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June 13, 2011

White Sox claim LHP Leyson Septimo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2011 9:15 pm
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whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have claimed left-handed pitcher Leyson Septimo off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks and optioned him to Class AA Birmingham.

B-R says:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 22 Visalia CALL A+ ARI 0 2 .000 5.49 27 0 7 0 0 1 41.0 42 27 25 4 33 0 44 3 2 9 197 1.829 9.2 0.9 7.2 9.7 1.33
2009 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA ARI 2 2 .500 4.92 45 0 22 0 0 9 56.2 49 35 31 3 44 1 69 7 3 12 265 1.641 7.8 0.5 7.0 11.0 1.57
2009 23 Visalia CALL A+ ARI 2 1 .667 3.52 26 0 14 0 0 6 38.1 29 18 15 1 26 0 44 4 1 6 170 1.435 6.8 0.2 6.1 10.3 1.69
2009 23 Mobile SOUL AA ARI 0 1 .000 7.85 19 0 8 0 0 3 18.1 20 17 16 2 18 1 25 3 2 6 95 2.073 9.8 1.0 8.8 12.3 1.39
2010 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA ARI 2 3 .400 6.75 42 0 17 0 0 4 45.1 31 42 34 3 53 1 57 6 0 14 222 1.853 6.2 0.6 10.5 11.3 1.08
2010 24 Mobile SOUL AA ARI 2 2 .500 4.13 26 0 13 0 0 4 28.1 16 17 13 1 23 1 37 2 0 8 121 1.376 5.1 0.3 7.3 11.8 1.61
2010 24 Reno PCL AAA ARI 0 1 .000 11.12 16 0 4 0 0 0 17.0 15 25 21 2 30 0 20 4 0 6 101 2.647 7.9 1.1 15.9 10.6 0.67
2011 25 Mobile SOUL AA ARI 2 1 .667 6.37 21 0 4 0 0 0 29.2 20 23 21 1 25 0 22 6 2 1 132 1.517 6.1 0.3 7.6 6.7 0.88
4 Seasons 6 8 .429 5.79 135 0 50 0 0 14 172.2 142 127 111 11 155 2 192 22 7 36 816 1.720 7.4 0.6 8.1 10.0 1.24
AA (3 seasons) AA 4 4 .500 5.90 66 0 25 0 0 7 76.1 56 57 50 4 66 2 84 11 4 15 348 1.598 6.6 0.5 7.8 9.9 1.27
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 2 3 .400 4.54 53 0 21 0 0 7 79.1 71 45 40 5 59 0 88 7 3 15 367 1.639 8.1 0.6 6.7 10.0 1.49
AAA (1 season) AAA 0 1 .000 11.12 16 0 4 0 0 0 17.0 15 25 21 2 30 0 20 4 0 6 101 2.647 7.9 1.1 15.9 10.6 0.67
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/13/2011.

Minor-league depth…

White Sox sign 7th round draft pick C Kevan Smith [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2011 3:15 pm
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Grupp @ PTR:

As a fifth-year senior, Pitt catcher Kevan Smith held no leverage to negotiate in the MLB draft. So when the Chicago White Sox took him in the seventh round, the all-Big East slugger expected a token signing bonus.

“I was ready to sign for $1,000 and a plane ticket,” he said. “They ended up giving me $60,000.”

Baseball America’s scouting report:
Smith provides a little more value than other Pennsylvania college bats this year because he’s a catcher. He has a football background and is a strong, physical player whose power trumps his hitting despite leading the team with a .406 average in 192 at-bats. He receives well enough and could profile well as a backup. Chester doesn’t have a great body, but has big power, leading the Panthers with 14 home runs.

Here’s his page at Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: And here are his 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%
2011 .397 54-54 209 59 83 17 4 11 56 141 .675 22 8 20 5 .465 4 0 10-11 201 29 5 .979
2010 .361 55-54 233 59 84 18 1 5 46 119 .511 20 7 15 6 .422 3 0 3-7 108 11 0 1.000
2009 .363 32-27 102 19 37 5 1 3 21 53 .520 9 2 13 2 .425 0 0 3-4 59 10 1 .986

Kenny Williams wants Dayan Viciedo but Ozzie Guillen is sticking with Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2011 3:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

All White Sox parties agree that Viciedo is a Major Leaguer. The 22-year-old looked prepared offensively in 2010 when he hit .308 over 104 at-bats during his big league callup, but he didn’t really have a definitive defensive position. Now, Viciedo has found a home in the outfield, leaving only a pair of questions to be decided about his future.

How will Viciedo be used with the White Sox? And when will he arrive? During a conversation with MLB.com, general manager Ken Williams seemed strongly inclined to get Viciedo up to the White Sox soon, but definitely not in a reserve capacity.

“It would be awfully interesting to have him in this lineup,” said Williams of the player dubbed “the Cuban Tank.” “He’s ready. He’s obviously got some things he still needs to work on, but I would have no qualms about bringing him here. I’m not going to bring him here to sit. [White Sox manager] Ozzie [Guillen] is not ready to change the mix he has right now, and that has to be respected.”

Adam Dunn is locked in for three more years at designated hitter, and Alex Rios is set in the outfield for another three as well. There are those who believe that Viciedo and Carlos Quentin will become an either/or outfield proposition. Williams is not one of those people.

“That’s going to be the trio of Chicago,” said Viciedo of an outfield including himself, Quentin and Rios, with Quentin potentially moving back to left.

“There are some pretty good hitters in the lineup just mentioned,” Williams said. “Someone else will have to figure out the leadoff spot, if that were something to think about.”

You can force Ozzie’s hand Kenny.

Terry Doyle strikes out 6 and walks 0 (June 12)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2011 2:30 pm
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6/12:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 1-1) 6.0 5 0 0 0 6 0 3.00
Reed 2.0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.00
Lowe 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.33

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 98-62, Reed 33-19, Lowe 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 7-4, Reed 1-0, Lowe 1-1.
Batters faced: Doyle 24, Reed 7, Lowe 4.

Terry Doyle rejoined Birmingham (June 11). He was promoted on May 20 but he went back to Winston-Salem on May 24. Addison Reed was promoted to AA Birmingham too. FutureSox takes a look (and it reports Reed’s fastball was clocked at 99mph!):

Reed, 22, has a 1.49 ERA with 50 strikeouts and five walks in 36.1 on the season, surpassing even the most optimistic projections for the 2010 3rd round pick. Reed features a plus slider and a low 90s fastball, making him a typical two-pitch reliever. …

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