White Sox Top 10 Prospects
By Phil Rogers
24. B-T: B-R. Ht.:
6-5. Wt.: 220. Drafted: Stanford, 2000 (1st round). Signed by: Joe Butler/Ed Pebley.
In September, when Borchard could have been beginning his rookie season as an
NFL quarterback taken early in the first round of the football draft, he was
finishing up his second full season as a full-time baseball player with a cameo
in the big leagues. The White Sox gave him a record $5.3 million bonus to earn
that commitment. Borchard hasn't smoothed all the rough ends of his game as fast
as Chicago had hoped but still shows tremendous potential. His 2002 season began
late after he broke a bone in his right foot during spring training, but he
recovered fast and played in 133 games. He looked at place in a big league
clubhouse, both during spring training and at the end of the regular season. The
Sox believe he will bring valuable leadership skills once he's there on a
Borchard is a superior athlete who has serious power from both sides of the
plate. He has an uncanny ability to come through in big situations. He has a
strong arm, which he once showed by throwing five touchdown passes for Stanford
against UCLA. He isn't a basestealer but runs well for a big man, circling the
bases on an inside-the-park homer at Kauffman Stadium in September. The Sox
appreciate how hard he has worked to improve.
Strikeouts are a part of the package with Borchard, who struggled at times with
breaking pitches in 2002. He'll almost certainly strike out 150-plus times if
he's a regular and could lead the league in whiffs if he doesn't get a better
idea of the strike zone. He has played center field for two seasons but is
considered a marginal outfielder. He might benefit from a move to a corner spot,
his eventual destination.
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