Avisail Garcia goes deep in first intrasquad game
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter February 25, 2014 9:31PM
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:26AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — After 10 days of drills, bullpens and batting practice, an intrasquad game Tuesday broke the early routine of spring training. Avisail Garcia’s sky-high home run to center field invigorated everybody with the exception of left-handed pitching prospect Scott Snodgress, who served it up.
Paul Konerko had two singles in two at-bats, a “nice to see” outing for the veteran embarking on his last season.
Other highlights: Alejandro De Aza doubled and scored on Jeff Keppinger’s RBI ground out, Leury Garcia drove in a run with a ground out and Snodgress struck out three in two innings.
Second-base prospect Carlos Sanchez made a nice play charging Adam Eaton’s drag bunt. Sanchez’s throw seemed to cross up Konerko at first base, and Eaton went to second as the ball went to the fence. It was a typical mixed bag for a February scrimmage.
“You’re playing again. You get that feeling back,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “Being in positions, it’s good to get out there and get them moving around.
“Playing in a game, even though it’s simulated, it’s still better than going back out for practice.’’
The Sox’ top lineup looked like this: Eaton CF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Garcia RF, Adam Dunn DH, Jose Abreu 1B, Dayan Viciedo LF, Matt Davidson 3B, Tyler Flowers C, Gordon Beckham 2B.
Abreu had an infield dribbler that went for a single, and he struck out looking against Snodgress. Davidson made an error on a high chopper.
The arrow on right-handed pitching prospect Chris Beck has been pointing up, and he gave an indication why. Beck started and faced six batters over his two innings against the Sox’ top lineup, allowing the infield single to Abreu and getting a double play, one of five ground balls he induced.
Once projected as a top-10 pick in the 2012 draft, Beck slipped to the second round (76th overall). The Sox felt like they got a steal, and last season Beck had a 3.07 ERA in 26 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham. Baseball America ranks him as the Sox’ eighth-best prospect.
“Beck looked good,’’ Ventura said. “We had quite a few guys throwing strikes, throwing well.’’
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