White Sox news, Minor Leagues updates and more

January 8, 2010

January 8 links

- Sox Minor Leaguer suspended 50 games

- Jim has some minor-league notes from Phil Rogers’ Baseball America chat (Trayce Thompson, Daniel Hudson, Clevelan Santeliz, John Ely, Dan Remenowsky, Josh Phegley, Santos Rodriguez, Charles Leesman, Sergio Santos, Jose Martinez, Ryan Buch).

- Fangraphs adds CHONE projections.

- Jonah Keri on Tim Raines.

- Dan Shaughnessy get the FJM treatment from Patrick Sullivan.

- Graph of starts/innings in 2009. And broken down by league.

C.J. Retherford tries catching

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2010 8:51 pm
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From Merkin’s Sox minicamp article:

One of the more interesting twists from this weekend involves C.J. Retherford, the solid-hitting Minor League infielder who launched the game-winning home run in the 2009 Arizona Fall League title game.

Much like his work during instructional league action, Retherford will have a chance to catch at the minicamp.

“He did a good job at the instructional league, although I don’t know about his transfer and throws,” said Bell of Retherford’s catching. “He’s seen as more of a super-utility guy. He can play anywhere on the field, and catching makes him even more valuable.”

Ozzie to bat Alex Rios second?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2010 8:37 pm
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USA Today’s White Sox Organizational report:

Rios is a five-tool player whose best season for the Toronto Blue Jays was 2007, when he hit .297 with 24 home runs, 85 RBI and 17 steals, but last season, after arriving in a midseason trade, Rios hit .199 in 41 games for the White Sox playing right field and center field.

It represented a low point for Rios, whose on-base percentage tumbled from a career high of .354 in 2007 to .296 in 2009. The Blue Jays were so eager to rid themselves of the more than $60 million remaining on Rios’ contract that they let him go to the White Sox on a waiver claim.

Now, the White Sox must figure out how to get him back on track, as he is under contract to them through 2014.

“I don’t think he could be worse than he was,” Guillen says. “That would be hard to do.

“I told Rios, ‘Get on base twice in the game. We don’t need 40 home runs from you. We want it, but I’d rather you get on base and steal.’ I might bat him second to make sure his game changes a little bit.”

Is Frank Thomas a Hall of Famer?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2010 8:09 pm
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Joe Poz:

Are you kidding? Frank Thomas’ first full seven years — .330/.452/.604 with OPS+ of 182. I want to repeat that — an OPS+ of ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO. Just as an example …

First seven full years:
Frank Thomas: 182
Mickey Mantle: 181
Albert Pujols: 167
Willie Mays: 164
Barry Bonds: 160
Joe DiMaggio: 159

To give you an idea, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Hank Greenberg, and a 100 other Hall of Famers never ONCE had an OPS+ of 182 in a season. Frank Thomas is one of the best hitters in baseball history.

Pods to KC

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2010 7:37 pm
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MLB.com:

Podsednik, a longtime leadoff batter, was signed by the Royals on Friday to a one-year, $1.75-million contract for 2010 with an option for 2011. Reportedly, the deal also includes incentives that can boost the deal to about $2 million this year and $2.3 million on the option.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that if Podsednik reaches 550 plate appearances in 2010, the club option for 2011 becomes a mutual option. The deal was finalized after Podsednik underwent a physical examination in Kansas City. …

First, thanks for the dinger in the World Series Pods. It won’t be forgotten.

What’s with the Royals and the Sox each picking up the other’s leftovers though? Remember Horacio? At least Zach Greinke should be happy. He has 1,276 reasons!

BTW, Dan Szymborski has Pods’ KC projection.

Coop is ready to go

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2010 12:16 am
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Cowley:

Asked this week about the pressure facing him and his pitching staff only six weeks from the start of spring training, Cooper already was in midseason form — bleeps and all.

”What’s new with that?” Cooper replied. ”What the [bleep] is new? It starts and ends with the pitching. We carry a heavy responsibility and a responsibility we’ve done a good job carrying out through the years. Since the door hit me on the ass on the way into this job, I’ve been aware of that situation.

”From 1 through 11 or 12, everyone has responsibilities. Look, to be a starting pitcher in the American League is a huge responsibility.” …

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