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December 24, 2009

Yuniesky Maya scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 24, 2009 9:26 pm
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Yesterday we learned that the Sox and the Mets are the front-runners to sign 27–year-old Cuban RHP Yuniesky Maya. Maya and fellow Cuban Deinys Suarez threw for several scouts in the Dominican last week:

One scout said Maya, 28, threw in the 88-92 mph range, much like he did in the World Baseball Classic this year when he had a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings.

“That’s what he normally pitches,” said Maya’s agent Bart Hernandez. “His command was great. He has three plus quality pitches and he throws them for strikes.”

B-R Bullpen says he trows 4 pitches:

Maya’s repertoire includes a fastball (which peaks at 90 mph), curveball, changeup and slider.

Here’s another scouting report on Maya from cubanballplayers.blogspot.com:

Maya began his baseball career late. He has played six Cuban seasons. The 27 year old Maya is listed as 6’0 and 190 pounds.  The righthander from Pinar del Rio debuted in the ’04 season. Maya was the winning pitcher at the ’05 Serie Nacional All-Star game where he threw three scoreless innings.

During this past season (SN 48), Maya finished 2nd in ERA with 2.22, tied for 1st in CG with 7, tied for 1st in Wins with 13, tied for 1st in Shutouts with 2, 1st in IP with 146, 2nd in Strikeouts with 119 and tied for 5th in Dead Balls with 13.

Maya said during a recent interview that he replaced the slider with a curveball. He also throws sinker, changeup and fastball. This year he touched 96 MPH against Villa Clara. Pedro Pérez, the pitching coach for the Cuban National team, asked him to throw even more inside fastballs. …

He finished with 119Ks and 40 BBs. Peter Bjarkman’s blog shows a 1.51 ERA with 81 Ks and 23 BBs in the midpoint of that season. Here are his W-L and ERA numbers for the last 5 years.

Yuniesky Maya was voted the best right handed pitcher in the Cuban 48th series (2008) awards according to myworldofbaseball:

Maya doesn’t throw 100, but is a pitcher that knows how to slice and dice the corners.  He throws in the low 90s and mixes in a curveball, changeup and slider.  At 27, Maya can probably help a rotation now.

And here are a couple videos of Yuniesky Maya on youtube. You can see the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings of his start against Japan in the WBC.

In which Gordon Beckham goes Christmas shopping

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 24, 2009 4:09 pm
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Gordon Beckham gives the 2010 MLB.com Holiday Q&A to Scott Merkin:

MLB.com: Let’s continue with one of our holiday traditions, in which you pick out gifts for other teammates or members of the White Sox organization. What would you get for catcher A.J. Pierzynski?

Beckham: I would give him a muzzle, for reasons undisclosed.

MLB.com: How about manager Ozzie Guillen?

Beckham: That’s a tough one. I would give Ozzie some English-speaking lessons, really some enunciation lessons. I would buy them online, at some Web site.

MLB.com: Let’s move on to general manager Ken Williams.

Beckham: There’s another tough one. I would give him a Santa hat. He’s like our Santa Claus, bringing gifts for our team.

MLB.com: Hitting coach Greg Walker?

Beckham: I would give him a new rifle for hunting.

Click the link for the full interview.

December 24 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 24, 2009 4:01 pm
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- Jim looks at Charles Comiskey’s coaching legancy.

- Mark Simon gives the ‘Team of the Decade’ title to the 2005 White Sox.

- Chris Bahr ranks the top 5 pitching rotations in the major leagues.

- Speaking of pitching rotations, Steve Lombardi asks: since 1962, how many teams have finished a season with 5 pitchers making 31 or more starts.

- Barry Rozner tells us Ed Farmer’s kidney transplant story.

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