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July 28, 2009

Josh Fields wants to be traded

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 11:28 pm
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after Josh Fields was DFA’d, he requested a trade. Hey it worked for Brian Anderson!

Bartolo Colon won’t start tomorrow’s game; Jose Contreras will

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 11:21 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Bartolo Colon was scratched from Wednesday night’s start because of a sore right elbow. Jose Contreras will fill in for Colon. The severity of Colon’s injury wasn’t known, but it could pave the way for Clayton Richard to get another start if Colon’s pain lingers. The Sox, however, would need another left-handed reliever to complement Matt Thornton once he returns.

Kenny Williams on Brian Anderson and Josh Fields

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 9:53 pm
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Kenny Williams on Brian Anderson:

“To be honest, I’d like to still have him. But that’s secondary to me giving him my word. He’s had opportunities here and they haven’t gone as well as he would have liked. It didn’t go as well, obviously, as we would have liked. I asked him to go down (to Charlotte) with a good attitude and if the opportunity presented itself I’d give him an opportunity to go elsewhere.”

and Josh Fields:

“Josh and I have talked. And I spoke with Josh’s agent early this morning before any deal was made. I understand exactly how they feel right now.”

Fields could be out…

45 in a row!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 9:02 pm
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Merkin:

Mark Buehrle set the Major League record for most consecutive batters retired by setting down the first 15 Twins hitters on Tuesday at the Metrodome, giving him 43 straight without a baserunner. He struck out Michael Cuddyer to open the fifth and set the mark on Joe Crede’s groundout to shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

Mark retired 2 more

Thome derailed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 7:58 pm
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Merkin:

Tuesday’s pregame was a newsworthy one for the White Sox, and not just because of the Mark Kotsay-for-Brian Anderson trade made with Boston. Manager Ozzie Guillen announced that designated hitter Jim Thome would be sidelined for the final two games of the series against the Twins at the Metrodome with back soreness, aside from a possible pinch-hitting appearance. Guillen followed up that comment with the official move of Clayton Richard back to the bullpen.

Lindsey Willhite on Brian Anderson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 7:27 pm
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Lindsey Willhite:

In his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to a 1-0 count, Anderson batted .329 with a .472 on-base percentage and .457 slugging. … But in his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to an 0-1 count, Anderson batted .129 with a .169 on-base percentage and .153 slugging. …

Lindsey relays a cool BA story too.

Bartolo Colon, Clayton Richard, Josh Fields: rotation, bullpen, AAA

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 7:11 pm
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Sox Net:

Joe Cowley is reporting that the White Sox will make room for newly acquired 1B/OF Mark Kotsay on the 25 man roster by sending 1B/3B Josh Fields to AAA Charlotte. The move won’t be made official until Wednesday, which is when Kotsay is expected in the Sox dugout. The Sox have also announced the lefty Clayton Richard will be sent to the bullpen with Bartolo Colon replacing him as the 5th starter.

Sox sign 2nd round pick Trayce Thompson (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 2:40 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

The White Sox signed second-round pick Trayce Thompson, an outfielder from Santa Margarita High School in Southern California. Several Southern California sources confirmed Thompson will receive a $625,000 bonus.

MLB’s recommended bonus was $596,700. He will be assigned to the Bristol Sox.

Videos of Trayce Thompson here and here. Scouting report here.

UPDATE: Here’s another scouting report.

Sox trade Brian Anderson to Boston for Mark Kotsay

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 2:28 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Brian Anderson got his wish to be traded, and in the process, the White Sox apparently have added a valuable veteran piece to their bench for the playoff push over the next two months. Anderson, 27, was traded to Boston in exchange for Mark Kotsay and cash considerations on Tuesday. Kotsay, 33, is a .281 hitter with 110 home runs and 614 RBIs over 13 Major League seasons. He batted .257 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 games for the Red Sox in 2009 before being designated for assignment on July 24.

Mark Buehrle in this week’s Sports Illustrated cover (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 1:03 pm
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UPDATE: Here’s the article.

John Sickels on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 12:48 pm

John Sickels:

White Sox pitching prospect Dan Hudson is suffering from Broken Stat Line Syndrome: he’s having a terrific year, but no one seems to be noticing because he’s split it between three different levels. He began with a 1.23 ERA with a 30/2 K/BB in 22 innings in the Sally League, then posted a 3.40 ERA with a 49/13 K/BB in 45 innings in the Carolina League, and is now 2.03 ERA with a 46/7 K/BB in 44 innings in the Double-A Southern League. His composite line: 10-5, 2.43, 125/22 K/BB in 111 innings, just 78 hits allowed, with no deterioration in his ratios in Double-A. Hudson was a fifth round pick out of Old Dominion in 2008. He hits 90 with his fastball, has a plus slider, and has improved his changeup this year. He obviously throws strikes and has good command, and he definitely belongs on your prospect lists.

Mark Buehrle’s Top Ten list (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 12:38 pm
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Video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5781065

whitesox.com:
“You guys want to talk to me?” said Buehrle, addressing a couple of Chicago media members as they approached his locker. “Sorry, I only talk to David Letterman now.”

Jim Callis on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 12:12 am
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Jim Callis:

The 23rd overall pick in the draft, Mitchell signed for $1.2 million. Though he has hit .393 in his first eight games at low Class A Kannapolis, he may not race to the majors. He split time between two sports at Louisiana State, and while he’s obviously gifted, he’s also in need of a lot of polish. He put an emphasis on taking pitches to get on base, but he often falls behind in the count, leading to strikeouts. He needs more balance in his stance and less uppercut his swing, and he shows more speed than savvy on the bases and in the outfield.

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