the White Sox in July, as he helped Charlotte reach the International League finals before he was promoted in mid-September.
During his first stint, he was one of eight rookie pitchers used on July 13 at Kansas City. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time a major league team had used eight rookie pitchers. Marinez did his part with 12⁄3 scoreless innings before he was returned to Charlotte four days later.
"He didn't do anything to hurt himself," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "He's pitched in two games for us. He came out there aggressive and threw it over."
Marinez was one of eight pitchers promoted to the Sox from Charlotte, but he had to wait longer to be promoted each time. But that didn't discourage him.
"I think I'm close," said Marinez, who pitched in four games for the Marlins in 2010. "It's just one of those situations where I got to keep working on throwing strikes and hitting on the strike zone. I think I have a good chance."
The extended time Marinez spent with the Knights enabled him to polish his skills under the tutelage of Charlotte pitching coach Richard Dotson.
"He gave me a lot of good advice," Marinez said. "He helped me throw more strikes. It was just trying to find my control and have a good feel for my pitches."
• The Sox were scheduled to hold organizational meetings at the beginning of November, with the expectation that assistant general manager Rick Hahn could take over the GM duties and Ken Williams would move up to team president.
• Infielder Ray Olmedo, who batted .273/.340/.335 in 80 games for Charlotte, was outrighted from the 40-man roster and elected free agency.