Posted 06/15/2009 at 02:55 AM
Following a wild stretch in which a bevy of highly regarded prospects were called up for the first time, the past seven days were very quiet. But there was one notable recall to break down.
Aaron Poreda had yet to taste AAA, but the 2007 White Sox first round selection is now up with the big club, and had a very impressive debut. Poreda can really bring the heat. His fastball is generally entrenched in the mid-90ís, and on a couple of occasions heís hit triple digits. Despite that, Poreda had not been a huge strikeout pitcher until this season. He racked up just 118 Kís in 161 IP last season, dividing his time between Hi-A and AA. This season, Poreda has been more dominant, with 63 whiffs in just 58.1 IP at AA Birmingham. Heís also sporting a 2.16 ERA despite winning only five of his nine decisions.
The White Sox really like Poreda, and refused to include him in any potential deals over the winter. They see him as a starter, although his big league baptismal fire will have him working out of the bullpen. Personally, I suspect thatís where Poredaís future may be as well. He has the big fastball and his slider is coming along, but I am not sure Poreda has the arsenal to fit as a starter. His changeup is ordinary. While the strikeout numbers this year are impressive, itís come at a cost. Poredaís walk rate has gone up considerably. Also, heís doing this in a second trip through AA and heís in a pitcherís park.
If Poreda is able to develop the slider to the point where itís a real plus offering that he can command, then heíll certainly have a chance to be a starter toward the front of the White Sox rotation. I like the fact the teamís management has opted to work him in relief for now, as he might excel working through opposing lineups just once.
From a fantasy standpoint, I donít see Poreda have much use this season, so Iíd avoid him in annual leagues. Heís clearly far more enticing in keepers, but be careful not to overspend those valuable FAAB dollars on Poreda. He certainly has a chance to be a star, but I donít see him as a sure thing.