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June 27, 2011

Cartoon of the day

Filed under: MLB,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ June 27, 2011 1:24 pm

June 26, 2011

John Danks down (DL), Hector Santiago up [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2011 8:30 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Danks will be making the first trip to the disabled list in his nine-year professional career. Left-handed reliever Hector Santiagohad his contract purchased from Double-A Birmingham to replace Danks.Santiago, 23, has split the season between Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham, going a combined 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 14 starts during his first season as a starter. The 6-foot, 210-pounder was 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in eight starts with Winston-Salem and 4-2 with a 4.58 ERA in six outings with the Barons.

Santiago learned of his promotion on Sunday morning, when Birmingham manager Bobby Magallanes asked if the southpaw could work out of the bullpen. When Santiago said he could, Magallanes said he would be doing it for the White Sox. The young man arrived at U.S. Cellular in the sixth inning and already was warming up in the bullpen by the eighth. …

Santiago was a reliever until this year. He added a screwball this year.

UPDATE: Josh Phegley, Santiago’s catcher in Birmingham, talks about Santiago’s screwball:

“I haven’t quite figured it out yet,” Barons catcher Josh Phegley told the Birmingham News. “It’s a pretty interesting pitch.

“I’ve heard hitters ask me what it is. It’s like a right-handed curveball from a left-hander. The 95-96 (mph fastball) from the left side is going to be hard enough.”

June 25, 2011

Ozzie Guillen tries to keep his thoughts to himself. And he fails miserably.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2011 9:10 pm
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Ozzie says he’ll keep his thoughts to himself:

“I wish I could say what I think, because I’d be on CNN, the Playboy Channel, everywhere, [if I say] what I really think about this,” Guillen said. “But I’m not going to say it, it’s the first time I’m going to keep it to myself.”

but that is easier said than done:

“I wipe my [expletive] with the critics,” Guillen said emphatically. “I play JP because I think that’s the best guy to help us win. If he’s 0-for-100, you think I don’t know that? But in the meanwhile, when you’re in my spot, when you sit in my chair you will be criticized 99 percent of the time. Because when things are going good, you have good players. When things are going bad, the manager’s [expletive].”

“I’ve said in the past, they want Viciedo here, my door is open, as soon as he’s here I’ll play him every day,” Guillen said. “Now, I make it clear, they gotta make a trade or make a decision to send someone down. I cannot play with a 26 man roster. But as long as JP is here, he’s playing. If people don’t like it….”

If Kenny brings up Dayan Viciedo and doesn’t move Juan Pierre the fireworks will be deafening.

BTW, the Cuban Tank went 2-5 and hit his 11th HR today. He’s hitting now .324/.363/.517/.881 with 16 BB  and 56 K in 290 AB. His last walk was on June 12. Patience Dayan, patience!

One more week before the Cuban Tank invades the South Side? [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2011 3:05 pm
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http://twitter.com/#!/CSNChi_Beatnik/status/84704367210541056

UPDATE: Scot Gregor at the Daily Herald speaks to a “source” and says there aren’t any such restrictions:

One source scoffed at the logic, considering Viciedo accumulated only 83 days of major-league service last season and couldn’t become a free agent until amassing the required six years.

… “There is no magic date next week,” the source said Saturday. “I have seen some of the speculation out there, but a lot of it is based upon not having a full understanding of the rules.”

… Had Viciedo played enough to qualify for salary arbitration by the end of the current season — which he hasn’t — the 22-year-old right fielder could have voided the final year (2012) of his deal, giving the Sox the option of triggering a $3.5 million option.

… “A lot of misinformation,” the source said. “He is not a free agent until he gets six years of major-league service like anyone else.”

UPDATE: 1 year of service time is 172 days. 172-83=89. So, about 3 months. Hmmm, this is very close. I don’t know if the conspiracy theory isn’t true. I guess, we’ll see…

Jake Peavy is getting stronger

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2011 1:00 pm
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Ginetti @ CST:

“Physically I feel good,’’ he said two days after throwing 5 1/3 innings and 104 pitches against the Cubs. “I’m looking forward to Colorado [next start]. “Obviously, I’m not even a year out of surgery yet [July 14], and I’ve always been told that a year out of surgery you should feel close to normal and be gaining strength. I hope I’m going to get stronger, but that stuff is to be determined. Certainly, I hope I can pitch the remainder of the season healthy, or semi-healthy, and help the team win.’’

Other White Sox links: J.J. doesn’t like Ozzie Guillen’s lineup moves, James tries to explain why Edwin Jackson hasn’t lived up to expectations, Jim calls the Dan Hudson and David Holmberg for Edwin Jackson trade the worst trade Kenny has ever made (aye on that), and MLBTR estimates how much would the Sox have to pay to sign Carlos Quentin to an extension.

June 24, 2011

Teahen! [UPDATE: AJ!]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2011 10:05 pm
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Teahen: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16244811&c_id=cws (0:51)

Walk-off now please!

UPDATE: Time for that walk-off boys.

A.J.: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16250931&c_id=cws (1:02)

UPDATE #2: And we give up 4 unearned runs… Damn…

White Sox sign Fresno Pacific senior 2B Andrew Douglas

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2011 9:12 pm
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FPU:

Fresno Pacific infielder Andrew Douglas, having just completed a highly-decorated four-year career with the Sunbirds, was helping his parents redo the roof of their house on Tuesday. While ripping off shingles and contemplating what was next for the All-Academic Psychology grad, his phone rang.

On the other end? A scout from the Chicago White Sox telling Douglas to keep his phone on him for the next couple hours.

“I thought it would be a good idea to get off the roof at this point, just so nothing bad would happen because I might have a new employer,” said Douglas.

45 minutes later he received another call, this time telling him that he was now a member of the Chicago White Sox organization. Douglas agreed to a minor league contract with the team, and will be assigned to Chicago’s Rookie-Advanced affiliate, the Great Falls Voyagers, in Montana. …

Douglas, 6’0” 210lbs, wasn’t drafted and was signed as a free-agent.

Here are his 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 .331 46-45 166 42 55 14 3 3 34 84 .506 20 9 38 0 .422 4 0 20-21 68 124 9 .955
2010 .352 47-47 176 51 62 20 3 7 47 109 .619 18 4 35 2 .412 6 2 7-9 75 137 12 .946
2009 .181 40-24 72 19 13 3 0 1 7 19 .264 16 8 25 1 .385 0 2 4-5 53 87 7 .952
2008 .281 40-17 57 27 16 2 0 1 12 21 .368 6 6 15 0 .400 1 2 5-9 23 46 10 .873

Smells Like Mascot: Captain Floatie

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2011 2:44 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/06/captain-floatie.html

Help us Dayan!

June 23, 2011

Dr. Cooper

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 23, 2011 11:50 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Don’t sell White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper’s knowledge of pitching mechanics short. He can analyze and break it down with anybody. But where he sets himself apart is the psychology of pitching.

‘‘I view my job as barten­der-slash-psychologist,’’ Cooper said.

… Cooper built his reputation as one of baseball’s best pitching coaches by keeping the complicated art of pitching simple and accentuating the positive with his pitchers. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at the booing in ChicagoJames looks at the entire bullpen’s performance in yesterday’s game, and Scot Gregor says Phil Humber is no Esteban Loaiza.

Dayan Viciedo and Gregory Infante were selected to play in the Futures Game [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 23, 2011 11:20 pm
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Casella @ CWS:

As some fans continue to wonder when Dayan Viciedo will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte, it was announced on Thursday that he, along with teammate Gregory Infante, will play on the World team and represent the White Sox in this year’s XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Viciedo, the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLB.com, has the International League’s fourth-highest batting average, at .324. The third baseman/outfielder has slugged 11 home runs and is third in the league in RBIs, with 49. He also played in the 2009 Futures Game, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double.

With the White Sox offense struggling to find consistency this season, the question of calling up Viciedo to the Majors has been posed to both general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen, especially over the past couple of weeks. Guillen, however, while acknowledging Viciedo’s success and talent, simply wouldn’t know who to replace on the current 25-man roster to make room for the 22-year-old. …

Here Ozzie.

UPDATE: Reifert:

OF Dayan Viciedo (Cuba) and RHP Gregory Infante (Venezuela), both at Class AAA Charlotte, have been selected to play for the International team in this year’s All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10, at Pheonix’s Chase Field.

The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV and ESPN2, and can be followed live on MLB.com’s Gameday.  Game time is 5 pm CT.

Current Sox Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Edwin Jackson, Adam Dunn, Brent Lillibridge, Alex Rios and Ramon Castro appeared in the game.

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!

June 21, 2011

White Sox sign 45th round draft pick OF/C Cory Farris

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 7:30 pm
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The White Sox have signed 45th round draft pick OF/C Cory Farris. The White Sox had drafted him in in the in 2008 in the 43rd round as a Catcher. He was assigned to Bristol. He was drafted as an OF but he’s listed as a catcher in Bristol’s roster.

Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 6’00″
Weight: 190
Born: 1989-12-29
Hometown: Florence, KY
Class:  JR

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 .279 62-62 219 50 61 9 2 12 53 110 .502 22 11 42 1 .369 3 0 5-10 149 8 3 .981

He was in Kentucky before Cumberland:

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%
2010 .259 34-27 108 19 28 6 0 7 24 55 .509 9 4 37 1 .333 2 0 7-7 43 3 1 .979
2009 .310 29-23 87 21 27 3 0 2 16 36 .414 11 4 30 0 .412 0 0 2-2 18 1 1 .950
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