CLEVELAND -- In order for Don Cooper to properly assess the success of his 2012 staff, the White Sox pitching coach simply went down the list of hurlers who made positive contributions.
"Am I happy with Chris Sale? You bet. Am I happy with [Jake] Peavy? You bet," Cooper said. "Am I happy with [Jose] Quintana? You bet, coming out of A ball. Am I happy with [Hector] Santiago? Yes. [Addison Reed]? Yeah, rookie year. I don't know how many saves he had but he had a nice rookie year.
"We lost our Opening Day starter and it seemed like we had to plug holes throughout the year. I think we did that to a large degree."
Not only was John Danks, the Opening Day starter, done after only nine starts because of a shoulder problem that required season-ending surgery, but the White Sox also had to make up for the innings loss of left-hander Mark Buehrle and closer Sergio Santos. Most of those innings were filled by young hurlers, with 10 rookies making an appearance during the 2012 campaign.
The 4.05 staff ERA wasn't perfect but it was about as good, if not better, than could have been expected.
"We didn't get where we wanted to go and that's a disappointment, no question," Cooper said. "But I'm not so sure we didn't get everything out of the guys as best we could out of them."