Allen could have plenty of time in Triple A to develop. He knows he still has things to learn. Some of those lessons will undoubtedly come from Knights manager Chris Chambliss, a Gold Glove winner at first base in 1978, who enjoyed a 17-year major league career.
“Chambliss worked with me in spring training on picks at first base. I took to him. I hope he took to me,” Allen said. “I try to learn something new every year to improve my game. This year I’m learning to just have fun and relax.”
Chambliss is getting reacquainted with his new first baseman.
“Allen just got to us. He is a mature kid and that gets recognized. I think the organization knew he was mentally ready to move up. He has worked hard on his defense and has made tremendous improvement,” Chambliss said. …
June 26, 2009
[Ciolli's] lack of power and lack of walks mean his ceiling is probably as a 4th outfielder.
Ozzie Guillen pinch-hit Josh Fields for Gordon Beckham with two outs in the ninth inning because he wanted to go for the tie with the White Sox trailing by one and down to their last bullet.
“Besides that, the on-base percentage is a lot different,” Guillen said. “Fields had a good at-bat and gave us a chance to get somebody on base, and Beckham has struggled lately.”
Fields drew a walk, after being down in the count at 1-2, before Scott Podsednik took a called third strike that appeared to be a bit outside on a 2-2 pitch for the game’s final out.
Griffith was a highly touted high schooler in the 2007 draft when the Sox took him in the 2nd round. When he signed he had a great fastball-slider combination, but after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last season he has decided to ditch his wicked slider according to tricitiessports.com. We’ll have to see what Griffith’s curve and changeup look like post-surgery, but it is very unfortunate to have to lose the slider.
More pitching prospects reports at the full article.
Quentin via Scott Merkin:
“Every day I’m trying to bring up the intensity a little bit. We are doing a lot of baseball stuff. We are looking to keep doing the baseball stuff. Today was the first time I really ran on the bases. That’s a big test, itself. We are going to keep doing that and look to keep getting better as far as healing. That’s been the case the past two or three days.” …
Daniel Black, after only three games in Bristol, has been promoted to Kannapolis.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen remained disappointed by Alexei Ramirez’s lackadaisical play Thursday but elected to start him Friday against the Cubs.
“I give days off to playersthat deserve a day off,” Guillen said. “And I make it clear, I never criticize my players for an error, a bad pitch, give up a home run. But when you don’t give me your best effort, that’s not going to work with me, I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what you do, how much money you make or if you’re a Hall of Famer, if you don’t give me your best effort, that thing is not going to work. It’s not about Ramirez, it’s about anyone on my ballclub. …
What made the club decide to pick Jared Mitchell, and how high is his ceiling?
I would have to say the biggest reason is his athleticism. He possesses the tools that cannot be taught, the main one being game-changing type of speed. Speed is the only tool in the game that you can use both offensively and defensively, and hopefully we see him using his tools in a White Sox uniform very soon. Jared has a very high ceiling that he will hopefully begin to develop soon.
Which pitchers you drafted excite you the most as far as star potential?
Probably the first three high school pitchers (2nd round lefty David Holmberg, 4th round righty Matthew Heidenreich and 7th round lefty Justin Jones). We have not taken many high school pitchers early in the draft in some time, so I am really pumped up about getting them with our player development people and seeing what we can do with them.
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The biggest issue is not whether your team can just make the playoffs but actually win it all (although every fan and players feels if their team can just get there, magic can happen.)
That being said, do I feel the White Sox can win the whole thing this year? As a player yes, but as a General Manager no. That puts me in the mode of seller. So, who are my best bets to bring back building blocks for the future?
The Cincinnati Reds have traded outfielder Norris Hopper to the Chicago White Sox for catcher Corky Miller, according to a press release.
Miller, who played sparingly for the Reds from 2001-2004, is hitting .205 while playing just 14 games for the White Sox this season.
Miller will report to Class AAA Louisville, where Hopper spent the entire season.
Here are Norris Hopper’s stats.
Jenks got taken out of the yard by Cincy’s Jay Bruce on June 20th, but has since reeled off three scoreless innings (2 saves). Bobby is having some uncharacteristic issues with the long ball this year. With a career 54.9% groundball rate and 0.62 HR/9, Jenks doesn’t give up jacks too often. But in ‘09, his HR/FB% is 20 percent, 11 percent above his career average. It sounds silly to say with an established reliever like Jenks, but perhaps you could acquire him a little cheaper than usual from an owner just focusing on his inflated ERA (2.63 in ‘08, 3.33 in ‘09). Jenks’ K/BB ratio (4.33) is a career-high, with his K rate up from 5.55 last season to 8.67 this year.