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December 3, 2009

Merkin’s Winter Meetings preview

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 11:48 pm
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From the ‘Who they can or need to trade’ section:

INF/OF Brent Lillibridge: Although the fleet-footed 26-year-old has loads of to-date untapped ability, there doesn’t seem to be a spot on the roster for him — definitely in ’10 and possibly beyond. He might benefit from a change of scenery.

loads of untapped ability? is Merkin drinking?

Smells Like Mascot: Doghouse

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 11:20 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2009/12/doghouse.html

John Ely’s dream

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 11:05 pm
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Disabato:

He envisions the day he’s standing on the pitcher’s mound at U.S. Cellular Field, a White Sox uniform draped around his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame, with a throng of buddies from his hometown of Homewood in attendance cheering him on.

That’s been the dream of John Ely ever since he picked up a baseball and became a die-hard White Sox fan as a kid.

That dream has never been closer to becoming reality than it is today. …

Ely added a cutter too:

Ely credited the addition of a cut fastball to his arsenal, which includes a two-seam fastball that ranges between 89 and 92 mph, changeup and curveball, to his successful 2009 campaign.

Baseball America’s farm system rankings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 9:50 pm

Sox are 25th:

White Sox: Decent talent, but system was thinned by graduations, trades.

Buddy Bell on the 2009 Draft

Buddy explains things:

“That’s something we hadn’t done much in the past,” player development director Buddy Bell noted. “Before I got here, most of the players we took were more from the college level. But by design we wanted to get higher-ceiling guys out of high school who we could project.”

BTW, here’s the article’s secondary title: “Mitchell, Phegley, Thompson on fast track to Major Leagues”

Trayce Thompson is on the fast track?

Buddy Bell loves Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 12:53 pm
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Buddy thinks Viciedo had a great year in Birmingham:

“One of our biggest concerns with him was the culture,” Bell said. “The kid turned out to be maybe the best teammate we had at Birmingham … He’s a great kid.”

Bell compares the 20-year-old Viciedo to the Angels’ Kendry Morales, a more experienced Cuban who needed 309 games in the minor leagues before establishing himself as a big-leaguer. “He’ll figure it out,” Bell said of Viciedo. “He’s so strong. He’s going to be a good big-league hitter.” …

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