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December 24, 2009

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.

December 23, 2009

Sox close to signing 27–year-old Cuban RHP Yuniesky Maya?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 23, 2009 1:20 pm
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Silva:

According to Globedia.com the Mets and White Sox are the front-runners to sign 27–year-old Cuban RHP Yuniesky Maya. We don’t know much about these foreign imports and, just like with Ryota Igarashi, information is hard to come by.

Matt Cerrone of Metsblog described Maya as “major-league ready, mature, and has a low-90s fastball with a decent change-up and slurve… he is known for being a bit of a bulldog, pitching inside, challenging hitters.”

According to the Baseball Reference Bullpen Maya Cuba’s top right-handed hurler in 2008-2009. If you read closely it appears Maya would be better suited out of the bullpen.

December 22, 2009

Sox sign relievers Greg Aquino and Erick Threets

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 22, 2009 4:10 pm
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Eddy (via MLBTR):

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Greg Aquino, LHP Erick Threets
Released: RHP Daniel Albritton
Traded: RHP John Ely and RHP Jon Link to Dodgers for OF Juan Pierre

Stats: Aquino, Threets.

December 21, 2009

Gordon Beckham excited about next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 21, 2009 3:26 pm
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Merkin:

“Getting Pierre is huge, and not because I’m kind of tied into the trade,” said Beckham from his home in Georgia. “I just think it’s a great trade. One thing I heard about Pierre is how great a guy he is. I’ve heard it from every person I talked to, and chemistry really does go a long way for a team’s success. I’m excited he gets to play every day, and I’m excited for him to be our leadoff guy. He sets the table, and it’s up to us to drive him in.”

… “I heard a long time ago, and I’m not sure who said it, I guess it might have been David Ortiz,” Beckham said. “Someone asked him why he was so good in the clutch at the end of the game, and he said that he treated those at-bats the same as his first at-bat in a game. I’m trying to do the same thing. Just don’t overthink it. If we have runners on second and third, I really want the RBIs for our team — that’s all. It’s about results in baseball. As long as you don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you will be OK. Get a good pitch to hit, take a good whack at it, and if it goes at someone, what can you do? Sometimes that’s going to happen.”

… “They probably didn’t want me to run or bunt a bunch,” said Beckham of the difference in leading off, a responsibility he never discussed with the White Sox during the offseason. “I don’t think they wanted me to be a guy I’m not. Even though I think they were OK with me leading off, I thought for sure they were going to get somebody. I was willing to do it if it was the last option we had, but I just didn’t fit really well there. Now, it doesn’t matter where I hit. If they want me to drive in more runs, they probably will hit me lower in the order. If they want me to get on base more, they probably will hit me second.”

… “Yeah, I’m excited because I think we have a chance to be really good,” Beckham said. “I was watching the playoffs this year, and it was frustrating. I was thinking, ‘That could be us, making diving plays and hitting the ball over the fence in big-time situations.’ We have the team to get us there. If we can score, we’ll be OK.”

A.J. isn’t very good at blocking

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 21, 2009 1:30 pm
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Turkenkopf:

It’s that time of year again.  I’ve finally gotten around to running the 2009 Catcher Block Percentage rankings.   As annual traditions go, it isn’t up there with Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the Running of the Bulls, but hopefully you still enjoy it.

For those who aren’t familiar with the stat, I look at how well a catcher stops runners from moving up on balls in the dirt.   Each wild pitch or passed ball saved is worth .27 runs (based on run expectancy and the timing of the events). Full methodology is described here. …

December 19, 2009

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #8

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 19, 2009 2:55 pm
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file. …

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls.

Fangraphs on John Ely

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 19, 2009 3:30 am
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Ely is one of the prospects the Sox send to the Dodgers in the Juan Pierre deal:

Ely was very impressive last season in Double-A for the White Sox. He had solid peripherals across the board including a 7.20 K/9 rate, 2.88 BB/9 rate, and a 0.52 HR/9 rate which added up to a 3.33 FIP (the super low HR/9 immensely help his FIP). Stat Corner’s version of tRA really liked Ely last year and his tRA was 3.75 in a league where the starting pitcher’s average tRA was 4.59. …

December 18, 2009

Sox claim reliever Dolsi off waivers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 18, 2009 2:21 pm
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MLB.com:

Last week, the Tigers designated right-hander Freddy Dolsi for assignment as part of a flurry of moves to make room for the four players acquired in a three-team trade with the Yankees and D-backs.

On Friday, Dolsi found a new home, as the White Sox claimed him off waivers and added him to their 40-man roster.

The 40-man roster is now at 40.

Stats: FG.

B-R shows a 3.55 ERA and 1.629 WHIP with 32 BBs and 32 Ks in 58.1 IP on his 2 years with the Tigers.

Sox complete Pierre trade; send Ely and Link to the Dodgers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 18, 2009 1:48 pm
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MLB.com:

The Dodgers on Friday received right-handed pitchers John Ely and Jon Link from the Chicago White Sox to complete Tuesday’s Juan Pierre trade. …

Ely on the short list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 18, 2009 1:10 am
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Castle:

Right-hander Ely, one of the top Sox pitching prospects, found out from his agent he was on the short list of potential compensation for the Dodgers as Internet reports claimed he and pitcher John Link would be the players dispatched. Should he depart for Los Angeles, that will end a childhood dream of pitching for the Sox.

“I’d be excited either way, but I grew up a Sox fan,” said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ely, a Homewood-Flossmoor alum who was the Sox’s third-round draft pick out of Miami (Ohio) in 2007. “I wanted to pitch for a team I grew up watching.”

“Honestly, I was a little surprised,” he said of being on the list. “But the Sox have a very solid rotation. The more I thought of it, the more excited I was. There would be plenty of opportunity (as a Dodger).”

Smells Like Mascot: Lightning in a Bottle

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 18, 2009 1:06 am
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2009/12/lightning-in-bottle.html

December 17, 2009

List of Sox prospects for the Dodgers to choose two?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 17, 2009 12:51 am
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Disabato:

To get Pierre, the White Sox agreed to send two players to the Dodgers, providing a list of prospects from which to choose.

and

“I’ve talked to my agent and nothing is set in stone with this trade,” said Ely, who led the Southern League in wins and strikeouts (125). “I might not be traded. But if I am, I’ve got a lot of opportunities with the Dodgers and I’ll make the best of it – just like I will if I’m not traded. Of course, you’d like to stay with the team you grew up rooting for. I’m a diehard White Sox fan. It could take a couple of weeks before something happens. I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”

Sob…

Jason Botts invited to Spring Training [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 17, 2009 12:33 am
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Merkin:

Switch-hitting 1B/OF Jason Botts will get a Major League Spring Training invite from the White Sox. Last played for Texas and in Japan

Stats: B-R.

UPDATE: Eddy:

Botts left midway through the 2008 season to play for Hokkaido of Japan’s Pacific League. He batted .254/.327/.423 with five homers in 55 games that season but did not play for the club at all in ’09.

December 16, 2009

JJ looks at the Juan Pierre trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 16, 2009 6:54 pm
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JJ Stankevitz:

Kenny Williams got his guy.

Again.

Earlier, it was Mark Teahen. Then, it was Omar Vizquel and Andruw Jones. Now, it’s Juan Pierre. This move didn’t come out of left field, though, as the Sox’ interest in Pierre was reported eight days ago at the Winter Meetings.

At the time, though, it looked like the Sox weren’t going to end up getting Pierre. The Dodgers wanted pitching in return and it was uncertain how much of Pierre’s contract Los Angeles could pick up given the team’s messy ownership situation.

But with Hideki Matsui off the market, the White Sox’ left field options took a hit. Maybe the team never was interested in Matsui, maybe they were. The timing of the Pierre trade—one day after Matsui signed—is somewhat curious, though. Maybe Williams wanted to lock up a left fielder before all his favorite options went elsewhere.

Obviously, this trade will have a whole lot of implications for the rest of the offseason and into next season. A look at the good, the bad, and the ugly: …

UPDATE: Here are a couple more posts analyzing the Pierre trade.

December 15, 2009

2010 Outfield: Pierre @ LF, Rios @ CF, Quentin @ RF

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2009 8:56 pm
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Dyck:

Guillen said either Gordon Beckham or Alexei Ramirez would bat second, although he prefers Beckham in an RBI role in the middle of the order.

As for the outfield alignment, Pierre will play left, Alex Rios center and Carlos Quentin right. And Pierre expects to play every day after sitting for much of his first two years in Los Angeles, or as he calls it, in the “witness protection program.”

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