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November 17, 2009

Sox interested in C Henry Blanco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 17, 2009 7:22 pm
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Gonzales:

The agent for free agent catcher Henry Blanco said Tuesday that the White Sox are one of several teams interested in his client. …

Stats: B-R, FG.

Here’s SoxNet’s take. Here’s MLBTR’s take.

Minor-league free-agents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ November 17, 2009 4:20 pm
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10 for the Sox:

Chicago White Sox (10)
RHP:
Dylan Axelrod (Hi A), Fernando Hernandez (AAA), Kelvin Jimenez (AAA), John Van Benschoten (AAA), Ehren Wassermann (AAA)
C: Justin Knoedler (AAA)
SS: Eider Torres (AAA)
OF: David Cook (AA), Josh Kroeger (AAA), Michael Restovich (AAA)

All the teams at the link. Alex Pedicini @ THT lists some names to keep an eye on. And Mayo’s minor-league free-agency hidden gems.

Brent Morel interview

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ November 17, 2009 4:13 pm
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FutureSox:

I read some of your pre-draft scouting reports the last few days. Some mentioned you being able to possibly play catcher at some point? I know you are considered a plus defensive 3B, but would a switch even be realistic?

Before I was drafted, I heard some people talking about maybe switching; but the White Sox were never a team that wanted to make me a catcher and I haven’t heard anything from them about switching positions.

More at the link. Speaking of Morel BA’s AFL Notebook mentions him:

Morel only has one extra-base hit in 17 AFL games, but he put on an impressive power display in batting practice on Saturday. He’s also a good defensive third baseman with an above-average arm. During the minor league season, several Carolina League managers praised Morel for his solid all-around tools and approach to the game. …

AFL Day 34 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 17, 2009 4:06 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Peoria Saguaros: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing CF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 70 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Javelinas won 24-15:

Jordan Danks: 3-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, .322 AVG
Brent Morel: 4-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, .396 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 6.59 ERA

Sox Top 15 prospects by Kevin Goldstein [UPDATE]

Kevin Goldstein:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Daniel Hudson, RHP
2. Jared Mitchell, OF
3. Tyler Flowers, C
Three-Star Prospects
4. Jordan Danks, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
6. Brent Morel, 3B
7. Clevelan Santeliz, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
Two-Star Prospects
9. Santos Rodriguez, LHP
10. David Holmberg, LHP
11. C.J. Retherford, 2B
Four More:

12. Jhonny Nunez, RHP
13. Josh Phegley, C
14. John Ely, RHP
15. Nathan Jones, RHP

from the Daniel Hudson section:

The Good: Hudson combines plus stuff with well above-average command. His 92-94 mph fastball can touch 96 and features good tailing action, and he throws strikes to both sides of the plate with it. His best secondary offering is a plus changeup that is a true swing-and-miss pitch, which lessens the concerns about his slingy, low three-quarters arm action.
The Bad: Hudson’s slider flashed average, but it is inconsistent. He’ll need to establish it more as a starter in the big leagues. He tends to work up in the zone and gives up fly balls. Despite the enormous leap forward, many scouts think he’s maxed out projection-wise.
Perfect World Projection: Even with Hudson’s tremendous growth in 2009, some scouts don’t see room for much more, seeing him as a good third starter at best. Others think he’d be even better as a late-inning reliever.

UPDATE: Here’s Goldstein chat. He believes in the improvement of Tyler Flowers’ defense at catcher.

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