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February 15, 2010

Pitching and defense

Wade:

The 2010 White Sox seem to want to be the next team in this lineage, who improve by focusing on pitching and defense. They’ve got the pitching part down pat. Jake Peavy, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Mark Buehrle, and Daniel Hudson (or Freddy Garcia, whoever wins the fifth spot) form the top rotation in the division and one of the best in the AL.

They improved their defense, too, I don’t think that’s too much to assert, but did they improve it enough? …

Sox to select Alex Wimmers in June’s draft?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 15, 2010 5:42 pm
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Gonzales:

Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers was listed as the 13th best draft eligible player in the country, and the Sox hold the 13th overall selection. Wimmers was the co-Big Ten Conference pitcher of the year in 2009 after posting a 9-2 record with 136 strikeouts in 105 innings. According to Baseball America’s scouting report, Wimmers throws in the low 90s and possesses an exceptional curve and change-up.

Wimmers will start his junior season on Feb. 19. Here are his stats for 2008 (4.50 ERA,51 K, 31 B, 40.0 IP), 2009 (3.27 ERA, 136 K, 55 BB, 104.2 IP), and 2009’s Cape Cod league (1.23 ERA, 37 K, 13 BB, 22.o IP).

Here are 2 videos, scroll down for the in-game video. There are 3 more videos on youtube.

And from his mlbbonusbaby scouting report:

Fastball – Wimmers currently sits in the upper-80’s to low-90’s with his fastball, with a little room to add velocity as he increases arm strength and improves his mechanics. The pitch has good arm-side run and average command that fluctuates when he struggles to find a proper release point.

Curveball – Wimmers owns one of the finest curveballs in the draft. He throws the pitch in the mid-70’s with plus 11-5 movement on hitters. With improved mechanics, it could be a true Major League out pitch.

Change-up – Wimmers also throws a decent change-up — a 75-78 mph straight change that flashes good tumble and helps keep hitters honest. As he continues to more consistently hit his release point, it will be a nice complementary piece in his arsenal.

Clevelan Santeliz scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 15, 2010 2:07 pm
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FutureSox:

Santeliz is a solid relief prospect featuring a solid fastball/slider combination. His fastball usually sits in the low 90s and he has a plus slider. However, the fiery right-hander will have to improve his control to stick in the Majors. …

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