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June 17, 2011

White Sox sign 5th round draft pick LHP Scott Snodgress

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 9:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 5th round draft pick LHP Scott Snodgress has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Another physical lefthander, Scott Snodgress, showed better velocity in the fall and settled back into the 90-92 mph range out of Stanford’s bullpen this spring. Scouts like his size–he’s 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds–and potential, but he doesn’t have great command or composure. Snodgress throws a good curveball and changeup and needs to trust his stuff is and show more confidence on the mound.

John Sickels says:

5) Scott Snodgress, LHP, Stanford: Rather raw for a Stanford pitcher, but works in low-90s, curveball has some bite, but inconsistent.

Here are his College Stats:

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
2011 4.94 2-2 26-0 0 0/0 2 31.0 28 19 17 28 38 1 1 1 118 .237 1 2 0 1 4
2010 5.59 1-2 22-4 0 0/1 1 37.0 33 25 23 29 38 6 2 2 133 .248 3 5 1 1 4
2009 5.85 1-3 17-5 0 0/0 1 32.1 41 24 21 12 17 9 1 3 131 .313 6 9 1 0 3

And a video of Snodgress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dycIBrUw164

Smells Like Mascot: Dog Eat Dog

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 6:14 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/06/dog-eat-dog.html

He captures the frustration we feel perfectly!

:p

White Sox sign 37th round draft pick LHP Todd Kibby

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 3:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 37th round draft pick LHP Todd Kibby (last) has signed with the Sox.

Here are his College Stats:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2011 20 69.0 37 32 68 71 52 4.17 4 4 0
2010 11 9.1 12 9 9 8 8 8.68 0 2 0

White Sox sign 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls.

Here are his College Stats:

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
2011 2.83 3-0 24-1 1 1/0 7 41.1 41 15 13 10 38 7 2 2 156 .263 0 2 0 4 3
2010 54.00 0-0 2-0 0 0/0 0 0.2 5 5 4 0 0 1 0 1 7 .714 0 1 0 0 0

He was in McLennan Community College before:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save PO A
2009 16 60.0 53 35 81 39 29 5.25 2 5 2 3 11
2008 43 60.1 57 47 82 45 23 7.01 4 7 0

In 2008 he tried swinging the bat:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB%
2008 43 88 26 5 0 13 .295 0 1 2 .000

White Sox sign 21st round draft pick 2B Joe De Pinto

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:00 am
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Mansch @ GFT:

Second baseman Joe De Pinto, a 21st-round pick out of Southern California, also caught Newman’s eye.

“Joe’s from USC — that’s good experience playing Pac-10 ball — he looks like he’s going to be a solid in the middle of the infield for us,” said Newman.

PerfectGame.org scouting report

Joseph DePinto is a 2007 MIF/OF/P from St. Francis HS, residing in Sunland, CA, with a 5’10″ 150 lb. frame. DePinto was named to the top prospect team at the California Underclass Showcase. Has a medium but athletic build, with wiry musculature. Offensively possesses a quick bat and a swing path that is very short to the ball. DePinto is a contact/spray hitter who makes consistent contact. He makes the pitcher work to get him out but don’t read that as he is a pest… he can really hit. He also runs well and understands game, making him an effective base stealer. Defensively, DePinto has quick feet and a good early burst to the ball. He is a very solid defender and a very solid player. Consider him a good follow for most D1 programs on the West Coast.

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 .300 56-56 190 32 57 11 2 0 24 72 .379 31 7 23 6 .409 4 7 9-13 104 147 12 .954
2010 .286 60-60 252 50 72 15 2 2 23 97 .385 19 6 28 6 .348 2 7 4-6 106 161 14 .950
2009 .277 55-53 191 37 53 12 0 3 22 74 .387 25 5 31 2 .369 4 9 11-15 82 131 9 .959

White Sox sign 20th round draft pick C Martin Medina

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 am
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Evans @ BC:

The four picks from Cal State Bakersfield have all signed. They are right-handed pitcher Mike McCarthy, outfielder Ryan McIntyre, catcher Jeremy Rodriguez and catcher-infielder Martin Medina.

Medina, a 20th-round pick by the Chicago White Sox, is one of three catchers assigned to Great Falls, Mont., in the Pioneer League.

“Right now, like everyone else, I’m trying to find a host family (to live with),” Medina said. “Right now we’re all in a hotel.”

Great Falls’ season opens Monday.

“I might play a little third, also,” Medina said. “If I’m hitting well, they’ll keep my bat in the lineup.”

A 2010 scouting report from 49th State Hardball:

When I think of Martin Medina, I think of power. The guy’s got a stout upper body and a big, quick power cut. At 5’10″ and a lean 200lb, he’s got some muscle mass to spank the ball around a bit with. And the proof is in the pudding. Five homers in 34 games as a Goldpanner this year. Just to put things into something more digestible with those familiar with pro ball, that’s 24 blasts over a 162-game period. That’s not too shabby. With a .505 slugging percentage to go with it…yeah, he can knock the ball around a bit. The guy looks like he could put on a little more brawn, even, so I think he has a little more power potential corked away that might just now be blossoming.

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 .287 55-55 209 38 60 11 1 9 53 100 .478 26 2 37 4 .362 6 1 0-0 206 25 5 .979
2010 .311 56-56 238 44 74 16 2 12 52 130 .546 26 6 53 12 .393 0 0 1-3 135 49 11 .944
2009 .285 50-50 193 29 55 13 4 8 40 100 .518 23 8 51 1 .379 3 0 2-2 106 61 20 .893

Medina tried pitching too:

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 4.54 3-3 17-1 0 0/0 8 33.2 38 24 17 14 45 6 1 3 144 .264 4 0 0 1 2
2010 4.01 5-2 11 2 0 0/0 1 24.2 23 11 11 8 22 5 2 0 88 .261 2 3 0 0 1
2009 6.87 3-3 13 4 0 0/0 2 38.0 44 32 29 28 36 7 2 4 150 .293 5 4 3 2 3

And Pep Fernandez of KERO-23 has a 2 minute video on Medina.

A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd for the frequent basestealers; Ozzie tells him to look in the mirror

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:00 am
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A.J. Pierzynski deflects the blame:

Last night, Pierzynski unflinchingly put the blame on Floyd’s shoulders, saying, “We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just part of the game.”

but Ozzie doesn’t,

“It’s not fair? When a guy steals second and third with a slide step, you have to wear it, you gotta admit you’re not throwing the ball well right now,” Guillen said. “If you have to take the blame, take the blame. The people think it’s your fault, well, it’s somebody’s fault. It’s not my fault. It has to be between the pitcher and the catcher, and the pitcher went slide step twice.” … “When the team loses, I take the heat,” he said. “When they steal bases, obviously A.J.’s gotta take the heat. Who else is going to take the heat? He’s got to wear it and live with it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. agrees A.J. Pierzynski deserves blame, James interviews Robin Ventura, Ozzie Guillen says Adam Dunn may play 1-2 games in the field in the upcoming Interleague series, and Omar Vizquel shows his artistic side (3:42 video).

June 16, 2011

Jake Peavy strikes out 9 and walks 0 in his rehab start and Dayan Viciedo is on fire

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 10:07 pm
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6/16:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 6.0 2 0 0 0 9 0 3.65
Pena, T (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Whisler (BS, 1)(L, 1-1) 0.0 3 3 3 0 0 1 12.79
Corley 2.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 2.13

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 78-58, Pena, T 7-4, Whisler 16-10, Corley 38-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 5-2, Pena, T 1-1, Whisler 0-0, Corley 3-0.
Batters faced: Peavy 20, Pena, T 3, Whisler 3, Corley 10.

Hey, Tony Pena is in Charlotte too. Unlike Peavy, he hasn’t been missed though.

Also, Dayan Viciedo went 3-4 with 2 doubles and a homer. He’s hitting .325/.370/.542/.913 with a 16/44 BB/K ratio in 249 AB. The dude is on fire. Bring him up Kenny!

UPDATE: Seems Peavy was pitching exclusively from the left side of the mound.

How to ease the frustration

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 8:00 pm

Gregor @ DH:

A little bit of advice for White Sox fans out there.Get yourself a time-share cave from July 8-10, Aug. 5-7, Aug. 29-31 and Sept. 5-7.Make sure said cave is void of cable, and leave the radio, laptop and any other wireless device at home.

If you follow these steps, you won’t have to witness the Sox play the Twins for the rest of the season.

How painful is it to watch the White Sox play Minnesota, even when the Twins are currently fielding a Triple-A lineup due to key injuries?

And make sure the cave is air-conditioned.

Ozzie is in praise mode:

“Little sardines, they are (bleeping) sardines,” Guillen told reporters. “You see a bunch of midgets out there, but they can play. That kid who is the leadoff guy (Ben Revere), pretty good.

No, if they were good they wouldn’t have the worst record on the majors.

“When you’re missing (Justin) Morneau, (Joe) Mauer, (Jim) Thome and (Jason) Kubel and you’re still winning games, you have to give those guys credit.”

And give you blame.

White Sox sign 18th round draft pick RHP Bryan Blough

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 7:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 18th round draft pick RHP Bryan Blough has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Kennesaw State’s top draft pick will be senior righty Bryan Blough, who was on BA’s 2009 list as a junior college product. He had a rough adjustment to Division I in 2010, posting a 10.29 ERA, but rebounded to go 4-4, 3.61 this season. He keeps the ball down and can push his fastball into the 88-92 mph range from an over-the-top delivery. Blough also holds his velocity well and gets depth on his slider.

Here are his College Stats:

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
2011 3.61 4-4 14-14 2 1/1 0 84.2 94 47 34 20 84 20 1 5 338 .278 4 9 0 2 3
2010 10.29 2-3 11-6 0 0/0 0 28.0 51 37 32 22 22 11 1 4 129 .395 2 2 0 0 2

Before KSU he was in Middle Georgia College:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 16 40.2 22 22 45 50 9 4.87 5 3 5

And here’s a 2 minute video of Blough pitching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lukVsvzCIg

White Sox sign 16th round draft pick RHP Chris Bassitt

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 3:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 16th round draft pick RHP Chris Bassitt has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Scouts didn’t know much about righthander Chris Bassitt prior to this spring, because he redshirted in 2008 and made just one appearance while focusing on academics in 2010. He’s no longer anonymous after posting a 1.42 ERA and averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings as a fourth-year junior. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder lives off his 90-93 mph sinker, which he delivers from a low-three-quarters arm angle. His second pitch is a slider, which grades as an average pitch at times.

Here are his College Stats:

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
2011 1.42 2-5 28 0 0 0/1 7 38.0 24 9 6 15 48 1 1 2 131 .183 5 3 0 2 4
2010 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 6 .167 0 0 0 0 0
2009 3.52 1-2 23 0 0 0/0 7 30.2 19 15 12 14 34 5 0 1 103 .184 3 5 0 2 0

Back to hat-tippin’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 1:30 am
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Gregor @ DH:

Pavano needed only 96 pitches.Juan Pierre,Dayan Viciedo,

“You’ve got to tip your hat when he does that,” Pierzynski said.

Sigh…

Other White Sox links: James says Jake Peavy isn’t a relief pitcher and looks at the Juan Pierre-Dayan Viciedo scenario. Mike looks at the Juan Pierre-Viciedo scenario too.

June 15, 2011

White Sox sign 38th round draft pick RHP Keegan Linza

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 11:00 pm
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Salisbury Post:

Chicago White Sox draft pick Keegan Linza (North Rowan) will be assigned to Bristol in the Appalachian League.

Here are his College Stats:

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
2011 2.08 11-3 15 15 5 0/0 0 108.0 104 37 25 22 67 17 1 5 407 .256 6 7 0 1 14

and

Year W L ERA G GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2010 8 0 5.29 14 12 1 0 0 0 64.2 67 41 38 4 34 44 16 1.56 9.3 0.6 4.7 6.1

He spent 2009 in Northwest Florida State Community College:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 15 76.0 45 31 74 76 27 3.67 5 3 0

The Baseball Cube says he pitched 5 innings for South Carolina in 2008:

Year W L ERA G GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2008 0 0 3.18 3 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 7 4 2 0 4 3 0 1.94 11.1 0.0 6.4 4.8

White Sox sign 32nd round draft pick C Brent Tanner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 7:42 pm
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Stephenson @ GL:

Brent Tanner officially became a professional baseball player on Tuesday afternoon.

Tanner, the former George County High School and South Alabama catcher, went through his first practice with the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers of the Pioneer League Tuesday. The Voyagers are the Rookie League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, who selected Tanner in the 32nd round of the major league draft last Wednesday.

… The 23-year-old Tanner has scarcely stopped moving since draft day. He signed with the White Sox on Friday, left for Great Falls on Sunday, arrived in town on Monday night and hit the practice field Tuesday afternoon

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OBP SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .342 58-58 228 44 78 15 0 10 55 123 .539 32 7 44 5 .432 4 0 7-9 340 33 8 .979
2010 .300 57-55 223 42 67 14 1 7 42 104 .466 23 2 48 4 .369 1 0 3-6

And from Meridian Community College:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB% BB HBP SF OBP
2009 37 137 57 18 2 43 .416 8 5 6 .330 20 4 0 .503
2008 27 84 27 2 0 22 .321 3 1 1 .000

White Sox sign 26th round draft pick 3B Grant Buckner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 3:30 pm
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Power @ WVMN:

Dream jobs are hard to come by, but one WVU baseball player has his and the opportunity of a lifetime. Grant Buckner was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

“I always said it’s what I wanted to do, it’s my biggest dream ever. I’ve always said I wanted my first real job to be a professional baseball player,” said Buckner. “That’s my job now so, no more school, just work on baseball all the time. That’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Buckner was the 801stpick in this year’s draft and the second Mountaineer shortstop in as many years to be drafted by a major league team.

“I’ll be heading to the Appalachian League in Bristol, Virginia,” Buckner said.  “That is the next step.” …

Here’s his scouting report from perfectgame.org via mack’s mets:

5-11 from: – link  – RF, Grant Buckner, W Virginia, 6’1 1/2 210, R/R, powerful built, solid RF arm, 40 plus runner and field, 60 power, could perhaps play 1b in pro ball, has good hands and moves well for a big man, swing a tad long with power to all fields. Someone will give him a 4-8 round look for sure and don’t be surprised if this kid gets to the show in 2-3 years with his makeup.

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 .364 55-55 209 48 76 14 1 8 46 116 .555 20 10 25 2 .440 2 7 3-6 90 144 13 .947
2010 .363 53-53 201 37 73 17 0 8 50 114 .567 21 15 27 7 .452 4 5 5-6 53 75 10 .928
2009 .325 55-55 200 42 65 21 1 5 45 103 .515 23 11 19 0 .418 3 10 0-2 116 2 2 .983
2008 .290 24-15 62 12 18 6 0 0 8 24 .387 3 1 7 0 .328 1 3 0-0 26 1 0 1.000

And here’s a small video of Buckner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my-LBiDA9kU

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