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May 25, 2010

Charlie Shirek increases his velocity, working on a cutter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 3:07 am
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White:

This year, Shirek said, his fastball velocity has picked up just a bit — from 91 mph to 92 or 93. And he said he went to work on a cutter during spring training that has complemented his other pitches.

“Our pitching coach (J.R. Perdew) said I should work on it,” Shirek said. “I’d never thrown one before, but it’s become a good pitch in games where my fastball isn’t doing what I want and I need another pitch to get out of a jam.”

Sergio Santos wants to hit 100 mph

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 3:03 am
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Two articles on Sergio Santos:

Jeff Passan:

Whether Santos’ arm always was that gifted or, as Montero would attest, an ugly duckling that blossomed, it is a sight to behold. At 240 pounds today, he generates tremendous velocity. Last season, he said, “my only goal last year was to hit 100 mph.” He did it in the final inning of his final game.

He wants to do it again this year, only in a big league park. Hitters already have enough trouble with Santos’ stuff. He has 21 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings and has limited hitters to a .161 batting average. In a bullpen full of power arms – Matt Thornton(notes), Bobby Jenks(notes), Scott Linebrink(notes) and J.J. Putz(notes) – Santos’ might be the most powerful.

And J.J. Stankevitz:

If Santos continues to emerge as a reliever, inserting him into the closer role could save the Sox upward of $8-$9 million in 2011. Although, even if Santos doesn’t continue his growth, the Sox still shouldn’t allocate that much money to a closer, especially one who’s begun to regress in the past few years.

While it’s only May of 2010, the closer role for 2011 is Santos’ to lose.

Multiple teams interested in Sox relievers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 2:29 am
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Cowley:

The list is up to six … and counting.

Bobby Jenks, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Mark Buehrle, Andruw Jones – and now J.J. Putz. He’s the latest White Sox player to see his name pop up on the rumor mill.

… One National League scout said Monday that there were more teams than just the Philadelphia Phillies interested in Sox relievers, as bullpen problems seem to be springing up all over baseball.

May 24, 2010

Nelson Cruz and Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 11:58 pm
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I was reading John Sickels’ Prospect Retro: Nelson Cruz and noticed Cruz’ atrocious walk rates during his first 2 years on the States. Can Dayan Viciedo become the next Nelson Cruz please?

:p

Sox win 7-2. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 11:34 pm
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Rios had a 2-run HR and a SB. Teahen had a 2B and 2 1B. And Alexei drew his 6th BB!

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 4-3) 5.0 6 2 2 2 5 0 2.37
Santos(H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.52
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.00
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.68
Jenks 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.06
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 3 8 0 4.47

Jenks hit 98. Santos & Thornton & Putz 97. (more…)

John Fogerty’s ‘Centerfield’ will enter baseball’s Hall of Fame

Filed under: MLB,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 9:59 pm
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CBS:

John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” has logged more time in baseball stadiums than most Hall of Famers. Now, the classic song is about to get its due in Cooperstown.

The Baseball Hall of Fame said that “Centerfield” will be honored at this summer’s induction ceremonies, the first time a musician or a song has been celebrated as a part of the festivities.

“As a little boy I loved baseball. I dreamed about being a major league player. Of course it didn’t work out that way. But to be associated at all, in any way, is a wonderful honor,” he said.

Already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty will perform the song at the sport’s shrine on July 25.

Take it away John:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILFWDwVJQxs

We’re #1!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 6:25 pm
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not in something good though:

teams this season with the most “regular” players (meaning “Qualified for league batting title” to date) with an OPS+ less than 101:

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching
1 2010 Chicago White Sox AL 6 Gordon Beckham / Juan Pierre / A.J. Pierzynski / Carlos Quentin / Alexei Ramirez / Mark Teahen
2 2010 Houston Astros NL 5 Michael Bourn / Pedro Feliz / Jeff Keppinger / Carlos Lee / Hunter Pence

There are 4 teams with 4 after Houston.

MLBBB Mock Draft: White Sox pick Brandon Workman at #13

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 6:12 pm
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Seiler:

13. Chicago White Sox – Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas – Like Allie, Workman has changed the minds of the scouting community quite recently in a positive direction. After scuffling through a few starts early in the season, he’s turned it on over the last month, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him off the board in the top half of the first round. The White Sox aren’t being clear about their direction, except to point out that they’re likely to stick to slot again.

MLB Draft Central has a scouting report and video for Brandon Workman.

Kevin Goldstein on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 3:10 pm
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Goldstein:

Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)

If there’s one thing that makes scouts (and those in the prospect-ranking business) nervous, it’s the out-of-nowhere guy. In 2009, Hudson was just that, as the fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft went from Low-A to the big leagues while putting up some off the best numbers in the minor leagues. Sent to Triple-A in order to get more innings, Hudson struggled in April, hitting rock bottom in his fourth start of the year when he allowed nine runs in one inning to raise his ERA to 9.37. Call it adjustments, call it small sample size, but the Hudson we saw last year, with the outstanding command of a deep arsenal is back. On Sunday, he struck out a season-high 11 over eight shutout innings while giving up three hits, and in five May starts he’s whiffed 41 in 32 innings with a 1.97 ERA. If you’re the White Sox and you’re not exactly going anywhere, why not see what you have here?

May 23, 2010

Ozzie Guillen describes Juan Pierre as “pretty good”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2010 8:14 pm
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Merkin:

Guillen focuses on the contributions currently being made by Juan Pierre, who was acquired in the offseason deal sending Ely to the Dodgers, or Jake Peavy, who came over from San Diego last year for a four-hurler package involving Richard. The White Sox have a good track record of giving up the right Minor League talent to make the Major League team stronger.

“Every time we make a trade, I always say, ‘I could never have been a general manager because you have to take a chance on what the team wants and the team needs, and ignore feelings,'” Guillen said. “We knew John would be fine and we knew Clayton would be good, but we have a pretty good guy [in return for each trade].”

Pretty good? I’d say pretty bad. I see a 64 OPS+ and a 75 wRC+. Both numbers are smaller than 100.

11 K / 1 BB for Dan Hudson today (5/23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2010 5:17 pm
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Boxscore:

Charlotte
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hudson, D (W, 5-2) 8.0 3 0 0 1 11 0 4.47
Dolsi 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.09

UPDATE: MiLB.com:

Facing the International League’s top scoring team Sunday, though, Hudson was in control. After allowing a leadoff single to the Clippers’ Jose Constanza and another single to Brian Buscher two batters later, Hudson got out of the first and never gave Columbus another chance.

Philadelphia Phillies interested in Bobby Jenks, J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2010 3:14 pm
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Levine:

The Philadelphia Phillies are among a couple of teams looking at the Chicago White Sox and trying to project which players will be available if the the White Sox don’t get back into the American League Central race over the next few weeks. One top Philadelphia scout was looking at the White Sox this week, concentrating on closer Bobby Jenks.

… The Phillies also are interested in reliever J.J. Putz, who had extensive experience as a setup man and closer and would fit nicely into the Phillies’ bullpen mix.

For prospects lists go here. Maybe someone like a J.C. Ramirez, Brody Colvin or Jarred Cossart?

BTW, Jenks and Putz pitched yesterday. Here is the pitch f/x report. Jenks hit 98, Putz 97.

May 22, 2010

John Ely earns win #3 (3 K / 1 BB)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2010 11:41 pm
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Boxscore:

LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ely(W, 3-1) 6.0 8 2 2 1 3 0 3.41
Kuo 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.93
Troncoso 0.2 1 1 1 1 0 1 5.06
Weaver, Jf(H, 3) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.38
Broxton(S, 10) 1.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 1.45
Totals 9.0 12 4 4 3 5 1 4.28

Ely: 28 K (7.96 K/9), 4 BB (1.14 BB/9), 8.24 H/9, 1.04 WHIP, 3.41 ERA in 31.2 IP

Video clips of his starts: http://mlb.mlb.com/search/media.jsp?player_id=518655

Juan Pierre has a 63 OPS+ and a .293 wOBA.

UPDATE: More ex-Sox pitchers wins:

Clayton Richard:

San Diego IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Richard(W, 4-2) 7.0 7 1 1 0 6 0 2.73
Adams, M(H, 12) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.72
Bell(S, 12) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.95
Totals 9.0 9 1 1 0 8 0 3.03

Gio Gonzalez:

Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gonzalez, G(W, 5-3) 8.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 3.46
Bailey, A(S, 7) 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.08
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 2 7 0 4.01

Update: Here are some stats for the guys the Sox traded away:

Player ERA+ tRA+ ERA tRA FIP xFIP
John Ely (Dodgers) 117 136 3.41 2.97 1.83 3.25
Clayton Richard (Padres) 136 109 2.73 4.19 3.07 4.08
Gio Gonzalez (A’s) 119 114 3.46 3.84 3.47 4.25

Definitions:

ERA+: “ERA measured against the league average, and adjusted for ballpark factors. An ERA+ over 100 is better than average, less than 100 is below average.”

“tRA+ is equal to [((lgTRA – tRA`) / lgTRA) + 1] * 100. This formula puts tRA+ on the same scale as wOBA+’

“tRA involves assigning run and out values to all events under a pitcher’s control and coming up with an expected number of runs allowed and outs generated in a defense and park neutral environment. tRA is on a R/9 scale.”

FIP: “Fielding Independent Pitching, a measure of all those things for which a pitcher is specifically responsible. The formula is (HR*13+(BB+HBP-IBB)*3-K*2)/IP, plus a league-specific factor (usually around 3.2) to round out the number to an equivalent ERA number. FIP helps you understand how well a pitcher pitched, regardless of how well his fielders fielded. FIP was invented by Tangotiger.”

xFIP: “Expected Fielding Independent Pitching. This is an experimental stat that adjusts FIP and “normalizes” the home run component. Research has shown that home runs allowed are pretty much a function of flyballs allowed and home park, so xFIP is based on the average number of home runs allowed per outfield fly. Theoretically, this should be a better predicter of a pitcher’s future ERA.”

Alex helps Floyd get the win. Jenks finishes the game. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2010 7:50 pm
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Rios 2-run HR and RBI single were enough to give Gavin (7 K / 2 BB) the W and the Sox the 4-1 win.

Rios had 5 TBs (HR, 1B) and Quentin 3 TBs (2B,1B) and a BB.

Video highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 2-4) 6.1 6 1 1 2 7 0 6.31
Thornton 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.12
Putz(H, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.95
Santos(H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.55
Jenks(S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Totals 9.0 7 1 1 3 9 0 4.34

Pitch F/X says Floyd hit 95, Putz 95, Santos 97,Thornton 97.5,  Jenks 98: (more…)

May 21, 2010

Alexei helps Buehrle get the win. Santos finishes the game. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 21, 2010 9:51 pm
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Alexei had a 3-run HR and a 2-run 2B. Kotsay had a solo HR and 2 1B.  Quentin had 2 1B.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle(W, 3-5) 8.0 3 0 0 3 3 0 4.55
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.59
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 3 5 0 4.43

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

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