Poreda to be called up
For the second time in the last six days, the White Sox are turning to a top recent draft pick to infuse a little life into their struggling team.
Aaron Poreda, the White Sox top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, will be added to the team’s 25-man-roster prior to Tuesday’s contest with the Tigers, officially called up from Double-A Birmingham. The hard-throwing left-hander talked about the promotion on the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday morning.
“I’d say I’m more excited than nervous,” Poreda said. “I’m excited to be in any kind of situation. Just being here is enough for me.
“I want to be doing what I’ve been doing all year long. Try to throw strikes, pound the zone. Use the secondary stuff, my slider and change up I’ve been developing. Really just go after hitters.”
Poreda, 22, figures to join the White Sox starting rotation, although he did pitch in relief during the Arizona Fall League and during Spring Training in Glendale. The addition of Poreda leaves a glut at the back end of the rotation, behind Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and John Danks.
Jose Contreras made a triumphant return in the nightcap of Monday’s split doubleheader with Detroit, allowing one hit over eight scoreless innings, and Clayton Richard has impressed the White Sox during his six-start stint–despite control issues in his last two starts. Bartolo Colon has lost five of his last six decisions and received criticism from manager Ozzie Guillen on Sunday for not using an effective secondary pitch behind his fastball with a velocity in the high 80s.
Poreda had a 5-4 record with a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts for the Barons, last throwing six scoreless innings against Montgomery on Friday, June 5.
His promotion follows Gordon Beckham, the team’s top selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, to the Majors. Beckham, who was the eighth pick overall last year, was called up by the White Sox last Thursday and is 0-for-13 since his arrival, although he did reach base on Monday via a walk.