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January 31, 2012

Clay Davenport’s and sg’s 2012 projections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 31, 2012 11:30 pm
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Clay Davenport (1/31):

AL Cent Won Lost Runs Runs A
DET 89 73 771 696
CWS 79 83 696 716
CLE 78 84 700 728
MIN 74 88 679 741
KCR 71 91 681 779

sg @ RLYB uses his 2012 Marcel forecasts (1/28):

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PL%
DET 84 78 747 708 43.0% 2.4% 10.1% 55.4%
CLE 83 79 722 708 30.6% 2.9% 7.8% 41.3%
CHA 79 83 686 703 15.2% 1.5% 4.2% 20.9%
KC 79 83 691 714 10.8% 1.9% 4.1% 16.9%
MIN 68 94 693 813 0.4% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5%

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January 29, 2012

More High School draftees, for the Sox, in the upcoming drafts?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 29, 2012 10:00 pm
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Rick Hahn and Moneyball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 29, 2012 9:00 pm
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J.J. Stankevitz:

Hawk Harrelson argued on Saturday that Moneyball was a “fraud” and tore into Billy Beane as a general manager, rhetorically asking how many playoff games those sabermetrically-oriented teams ever won. Hawk further dismissed the book and movie, saying he’s neither seen or read the work, but doesn’t need to because, as he puts it, it’s a bunch of BS.

But on Sunday, assistant general manager Rick Hahn lauded Moneyball, saying he “enjoyed the book very much” as a learning tool. He added that it offered a good insight into how teams find market inefficiencies and run a business. Although, for Hahn, the movie had some inaccuracies, namely in how it didn’t mention the A’s stout pitching staff from the year.

Good thing Hawk is only an announcer and Hahn is the Assistant GM. Hopefully Hahn is the next Sox GM.

January 28, 2012

Happy Birthday JD!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 28, 2012 11:45 pm
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Brent Lillibridge attends the Manny Ramirez school of hitting

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 28, 2012 10:45 pm
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Scott Reifert:

LILLIBRIDGE ON HIS APPROACH TO HITTING: “When Manny (Ramirez) was here, it was great to pick his brain because he’s an amazing hitter.  He said he looks for a spot, not a pitch.  Doesn’t matter if you watch two strikes go by, wait for your spot.”

Brent Lillibridge seems to be the Gordon Beckham fallback plan:

Will Robin Ventura do as he says?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 28, 2012 9:00 pm
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No more ‘Can’t bench/disrespect the veterans’?

The White Sox don’t use advanced stats at all

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 28, 2012 6:30 pm
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J.J. Stankevitz:

The White Sox assistant GM recounted that post in a seminar Saturday, noting that the Sox have liked OBP for years — just like every other team in baseball:

Although, if Hahn had his way, he’d like the perception that the Sox don’t use advanced stats to persist. “It makes it easier for us to maneuver when they don’t know where we’re going to go,” Hahn said.

also,

Kenny Williams finds a quarter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 28, 2012 3:20 am
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but

January 27, 2012

Nestor Molina ETA: Mid- 2012?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 27, 2012 11:30 pm
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Kenny Williams says his pockets are empty

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 27, 2012 11:15 pm
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FutureSox’s 2012 Preseason Top 25 White Sox Prospects

Matt Cassidy:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP     [NEW]
2. Addison Reed, RHP     [Previous Rank: 2nd, no change]
3. Simon Castro, RHP     [NEW]
4. Tyler Saladino, SS     [Previous: 9th, +5]
5. Trayce Thompson, OF     [Previous: 3rd, -2]
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP     [Previous: 4th, -2]
7. Hector Santiago, LHP     [Previous: 16th, +9]
8. Keenyn Walker, OF     [Previous: 7th, -1]
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS     [Previous: 6th, -3]
10. Dylan Axelrod, RHP     [Previous: 19th, +9]
11. Jared Mitchell, OF     [Previous: 5th, -6]
12. Andre Rienzo, RHP     [Previous: 11th, -1]
13. Jhan Marinez, RHP     [NEW]
14. Gregory Infante, RHP     [Previous: 14th, no change]
15. Erik Johnson, RHP     [Previous: 17th, +2]
16. Charlie Leesman, LHP     [Previous: 15th, -1]
17. Pedro Hernandez, LHP     [NEW]
18. Andy Wilkins, 1B     [Previous: 13th, -5]
19. Scott Snodgress, LHP     [Previous: UNR]
20. Brandon Short, OF     [Previous: 12th, -8]
21. Jeff Soptic, RHP     [Previous: UNR]
22. Kevan Smith, C     [Previous: 24th, +2]
23. Ozzie Martinez, SS/2B     [NEW]
24. Ryan Buch, RHP     [Previous: 18th, -6]
25. Michael Blanke, C     [Previous: 32nd*, +7]

Smells Like Mascot: Tiger Central

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 27, 2012 9:00 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2012/01/tiger-central.html

January 26, 2012

Robin Ventura talks about the 2012 Sox

Scott Merkin:

Ventura was asked about a few key matters during an interview session with White Sox beat reporters on Thursday and came up with a few pre-Spring Training solutions. The White Sox starting rotation, which looks to be one of its strongest suits, seems all but set with John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. According to Ventura, Philip Humber has the advantage at No. 5 over any of the young newcomers such as Nestor Molina or returnees such as Zach Stewart or Dylan Axelrod.”Phil would be that leader heading into the clubhouse,” Ventura said of Humber, whose breakout 2011 effort resulted in a 9-9 record and 3.75 ERA. “I don’t see anything changing with that at this point. We will see during Spring Training, but I’m confident in Phil in doing that No. 5 position.”Humber posted an 8-5 record with a 3.10 ERA and .218 opponents average against in the first half, but had a 1-4 mark, 5.01 ERA and .287 average against after the All-Star break.

Reliever Matt Thornton‘s season was slightly reversed, as the left-hander posted a 2.45 ERA over 52 games after May 1 following an 8.64 ERA in April. Thornton also had blown saves in his first four chances, although he didn’t have the best of luck behind him. Even with that slow start, Ventura tabbed Thornton on Thursday as his leading 2012 closer candidate over rookie Addison Reed and Jesse Crain. “I’m leaning on Matt doing that,” Ventura said. “I don’t think those type of things are concrete. I would like to see him do that, but we’ll see how that goes in Spring Training with him and how he feels.”

In Ventura’s estimation, the team doesn’t have a true utility infielder at this point. Brent Lillibridge earned high praise from Ventura for his versatility and talent, but he wasn’t identified as a possible backup shortstop. Ventura said that Alex Rios could see time in both left field and center field, and as of now, Alejandro De Aza looks to be the leadoff man. Of course, it’s just late January and things could change by the end of Cactus League action. “Gordon [Beckham] could probably do it depending on how he feels about that and how he looks in Spring Training, as far as getting on base,” Ventura said of the leadoff slot. “He has more power than normal leadoff guys, but he’s one of them.”

White Sox announce 2012 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 26, 2012 9:00 pm
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV and WSCR-AM 670 (The Score) have announced the team’s 2012 spring training broadcast schedule.The White Sox will have six Cactus League games televised from Arizona (five on Comcast SportsNet and one on WGN).  WSCR, the club’s flagship radio station, will air nine games (including four interactive broadcasts).  The Sox also will webcast 12 additional spring training games free on whitesox.com, up from nine in 2011.

The first televised spring training game is by WGN on Friday, March 9 at 2:05 p.m. CST when the White Sox face the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.  Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its five spring games on Friday, March 23 when the Sox face the Arizona Diamondbacks at 9:05 p.m. CDT in Glendale.  CSN will close out their spring broadcast schedule on Tuesday, April 3 when the White Sox play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park at 7:00 p.m. CDT. …

complete schedule follows:

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BaseballInstinct looks on Sox RHP Addison Reed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 26, 2012 8:00 pm
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David Reiffer:

The Stuff

His fastball rates plus with mid-to-late 90s velocity and tailing action into right-handed hitters.  He spot his heat at both sides of the plate and shows above average command of all his pitches.

The slider has been labeled a plus-plus pitch by some scouts.  Terrific downward biting action.  He throws it with great confidence.  A true swing’ n’ miss offering.

His change-up has been called average. which in fine since his likely destination is the bullpen and the fastball/slider combo is plenty good enough there.  It’s a pitch he could show from time to time to give left-handed hitters something to think about. …

Stats: B-R, FG, SC

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