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June 22, 2011

Sergio Santos goes slider crazy again [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 10:24 pm
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Sergio threw 11 pitches tonight. 8 of those 11 were sliders. Of those 8 sliders, 7 were strikes (87.50%) with 4 [of the 8] being swinging strikes (50.00%). Coop’s lessons must be working!

Pitch F/X on Sergio:

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) 96.00 96.1 -1.99 10.26 2 2 / 100.00% 1 / 50.00% -0.1055 0.391
CH (Changeup) 89.80 89.8 -6.64 0.07 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0421 0.415
SL (Slider) 85.14 86.5 5.53 -2.26 8 7 / 87.50% 4 / 50.00% -0.7990 0.443
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

UPDATE: James looks at the entire bullpen’s performance in yesterday’s game.

Fegan’s awesome Paul Konerko/Adam Dunn article

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 9:30 pm
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James Fegan @ WSO:

While Dunn continues to scare the bejeesus out of the fan base by failing to square up fastballs, suggesting a possible sudden deterioration of a player whose type lends itself to sudden deterioration, Konerko is hammering heaters at 2.92 runs above-average per 100 (through Monday).  That is fourth in all of baseball, and the only time Paulie has ever hit them anywhere near as good is….last season.  And that’ll do just fine. …

Fangraphs says Paulie at 21 Fastball Runs above average for the year. I was skeptical when the Sox gave him a 3/$37.5M deal last year but the guy has been on fire so far. As for Dunn, I don’t know if I can trust a NL player over 30 again…

BTW, while I was browsing Fangraphs I notice in the AL scoreboard the Sox have 2 players among the lowest 3 wRC+ scores, 3 in the lowest 10, or 4 in the lowest 14. Things have been bad…

White Sox sign 9th round draft pick LHP Matt Lane

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 1:45 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 9th round draft pick LHP Matt Lane (one entry before the last) from Northwest Florida State College (JuCo) has signed with the Sox.

Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6’05″
Weight: 195
Born: 1990-08-11
Hometown: Marrieta, GA
Class:  J2

Here are a couple scouting reports. Baseball America:

Lane is a Georgia prep product who started his college career at Mississippi State. After pitching 12 innings in 2010 and posting a 5.25 ERA, he transferred to Northwest Florida State, where he got a chance to start and took full advantage, going 8-5, 2.18 in 99 innings. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Lane has room to fill out and added some velocity this season, bumping 90-91 on occasion and pitching consistently in the upper 80s at season’s end from a high arm slot. He throws a solid curveball and changeup at his best but can be inconsistent with his secondary stuff when he loses his slot. He’s committed to Tulane.

Perfectgame.org (2008):

Matt Lane is a 2009 LHP with a 6’4”, 175 lb. frame from Marietta, GA who attends Pope. Tall lean build, body projects very well on the mound, OH arm slot, long arm action, occasional life to fastball, big downer curveball, tight spin on curveball, around the plate, has feel for pitching, raw with big upside, lots of ability to work with.

Perfectgame.org has 2 more scouting reports.

And here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W L GP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR TBF B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.17 8 5 17 14 4 3 0 0 99.1 79 37 24 34 92 14 0 3 417 0.219 4 8 0 5 9

and from Mississippi State:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2010 5.25 0-0 9-1 0 0/0 0 12.0 13 11 7 12 9 6 1 1 46 .283 4 0 0 0 1

Sergio Santos goes slider crazy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 3:00 am
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Sergio threw 15 pitches tonight. 13 of those 15 were sliders. Of those 13 sliders, 12 were strikes (92.31%) with 5 of the 13 being swinging strikes (38.46%).

Pitch F/X on Sergio:

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) 95.30 95.3 -3.75 8.74 1 1 / 100.00% 1 / 100.00% -0.0431 0.398
CH (Changeup) 88.60 88.6 -8.49 1.96 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0431 0.426
SL (Slider) 83.42 85.5 4.38 -2.24 13 12 / 92.31% 5 / 38.46% -1.0685 0.453
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
8 3 3 100.00 3 -0.292
9 12 11 91.67 15 -0.862

Other White Sox links: Chuck Garfien tells us the story of Gloria DeSucre who traveled 2,500 miles to meet Omar Vizquel. Gloria is 80 years old. I must say she looks absolutely amazing for her age. My first reaction upon seeing Garfein’s story was ‘this lady is 80 years old? Wow!’ Like I said the other day, the ladies love Omar!

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