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October 31, 2011

Mark Buehrle and Juan Pierre are the Sox remainining Type-B free agents [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 31, 2011 1:40 pm
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MLBTR:

If a Type B free agent turns down an arbitration offer and signs a Major League deal elsewhere the losing team gets one draft pick in the supplemental round, and it doesn’t come from the new team.  Keep in mind that an arbitration offer is necessary for draft pick compensation. …

Type B

Frasor’s 2012 option was picked up.

UPDATE: Rosenthal would be surprised if Buehrle leaves the Sox:

“Buehrle is a more interesting case because he’s a guy that seemingly does not want to go other than two place, right? Chicago and St. Louis, and St. Louis is effectively closed,” Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports told The Mully and Hanley Show. “Now, there are indications that he may be opening that up, but I’d be surprised if he landed anywhere but the White Sox on a two- or three-year deal. … I’d be surprised if he left.”

Sox pick-up Jason Frasor’s 2012 option [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 31, 2011 1:15 pm
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UPDATE: Aaron Gleeman points out Frasor may become trade bait.

Jeff Manto is the new hitting coach

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 31, 2011 12:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

New manager Robin Ventura completed his first White Sox staff with Monday’s hirings of Jeff Manto as the team’s hitting coach, Joe McEwing as third-base coach and Mark Parent as bench coach.

Manto, 47, served as the White Sox Minor League hitting coordinator for the past four years and has great familiarity with some of the younger players who could play featured roles with the 2012 White Sox. Manto was also the Pirates’ hitting coach during the ’06 and ’07 seasons, with Freddy Sanchez leading the National League in hitting via his .344 average in 2006.

I see he saw Jose Bautista‘s success. He didn’t untapped it; he saw it coming.

October 29, 2011

Buddy Bell sure likes Terry Doyle; Terry Doyle sure likes teaching

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2011 10:00 pm
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Buddy Bell talks about Terry Doyle in Mark Gonzales’ article:

“It’s amazing what you can do in this game with a heart and a brain,” Bell wrote in an email. “This guy epitomizes that. We have liked him from the beginning, and I don’t think there is anyone who can figure out why he was such a late-rounder. He knew how to pitch when he got here. It’s probably because he just doesn’t profile as a major leaguer.”

Doyle on school and teaching:

If Doyle had not been selected to pitch for the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL, he likely would have returned to his hometown of Warwick, R.I., to teach.

“My whole life I’ve been a good student,” said Doyle, who graduated from Boston College. “I’ve always enjoyed school. I had a lot of respect for my coaches, who are teachers.

“It’s just a sport instead of a subject. I’ve always had lot of respect for my coaches and teachers because they do a lot of work, and it’s almost selfless work. Having all these people help is unbelievable.”

It sure is a lot of work and selfless work. And some people think the problem with today’s schools is with the teachers. No, the problem is the ever-increasing child poverty rates.

As a student-teacher, Doyle instructed algebra, algebra II and pre-calculus classes. As a substitute teacher, Doyle rotates through Warwick’s three high schools and four junior highs.

“If I go to regular teaching, I would like to have those more advanced calculus classes just because they’re more entertaining for me than regular algebra,” Doyle said.

A numbers guy! Cool! Very Cool!

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October 28, 2011

Terry Doyle pitches 3 scoreless innings (Pitch-F/X readings)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2011 11:15 pm
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10/28:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 4-0) 3.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0.92
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 52-32.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 3-2.
Batters faced: Doyle 11.

Since the park was equipped with a Pitch-F/X system we got the following readings on Doyle’s pitches:

Inning Batter # Pitch # Speed Break in. Pfx in. Pitch Type Pitch result AB result
1 1 1 92 4 11 Fastball Ball
2 91 4 11 Fastball Foul
3 90 5 12 Fastball Ball
4 92 5 9 Fastball Called Strike
5 79 13 7 Curveball Swinging Strike Strikeout
2 1 91 5 10 Fastball Ball
2 92 5 10 Fastball In play, no out Double
3 1 93 5 10 Fastball Called Strike
2 83 8 7 Changeup Ball
3 92 7 11 Fastball Foul
4 81 11 4 Curveball Ball In Dirt
5 80 13 9 Curveball In play, out(s) Groundout
4 1 82 10 3 Changeup Called Strike
2 92 4 11 Fastball Called Strike
3 81 12 6 Curveball Ball In Dirt
4 92 6 10 Fastball Ball
5 81 10 2 Changeup Foul
6 94 4 12 Fastball In play, out(s) Popout
2 1 1 92 5 12 Fastball Ball
2 91 4 10 Fastball Ball
3 90 7 12 Fastball Foul
4 86 8 11 Changeup Ball
5 91 8 14 Fastball In play, out(s) Groundout
2 1 92 4 10 Fastball Called Strike
2 92 7 12 Fastball Foul
3 93 4 10 Fastball Ball
4 91 5 11 Fastball Ball
5 81 12 7 Curveball In play, no out Single
3 1 89 8 12 Fastball Ball
Pickoff Attempt 1B
2 91 6 12 Fastball Called Strike
3 90 7 11 Fastball Ball
Pickoff Attempt 1B
4 88 7 10 Fastball In play, out(s) Flyout
4 1 82 9 3 Slider Ball
2 91 5 9 Fastball Swinging Strike
3 91 6 10 Fastball Ball
4 91 5 12 Fastball Ball
5 90 5 9 Fastball Called Strike
6 91 5 13 Fastball Foul (Runner Going)
7 91 6 10 Fastball Foul (Runner Going)
8 79 13 8 Curveball Called Strike Strikeout
3 1 1 90 5 10 Fastball Foul
2 91 5 7 Fastball Swinging Strike
3 92 5 7 Fastball Ball
4 90 5 8 Fastball In play, out(s) Groundout
2 1 92 6 7 Fastball Called Strike
2 83 9 6 Changeup In play, out(s) Flyout
3 1 91 4 11 Fastball Ball
2 82 9 1 Slider Swinging Strike
3 91 7 10 Fastball Ball
4 91 5 8 Fastball Called Strike
5 82 10 3 Slider Foul
6 79 14 12 Curveball Called Strike Strikeout

I count 37 fastballs, 7 curveballs, 5 changeups, and 3 sliders among the 52 pitches Doyle threw today. His fastball seems to be sitting at about 91-92 mph.

UPDATE: Pitch F/X data:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FA (Fastball) 91.37 93.7 -6.60 7.25 30 17 / 56.67% 2 / 6.67% -0.1210 0.408
CH (Changeup) 82.88 85.6 -5.19 0.85 5 3 / 60.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1477 0.450
SL (Slider) 81.97 82.4 -1.80 -0.51 3 2 / 66.67% 1 / 33.33% -0.0135 0.459
CU (Curveball) 80.07 81.1 1.26 -7.33 7 5 / 71.43% 1 / 14.29% -0.4942 0.469
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.19 91 -10.32 5.78 7 5 / 71.43% 0 / 0.00% -0.4400 0.417
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
1 18 11 61.11 18 -0.019
2 22 12 54.55 40 -0.350
3 12 9 75.00 52 -0.848

Gordon Beckham missed ‘Super Two’ status by 23 service days

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2011 1:00 pm
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This year the ‘Super Two’ cutoff was 2 years and 146 days of service time (it was rather late). Gordon Beckham had 2 years and 123 days of service time.

Alejandro De Aza missed by 7 days! He had 2 years and 139 days of service time.

As MLBTR says:

Some players with more than two and less than three years of service time go to arbitration, while others don’t. Going to arbitration an extra time, the right earned by baseball’s super two players, is a clear advantage; super twos earn more than others in their service class.

BTW, Dayan Viciedo has accumulated 123 days of service time.

Rick Hahn to stay with the Sox for now

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2011 12:30 pm
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October 27, 2011

Sox sign FIU senior OF Yoandy Barroso (Non Drafted Free Agent)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 27, 2011 9:30 pm
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Matt Eddy:

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
OF Yoandy Barroso (NDFA—Florida International)

From Barroso’s FIU page:

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 215
Born: 1988-12-26
Hometown: Miami, FL
Class:  Senior

 

 

Scouting report from Baseball America:

Yoandy Barroso, of, Haymarket (Sr., Florida International)

As a junior last spring, Barroso hit .377/.444/.536, helping Florida International to its first NCAA regional since 2002…a physical specimen at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Barroso has a level-planed swing that is capable of producing hard line drives, although it currently lacks lift, which hides his power potential…a 40th-round pick by the Rangers out of high school in 2007, Barroso went undrafted as a junior this June, but his sound overall abilities should make him a good senior sign in 2011. (To see the entire writeup, see baseballamerica.com!)

And 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 .335 56-54 185 42 62 18 4 2 31 94 .508 24 8 40 1 .431 1 3 8-10 87 3 5 .947
2010 .377 55-37 138 25 52 10 0 4 25 74 .536 16 3 24 0 .444 3 0 8-11 74 4 9 .897

Before FIU Barroso attended Miami Dade College:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BA BB HBP SF OBP SB SBA SB% PO Assists Errors FLD%
2009 41 127 49 9 1 6 35 .386 13 4 0 .458 8 9 .890 49 2 3 .944
2008 47 120 33 10 2 2 18 .275 4 7 .571

Terry ‘Buehrle’ Doyle

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 27, 2011 1:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

“There are a lot worse people to be compared to,” said Doyle during a phone interview. “He’s a guy I look up to in our organization. His velocity is not 95 and neither is mine. That’s what our coaches preach: Get on the mound, attack the hitters and throw strikes.

“Over the past 10 years, [Buehrle] has been one of the best pitchers in the game. It’s not the flashiest way to do it, but his results are as good as anyone else.”

… “My goal was to come here hoping that I could show enough to give them faith to add me to the 40-man. I could prove I was good enough to have the chance at pitching in the big leagues.”

If that big league opportunity comes sooner than later for Doyle with the White Sox, it will arrive in relief form for a pitcher who has made 63 of his 75 Minor League appearances as a starter. He has full confidence in being able to transition from the rotation to middle relief, much like Buehrle did for one season in 2000.

One other comparison between the two comes in their Draft selection, with Buehrle taken in the 38th round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft and Doyle selected in the 37th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Boston College. Doyle’s 381 strikeouts over 422 1/3 innings come as a higher average per inning than Buehrle’s, but the style remains extremely similar.

“One of the things that I do best as a pitcher is throw a lot of strikes,” Doyle said. “If you throw enough strikes, you can pitch successfully in the bullpen and as a starter. That’s my best attribute: not putting guys on base and challenge hitters and keep the game moving as quickly as possible. Make them earn what they are getting.”

October 25, 2011

Addison Reed wins MiLB best overall reliever award

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 25, 2011 7:00 pm
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Comments from AA-Birmingham pitching coach J.R. Perdew about Addison Reed:

“I think obviously a great arm is the first thing that comes to mind. He’s got some deception. That great arm, that stuff, good deception — hitters didn’t take very good swings against him. And also he had very good poise, mound presence. He was very impressive, very under control.”

“It’s a combination of fastball velocity and the deception in his delivery. The ball kind of jumps out of his hand — he’s got a dip-and-drive delivery. It takes off on hitters up in zone a lot. And third, he’s got really good fastball command. And a pretty good slider with good break. That’s four good reasons why he gets a lot of swings and misses.”

“I knew he was going to get out of there,” he said. “I thought when he started showing the ability to stay on top of the slider and was developing the change-up, it was time for him to go. [The White Sox] even asked me if he was ready for the big leagues and I said yes.”

“[His ceiling is] as high as he wants it to be, honestly. He’s got a really good work ethic, a good head on his shoulders, poise, physical talent and mental ability also. I think he can go as high as he wants. He’s got a chance to be a really good Major League closer and to be able to do it for a long time.”

Some would like to see Reed be tried as a starter. Here’s the breakdown of his pitches for the 6 times he played with the Sox:

Type Count Selection Strike Swing Whiff Foul In Play
FF 94 68.6% 68.1% 53.2% 14.9% 23.4% 14.9%
SL 31 22.6% 77.4% 58.1% 19.4% 22.6% 16.1%
CH 11 8.0% 54.5% 54.5% 27.3% 18.2% 9.1%
FC 1 0.7% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%

If Coop helps Reed develop/trust his change-up more then let him try!

October 23, 2011

Kenny Williams not in shopping mode

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 23, 2011 2:30 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen reports Kenny is not in a shopping mode:

“Everyone I’ve heard speak on it is right. we have talented people, and we did not achieve what we wanted to based on some of those talented people not performing. But we’re in a position where we have to look at the future. So I will not be in shopping mode — I’ll be listening to see what the interest is in some of our players. Quite frankly, I don’t expect people to try to blow our doors down for some of our guys who had down years. Their value is going to be down a little bit.

And Kenny will only trade for major league ready players:

So what we have to do is weigh whatever they’re offering up against our chances are for the next season. Because if we’re going to move our valuable pieces it’s going to be for major league ready talent so they can grow with this nice nucleus in place with [Dayan] Viciedo, [Tyler] Flowers, [Alejandro] De Aza, [Brent] Morel. And have to get [Gordon] Beckham back. We have a nice young, kind of youthful movement. Those players [coming in trades] would have to fit into that. Not A-ball players, AA type. They would have to be major-league ready and potential impact players. Will that happen? I don’t know, that’s why you go to the winter meetings [in early December] and you see what other teams would like to offer you. But I think shopping our guys is something we’re not going to be doing.”

So, Kenny says he will stay away from “grizzled veterans”? It would be nice if he does so.

Doug Padilla has more Kenny:

“Believe me, as long as I am sitting in the chair we will continue to be as aggressive as we can possibly be,” Williams said. “If it turns out that we can’t reasonably expect the talent we have to compete for a championship them I might have dial it back and move today’s talent for tomorrow’s talent that will extend a run longer for us in the future. But none of that has been determined and won’t be determined until we get a gauge on what other teams feel about our players.”

Padilla also has audio of Kenny’s interview (17:53).

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October 22, 2011

Terry Doyle pitches 4 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 22, 2011 9:30 pm
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10/22:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 3-0) 4.0 1 0 0 2 4 0 1.08
Griffith 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.36
Petricka 1.0 1 2 2 2 0 0 4.50
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 51-32, Griffith 7-5, Petricka 24-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 7-0, Griffith 1-0, Petricka 2-1.
Batters faced: Doyle 14, Griffith 3, Petricka 6.
Weather: 94 degrees, sunny.

Doyle has a 12/3 K/BB ratio in 16.2 IP in the AFL.

October 19, 2011

Rick Hahn to interview for the Angels GM opening [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 19, 2011 10:30 pm
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MLBTR:

The Angels will interview Rick Hahn of the White Sox and Tory Hernandez, their own manager of baseball information, along with Oppenheimer, Eppler, Ng and Dipoto, according to Yahoo’s Tim Brown (Twitter links).  The interviews will likely take place in the coming week.

Dipoto has a “good shot” at the Baltimore GM opening.

UPDATE: Daryl Van Schouwen tweets that Hahn “Might be [the] favorite for [the] angels job.” Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Angels #1 choice is Tampa Bay’s GM, Andrew Friedman.

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October 18, 2011

Perhaps not

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 18, 2011 8:00 pm
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Doug Padilla:

With nothing official expected to come from the White Sox until after the World Series, there are clues that Jeff Manto will be named the club’s hitting coach as expected.

A White Sox source indicated Tuesday that Tim Laker will move from his post as Triple-A hitting coach to minor-league hitting coordinator. That was the position Manto held the past four seasons.

That would seem to indicate that Manto would move to the open position of major-league hitting instructor to replace Greg Walker, but that has not been confirmed.

October 17, 2011

Jim Thome, White Sox hitting coach?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2011 10:00 pm
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

Sox farm-system hitting instructors Jeff Manto or Tim Laker are thought to be the top candidates to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach, but don’t rule out the Sox making a play for a bigger name such as Jim Thome.

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf loves Thome, 41, whose playing career likely has come to an end after 21 seasons and 604 home runs. The two share the annual habit of meeting for dinner to talk about life and baseball after the season, and a major-league source said Reinsdorf was eager to move this year’s meeting up.

Jerry is bringing the band is coming together!

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