Chicago White Sox: Ozzie Guillen Stopped Worrying and Loves "the Cuban Missile"

Thomas BarbeeSenior Analyst IApril 2, 2008

Although the Sox have only played two games thus far, there are questions that are beginning to surface already. Some want to question the pitching, some want to question the offense, but here's one many haven't gotten to yet:

Where the heck is Brian N. Anderson?

Remember him?

He's only the guy that had such an outstanding spring that he leapfrogged his way onto the 25-man roster. While his spring training batting average was thirty-four points lower than "The Cuban Missile" (as Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen calls him) Alexei Ramirez (.358 to .324), Anderson had a BB/K ratio of 11/16 versus Ramirez's ratio of 3/12.

This is important considering the White Sox had the lowest on base percentage in baseball last year.

Alexei Ramirez certainly impresses, but remember that he hasn't faced this level of pitching consistently. As such, for the time being, he looks over-matched. In the span of two games, Ramirez has struck out four times, and despite the reputation of being a good fastball hitter, he went for the hat trick on Opening Day.

His versatility is a great asset, but when you watch him play CF, he doesn't read the ball nearly as well as he should. Anderson, in comparison, was known for both his great range and cannon arm.

It's bad enough that Carlos Quentin, a guy that GM Kenny Williams has been gushing about since acquiring him, has yet to see a pitch despite also proving his worth, but at least he made it to the on-deck circle.

Brian Anderson on the other hand, much like last year, has become the forgotten man who will probably be forced to head back to Charlotte once Jerry Owens is healthy.

None of this is to say that Ramirez isn't a major league talent, he most certainly is, and everyone saw a hint of that in the spring.

The problem is that it seems the organization has fallen in love with Ramirez, and as such put him at a level where it would be very difficult for him to succeed. As raw as his talent is, it would have possibly made more sense to let him get started in AAA and allow Anderson and Quentin (two guys that have MLB experience) fill in for the currently injured Owens.

Who knows? Maybe with the cold start by Uribe, Ozzie will move Ramirez to second base and allow Quentin or (preferably) Anderson to play CF for a few games.

Until that happens though, one has to wonder why it is that Ozzie Guillen has fallen so hard for "the Cuban Missile."