Regretfully, it is pretty clear that two of the Sox past No. 1 draft picks are at a crossroads with Brian Anderson getting sent down to AAA Charlotte and Josh Fields continuing to struggle after being relegated to bench duty.
Ozzie has indicated that he’s been getting a great deal of criticism from fans for Anderson’s demotion, even enduring “racist” talk as a result of the Sox keeping DeWayne Wise instead. In my opinion, such talk is absolute foolishness. Anderson has been given every chance in the world to succeed and, simply put, he’s failed as a major league hitter. Think about it, this is the fourth season he’s had the chance to seize the starting centerfield job and fizzled out. Perhaps a change of scenery is the last option for him to stick as a bonafide major leaguer.
As far as Josh is concerned, it seemed he had turned the corner. He recovered from last year’s injury, admirably volunteered to get defensive help from Joey Cora during the off-season and had a stellar spring. But this season has been a disaster for Fields, who is now playing sparingly. Last night as the DH against the lefty, he went 0-for-3 with three K’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were demoted or traded before the July 31 deadline. He, too, probably would benefit from new surroundings.
There are no guarantees in baseball, but it’s a good bet that we’ll have different results from our last three picks–Poreda, Beckham and Jared Mitchell, who has gotten off to a good start at Kannapolis.
Notes of the day: Kudos to AJ for throwing out the two runners in last night’s 4-3 win. And note to Bobby Jenks: I love exciting baseball, but as far as I’m concerned you don’t have to make it THAT exciting.