Santeliz flashes the pure stuff to become a closer, but his command still has a long ways to go. He also doesn’t have the most resilient arm, and the White Sox only used him on consecutive days twice last year at Double-A Birmingham. He did put up nice numbers, including a 0.96 ERA, 52 strikeouts in 56 innings and 10 saves in 11 chances after becoming the Barons’ closer in August.
Santeliz usually sits in the low 90s with his fastball and tops out at 96. At his best, he backs up his fastball with a plus slider. But his slider isn’t a consistent weapon, and he sometimes struggles to throw strikes. In 56 innings last year, he issued 35 walks. I suspect his more realistic ceiling is as a set-up man rather than as a closer, but he’s only 23 and still has time to improve.
April 6, 2010
Driving to the ballpark on Monday, I was a little nervous about having Frank Thomas and Kenny Williams sit side-by-side one another on our pregame show. In 2006, they both had an explosive falling out that fractured their relationship to the point where I thought they would never speak again.
But in a matter of hours, the two were going to be about an inch away from each other, live on television, and I was either going to be the host of this reunion or the referee.
What did I get myself into? …
the video from the thomas-williams interview is 3 minutes long
[W]e thought it was a good time to update our list of the top GM candidates—people whom we could see getting GM jobs in the next four or five years. The list is based on conversations with current general managers and other front-office officials, agents and baseball writers.
1. Rick Hahn, Assistant GM, White Sox:
2. Jerry Dipoto, Vice President, Player Personnel, Diamondbacks:
3. Dan Jennings, Assistant GM/Vice President, Player Personnel, Marlins:
4. David Forst, Assistant GM, Athletics:
5. Tony Lacava, Vice President, Baseball Operations/Assistant GM, Blue Jays:
6. Bill Geivett, Assistant GM, Rockies:
7. Thad Levine, Assistant GM, Rangers:
8. Kim Ng, Assistant GM, Dodgers:
9. Logan White, Assistant GM/Scouting, Dodgers:
10. Damon Oppenheimer, Scouting Director, Yankees:
Another good sign from Beckham was his patience at the plate. He struck out 17.2% of the time last season, but he also walked nearly 9.5% of the time. For reference, Evan Longoria walked 9.1% of the time as a rookie, but struck out 27.2%. With a sharper batting eye, Beckham could increase his walk total, bump up his OBP, and create more run-scoring opportunities. …