Laumann said general manager Kenny Williams prefers players who can make it to the big-league club quickly, though the Sox did select three high school players among their first five picks last year.
“Kenny’s philosophy is get an impact guy, get a guy that we think when he gets to the big-league level he can make an impact, be a star kind of player,” Laumann said. “That being said, we don’t seem to be an organization that fits into a rebuilding mode to where we want to sit there and say we want to wait four, five, six years for a guy.
“We’re always trying to inject guys maybe in a two or three-year time frame to the core we’ve got at the big-league level. When that’s the case, the college kid’s certainly someone that’s going to be a little more attractive to us.”
June 6, 2010
Tom Thibodeau is represented by Leon Rose, who also is the agent for LeBron James. Could something be brewing to pair the two together in Chicago? Several NBA types we spoke to believe that is a strong possibility.
Meanwhile, William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, James’ powerful confidante, tells his NBA friends that the free agent is leaning hard towards signing with the Bulls.
As the White Sox drift out of the AL Central race, it’s hard not to wonder if GM Kenny Williams will listen to offers on any of his starting pitchers. But longtime Williams watchers would be shocked if he deals anyone other than replaceable bullpen parts and possibly Paul Konerko.”The thing you have to remember about Kenny is, he always expects to have a good team,” said one rival GM. “If he doesn’t think he can win this year, he still expects to win next year. So why would he move his [top four] starters? I don’t see him doing that. He’ll move a free agent, or bullpen guys he thinks are overpriced, because those guys are replaceable. But he can’t replace a Gavin Floyd or a [Mark] Buehrle or a [John] Danks. So I don’t see that one.”
Meanwhile, one scout reports that he thinks rumors of Bobby Jenks‘ demise as a useful closer have been seriously overblown.
“I still think Bobby Jenks, with the right team, could bring them a decent return,” the scout said. “His velocity is down a little, and he’s throwing more two-seam fastballs. But I don’t think his stuff has declined that much to where I’d think he can’t close.”
Bruce Levine expects Kenny to shop Jenks, Konerko, Pierzynski and Buehrle:
The Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies have had the most scouts looking at the White Sox the past three weeks. The Rangers have a strong interest in Pierzynski. They feel he can bring intangibles to bring them to the next level. The Phillies’ bullpen is in need of a power arm with experience, and no one fits that role on the Sox better than Jenks, especially with the injuries to Phillies closer Brad Lidge. …
With the 13th pick in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, don’t be surprised if the White Sox take a college pitcher Monday night.”That’s a high-percentage possibility,” said White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann, speaking to the media Sunday morning, one day before the start of the 2010 Draft. “That’s not to say if one or two of the guys in this pool we have is available that we might not go that route.”
General manager Ken Williams’ Draft philosophy has been to get an impact type of player, at any position, something the White Sox feel they have done during the past two Drafts with Gordon Beckham (2008) and Jared Mitchell (2009) standing as their top picks. Signability, according to Laumann, also will serve as a fairly significant factor in the selection process this year.
“One of the hardest parts of it is just the games that are played before the Draft with the agents in terms of, ‘My guy wants this, my guy wants that,’” Laumann said. “I don’t want to spend a year’s worth of our guys’ time scouting and our time and the effort and money to pick a guy off the board that we’re not going to sign.
“At the same time, I don’t want to pass on a guy to find out that he’s signed five picks later. I hope, and maybe in the next couple of years with the new agreement, there’s a system set up where we could just line them up, see whose better scouts, take the best guy available and see what happens.”
Hopefully Kyle McCulloch and Lance Broadway aren’t coming back.
After two solid picks in the June amateur free agent draft, the Chicago White Sox appear set to go after a pitcher when their pick comes up Monday night at No. 13 in the first round. Right-handed pitchers Deck McGuire of Georgia Tech, Brandon Workman of Texas and Ascher Wojciechowski of Citadel are the three projected picks for the Sox. …
It’s true that Quentin had a .221 BABIP in ‘09 and currently has a .199 BABIP in 2010, fourth-worst among qualified batters. But his career BABIP in the majors is .248, and his rest-of-season ZiPS projection has a .257 BABIP. The odds of Quentin continuing to post a sub-.200 BABIP are very slim, but there are several reasons why he gets fewer hits on balls put in play than most:
He hits few line drives …
He pops the ball up often …
He’s slow …
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski would almost certainly consent to a trade if the club asked him to move on in order to give Tyler Flowers big league experience. Pierzynski has the right to veto any trade beginning on June 13th. The veteran is a free agent at the end of the season and could enhance his value by going to a contender. If he was still available in August then his salary is high enough that he would likely clear waivers.
Pierzynski has become the topic of interest for the past month on the South Side because the free agent after the 2010 season earns 10-and-5 status on this Monday. Having played at least 10 years in the Majors and at least five straight with the same team gives Pierzynski no-trade veto power, but with the White Sox slipping out of contention and Tyler Flowers waiting at Triple-A Charlotte, Pierzynski could be moved before that week runs off the calendar.
Even with this status, though, Pierzynski said Sunday it wouldn’t automatically mean he stays in Chicago for the remainder of the 2010 campaign. If the situation makes sense for both sides, Pierzynski would consider consenting to a trade.
“Obviously, if the White Sox aren’t where we want to be and a team has a chance for the playoffs and to win the World Series and they come and say, ‘Hey, we need a catcher,’ it would be hard to say no to that,” Pierzynski said. “How would you go about that? That’s something [where] my love for Chicago and this organization would be a deciding factor, but it’s hard as a player to say no.
“Look at Jim [Thome] and what he went to last year. You have an opportunity to go somewhere and win, if it’s not going to work out here. I hope it works out here, first and foremost. I would like to stay here for a long time.”
The ultimate goal for Pierzynski hasn’t changed: stay with the White Sox for the remainder of his career, not just this week or for the next four months. But as Pierzynski pointed out, it takes “two to tango” where his desire to stay is concerned.