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August 21, 2011

Brent Lillibridge, slugger (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 21, 2011 1:58 pm
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Adam who?


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18271535 (0:48)

How did Jim Thome unlock his power potential

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Kepner @ NYT:

When Jim Thome and Ryan Howard come to the plate, they dig their spikes into the left-hander’s batter’s box, keeping the left foot closer to the plate than the right foot. They extend their right arm, pointing the bat menacingly to some distant spot beyond the center-field wall, like a samurai offering his sword to the pitcher.

Thome, who belted his 600th career homer last week, and Howard, who had 279 entering Friday, both learned from a master.

“Charlie told me about it when I was in Double-A,” Howard said last week, referring to Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel. “He told me to do that to make sure that both eyes were on the pitcher — and to set open, so that when I came back and brought my bat back, my eyes are still on the pitcher.”

The emergence of Howard forced Thome out of Philadelphia in 2005, after three just seasons. But Thome, who now plays for the Minnesota Twins, is still warmly regarded in Philadelphia, where a video tribute to him played before a game last week. He still reveres Manuel, who helped unlock his power as a Cleveland Indians farmhand in the early 1990s. …

Hey, maybe Greg Walker can learn something…

August 20, 2011

What will Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen both do if Jerry Reinsdorf fires them?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 20, 2011 3:05 pm
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they both won’t stick around:

Guillen … agreed with Williams that he wouldn’t be nice enough to stick around for weeks after getting fired.

“Yeah, if [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] fires me, I’m going golfing,’’ Williams said. “See you later. If you guys want to talk to me by phone, fine. But I’m out of here.”

Kenny Williams is angry

Merkin @ CWS:

“Go get the inspirational speeches from someone else. I’m [angry],” Williams told MLB.com, responding to a question concerning the White Sox chances to claim an American League Central over the final 40 games. “This team should be 10 games over .500 right now.

“That’s the bad news. The good news is we still have time to right the ship. But if you are looking for inspiration, or anyone is, or pats on the back from this recent surge, you are looking at the wrong person. I’ll give you a pat on the back if you end up in first place.”

Williams said that anything short of winning the division would be an obvious disappointment, adding that winning the division really isn’t even good enough in the White Sox championship-oriented minds. He acknowledged, as an example, being impressed by Alejandro De Aza’s play since called up to the big league club, as the outfielder is batting .310 and infusing life into the White Sox lineup.

But he added that he’ll be more impressed if De Aza keeps it up.

“Nothing is going to impress me the rest of the year unless we are in first place at the end,” Williams said. “Other than that, it’s just find a way to win today.”

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August 19, 2011

Smells Like Mascot: Bad Dog

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 19, 2011 10:00 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/08/bad-dog.html

Is Gordon Beckham heading to the bench?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 19, 2011 9:07 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

Gordon Beckham is probably heading to the bench after another brutal night at the plate.

The slumping second baseman was 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and he stranded seven baserunners.

“I talked to him before the game, and I worry about him because he’s chasing a lot of bad pitches,” Guillen said. “When you are a hitter and you chasing bad pitches, it’s like you are pitching and not throwing strikes. You will dig yourself a hole. You have to look for something.

“I know it’s not easy. I played this game before and went through it. I was swinging at everything in my career as a player, but I think he has to lay off the high fastball as soon as he can because he’s going to put himself in a deeper position.”

Kenny Williams likes the swing Beckham had at Georgia:

Nobody is more frustrated with his struggles at the plate than White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, who is hitting just .238 and went 1-for-13 in his team’s previous three-game series against the Indians.Coming in a close second, however, might be general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen — who both see Beckham falling victim to pitches out of the strike zone, particularly high ones.

Asked on Friday afternoon if it’s still too early in Beckham’s career to say he’s nearing a crossroads, Williams didn’t mince words.

“No, because with his current approach, I think they’re going to continue to expose his weakness,” Williams said. “As I’ve told him in the past, this is nothing he hasn’t heard from me in the past, I liked the swing coming out of the University of Georgia — the one that we saw when he first got here to the big leagues, where he was able to drive the ball and pound it into the right-center-field gap. And any high fastball, he could get on top if it with his top hand.”

Guillen was also quick to point out the pitches Beckham’s been swinging at are up in the zone.

“I think the only thing about Gordon is chasing bad pitches,” Guillen said. “He can’t lay off of the high ones, and the longer you do that, you’re going to be in the same situation.”

John Sickels reviews his Chicago White Sox 2011 Top 20 PRE-SEASON Prospect List

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 19, 2011 2:30 am
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Sickels @ MLBall:

1) Chris Sale, LHP, Grade A:  2.78 ERA for the White Sox, 58/20 K/BB in 57 major league innings, 43 hits, four saves, 1.66 GO/AO. What’s not to like?

2) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B: Hitting .256/.272/.321 with four walks, 33 strikeouts in 293 at-bats for the White Sox. I think he is capable of better, but the bat has been disappointing.

3) Dayan Viciedo, OF, Grade B- .293/.363/.477 with 17 homers, 43 walks, 79 strikeouts in 426 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Has made good progress with the strike zone, stock up for me.

4) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B-:  Amazing season at four levels, currently in Triple-A. Composite numbers: 1.40 ERA, 103/13 K/BB in 71 innings, 39 hits. He has a 20/2 K/BB in 14 Triple-A innings and has pushed his fastball into the upper 90s. Ready to help in the bullpen now. …

August 18, 2011

Is Don Cooper working his magic?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2011 8:00 pm
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August 17, 2011

Considered for promotion [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 17, 2011 11:39 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Teams can expand their 25-man rosters Sept. 1. Among the Sox minor leaguers who might be considered for a promotion are outfielder Dayan Viciedo, infielder Eduardo Escobar and pitchers Gregory Infante, Shane Lindsay, Hector Santiago and Addison Reed. Viciedo left Triple-A Charlotte’s game Wednesday at Norfolk after 3 1/2 innings because of an undisclosed injury.

From tonight’s AAA-Charlotte opponent:

UPDATE: X-rays were negative. Viciedo is day-to-day.

UPDATE #2: Merkin says:

August 16, 2011

Terry Doyle is getting back on track

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2011 11:58 pm
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8/15:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 4-5) 6.0 7 1 0 3 8 0 3.49
Kloess (H, 1) 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 1.63
Septimo (H, 7) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.33
Carter, A (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.35
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 106-64, Kloess 24-12, Septimo 15-11, Carter, A 19-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 5-2, Kloess 1-0, Septimo 1-0, Carter, A 1-2.
Batters faced: Doyle 28, Kloess 6, Septimo 4, Carter, A 4.

BTW, Andre Rienzo’s last couple outings were more like the ones in 2010:

8/14:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wickswat 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.33
Rienzo (W, 3-3) 5.0 5 0 0 1 9 0 3.14
Hunt (S, 1) 3.0 3 0 0 1 1 0 4.70
Groundouts-flyouts: Wickswat 1-0, Rienzo 3-2, Hunt 4-1.
Batters faced: Wickswat 5, Rienzo 21, Hunt 11.

That was the completion of a June 28 game that was suspended.

8/10:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rienzo (W, 4-4) 6.0 1 0 0 1 7 0 3.49
Kussmaul (S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.76
Groundouts-flyouts: Rienzo 5-5, Kussmaul 0-1.
Batters faced: Rienzo 20, Kussmaul 3.

Maybe Andre’s is returning to form too!

Eno Sarris talks about Ozzie Guillen’s Saber Bullpen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2011 9:00 pm
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Sarris @ FG:

The saber prescription for the bullpen seems clear: identify your best relievers based on their component skills and use them in the right matchups according to their handedness and arsenal. Ignore the inning and instead use your best pitcher in the highest leverage moment. Basically, have a relief ace who pitches in the most important moment in the game — and then find role players to fill in the blanks.

There’s some agreement that this would be an improvement over the current set-up man/closer plan. There might never have been a ‘pen that was truly run this way.

Well, until now. Check out Chicago’s South Side. …

I have a hunch that Don Cooper’s fingerprints are all over Ozzie’s bullpen decisions.

A.J. Pierzynski down; Donny Lucy up [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2011 3:30 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a fractured left wrist and purchased the contract of catcher Donny Lucy from Triple-A Charlotte.

This marked Pierzynski’s first career trip to the disabled list. The 34-year-old catcher, whose placement on the DL was retroactive to Saturday, suffered the injury Friday against Kansas City, when he was hit by a Bruce Chen pitch in the third inning.

The legend of Cy Chen grows…

UPDATE: Herm Schneider says Pierzynski could return on August 29 because the fracture is more of a “compression” fracture.

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August 15, 2011

White Sox sign 29th round draft pick CF Dustin Hayes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 15, 2011 11:55 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

The Sox plan to sign their 29th round pick, outfielder Dustin Hayes of Langley, BC, before Monday’s midnight deadline. Hayes, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, is considered an exceptional athlete with a strong arm. He played in the Coquitlam (BC) Angels Senior League.

UPDATE: Baseball America’s Draft Database reports that Hayes has signed.

MLB’s Drafttracker says:

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 190
Born: 1991-11-21
Class: NS

2011 Stats:

Batting

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Blaze 2011 Coquitlam Angels 4 10 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 4 .200
TOTAL 4 10 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 4 .200

Seems he tried batting, in addition to pitching, in 2010:

Pitching

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
BCPBL 2010 Okanagan Athletics 0 2 6.77 2 2 0 0 10.1 6 9 10

Batting

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
BCPBL 2010 Okanagan Athletics 14 38 3 5 0 0 0 2 4 4 .132
TOTAL 14 38 3 5 0 0 0 2 4 4 .132

August 14, 2011

Will Kenny Williams try to trade for Logan Morrison? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2011 4:00 pm
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Capozzi @ PBP:

[T]he Marlins made two moves that shocked the clubhouse Saturday night: They optioned left fielder Logan Morrison to the minors and released veteran infielder Wes Helms. Morrison said he was stunned by the news and suggested his demotion and Helms’ release had something to do with an off-field incident on which he refused to elaborate. “I’m heartbroken and I’m disappointed,’ Morrison said, his voice shaking. “I asked for an explanation and the one I got was I was hitting .240 I don’t know if that makes any sense to me or to you guys but. All I know is I go out and I give everything for this team. I play hurt, I play through injury and this is how you get treated. It doesn’t seem very fair or right to me.’ Morrison, who is batting .249 with 17 homers and 60 RBI, has been outspoken about moves the front office has made. Both he and Helms have been critical about teammate Hanley Ramirez …

Before the game, Morrison spent a good half hour sitting in the dugout talking to General Manager Mike Hill while the Giants took batting practice. “Right now I just feel resentment and anger,’ Morrison said after the game. “Stand up for what’s right and this happens.’ …

One team source believes the team the team is sending a message, “To me it’s a lesson, concentrate on the game and stop trying to be so funny.”

Remember last year the Sox wanted a Florida player for Ozzie Guillen? That player was rumored to be Logan Morrison.

And here are Morrison’s stats:

Standard Batting

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2006 18 FLA-min Rk,A- 49 187 163 16 39 7 0 2 18 1 0 21 29 .239 .321 .319 .640 52 4 0 0 3 0 JUM,JAM · GULF,NYPL
2007 19 FLA-min A 128 513 453 71 121 22 2 24 86 2 2 48 96 .267 .343 .483 .827 219 8 7 0 5 5 GBO · SALL
2008 20 FLA-min A+ 130 555 488 71 162 38 1 13 74 9 3 57 80 .332 .402 .494 .896 241 11 4 0 6 6 JUP · FLOR
2009 21 FLA-min AA,A+ 82 355 289 48 80 19 2 8 49 9 5 64 48 .277 .408 .439 .848 127 5 1 0 1 5 JCK,JUP · SOUL,FLOR
2010 22 FLA-min AAA,A+ 73 314 259 39 81 19 6 6 47 1 2 48 38 .313 .424 .502 .925 130 6 4 0 3 4 NOR,JUP · PCL,FLOR
2010 22 FLA NL 62 287 244 43 69 20 7 2 18 0 1 41 51 .283 .390 .447 .837 123 109 4 2 0 0 0 7
2011 23 FLA-min A+ 3 13 10 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 4 .200 .385 .500 .885 5 1 0 0 0 0 JUP · FLOR
2011 23 FLA NL 95 410 362 40 90 21 3 17 60 2 1 39 80 .249 .327 .464 .791 114 168 6 5 0 4 1 *7/3D
2 Seasons 157 697 606 83 159 41 10 19 78 2 2 80 131 .262 .353 .457 .810 118 277 10 7 0 4 1
162 Game Avg. 162 719 625 86 164 42 10 20 80 2 2 83 135 .262 .353 .457 .810 118 286 10 7 0 4 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
2010 22 FLA NL 287 180 45 6.7 105 .351 .283 .265 .390 .336 .447 .418 .837 .754 123 .666 9.4 0.9 .839 .328 .164 .0
2011 23 FLA NL 410 283 56 5.3 99 .271 .249 .261 .327 .329 .464 .405 .791 .734 114 .583 6.7 0.7 .763 .326 .215 3.6
2 Seasons 697 463 101 5.8 102 .304 .262 .263 .353 .332 .457 .410 .810 .742 118 .619 16.0 1.6 .793 .327 .195 3.6
162 Game Avg. 719 478 104 5.8 102 .304 .262 .263 .353 .332 .457 .410 .810 .742 118 .619 17 2 .793 .327 .195 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Ratio Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/BB AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
2010 22 FLA NL 287 0.7% 17.8% 14.3% 10.1% 42% 1.24 4.8 122.0 13.6 0.95 1.52 67% 21% 2.2% 9%
2011 23 FLA NL 410 4.2% 19.5% 9.5% 10.0% 46% 2.05 4.5 21.3 6.0 0.85 1.24 66% 21% 12.6% 13%
2 Seasons 697 2.7% 18.8% 11.5% 10.0% 44% 1.64 4.6 31.9 7.8 0.89 1.34 66% 21% 8.4% 11%
MLB Averages 2.4% 18.5% 8.4% 7.5% 33% 2.21 4.8 36.6 8.3 0.81 1.08 69% 19% 7.2% 13%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Player Value

Year Age Tm Lg PA Rbat Rbaser Rroe Rdp Rfield Rpos Rrep RAR WAR oRAR oWAR dWAR Salary Pos Awards
2010 22 FLA NL 287 9 1 0 1 -6 -3 8 10 1.0 16 1.6 -0.6 $ 7
2011 23 FLA NL 410 7 -2 -0 1 -17 -5 11 -5 -0.5 12 1.3 -1.8 $ *7/3D
2 Seasons 697 16 -1 0 2 -23 -8 19 5 0.5 28 2.9 -2.4 $
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Win Probability

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
2010 22 FLA NL 8.9 0.9 296 1.1 4.8 -3.7 .82 1.4 -0.0 15.4 1.5 0.89 15.1 0
2011 23 FLA NL 6.7 0.7 419 1.2 8.2 -7.0 1.07 1.5 -0.3 10.2 1.0 1.03 8.4 2.45 1
2 Seasons 15.6 1.5 715 2.3 12.9 -10.7 .97 2.8 -0.5 25.6 2.5 0.98 23.6 2.45 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

UPDATE: Morrison is considering filing a grievance:

Logan Morrison plans to consult the player’s union to see if he has any grounds for a grievance against the Marlins for optioning him late Saturday to Class AAA New Orleans.

“We are going to, with absolute certainty, explore this and contact the union and make sure Logan’s rights are protected,’’ said Fred Wray, Morrison’s agent. “It doesn’t seem like everything adds up here.’’

Hardball Talk’s Drew Silva:

But the fact that LoMo is upset enough to consider the action, and not comfortable enough to settle matters behind closed doors, tells you something about the crumbling relationship between player and management.

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August 13, 2011

Home Play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 13, 2011 11:58 pm

Chances? Slim to None. And Slim just left town.

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