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November 14, 2010

Don Cooper says work fast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 14, 2010 7:04 pm
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DBITL @ BTB:

For pitchers that threw 500 or more qualified pitches (pitches that meet the requirements for tracking pitch times) in 2010, here are the 20 major league leaders and major league trailers for time between pitches.  Measurements are in seconds:

1. Mark Buehrle, 16.0
11. John Danks, 17.5

Also, Dan Hudson is at #4 and Clayton Richard is at #19. As a team the White Sox are second with a 19.1 average.

Using 1500 qualified pitches as a cutoff point, to filter out relief pitchers, we get:

1. Mark Buerhle, 16.0
2. John Danks, 17.5

Clayton Richard is at #5. For complete charts and in graphic form, hit the link!

November 13, 2010

AFL Game #28: Peoria Saguaros @ Phoenix Desert Dogs [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 13, 2010 7:25 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 60 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at LF, Eduardo Escobar starts at SS, and Johnny Lowe is the starting pitcher for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Suck all over:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .330
a- Bour PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Mitchell LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .169

and

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe (L, 0-4) 3.0 4 4 4 3 1 1 14.58

Pitches-strikes: Lowe 56-31.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lowe 6-0.
Batters faced: Lowe 15.

November 12, 2010

AFL Game #27: Peoria Saguaros @ Scottsdale Scorpions [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 12, 2010 7:28 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 68 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar starts at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: The basepaths were full of Sox prospects:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .340
Mitchell CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .171

BATTING TB: Escobar. BASERUNNING SB: Mitchell 2 (2, 2nd base off Collmenter/Easley, 2nd base off Collmenter/Easley), Escobar (2, 2nd base off Collmenter/Easley). FIELDING DP: 3 (Parrino-Escobar-Parmelee 2, Escobar-Parrino-Parmelee).

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carter, A 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.00

Pitches-strikes: Carter, A 14-9. Groundouts-flyouts: Carter, A 1-1. Batters faced: Carter, A 4.

Smells Like Mascot: Robbed!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 12, 2010 1:47 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://www.smellslikemascot.com/2010/11/robbed.html

Craig Ferguson’s ‘Halloween Monster Mash’

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ November 12, 2010 12:15 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvvvBGn7FxI

BTW, here’s the Groovie Goolies Monster Mash video:

November 11, 2010

AFL Game #26: Peoria Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 11, 2010 1:26 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy. Jason Bour starts at C for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Meh:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bour C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .263
and
Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leesman 1.1 2 2 2 3 2 0 11.17
Mabee 2.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 7.15
Pitches-strikes: Leesman 29-15, Mabee 36-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Leesman 2-0, Mabee 3-2.
Batters faced: Leesman 8, Mabee 8.

White Sox interested in Rafael Soriano

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 11, 2010 11:15 am
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Rosenthal @ FS:

The White Sox are checking into free-agent closer Rafael Soriano, yet another indication they may trade or non-tender Bobby Jenks. The Rays figure to lose Soriano and several of their other relievers as free agents and lack the flexibility to buy comparable replacements.

Soriano is a type-A free agent. The White Sox have the 23rd pick in the 2011 draft, which is unprocteted and will be given to the Rays if the Sox sign Soriano (provided the Rays offer him arbitration and he declines).

Soriano’s salary was $6.35 million in 2009 and $7.35 million in 2010.

November 10, 2010

Most Important Sox, 2011 and beyond edition (#1-10)

Ballantini @ CSN:

As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …

1.    Chris Sale, P

Sale is not the best White Sox player — yet. But in just 21 games last season, he established himself as a potential superstar. He’s the most important White Sox player in 2011 because of his flexibility — he’s a potential starter, setup man, or closer. Talk about a “Sale” — the 21-year-old lefty will fill a crucial slot on the team for peanuts, and for a guy who provided $2.6 million in value (estimated salary values all via FanGraphs) in just his short stint with the club last season, the value of this Sale is immeasurable.

White Sox hire longtime Latin American scout Pablo Cruz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2010 8:50 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

… Krause and Doug Laumann, the Sox’s director of amateur scouting, visited the Dominican Republic last week to scout amateur players. General Manager Ken Williams wouldn’t confirm Wednesday that the Sox had hired Pablo Cruz, a longtime Latin American scout, to assist Krause.

Cruz signed third base slugger Aramis Ramirez while with the Pirates’ organization and is “as honest as they come,” according to one veteran major league scout.

Mark Buehrle thinks Paul Konerko won’t be back (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2010 1:36 pm
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video: http://www.csnchicago.com/pages/video?PID=oLyVPFPlcp0UluuALyIjO3rtSGu__5Lh (9:04)

At the 7:00 mark Buehrle says his gut feeling is Konerko won’t be back while A.J. has a better chance and he will be back. Also, at the 3:00 mark Buehre says if the White Sox offer him a contract after 2011, he will stay with the White Sox (99% odds) even if he has an offer from St. Louis.

AFL Game #25: Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2010 12:45 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 64 degrees, sunny. Eduardo Escobar stats at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: A single for Escobar:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .348

BATTING
TB: Escobar.

White Sox minor league free agents

Eddy @ BA:

Chicago White Sox (17)
RHP:
Greg Aquino (AAA), Ryan Braun (AAA), Charlis Burdie (Hi A), Mariano Chevalier (DSL), Clevelan Santeliz (AAA), Matt Zaleski (AAA)
LHP: Randy Williams (AAA)
C: Cole Armstrong (AA), Adam Ricks (AAA)
1B: Ian Gac (Lo A)
2B: Fernando Cortez (AAA)
SS: Luis Rodriguez (AAA)
OF: Buck Coats (AAA), Josh Kroeger (AAA), Miguel Negron (AA), Jeremy Reed (AAA), Salvador Sanchez (AA) 

BTB: 2010 Catcher defensive rankings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2010 12:27 pm
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Klaasen @ BTB:

let’s see which catchers in baseball are ranked as providing the most (and least) overall value to their team (I didn’t combine multi-team performances) in 2010 in runs above/below average in combined fielding errors (FE), throwing errors (TE), passed balls and wild pitches allowed (PBWP), and caught stealing (CS). …

Rank Name Age Tm PA FERuns TERuns PBWPRns CSRuns Total
31 Ramon Castro 34 CHW 1204 -0.4 0.7 1.6 -0.9 1.0
102 A.J. Pierzynski 33 CHW 4650 0.6 0.9 -0.8 -3.0 -2.4

November 9, 2010

Most Important Sox, 2011 and beyond edition (#11-20)

Ballantini @ CSN:

As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …

12.    Juan Pierre, LF

Another player who is easy to take for granted is Pierre, but the left-fielder was a miraculous find for the White Sox in 2010. Pierre almost completely offset his arm in the field by getting to every ball hit his way, compiling a UZR of 13.4, ninth-best in baseball, sixth among outfielders and third among left fielders. Pierre was also one of the best pressure hitters in baseball, with a 1.15 Clutch rating that was tied for eighth among all players. Pierre brought $9 million in value to the White Sox, who paid him just $3 million for the season. Williams and Guillen so gush over what Pierre brings to the field that it would not surprise if the soft-spoken speedster ascends to the role of team captain if both Konerko and Pierzynski fail to return.

Mark Kotsay: The White Sox are trying to get a left-handed hitter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 9, 2010 7:58 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

In another development, Sox free agent Mark Kotsay said on Jim Bowden’s XM Radio show that the Sox are trying to acquire a left-handed hitter, such as free agents Adam Dunn or Aubrey Huff, or trade for Prince Fielder in addition to re-signing Konerko.

The Sox had discussions with Milwaukee involving Fielder, but those talks stopped prior to the July 31 trading deadline after the Brewers asked for Gordon Beckham.

Padilla @ ESPN says the Sox will likely get a chance to match any contract offer Konerko gets:

At the very least, the bond figures to afford the White Sox one last chance at matching any deal Konerko might have on the table from another team.

The situation is unique, although not unprecedented, because it will give the White Sox a bargaining chip that other clubs won’t have. Call them naive, but because Konerko and Reinsdorf are so close, the club expects that whatever dollar amount it could be asked to match will not be an artificially inflated one.

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