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October 14, 2010

Herm Schneider wins another ‘DL Cup’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 14, 2010 1:50 pm
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Days players spent on the DL in 2010:

AFL Game #3: Peoria Javelinas @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 14, 2010 1:36 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 96 degrees, sunny! Johnnie Lowe (RHP) starts for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Game ended tied 4-4:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
a- Mitchell PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .375

and

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe 3.0 6 4 4 2 2 1 12.00

Pitches-strikes: Lowe 70-40.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lowe 5-1.
Batters faced: Lowe 16.

October 13, 2010

AFL Game #2: Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 13, 2010 3:25 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 98 degrees, sunny! Jared Mitchell starts at LF and Eduardo Escobar at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Not a good day:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Mitchell LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .429

FIELDING
E: Escobar (1, throw).

Kevin Goldstein on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 13, 2010 3:14 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Jared Mitchell, OF, White Sox (AFL: Peoria S): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, K, CS

The White Sox do not have a very good minor league system, and it took a huge hit when Mitchell, the club’s first-round pick in 2009, tore an ankle tendon in spring training and missed the entire regular season. Mitchell wasted no time getting back in the swing of things in the AFL opener, and the toolsiest player in the system has an excellent chance of regaining his prospect status with a strong showing.

October 12, 2010

AFL Game #1: Peoria Saguaros @ Scottsdale Scorpions [UPDATE]

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 75 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Jared went 3-4 with a double and a K:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell CF 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .750
Escobar 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500

BASERUNNING
CS: Escobar (1, 2nd base by Verdugo, R/Norris, D), Mitchell (1, 2nd base by Stange/Norris, D).
PO: Escobar (1st base by Verdugo, R).

Peoria Saguaros
Leesman (L, 0-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 9.00

Pitches-strikes: Leesman 22-9.
Groundouts-flyouts
: Leesman 0-1.
Batters faced
: Leesman 5.


Here’s a quick look on the White Sox prospects:

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster. And FutureSox’ post.

Greg Walker enthused with Tyler Flowers’ Konerko-esque swing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 6:58 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

According to Walker, that slump could be indicative of Flowers not staying steady with his swing until later in the season.

“Tyler has had some different ideas about how his swing works than what we did,” Walker said. “In Spring Training, he scuffled and we kind of, at the very end, gave him what we thought he should be doing. He got off to a really good start and when he scuffled, he went back to some of his thoughts. So, when he came up this year, I really didn’t know where he was with his swing.

“But he’s been pretty much a sponge since he got up [to the White Sox]. Paulie [Konerko] and other players in the clubhouse talked to him about how his swing should work, and he bought into it.

“His flips, his batting practices. He’s hitting balls technically correct in batting practice that might be some of the longest. … I’ve never seen anyone consistently hit them that far in this park during batting practice.”

Flowers went to the instructional league to get at-bats with his adjusted swing approach after the regular season’s conclusion. Walker said the catcher was open to going to winter ball if a job opened.

“That tells you something about where he’s at,” said Walker of Flowers, who finished 1-for-11 in eight games with the White Sox. “The first thing you ask is if his swing is technically correct and will hold up in a game with a 95-mph fastball, and I think it does. We have to get his pregame swing incorporated into [his] game swing. He can do it. How quick? I have no idea. It’s case to case.

“He’s a tremendously talented kid that is trying to correct some swing problems and some approach flaws, in my mind. I’m still confident he’s on the right track, but this winter is important to him.

“Sometimes you fail before you succeed. I wouldn’t consider his year a total failure by any means and I really haven’t lost any confidence. If anything, it has grown. Now we are seeing a consistent and correct swing, we are seeing consistency in pregame work we’ve never seen before. I’m excited about where it can go.”

Baseball America’s International League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 3:22 pm
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Wagner @ BA:

10. Daniel Hudson, rhp, Charlotte Knights (White Sox [traded])

11. Brent Morel, 3b/ss, Charlotte Knights (White Sox)

Morel made BA’s Southern League Top 20 (#18) as well.

BTW, John Sickels had this on Daniel Hudson in his Top 50 pitching prospects review:

24) Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox: 3.47 ERA, 108/31 K/BB in 93 Triple-A innings, 2.45 ERA with 82/27 K/BB in 95 major league innings, 68 hits. Inexplicably traded from Chicago to Arizona, a move that the White Sox are likely to regret in coming years.

White Sox sign LHP Ryan Bollinger

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 12:45 pm
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Mehrer @ MDN:

Minot High School and Minot Vistas alumni Ryan Bollinger signed a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox on October 7.

… In August of 2009, Bollinger signed a seven-year deal with the Phillies, but the lefthander was cut before making it to their minor league system. He recently wrapped up a short stint with an independent baseball team of the Frontier League, the Windy City Thunderbolts. After working as a hitter in the Phillies organization, the 6-foot-5 Bollinger went back to the mound with the Thunderbolts. Bollinger was one of the top pitchers in the state in his final few seasons playing for the Magicians and Vistas.

… Bollinger will be working on his conditioning, fine tuning his mechanics, and making sure his arm is strong enough before spring training. After spring training, the White Sox organization will decide where Bollinger will go.

Bollinger‘s stats with the Thunderbolts:

Birthdate: Feb 4, 1991
Hometown: Minot, ND
Bats/Throws:  L/L
Height: 6-6
Weight: 185 lbs

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Summer 2010 Windy City ThunderBolts 0 0 0.00 6 0 0 0 5 7 5 4
Playoffs 2010 Windy City ThunderBolts 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 1.1 0 1 0
TOTAL 0 0 0.00 8 0 0 0 6.1 7 6 4

Will Rick Hahn’s assistant GM status be a plus or a minus?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 12:32 pm
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Waldstein @ NYT:

When the Mets interview Rick Hahn on Tuesday for their general manager opening, he will have one distinct advantage over other candidates. Hahn, the assistant general manager of the Chicago White Sox, attended the University of Michigan, the beloved alma mater of Fred Wilpon, the Mets’ principal owner. That should prove beneficial.

But there is one drawback that could thwart his candidacy from the outset: Hahn’s role as an assistant.

Padilla @ ESPN:

If you squint at it and adjust our eyes just so, White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn could be the Mets’ hand-picked choice to be their new general manager.

… There are a couple of things Hahn has going for him that set him apart from the other candidates. No. 1, Hahn is a Michigan graduate just like Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon. No. 2 — and this one is more revealing — is that one of the stated interests in a new Mets GM is an assistant that is viewed as an up-and-comer.

Time for Phil Rogers’ words of wisdom!

October 11, 2010

Differences between expected and actual BABIP for the 2010 White Sox

Gross @ THT:

A couple of years ago, Chris Dutton and Peter Bendix did some research on batted-ball data and created a metric called xBABIP (“expected BABIP”). xBABIP dispelled the myth that BABIP was primarily a function of “LD%+ .120.” Rather, as Dutton and Bendix found, BABIP was better explained as a function all batted-ball types and ratios with speed/power/strikeout considerations.

Last year, Derek Carty and Chris Dutton debuted the simple xBABIP calculator on THT. This tool has empowered users to determine a player’s xBABIP and compare it to their actual BABIP. Therefrom, one could forecast a hitter’s expected batting line, assuming all the input ratios were to remain constant. Over the course of 500+ PA, these ratios tend to be significant, though conclusions can still be drawn at the 300 PA threshold (we’d really only be waiting on IFFB% stabilization).

For all 270 hitters who accrued 300 or more plate appearances this season, I applied the xBABIP formula (by park) to determine each hitter’s expected batting lines. In short, what I have created is a spreadsheet of “what you can expect as a baseline for production in 2011, assuming all else remains constant.” In other words, this is how these hitters should have hit in 2010. …

Numbers for the White Sox players from the full spreadsheet:

Player PA xBABIP BABIP Difference
Andruw Jones 328 .310 .239 .071
Juan Pierre 734 .351 .294 .057
Mark Kotsay 359 .298 .247 .051
Carlos Quentin 527 .282 .241 .041
A.J. Pierzynski 503 .299 .278 .021
Alex Rios 617 .322 .306 .016
Alexei Ramirez 626 .311 .300 .011
Gordon Beckham 498 .304 .297 .007
Omar Vizquel 391 .309 .309 0
Paul Konerko 631 .297 .326 -.029

For players that played part of the year with the White Sox I got their BABIP numbers from statcorner. All the numbers are for the time they played for the White Sox:

Player PA xBABIP BABIP Difference
Jayson Nix 57 .262 .189 .073
Manny Ramirez 88 .313 .388 -.075

Mark Teahen had only 262 PAs.

Seattle won’t be hiring Joey Cora for manager?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 11, 2010 6:50 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

From early indications, it looks as if Joey Cora will likely be back as bench coach for the Chicago White Sox next season.

According to a major league source, the Seattle Mariners never considered Cora a candidate for their managerial opening and the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have Ozzie Guillen’s right-hand man on their preliminary list of candidates for their manager opening. …

Cora isn’t in the running for the Florida Marlins manager job either says Padilla.

Another 2011 Mock Draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 11, 2010 1:28 pm
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MLBBB:

23.   IF            Jason Esposito

Esposito (Vanderbilt Jr.) played 3B (his coach says he has the versatility to play SS). Height and Weight are 6-2 and 205.

Esposito’s college stats:

Year avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2010
.359 66-66 262 65 94 25 1 12 64 157 .599 34 15 35 5 .455 3 5 31-35 49 139 13 .935
2009
.287 64-64 237 39 68 13 1 4 42 95 .401 16 10 48 10 .351 5 4 20-25 36 107 14 .911

Fangraphs says:

The most well-rounded player up the middle is Jason Esposito (.359/.453/.582), who really came into his own in year two under Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt. He’s now patient, with developing gap power and a threat on the bases (career 50-for-59). Maybe a third baseman in the end, but a five-tool one

More scouting reports here.

And some embedded videos: (more…)

October 10, 2010

Colin Wyers (BP) on Alexei Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 10, 2010 11:45 pm
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Colin Wyers finds players that exceeded PECOTA’s WARP projection in 2010:

White Sox: SS Alexei Ramirez, +4.5 WARP. This might seem a bit of a surprise given Paul Konerko‘s career year (and Paulie is at +2.8), but the Cuban import has settled in to deliver an excellent second season at shortstop after getting moved across the bag in 2009, which shows up in WARP as well as in a variety of defensive metrics. Add in his getting some of his power back, and you’ve got a much better player.

WARP is:

Wins Above Replacement Player, level 1. The number of wins this player contributed, above what a replacement level hitter, fielder, and pitcher would have done, with adjustments only for within the season. It should be noted that a team which is at replacement level in all three of batting, pitching, and fielding will be an extraordinarily bad team, on the order of 20-25 wins in a 162-game season.

WARP is also listed on a player’s PECOTA card. The PECOTA WARP listing is designed to correspond to WARP-1, not WARP-2 or WARP-3.

October 8, 2010

And here’s a mock draft for the June 2011 MLB draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 8, 2010 8:13 pm
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MLBBB:

23-White Sox-Brett Mooneyham-LHP-Stanford. The White Sox like college pitching and Mooneyham’s upside will be enough to offset his control issues.

Here are Mooneyham’s college stats:

Year
era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp
bk sfa sha
2010 5.07 3-7 17-17 1 0/0 0 87.0 76 56 49 62 99 15 1 8 313 .243 6 6 2 3 9
2009
4.14 6-3 13-11 1 0/1
0 67.1 46 34 31 54 72 3
1 5 226 .204 9 5 2 2 8

BaseballBeginnings scouting report (with video) dated 7/14/2010 says:

Mooneyham is made for the mound, with tall and very broad shoulders. His fastball in this look was 89-92, averaged 90, and I felt lacked major league average movement and command. The curveball was 72-77, with average command, but lacked the power and bite the pitch should have. He threw a few change-ups at 78, which were average pitches.

Here are several more scouting reports on Mooneyham. And a couple Youtube videos: PNR Scouting (3:14), warmup (1:41).

BTW, is the Brett Mooneyham in this video (2:48) the same guy? Cedro House is one of the houses in Stanford’s Wilbur Hall. Dude gets extra Brownie points for this!

Joey Cora to interview for Milwaukee’s coaching job

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 8, 2010 2:43 pm
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Bob Nightengale @ USAT:

The Brewers are expected to interview White Sox bench coach Joey Cora for their managerial opening while Bob Melvin remains the favorite

Tom Haudricourt says “Cora is one of the hot “new” names on the circuit this winter” and has more on all the candidates for the Brewers’ job.

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