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July 8, 2011

Canyonero! (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2011 7:30 pm
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A 412 ft. dinger!

Baseball America’s Prospect Sheet features Lastings Milledge

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2011 1:15 pm
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In the ‘Blast from the past’ section:

Lastings Milledge, of, White Sox: Milledge is still just 26, so we could still see the former Mets prospect back in the big leagues with a shot to rebuild his career. But for now, he’s having to prove himself again at Triple-A Charlotte. He did his share this week, hitting .367/.387/.800. If nothing else, Milledge illustrates how tough it is to be a righthanded corner outfielder in the big leagues. He has hit .287/.361/.432 against lefties in his career, which likely would have been enough to keep him in the majors. But his .261/.314/.378 career numbers against righthanders (in more than twice as many plate appearances) have been the difference between a long big league career and plenty of trips on the Triple-A-major league shuttle.

Milledge is hitting .292/.360/.480/.840 with 25BB and 38 K in 283 PA. Other numbers: .319 BABIP, 43% GB%, 13% LD%, 33 RC, 4.30 RC/27, .363 wOBA, 114 wOBA+, 129 OPS+.

The (Three) Quickest players to reach the majors from each draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2011 1:00 pm
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Callis @ BA:

Below is a list of the three quickest players to majors from each of the first 46 June drafts (draft round in parentheses):

Fastest Players To Majors, June Draft (Regular Phase Only)
Year Players/Teams (Draft Rounds)
2010 Chris Sale/CWS (1), Josh Spence/SD (9)
2009 Mike Leake/Cin (1), Drew Storen/Was (1), Stephen Strasburg/Was (1)
2008 Conor Gillaspie/SF (1s), Ryan Perry/Det (1), Daniel Schlereth/Ari (1)
2007 Ross Detwiler/Was (1), Eddie Kunz/NYM (1s), David Price/TB (1)
2006 Andrew Miller/Det (1), Joe Smith/NYM (3), Brandon Morrow/Sea (1)
2005 Joey Devine/Atl (1), Ryan Zimmerman/Was (1), Craig Hansen/Bos (1)
2004 Huston Street/Oak (1s), Cla Meredith/Bos (6), Jeff Fiorentino/Bal (3)
2003 Ryan Wagner/Cin (1), Chad Cordero/Mtl (1), Rickie Weeks/Mil (1)
2002 Kevin Correia/SF (4), Khalil Greene/SD (1), Zack Greinke/KC (1)
2001 Mark Prior/ChC (1), Dewon Brazelton/TB (1), Kirk Saarloos/Hou (3)
2000 Xavier Nady/SD (2), Ryan Bukvich/KC (11), Joe Borchard/CWS (1)
1999 Eric Munson/Det (1), Barry Zito/Oak (1), Matt Ginter/CWS (1)
1998 J.D. Drew/StL (1), Jeff Weaver/Det (1), Ryan Rupe/TB (6)
1997 Jim Parque/CWS (1s), Matt Anderson/Det (1), Troy Glaus/Cal (1)
1996 Mike Caruso/SF (2), Braden Looper/StL (1), Billy Koch/Tor (1)
1995 Ariel Prieto/Oak (1), Darin Erstad/Cal (1), Matt Morris, StL (1)
1994 Dustin Hermanson/SD (1), C.J. Nitkowski/Cin (1), Paul Wilson/NYM (1)
1993 Brian Anderson/Cal (1), Jeff Granger/KC (1), Darrin Dreifort/LAD (1)
1992 Jeffrey Hammonds/Bal (1), Chris Gomez/Det (3), Tim Davis/Sea (6)
1991 Benji Gil/Tex (1), Brent Gates/Oak (1), David McCarty/Min (1)
1990 Alex Fernandez/CWS (1), Lance Dickson/ChC (1), Chris Haney/Mtl (2)
1989 John Olerud/Tor (3), Ben McDonald/Bal (1), Scott Erickson/Min (4)
1988 Gregg Olson/Bal (1), Jim Abbott/Cal (1), Andy Benes/SD (1)
1987 Jack McDowell/CWS (1), Cris Carpenter/StL (1), Jack Armstrong/Cin (1)
1986 Mike Loynd/Tex (7), Greg Swindell/Cle (1), Bo Jackson/KC (4)
1985 Will Clark/SF (1), Pete Incaviglia/Mtl (1), Bobby Witt/Tex (1)
1984 Oddibe McDowell/Tex (1), Billy Swift/Sea (1), Scott Bankhead/KC (1)
1983 Jeff Robinson/SF (2), Roger Clemens/Bos (1), Carl Willis/Det (23)
1982 Bryan Oelkers/Min (1), Spike Owen/Sea (1), Bret Saberhagen/KC (19)
1981 Mike Moore/Sea (1), Frank Viola/Min (2), Jeff Keener/StL (7)
1980 Rich Bordi/Oak (3), Terry Francona/Mtl (1), Tom Gorman/Mtl (4)
1979 Jerry Don Gleaton/Tex (1), Steve Howe/LAD (1), Brad Mills/Mtl (17)
1978 Mike Morgan/Oak (1), Bob Horner/Atl (1), Brian Milner/Tor (7)
1977 Brian Greer/SD (1), Roger Erickson/Min (3), Paul Molitor/Mil (1), Ozzie Smith/SD (4)
1976 Bob Owchinko/SD (1), Floyd Bannister/Hou (1), Lary Sorensen/Mil (8)
1975 Rick Cerone/Cle (1), Danny Goodwin/Cal (1), Chris Knapp/CWS (1)
1974 Jack Kucek/CWS (2), Bill Almon/SD (1), Jim Umbarger/Tex (16)
1973 Dave Winfield/SD (1), David Clyde/Tex (1), Eddie Bane/Min (1)
1972 Dave Roberts/SD (1), Jim Crawford/Hou (14), Ray Burris/ChC (17)
1971 Mike Caldwell/SD (12), Jay Franklin/SD (1), Mac Scarce/Phi (8)
1970 Steve Dunning/Cle (1), Lee Richard/CWS (1), Terry Forster/CWS (2)
1969 Don Gullett/Cin (1), Larry Gura/ChC (2), Balor Moore/Mtl (1)
1968 Bill Lee/Bos (22), Thurman Munson/NYY (1), Oscar Gamble/ChC (16)
1967 Mike Paul/Cle (20), Ralph Garr/Atl (3), Dusty Baker/Atl (26), Jimmy McMath/ChC (2)
1966 Rich Nye/ChC (14), Gary Nolan/Cin (1), Reggie Jackson/Oak (1)
1965 Ken Holtzman/ChC (4), Joe Coleman/Was (1), Clyde Wright/Cal (6)

Can a hitting coach change things?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2011 12:30 pm
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Wischnowsky @ WSCR:

A few years ago, John Levesque, sports columnist for the now defunct Seattle Post-Intelligencer, tried to answer that question when he wrote, “When it comes to imparting knowledge and teaching the principles of hitting, big-league hitting coaches really don’t do much of either…

“Even if they tried to teach hitting, they’d run into a solid wall of resistance from self-centered, supremely focused athletes who’ve made it this far on talent and ability and aren’t about to change their swings for anyone, even if he’s got street cred in Cooperstown.”

Former Minnesota Twins hitting coach Rob Ellis, who wrote a book with Hall of Fame slugger Mike Schmidt about hitting, took things a step further.

Ellis told Levesque, “There’s very little solid instruction going on [at the major league level]. The hitting coach tends to be a PR guy, a hitter’s best friend, a security blanket, a go-to guy for salve on his wounds, a friendly guy who’s a little bit psychologist and a little bit con man…

“I never met one truly effective hitting coach. The system is not set up to teach hitting.” …

Smells Like Mascot: Welcome Home

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2011 12:00 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/07/welcome-home.html

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