[R]ookie Daniel Hudson has emerged from a muddled picture as the replacement pitcher for Gavin Floyd on Monday night. Floyd is having at least one start skipped due to muscle soreness near his left hip, but if the White Sox fall completely out of contention, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said on Sunday that Floyd could be shut down for the season’s final two weeks.
September 20, 2009
From the Top SAL Catchers list:
5. Josh Phegley, White Sox – The 38th overall selection in the 2009 draft, Phegley’s ability to handle a pitching staff, throwing arm, and propensity for driving the ball hard to the opposite field really impressed me. With his poor defensive reputation, I watched him from a number of different angles and saw nothing which would lead me to believe he could not be a serviceable big league backstop. He’s not Jackson Williams behind the plate, but he certainly is not Jesus Montero either.
Here’s Ozzie Guillen:
“Buehrle, every year he throws 230 innings. I talked to Coop about our plans for the future and we might move him back, not be the first guy anymore, be the third or fourth. Give him time to recover and be consistent. Every time Buehrle goes out there, he gives us a chance to win.”
Doesn’t the %1 starter get the same rest as the #4 starter? What is this ‘give him time to recover’ BS? And ‘be consistent’? Joe? Joe Morgan?
When D.J. Carrasco reports to Spring Training with the White Sox sometime in mid-February, 2010, the right-hander is hoping for a chance to compete for the final spot in the team’s starting rotation.
Carrasco thought there might be an early opportunity to make his case for that job on Monday, as Ozzie Guillen announced before Saturday’s 13-3 victory over the Royals that Carrasco would be replacing Gavin Floyd and his sore left hip for this spot start. But there was Carrasco, pitching two scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, helping protect Jake Peavy’s first American League win in his first American League start.
Despite Carrasco throwing only 20 pitches, Guillen said after the game that he will not start against the Twins. That job now will now fall to one of two rookies: Daniel Hudson or Carlos Torres.
“I told the coaches, ‘I don’t care about Monday if we don’t win today,’” said Guillen as to why he turned to Carrasco to pitch the seventh and eighth innings with a four-run lead. …
September 19, 2009
|Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)|
|Pitch Type||Avg Speed||Max Speed||Avg H-Break||Avg V-Break||Count||Strikes / %||Swinging Strikes / %||Nibbleness||Time to Plate|
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)||91.85||93.8||-7.62||10.82||32||20 / 62.50%||2 / 6.25%||6.23||0.411|
|SL (Slider)||83.27||87.5||3.18||3.94||24||14 / 58.33%||6 / 25.00%||7.03||0.451|
|CU (Curveball)||77.10||78.9||5.62||-3.96||4||3 / 75.00%||0 / 0.00%||4.17||0.487|
|FC (Cutter)||87.23||88.2||-0.08||6.66||4||2 / 50.00%||0 / 0.00%||6.25||0.431|
|FT (TwoSeam Fastball)||90.70||91.4||-11.13||7.69||3||3 / 100.00%||0 / 0.00%||3.21||0.419|
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and are unfortunately often inaccurate.
Clicking individual pitch types will provide individual velocity histograms for each pitch.
Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates “more Nibbley”.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals|
|Inning||Pitches in Inning||Strikes in Inning||Strike% in Inning||Cumulative Total Pitches|
Try it Ozzie!
In 1932, a pair of holiday doubleheaders got out of hand. On Memorial Day, the White Sox lost both ends of a doubleheader to Cleveland and were unhappy with the calls of the home plate umpire George Moriarity, who himself was a player with the White Sox back in 1916. According to The New York Times, Moriarity responded by offering “to fight the whole White Sox team,” and after the game it appears that is just what happened.
Underneath the stands after the game, Moriarity punched Chicago pitcher Milton Gaston in the face, breaking his own hand and dropping Gaston to the ground. Moriarity was then set upon by Gaston’s teammates, who put him in the hospital with bruises and spike cuts. Moriarity was reprimanded by the league, Gaston was suspended for 10 games, and his manager and two of his teammates were fined.
Before the 2009 draft was even over, Baseball America was already looking to the future. After attending numerous high school showcase events and researching 18 summer college leagues and the collegiate national team, our picture of the 2010 draft class began to take shape. Like this year, when 11 of the first 15 players selected were pitchers, the strength of next year’s class appears to be on the mound. Over the past 20 years, there have been just four drafts where 10 or more pitchers were taken within the first 15 picks, and the 2010 draft could mark the first time it’s happened back-to-back. … The 2010 draft is still nine months away and many things can (and will) change between now and then, but the charts above provide the first snapshot of the top talent for next year’s class.
LHP Bryan Morgado was the Sox 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft but didn’t sign.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd quietly has become one of the game’s most effective starting pitchers in the second half. He has an 8.1 K/9 and 4.1 K/BB since July 1. In fact, his skills after July 1 are twice as good as they were earlier in the year. The missing piece for Floyd is being able to pitch effectively on the road. He has a 2.47 ERA and strong skills at home, compared with a 5.36 ERA and weaker skills on the road.
If Jake Peavy is healthy next year, the White Sox’s rotation will be very deep, leaving Floyd with little pressure to anchor it. If he can sustain the skill growth he has shown late this year, Floyd could team with Peavy to give the White Sox one of the most potent one-two punches in the American League.
The Chicago White Sox Wives Group will host the tenth annual food drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, September 19, prior to and during the game vs. Kansas City at 6:05 p.m. Donations of canned and non-perishable food items will be accepted at Gates 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the ballpark from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the second inning. Everyone making a donation will be entered into a drawing for special White Sox memorabilia. White Sox player wives and other family members of players and coaches, along with Food Depository volunteers, will be on hand to accept food and monetary donations. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
If you can please bring something to help people that need it.
Guillen said rookie Tyler Flowers will be the designed hitter today, but not because Guillen’s waving a white flag just yet. ”The lineup will be mostly right-handed [against Royals lefty starter Dusty Hughes], and I want to give [Scott] Podsednik time off,” he said. But Guillen made it clear before the game he won’t wait much longer to turn the page on the season and turn to more rookies: ”I want to die the right way. They are going to kill me? No, I’m going to kill them first. That’s the way it is. They know how much I love them because I tell them every day, but in the meantime, I have a job to do.”
Video here (2:24). Ozzie says there won’t be a pitch count. Peavy will decide how long will he play. Last 10 seconds of the video.
Peavy says he wouldn’t be starting today if he was still playing for San Diego:
”No doubt about it — if this was San Diego right now, I wouldn’t be going out there. ‘Absolutely it means more [because of the division race]. Anytime you have a layoff like I have, you’re excited to get back on the mound. I wish it was under better circumstances, but we’re still mathematically in this thing and have a lot to play for.”
September 18, 2009
A pitcher I liked heading into the 2008 draft was Chicago White Sox 5th round pick Dan Hudson. I liked him because of his propensity to miss bats while not having his control or command suffer in the process. One reason he was able to miss bats was because of the movement and life on his fastball. I know it’s an old clip (it’s Hudson’s draft video from 2008), but it’s a good example of the type of movement possessed by his fastball…
It’s not uncommon for prospects to receive more hype than they are worth, and Dayan Viciedo was one of those players in 2009. The Cuban defector came into the 2009 season as the No. 2 prospect in the Chicago White Sox system, according to Baseball America. He was also ranked by Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus as the No. 4 overall prospect in the system. In the 2009 Prospect Handbook, Baseball America stated, “Viciedo has the power to hit 40-plus homers in a season, thanks to a quick swing that’s triggered by strong wrists… He’s an aggressive hitter who will chase bad pitches… Viciedo has a high ceiling but brings a bigger risk than the more experienced and athletic [Alexei] Ramirez.” …