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December 29, 2011

John Sickels’ Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012

John Sickels:

1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.

2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.

3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.

4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.

5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.

The best closer prospect in baseball” comment helps explain Sergio Santos’ trade.

White Sox announce John Danks contract extension

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 29, 2011 7:00 pm
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox and left-handed pitcher John Danks have agreed to terms on a five-year, $65-million contract.  Under terms of the agreement, Danks will receive $8 million in 2012, which was to be his final season of arbitration eligibility, and $14.25 million in each of the 2013-16 seasons.

A native of Austin, Texas, Danks is 54-56 with a 4.03 ERA (411 ER/917.2 IP) and 714 strikeouts in 150 starts over five major-league seasons, all with the White Sox.  Since the start of the 2008 season, he ranks third among American League left-handers with 605 strikeouts, fourth with 48 victories and 76 quality starts and eighth with a 3.77 ERA.

Danks’ contract includes some no-trade clause protections:

MLB.com also has learned that Danks holds full no-trade veto power in the first year of his deal and has limited no-trade considerations over the next four. That limited no-trade translates into six teams to which Danks can’t be traded without his approval.

Danks posted the best K/BB ratio of his major-league career last year:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2007 22 CHW AL 6 13 .316 5.50 26 26 0 0 0 0 139.0 160 92 85 28 54 4 109 4 0 3 622 86 1.540 10.4 1.8 3.5 7.1 2.02
2008 23 CHW AL 12 9 .571 3.32 33 33 0 0 0 0 195.0 182 74 72 15 57 1 159 4 0 7 804 138 1.226 8.4 0.7 2.6 7.3 2.79
2009 24 CHW AL 13 11 .542 3.77 32 32 0 1 0 0 200.1 184 89 84 28 73 1 149 5 0 1 839 124 1.283 8.3 1.3 3.3 6.7 2.04
2010 25 CHW AL 15 11 .577 3.72 32 32 0 1 1 0 213.0 189 93 88 18 70 2 162 4 1 2 878 115 1.216 8.0 0.8 3.0 6.8 2.31
2011 26 CHW AL 8 12 .400 4.33 27 27 0 2 1 0 170.1 182 89 82 19 46 5 135 7 0 6 728 97 1.339 9.6 1.0 2.4 7.1 2.93
5 Seasons 54 56 .491 4.03 150 150 0 4 2 0 917.2 897 437 411 108 300 13 714 24 1 19 3871 111 1.304 8.8 1.1 2.9 7.0 2.38
162 Game Avg. 12 13 .491 4.03 34 34 0 1 0 0 208 203 99 93 24 68 3 162 5 0 4 877 111 1.304 8.8 1.1 2.9 7.0 2.38
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/29/2011.

And here’s audio of Kenny Williams and John Danks’ comments (2:12). And John Danks’ comments on CSN (4:17) and on print by Van Schouwen.

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