Midseason Report Card

One man’s opinion on the White Sox’s first-half performance. It all adds up to a 44-48 record and one of baseball’s biggest disappointments of 2011:

 

PITCHERS

Brian Bruney: Has done a decent job since being called up from Charlotte. (B-)

Mark Buehrle: Should have a better record based on his performance. (B)

Jesse Crain: Not perfect, but very solid. (B)

John Danks: Has rebounded nicely after 0-8 start. Ready to come off DL. (C+)

Gavin Floyd: To me, a huge disappointment. He’s been described as soft. (D)

Philip Humber: The most pleasant surprise of the season. Hope it continues. (A)

Edwin Jackson: Hard to watch when he can’t find the plate. And that’s often. (C-)

Will Ohman: Has his uh-oh moments, but all in all has made a postive impact. (C)

Jake Peavy: Part good, part bad. Has lost the plate recently. Still recuperating. (C)

Tony Pena: Very unreliable. Out of sight, out of mind lately as he’s been on DL. (F)

Chris Sale: His body of work has been good. Will only get better. (B-)

Hector Santiago: Just a couple of appearances, but could be a find. (I)

Sergio Santos: Just think, he was a shortstop three years ago. (A-)

Matt Thornton: Awful start, has been good lately. (C+)

 

CATCHERS

Ramon Castro: Capable backup, suffered broken hand and will out for a while. (C+)

Tyler Flowers: Once a top prospect, he now has a chance to prove his worth. (I)

A.J. Pierzynski: Excellent season. Can’t ask more from the durable backstop. (A-)

 

INFIELDERS

Gordon Beckham: A whiz defensively, will his bat revert to his rookie form? (C+)

Paul Konerko: Do I have to tell you how good Paulie has been? (A)

Brent Morel: Can certainly pick-it and has shown good signs at the plate. (C)

Alexei Ramirez: Has been OK, but I was hoping for more. (C+)

Mark Teahen: Has had a moment or two, but doesn’t add much. (D)

Omar Vizquel: At 44, it’s great to have his experience and versatility. (B-)

 

OUTFIELDERS

Brent Lillibridge: Has proven he’s not a regular, but has had magic moments. (C+)

Juan Pierre: He’s coming on after slow start. No longer a stolen base threat. (C)

Carlos Quentin: Has cooled off, but the All-Star is a major contributor. (B)

Alex Rios: Just awful, looks like he’s going through the motions. (F)

 

DH

Adam Dunn: An absolute failure and, as we speak, a colossal waste of money. (F)

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