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June 30, 2011

Sergio Santos eases up on the slider. Gets strikes on his fastball too.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 11:45 pm
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Will today’s Juan Pierre heroics ensure he gets to chance to do more damage? J.J. takes a look. Good game by Beckham too.

RE24: Gordon Beckham 3.47, Juan Pierre 1.10, A.J. Pierzynski 1.06, Adam Dunn -1.86, Omar Vizquel -1.27.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 6.0 7 4 4 2 4 1 4.47
Ohman 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4.84
Sale 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.71
Crain(W, 4-2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Santos(S, 17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.00
Totals 10.0 9 4 4 5 9 1 3.84

What about Sergio? Here’s Pitch F/X:

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) 94.48 95.8 -0.31 6.07 12 7 / 58.33% 1 / 8.33% -0.0350 0.391
SL (Slider) 84.25 85.1 4.01 -2.41 6 5 / 83.33% 2 / 33.33% -0.8274 0.440
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
10 18 12 66.67 18 -0.862

Relese point looks OK:

For video highlights go here or here or click the video tab here.

Ozzie Guillen is pushing his luck

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 3:50 pm
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He plans to play Adam Dunn at right field again. Last time he got away with it with Dunn getting one ball hit to him only.

Padilla @ ESPN:

Manager Ozzie Guillen then said that Dunn might play in two of the three games this weekend, once for Konerko and once for Carlos Quentin in right.

“Wrigley Field is easy, he can play right field,” Guillen said. “[In Colorado] I don’t want him playing right field because the gap is too big for him to be chasing balls. I plan for him to play maybe two games. I try to figure out how to do it.”

Terry ‘John’ Doyle wins Southern’s league ‘Pitcher of the Week’ award

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 12:00 pm
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Jackson @ MiLB:

Terry Doyle, Birmingham

1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 4 K

White Sox right-hander Terry Doyle, who threw his first complete game in the Carolina League earlier this year, used his opportunity this week to toss his first shutout, pulling off the feat in his fourth Double-A outing. Pitching against Tennessee on Sunday, Doyle allowed two doubles, a single and two walks but kept the Smokies away from the plate. He struck out four, and his Southern League ERA dipped down to 2.67 over his 27 innings at the new level.

Doyle’s stats look very very good: in 27.0 innings in AA he has a 20 K / 5 BB ratio, a 1.18 WHIP, a 2.67 ERA and a 3.06 FIP. Looks like a bright spot in the White Sox barren minor-league system. If he keeps this up for the rest of the year, he should get a shot to make the team in Spring Training next year.

BTW, here’s a cool article about how Doyle substitutes as a math teacher in the winter due to an encounter with dermatitis in his right hand index and middle fingers in 2007. The dermatitis cleared up, but the math teaching remains! More on the teaching here.

Price @ BTB: White Sox Need To Bench Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 11:30 am
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Price @ BTB:

This won’t take long. I shouldn’t have to spend much time explaining to you guys why the White Sox can’t possibly keep shooting themselves in the foot with a rocket launcher like this. …

June 29, 2011

Sergio Santos throws 3 fastballs and then turns to a slider-only pitcher

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 11:30 pm
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First 3 pitches: three 95mph 4-seam fastballs. After: eight 84-85mph sliders.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 7.0 7 2 2 2 4 2 3.65
Thornton 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.68
Bruney(W, 1-0) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.60
Santos(S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.08
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 4 6 2 3.84

Pitch F/X:

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) 95.00 95.3 -0.73 8.75 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.2914 0.390
SL (Slider) 84.41 85.1 4.60 -0.02 8 7 / 87.50% 2 / 25.00% -0.5710 0.439
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
9 11 9 81.82 11 -0.862

RE24: Paul Konerko 2.15, Alexei Ramirez -1.71, Alex Rios -1.40.

Thankfully Seth Smith’s throw bounced and Ianetta didn’t throw didn’t stop Carlos Quentin from scoring. Coxie must’ve realized there were 2 outs. And Alex Rios had a couple nice catches tonight. Maybe yesterday’s benching woke him up.

Other White Sox links: J.J. says the Sox won’t trading for a centerfielderer this year, James looks back on yesterday’s game and the season to this point, Paul Konerko is 2011’s worst base-runner (Fangraphs)., and soxman thinks Adam Dunn should change his at-bat song.

And a non-White Sox link: John Sickels gives us his thoughts on drug policy. Good stuff.

Sully on Omar Vizquel’s 3,000 hit quest

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 6:00 pm
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Sullivan @ THT:

Omar Vizquel‘s Hall of Fame credentials are becoming more and more valid as he hangs around the major leagues. Undeniably an elite defender and Gold Glove regular at second base, his hit total keeps climbing.

He already has more hits than Hall of Famers such as Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Lou Gehrig. And he has long surpassed his fellow countryman Luis Aparicio.

Now of course, Vizquel was never an All-Star nor an elite player because of his bat; he has never had a 200-hit season (the closest being a 191- hit campaign in 1999). So his quest for 3,000 hits (he is currently 172 hits shy) would be without that magic number. …

Kenny Williams calls out the White Sox [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 2:30 pm
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UPDATE: Here’s Kenny:

“You’ve got to [get past] whatever you’ve done up to this point in the season, you’ve got to wipe [it] away,” Williams said. “We have a chance to still win this. The individual numbers at the end of the day might not be what they want them to be, but we still have a chance to have a celebration at the end of the year.

“I’d like the focus to be on that and not the individual numbers. It’s hard to look up at the scoreboard and see those numbers you’re not used to seeing, or what they’re accustomed to them being when you are a player that has achieved quite a bit in this league. I get that.

“What I get also is it’s time — it’s time to wipe that away, because we’re better than this,” Williams said. “Now, I’d like them to band together and start playing a little better too.”

WSCR-AM670 has audio (1:01).

Can any MLB pitcher throw a pitch like this? I don’t think so.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 1:50 pm


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16343535 (h/t Tango)

White Sox agree to terms with 1S round draft pick OF Keenyn Walker [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 12:00 pm
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Merkin says all that is left may be just a physical:

A White Sox source told MLB.com nothing was official as of yet with Walker’s signing. However, it could be at the stage of just needing a physical to bring Walker into the fold.

BTW, here’s a 1 minute scouting video of Walker:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_u8en2vlXw

and MLB’s half-minute scouting video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15479701&c_id=cws

UPDATE: Gonzales  @ CT:

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement with their first pick in the June amateur draft, Central Arizona College switch-hitting outfielder Keenyn Walker.

The signging will become official by next Tuesday, after Walker passes a physical examination.

“It’s a huge relief for me,” Walker said Wednesday at his Salt Lake City home. “After Friday, I thought we were going all the way to the (Aug. 15) deadline again. But we finally got it done.”

Once signed, Walker will report to the Sox’s short-season Great Falls affiliate in Montana.

For scouting reports and stats for Walker read my earlier post here.

Kenny Williams on Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 10:30 am
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Dyck @ CT:

“(Viciedo) is playing his (butt) off offensively and defensively. But I’m not going to put a player on this team that my manager is not ready for. I respect him too much to do that.

“When you say somebody is ready, that just means they’re ready. That doesn’t mean they can’t get better. He’s a young guy. He’s not a finished product. He’s getting better and better. There is no immediate rush to have him in there. We have faith in all (the current) guys.”

June 28, 2011

Dr. Fishbein is trying to straighten out Adam Dunn

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2011 11:50 pm
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Remember Dr. Fishbein? His new assignment is trying to straighten out Adam Dunn. Padilla @ ESPN:

As if Adam Dunn’s head wasn’t messed up enough, he just got schooled on the golf course by the team psychologist.

Talk about mind games.

The good news, though, is that Dunn spent the time last week talking things through with Jeffrey Fishbein, who has been with the club off and on since spring training. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. says Jake Peavy doesn’t belong to the bullpen and puts on his GM hat, James identifies the White Sox All-Star players, FutureSox recaps the moves in thew Sox minor league system, John Danks’ MRI reveled only a mild strain of his right obligue and he’s expected to return after one rehab assignment, Patrick Newman at Fangraphs recaps Herm Schneider’s greatest hits, and Joe Posnanski says 2011’s Adam Dunn is the least exciting player ever.

Keenyn Walker is playing for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the Alaska Baseball League

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2011 11:00 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

The move isn’t believed to be the result of any stress in negotiations between the Sox and Walker’s family. The Sox hold Walker’s negotiating rights through Aug. 15. Walker signed a letter of intent to play at Utah next spring.

Walker’s stats through 5 games:

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%
2011 .222 5-5 18 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 .222 3 1 7 0 .364 0 0 3-4 15 0 0 1.000

I see the ABL finishes on August 3.

Sarris @ Fangraphs: Carlos Quentin: Best Ever?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2011 5:30 pm
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Sarris @ FG:

Some players make their name for prodigious power and hit home runs in five consecutive games like Paul Konerko. Other players are known more for their feet and steal bags in four straight like Juan Pierre did earlier this year.

But, among these great luminaries of our time, there is one White Sox player who threatens to be the best ever at what he does: Carlos Quentin. That’s right, in more than 2,200 plate appearances, Quentin is already threatening the top of a certain leaderboard. ….

June 27, 2011

Kevin Goldstein on SS prospect Tyler Saladino

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2011 9:05 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Tyler Saladino, SS, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem)

A seventh-round pick last year out of Oral Roberts, Saladino opened plenty of eyes after signing by hitting an impressive .309/.397/.442 in 47 Low-A games. A broken hand delayed his 2011 season, and there were worries that last summer was a fluke when he hit .182 in his first 20 Carolina League games. Since then, he’s back to being the player we saw last summer; with two home runs over the weekend, he’s hitting .329 in his last 18 games to up his season averages to .252/.333/.476. Beyond having well above-average power for a middle infielder, he’s also a legitimate shortstop who makes up for average range with instincts and fundamentals. He entered the year as my 12th-best prospect in a weak White Sox system, and he’ll surely get a full write-up this offseason.

And he’s doing this having a normal .294 BABIP. Last year his BABIP was an astronomical .412.

Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman on Adam Dunn’s struggles [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2011 3:00 pm
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Seidman @ FG:

While my colleagues have attempted to determine the root cause of his issues, I’m more curious as to how frequently someone has cratered in this fashion.Given his level of consistency and the depths to which his numbers have fallen this year, there are two main questions that spring to mind:

1. How frequently do batters experience such a sharp ISO decline from an established level?
2. How frequently do batters strike out more than 40 percent of the time in a full year? …

UPDATE: More on Adam Dunn from David Pinto:

As a follow up to Bill Chuck’s previous post on Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, a reader asked to look at his struggles against lefties.  There are two major changes that help account for his poor performance. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. says Viciedo will help but he won’t save the offense, James doesn’t sound very enthusiastic after attending Friday’s game and recaps the past week, Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman says player milestones, like 500 home runs, might not result in hall of fame election, and Steve Stone says the 6-man rotation isn’t good for Gavin Floyd.

And a couple tweets from Brett Ballantini on Dayan Viciedo inside: (more…)

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