Do you know how the Sox, or any team, decides who is a prospect? Stefan Gartrell hit 23 homers last year, already has 24 this year, and yet he never even gets listed as a prospect. We keep hearing about Jordan Danks and Tyler Flowers, neither of whom hit nearly as well as Gartrell. Is it just because Gartrell was not drafted until the 31st round? David Landsburg, Rogers, Ark.
I consider Gartrell a prospect because he was placed on the 40-man roster last fall. He opened some eyes in spring training, and you mentioned his power numbers. If he cuts down on his strikeouts, he'll move up the ranks.
I always compare Viciedo to Pedro Guerrero at the plate and in the field, although Viciedo has a better arm than Guerrero did.
The Sox need Viciedo's bat in the lineup. He hits everything hard. Now is the time to use his bat. We are heading into the home stretch. We lost two games by one run to Baltimore and Viciedo could have made the difference in those two losses. What are your thoughts? Jim Martin, Las Vegas
I would have liked to have seen him handle the DH duties more often while he was with the club. But he needs to get more at-bats in the minors, show better pitch selection so the manager will have more faith in him when he gets promoted on Sept. 1.
Why is ESPN so biased against the White Sox? Sunday Night Baseball was filled with information, video and commentary about practically all the division-leading teams except the White Sox last week. Is Buck Showalter to blame? Ken Bill, Clarendon Hills
I'd be careful about blaming Buck about anything. He's coming to town next week.
I think the comments made four years ago by Scott Reifert, the Sox's vice president of communications, clearly represent the Sox's feelings toward ESPN.
Do you think they made a mistake giving up Daniel Hudson? His ERA is 1.13 in three starts? Look around the league at ex-Sox players -- Gio Gonzalez, John Garland, Dan Hudson, John Ely and Clayton Richard!! It sounds to me Ken Williams has no interest in his farm system. It's can you throw 100 mph or hit homers? We have won this year so far with, speed, and defense and also timely hitting, what do you think? Mitch Greenberg, Gurnee
They had no choice but to move Daniel because he was their biggest bargaining chip. I hated to see him go because he was a very mature kid for his age, and I think a lot of people overlooked that he jumped four levels in 2009. He will do very well as long as certain Phoenix media members don't try to manipulate him.
The Sox are always in a win-now mode, so the trading of prospects will continue. Gio, by the way, had a decent chance of beating Minnesota last week if it weren't for a strike zone the width of a postage stamp on certain calls.
Neal Cotts was one of my favorite Sox. How come he never really made it in the big leagues? Where is he now? Ken, Chapel Hill, NC
Ken, thanks for your interest from Chapel Hill, one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Let's hope Tar Heel Gate doesn't spread to the men's basketball team.
Neal had elbow and hip problems in the Pittsburgh organization and didn't pitch this year. He's recuperating from hip surgery.
I don't get it. Castro homers the last game and scores two runs, has a rocket arm but sits against a lefty. Why does Oz continue to start A.J. against a lefty when clearly he can't hit, and Castro can? Mo, Cicero
Some of it has to do with who is the starting pitcher that day. Castro and Garcia work well, but Castro also has worked well the few times with Buehrle. Ozzie said recently that Castro would get a few more starts, but only to preserve A.J.'s strength. Ozzie also likes the fact that A.J. has laid down a few bunts and executed hit-and-run plays. We'll see how that carries out in the next few weeks.
Why do the White Sox hitters refuse to take a walk? The Orioles shut them down because they wouldn't take a walk, particularly the top and bottom of the lineup. The Sox clearly have an elite pitching staff. But, oh my, I can't stand watching this team be farmers, swinging at low lying garbage. And they've got to know statistically that they do it. The Twins throw nothing but junk, and the Sox will swing at it. Demosthenes Papaeliou, Las Vegas
A lot of the problems are due to pressing too much at the plate, reverting to the bad habits that haunted them in the first two months such as lunging at first-pitch breaking balls (Mitch Talbot). Liriano's slider is pretty deceptive, but they had him on the ropes without taking advantage of him.