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April 19, 2012

Terry Doyle struck out 9, walked 2 tonight (April 19)

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Durham @ Charlotte:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Terry Doyle 6.0 1 1 0 2 9 0 4.96
Anthony Carter (W, 1-1) 2.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.18
Brian Bruney (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2.00

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 91-55, Carter, A 30-19, Bruney 24-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 8-0, Carter, A 2-2, Bruney 0-0.
Batters faced: Doyle 22, Carter, A 8, Bruney 5.

Doyle has an 18 K / 5 BB ratio in 18.1 innings (3 games).

UPDATE: Kevin Goldstein:

Terry Doyle, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 9 K. Two straight good starts for rule 5 pick that didn’t stick with the Twins; far more command than stuff.

April 18, 2012

Frank Thomas breaks down Gordon Beckham’s swing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2012 10:00 pm
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J.J. Stankevitz:

Gordon Beckham showed some progress Wednesday, collecting an RBI single through the left side in the sixth. But that hit was only his fourth of the season, and it saved him from sustaining a batting average below .100.

I had the chance to sit down with Frank Thomas for Beckham’s fourth-inning at-bat — a weak flyout to right — to pick the Big Hurt’s brain on the second baseman’s struggles. Here’s what he had to say as the at-bat went on, with images of Beckham’s swing below: …

Andre Rienzo struck out 9, walked 1 tonight (April 18)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2012 9:30 pm
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Winston-Salem @ Myrtle Beach:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Andre Rienzo (W, 2-0) 7.0 6 1 1 1 9 0 1.00
Kyle Bellamy (S, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.42

Rienzo has a 23 K / 5 BB ratio in 18.0 innings (3 games).

April 17, 2012

Simon Castro struck out 7, walked 1 tonight (April 17)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2012 10:00 pm
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Birmingham @ Chattanooga:

Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Simon Castro (W, 1-1) 7.0 5 1 0 1 7 0 4.50
Brandon Kloess (H, 1) 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.05
Ryan Kussmaul (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Castro has a 16 K / 5 BB ratio in 16.0 innings (3 games).

Phil Humber’s devastating curveball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2012 8:00 pm
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Rob Shaw:

Last season, [Phil] Humber finally got a crack at sticking in the Big Leagues.  He made 26 starts and 28 appearances.  Though his record was just 9-9, more impressive was his 3.75 ERA and 1.18 WHIP despite pitching in a hitter’s ballpark. What separates Humber from most pitchers is his devastating curveball.  In fact, he ranked fourth in Major League Baseball last season with a .159 opposing average against his curveball.

Fangraphs’ Pitch Values for Phil Humber.

UPDATE: James looked at Humber too. /UPDATE

April 16, 2012

Hector Santiago blows the save

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Chuck Garfien:

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber 5.1 6 1 1 3 7 0 1.69
Ohman 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 12.00
Thornton(H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Crain(H, 2) 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 1 3.60
Santiago, H(BS, 1) 1.0 2 2 2 1 2 2 6.75
Stewart(L, 0-1) 1.0 5 6 1 0 1 1 4.50

Pitch F/X for Hector Santiago:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.63 95 7.25 7.53 15 9 / 60.00% 2 / 13.33% 2.7718 0.410
CH (Changeup) 80.64 86.2 10.50 1.74 7 3 / 42.86% 2 / 28.57% -0.3674 0.475
SL (Slider) 81.30 81.3 -3.64 -5.64 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0624 0.465
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
9 23 13 56.52 23 2.342

UPDATE: JJ explains what went wrong. /UPDATE

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April 15, 2012

Nestor Molina struck out 7, walked 0 tonight (April 15)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2012 9:30 pm
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Birmingham @ Chattanooga (AA):

Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nestor Molina (W, 1-1) 8.0 7 3 3 0 7 1 5.40
Santos Rodriguez (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Pitches-strikes: Molina 94-68, Rodriguez, S 15-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Molina 6-7, Rodriguez, S 1-2.
Batters faced: Molina 30, Rodriguez, S 3.

Jared Mitchell went 2-3 with a 2B, a BB and a K and is hitting .343/.511/.543/1.053 with 11 BB and 11 K in 35 AB. Unfortunately, he has a .455 BABIP.

Bill Melton and Nancy Faust

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From Chuck Garfien’s twitter:

Other White Sox links:

And Deadspin’s Erik Malinowski uncovers Baseball’s unwritten rules.

Sale dials it up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2012 8:30 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(L, 1-1) 5.0 5 3 3 2 5 1 3.09
Jones, N 2.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
Stewart 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Ohman 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 15.43
Reed 0.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 10 5 5 4 8 1 3.34

Pitches-strikes: Sale 102-68, Jones, N 34-21, Stewart 15-7, Ohman 11-8, Reed 20-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-2, Jones, N 2-2, Stewart 1-0, Ohman 1-0, Reed 0-0.
Batters faced: Sale 22, Jones, N 9, Stewart 3, Ohman 3, Reed 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Jones, N 1-1, Reed 2-2.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

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) 90.36 91.9 11.17 3.28 9 8 / 88.89% 0 / 0.00% 0.5071 0.415
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.60 96.6 8.80 5.11 6 4 / 66.67% 1 / 16.67% 0.7709 0.402
CH (Changeup) 84.36 87.2 11.70 2.64 18 8 / 44.44% 1 / 5.56% -0.7110 0.445
SL (Slider) 81.33 83.9 -2.89 -1.80 18 12 / 66.67% 5 / 27.78% 0.4061 0.469
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.35 97.2 9.99 5.83 51 36 / 70.59% 4 / 7.84% 0.1802 0.399
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 10 9 90.00 10 -0.848
2 33 20 60.61 43 0.297
3 15 11 73.33 58 0.596
4 19 13 68.42 77 -0.848
5 24 14 58.33 101 1.127
6 1 1 100.00 102 0.939

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April 14, 2012

Terry Doyle struck out 5, walked 1 tonight (April 14)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2012 10:00 pm
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Charlotte @ Norfolk (AAA):

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Terry Doyle 6.2 6 2 2 1 5 0 7.84
Leyson Septimo (W, 1-0) 2.1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0.00

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 89-63, Septimo 35-24.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 4-6, Septimo 2-1.
Batters faced: Doyle 27, Septimo 10.

Peavy dials it up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2012 12:00 am
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 1-0) 6.2 2 2 2 1 8 1 3.55
Ohman 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.00
Reed(H, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Thornton(H, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Santiago, H(S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 94-59, Ohman 1-1, Reed 15-7, Thornton 4-3, Santiago, H 15-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 3-4, Ohman 0-0, Reed 0-1, Thornton 1-0, Santiago, H 0-1.
Batters faced: Peavy 23, Ohman 1, Reed 4, Thornton 2, Santiago, H 4.

Pitch F/X for Jake Peavy:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 91.21 93.5 -5.80 7.27 26 13 / 50.00% 4 / 15.38% -0.8222 0.414
CH (Changeup) 83.48 84.5 -6.70 1.90 5 2 / 40.00% 1 / 20.00% -0.1930 0.451
SL (Slider) 82.83 84.4 4.14 0.57 8 7 / 87.50% 1 / 12.50% -0.7237 0.448
CU (Curveball) 79.75 84.3 3.16 -5.17 13 9 / 69.23% 3 / 23.08% 0.8539 0.470
FC (Cutter) 85.99 88.3 0.68 0.88 21 13 / 61.90% 2 / 9.52% -0.6071 0.434
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.11 92.4 -9.02 5.97 21 15 / 71.43% 1 / 4.76% -1.2985 0.416
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 10 7 70.00 10 -0.862
2 13 9 69.23 23 -0.862
3 13 7 53.85 36 -0.848
4 14 9 64.29 50 -0.335
5 14 8 57.14 64 -0.239
6 12 8 66.67 76 -0.848
7 18 11 61.11 94 1.204

UPDATE: James has a good recap of the game.

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April 13, 2012

Agreement on the bullpen by matchup concept

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 13, 2012 11:37 pm
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Scott Merkin:

In setting up the White Sox bullpen, general manager Ken Williams said Friday that the coaching staff and front-office personnel were in agreement on one thing: They wanted Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton available for the eighth inning and maybe the seventh inning on some occasions.

“We all know in a game that [the] ninth inning doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have the toughest hitters up,” Williams said. “The situation to win the game might be in the seventh or the eighth inning, so to have those guys available and interchangeable for that kind of fit everything together.”

After that decision was made, the final call came down between rookies Addison Reed or Hector Santiago for closer. Santiago’s screwball to combat right-handed hitters from a left-handed pitcher helped his cause, as did his 95-mph fastball.

“Aggressiveness, and he can spot it from both sides of the plate and then turn it over with a changeup and then the screwball that you can’t really practice,” said Williams of Santiago. “And if you only see it on occasion, it can really screw you up.

“So, I think we were all privately thinking that. Then when we came together for a meeting and the subject was brought up, no one was caught off guard or surprised. So we just kind of came to the deal together.”

Santiago picked his third save in three chances during Friday’s 5-2 victory over the Tigers, striking out two in the ninth inning. Reed made his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance and Thornton made his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance.

J.J. has more.

Kenny Williams’ rationale

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Bradford Doolittle:

Williams also had some interesting comments that offered a glimpse into his rationale for investing heavily in his big-league club over the years, usually at the expense of bringing top-shelf amateur talent into the organization, a trend which ended with the last offseason.

“To not be in the free agent market, or even the trade market to the degree we usually are, it was just a strange offseason,” Williams said. “At the same time, we are confident in our young players that are still kind of feeling around for that veteran feel that can bring it all together. It was just different. My phone bill was lower.

“Ideally, you don’t like to go into the free-agent market. You build a foundation and build from within. What people don’t understand about the difficulty in that is that we are what we are. We’re an organization that has tried to build our brand up to the point that people can count on our aggressiveness. They can count our competitiveness (as a team) that will sustain a $100 million payroll.

“If you take a little different focus, for instance, let’s say you’re going to take a couple of years and  overspend in the draft, overspend on the Latin American front, overspend anywhere other than on the major-league team, trying to be competitive. We run the risk potentially of not even being able to support a $100 million payroll, because our situation is different. We have to compete for our attendance to sufficiently warrant that $100 million payroll.

“Now you’re talking about killing yourself on the back end and the front end. We always have to be in the mode that if we’re going young, when we identify young players we have to be right. We have to market the major-league club as well and blend in some youth at the same time.”

BaseballInstict looks at the minor leagues

Southern League:

Jared Mitchell, OF – The 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft had his career interrupted when he tore an ankle tendon in the spring of 2010. He wasn’t the same in 2011, however was very impressive in the winter instructional league and warranted a promotion to AA. He will be interesting to follow this season as he has tons of potential.

Carolina League:

Trayce Thompson, OF – The 2009 2nd round picked didn’t really impress in 2009 and 2010.  However, some of that changed after hitting 24 HRs in 2011.  His batting average as awful and his K rate was extremely high.  The 21-year-old remains a good talent and will get time to work out some mechanical issues in the Carolina League.

South Atlantic League

Kevan Smith, C - Mature college catcher with power to all fields. He has the bat but is still learning to be a professional catcher.

International League:

Jordan Danks, OF – Has some pop and speed.  He wasn’t much of a prospect and after 2 full seasons at AAA, the 25-year-old doesn’t figure to be a major league regular.  Still, he will have an opportunity to find himself on the bench as a 4th or 5th outfielder before the season is over.

April 10, 2012

Rick Hahn goes on a scouting mission

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Mark Gonzales:

Assistant general manager Rick Hahn embarked on an amateur scouting mission. The Sox have the 13th overall pick in the June amateur draft.
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