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May 12, 2011

Kevin Goldstein on Jordan Danks and Tyler Saladino

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2011 2:15 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Jordan Danks, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 1-for-5, HR (8), 2 R, 4 RBI, K.

You all know the story on Danks by now. Great athlete, no results. Any sort of prospect light he had dimmed away with a .242/.312/.373 line last year for Charlotte, and now he’s having a downright strange year. He’s never hit more than nine home runs in a single season, but he’s already one away from that in early May after going deep in three straight games and six of his last eight. He’s also suddenly walking more but still struggling to hit for average, with an overall line of .247/.351/.577. I’m not sure what to make of it until I can find a scout who has sat on the team, but it’s filed under ‘I’ for interesting for now.

  • Tyler Saladino, SS, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 1-for-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, K. Season debut for surprise performer who missed first part of season with broken hand; true shortstop who has shocked with the bat.

Jordan Danks is also on FutureSox’ current Hot and Cold list:

After a discouraging April (.706 OPS, 25 K in 64 AB), the former Longhorn is getting people excited again. Danks showed massive power with seven home runs in his last 11 games. He’s already matched his HR total from last year with eight. It took a Herculean week to top Dayan Viciedo, but Danks pounded the ball to the tune of .364/.400/1.136 with five homers and only two strikeouts in 25 plate appearances. His .577 slugging ranks eighth in the International League and his .330 ISO is second. The April slump has his average down at .247 so we’ll have to see if this power surge is sustainable. The strikeouts become less of a concern if a third of his hits leave the park. Also, most of his homers are on the road so no using the park as an excuse. …

Adam Dunn launches a baseball into orbit [UPDATE]

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14722245&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws (0:54)

More video from last night’s game here.

UPDATE: The hittracker says the true distance of Dunn’s dinger was 442 feet.

Jake Peavy makes his return

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2011 3:00 am
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Peavy says he’s at about 80% of his San Diego form. And he wants to reach 93-94 mph by July. He should’ve earned the win tonight but the Sox left too many runners on base. Thankfully Paulie’s athleticism came through! The Boxscore says:

5/11:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 6.0 7 4 4 0 4 0 6.00
Crain 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.31
Santos(W, 2-0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Thornton(S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
Totals 10.0 9 4 4 2 5 0 4.13

Pitch F/X says Peavy’s slider wasn’t so good but his changeup was:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 91.35 93.1 -5.74 10.63 14 11 / 78.57% 1 / 7.14% 0.4461 0.414
CH (Changeup) 82.26 86.4 -7.77 3.51 16 12 / 75.00% 1 / 6.25% -1.0295 0.457
SL (Slider) 82.68 85.7 1.64 3.54 13 9 / 69.23% 1 / 7.69% 0.9830 0.452
CU (Curveball) 75.60 75.6 3.75 -4.82 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0431 0.492
FC (Cutter) 86.58 89.2 0.66 4.92 16 10 / 62.50% 1 / 6.25% -0.0637 0.431
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.44 93.3 -9.00 8.04 27 21 / 77.78% 2 / 7.41% -0.5596 0.418
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 24 19 79.17 24 0.801
2 14 10 71.43 38 -0.862
3 19 13 68.42 57 1.299
4 11 8 72.73 68 -0.834
5 6 4 66.67 74 -0.834
6 13 10 76.92 87 0.163

Other White Sox links: J.J.’s recap of tonight’s game, Brent Ballantini breaks down the Sox 6-man rotation, FutureSox notes the prospects in the Sox system aren’t age appropriate, and James gives goals to the Sox players for the West coast trip and looks at the Sox improvement.

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