The White Sox have had a couple of pretty good third basemen over the last twenty years. Robin Ventura manned the hot corner for the south siders for 10 great seasons, winning a hand-full of Gold Gloves on his was to becoming the most prolific offensive third baseman in the team's history.
After a few years of Greg Norton, Craig Wilson and Herbert Perry, the White Sox enacted the Joe Crede plan and were rewarded with more gold glove caliber defense. His bat improved every year and he helped them win a little thing called a World Series Championship in 2005.
If not for a bad back, Crede might still be playing third for the Sox. Unfortunately injuries happen and teams must move forward. So, after Josh Fields failed miserably and Mark Teahan proved to be worthless, Brent Morel was given the next chance to carry the torch.
After a slow start to the season that saw his average dip below .200, many fans, and maybe some on the White Sox payroll, thought Morel was another failed prospect. He saw his playing time drop once the aforementioned Mark Teahan came off the DL and also lost time to the ageless Omar Vizquel.
But times are a changing for Morel. He is now hitting .320 with a home run and seven runs driven in over the last month and has made some spectacular plays with his glove. Given the lack of defense the White Sox have had at third since Crede's last healthy season, Morel can carve out a permanent spot in Ozzie Guillen's lineup by catching and throwing at his current steady pace.
Morel is still raw in terms of developing offensively and needs to learn what kind of hitter he should be. He has enough pop in his bat to flirt with 20 long balls and have a yearly stat line of .265/18/60 (batting average/home runs/rbi's). The more time Morel spends in the majors the better hitter he will become. He is still learning how to navigate the strike zone and already proved to be good at bunting. I know, that's like being the drunkest Irishman on St. Paddy's Day, but it's still an accomplishment.
White Sox fans were willing to live with Joe Crede's lack of offense early in his career because of how good he was defensively. I'm not saying Brent Morel is going to have the career No. 24 did, but he should be with the White Sox for a lot of years as a part of one of the best young defensive infields in baseball.
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