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February 7, 2011

BTB has the White Sox rotation as the best in the AL Central

Satchel Price:

When this rotation is healthy, few teams west of Philly can boast a stronger group from top to bottom. Buehrle might average 86 MPH with his fastball, but he’s essentially a lock for 200+ innings and 3+ WAR. Danks, Floyd and Jackson have shown continued improvement over the past couple years; each posted 3.8 WAR or higher last season and they all have the potential to exceed that mark again in 2011. The No. 5 spot in the rotation is murky, but the upside is massive between Peavy and Sale. And even if Peavy doesn’t return until June and Sale is the club’s closer, this is still an obvious strength given how good the front four guys are. When you look at this group of guys and where some of them started, it’s hard not credit Don Cooper for everything he’s done in Chicago. People love what Dave Duncan does for the Cardinals in St. Louis, but there’s no doubt that the AL has a similar equivalent in Mr. Cooper.

John Sickels on RHP Anthony Carter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 7, 2011 1:05 pm
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John Sickels on White Sox prospect Anthony Carter:

Carter was drafted in the 26th round by the White Sox in 2005, from Georgia Perimeter Junior College. He has one of the best fastballs in the White Sox system, hitting 95-98 MPH on his best days. His slider and changeup have their moments but are inconsistent. A starter in the lower minors, he converted to relief last year in Double-A with solid results; his K/IP and H/IP marks were very good, reflecting his above average stuff, and his control wasn’t terrible. Indeed, he showed excellent command in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 16/0 K/BB in 10 innings of work. Carter has the stuff to be a solid middle reliever, with some chance he can close if his control remains as sharp as it was in Arizona. Grade C, but raise that a notch if he keeps throwing strikes like he did in the fall.

BTW, here are Sickels’ 2011 Top 20 White Sox Prospects.

February 4, 2011

FanGraphs on Adam Dunn’s Changed Plate Approach

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 11:00 pm

Lyu @ FG:

Suffice it to say that Adam Dunn‘s power has been eerily consistent throughout his career, hitting 40 +/- 2 home runs the past six years with over 100 RBI in five of them. His OBP, walk rate, and strikeout rate were very similar from 2004 to 2009. However, Dunn showed a change in approach last season, reaching career worsts in walk rate (11.9%) and strikeout rate (35.7%) while his OBP was his lowest since 2003 (.356). Granted, that’s still a very good OBP, but his change in approach came with an OBP drop of 40 points since he first joined the Washington Nationals.

Dunn’s swing rate has increased from 40.4% to 45.0%, a career high, showing a more aggressive approach at the plate. Here’s how his other plate-discipline stats changed:

2009: 19.4% O-Swing%, 65.5% Z-Swing%, 73.0% Contact%, 10.7% SwStr%
2010: 28.5% O-Swing%, 68.3% Z-Swing%, 68.2% Contact%, 13.8% SwStr% …

No commercials for Gordon Beckham this year (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 10:45 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

“This year, I’m going to make my money on the field, not off the field,” Beckham said during a Thursday phone interview with MLB.com. “I’ve been offered a couple of different opportunities, but I’ve declined them, respectfully.”

BTW, here are Beckham’s Giordano’s spots:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8NqvQL8GrI (0:31)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECm73kbVvuM (0:16)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdjTRMWO-FI (0:31)

A look into the future of Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 10:30 pm
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colintj @ SSS:

With both Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz leaving the South Side this offseason, the Sox will be missing lot of high leverage work from the right side, 3 WAR according to Fangraphs.  Sergio Santos will be expected to shoulder a big chunk of that load after a very effective rookie season that still managed to leave a lot of questions.  Those more pessimistic will point to his scant experience.  Those more optimistic will point to his top notch stuff.  As with Chris Sale, we’re ultimately left with guesswork. …

FanGraphs on the Lastings Milledge signing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 8:47 pm
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Golebwieski @ FG:

As for 2011, Milledge’s ZiPS projection with the Pirates came out to .276/.330/.398. Using Matt Klaassen’s custom linear weights, that line translates to around a .319 wOBA in last year’s run environment.

Considering that Ultimate Zone Rating, Total Zone and The Fans Scouting Report indicate that he’s somewhere between bad and brutal in the field, it’s easy to see why Milledge is on his fourth team before be celebrates his 26th birthday in April. …

February 3, 2011

BTB on the Lastings Milledge signing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 3, 2011 11:08 pm
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Price @ BTB:

People look at [Lastings] Milledge like he’s a bust, but that implication of uselessness isn’t really fair to him. After a rough start to last season, Milledge adjusted and batted .291/.346/.405 in his final 322 plate appearances from May 1 through the end of the season. He hits southpaws much better than right-handers, but so does Jeff Francoeur and he got $2.5 million in guaranteed money on a Major League deal. …

UPDATE: J.J. Stankenvitz explains why Lastings should be the 4th outfielder.

UPDATE #2: Ken Rosenthal tweets:

Milledge’s salary with White Sox will be $500,000 when he is in majors. Minor-league deal. No incentives.

White Sox finalize Alexei Ramirez extension

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 3, 2011 3:06 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

A contract extension has been reached between the White Sox and [Alexei] Ramirez for four years, $32.5 million, with a $10 million option for the fifth year. The new deal was officially announced Thursday.

The White Sox picked up the 2011 option on Ramirez’s contract in early December, giving Ramirez a base salary of $2.75 million, after he opted out of the final year of his four-year deal that would have paid him $1.1 million.

Here’s the contract breakdown from the press release:

The Chicago White Sox and Silver Slugger Award-winning shortstop Alexei Ramirez have agreed to terms on a four-year, $32.5-million contract extension which includes a club option for the 2016 season.Under terms of the deal, Ramirez will receive $5 million in 2012, $7 million in 2013, $9.5 million in 2014 and $10 million in 2015. The club holds a $10-million option for 2016, which includes a $1-million buyout. Ramirez still will earn a base salary of $2.75 million in 2011 as per the terms of the original four-year contract he signed with the White Sox on January 22, 2008.

White Sox sign Lastings Milledge

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 3, 2011 3:01 pm
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whitesox.com:

The White Sox agreed to terms with outfielder Lastings Milledge on a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced Thursday.

nice move Kenny!

UPDATE: J.J. Stankenvitz explains why Lastings should be the 4th outfielder.

UPDATE #2: Ken Rosenthal tweets:

Milledge’s salary with White Sox will be $500,000 when he is in majors. Minor-league deal. No incentives.

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