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June 29, 2012

White Sox play Shadow Ball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2012 11:00 pm
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Cool stuff by Keith Olbermann

post: http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/2012/06/29/phantom-ball-with-video-and-monty/

video (0:20): http://videos.videopress.com/3q2qUZk2/img_9585_dvd.mp4

June 28, 2012

Chris Sale goes 7

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2012 11:00 pm
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Sox @ Twins:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 9-2) 7.0 6 2 2 1 5 1 2.27
Ohman 2.0 2 3 3 1 1 1 6.41
Totals 9.0 8 5 5 2 6 2 3.90

Pitches-strikes: Sale 93-64, Ohman 46-24.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 5-5, Ohman 3-1.
Batters faced: Sale 25, Ohman 11.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.03 88.3 14.61 2.81 3 3 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 1 / 100.00% -0.3849
CH (Changeup) 83.91 87.8 13.24 3.41 22 15 / 68.18% 4 / 18.18% 12 / 63.16% -0.1267
SL (Slider) 79.02 82.3 -0.25 -1.03 28 18 / 64.29% 6 / 21.43% 10 / 50.00% 0.3726
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.75 94 11.71 5.60 40 28 / 70.00% 2 / 5.00% 22 / 64.71% -0.2029
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 8 7 87.50 8 -0.848
2 11 9 81.82 19 -0.848
3 21 12 57.14 40 0.589
4 13 9 69.23 53 -0.335
5 15 10 66.67 68 0.869
6 13 10 76.92 81 0.288
7 12 7 58.33 93 -0.057

Sale got 6 whiffs on his slider and 4 whiffs on his changeup.

Here’s how yesterday’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91

RL=Relief

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How soon before Leyson Septimo learns to throw a cutter?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2012 10:00 pm
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June 27, 2012

Will Ohman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2012 11:00 pm
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Left/Right Splits:

SPLITS: Regular Season 2012
SPLIT TEAM W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
vs Left - - 3.31 - - - - - - 16.1 11 6 6 2 2 3 0 8 .186 0.86 1.67
vs Right - - 11.32 - - - - - - 10.1 12 13 13 4 4 2 0 5 .286 1.35 1.08

Very good versus lefties, very bad against righties. But that’s how it’s supposed to be. The guy is a LOOGY. So, why DFA him? Because he didn’t do what he’s not supposed to do?

UPDATE: James explains why. :) /UPDATE

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June 25, 2012

Carlos Sanchez’ scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2012 8:00 pm
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Robbie Knopf:

White Sox prospect Carlos Sanchez, a 19 year old out of the Dominican Republic, has seen some time at shortstop , but having split time between shortstop and second base in his career, we’ll almost assuredly see him at second base in the Futures Game.  Sanchez, 5’11″, 175, isn’t the caliber of prospect of any of the players above, but he has promise and has been playing out of his mind in 2012. Sanchez features a compact swing with little power, but he hits a lot of line drives, mostly singles, and has the speed to beat out groundballs. Sanche also can bunt for base hits. Sanchez’s bat speed is average, but his pitch recognition has made serious progress and he draws a fair amount of walks. Sanchez is very fast, but he needs a ton of work reading pitchers on the basepaths, not only to steal bases but even to take extra-bases. His instincts on the bases simply aren’t there right now and he’s not nearly a good enough baserunner as he should be with his speed. Defensively, Sanchez is able to put his speed to better use, and he has soft hands with a strong arm, tools that have allowed him to see time at shortstop as well even though his future is at second base. Sanchez doesn’t have elite upside, but has room to grow in terms of hitting, his plate discipline, and especially on the basepaths. In 2012, Sanchez has really impressed offensively at High-A, posting a .325/.380/.405 line with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 1 homer, 33 RBI, and 13 of 24 steals. Sanchez has struck out 47 times versus 23 walks, and he has played 40 games at shortstop versus 29 at second base. Sanchez has been a breakout prospect for the White Sox this year, and it got him to Futures Game and we’ll see just how far it can get him.

Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2009 17 White Sox DOSL FRk CHW 22 42 32 7 5 0 0 0 3 1 0 8 10 .156 .341 .156 .498 5 0 1 1 0 0
2010 18 White Sox DOSL FRk CHW 52 203 156 26 42 5 2 1 18 7 3 41 26 .269 .431 .346 .777 54 4 4 1 1 0
2011 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk CHW 68 318 280 48 80 11 1 1 30 8 10 20 51 .286 .354 .343 .697 96 5 10 7 1 0
2011 19 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 5 24 16 4 4 1 0 0 3 1 2 5 2 .250 .500 .313 .813 5 0 3 0 0 0
2011 19 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 63 294 264 44 76 10 1 1 27 7 8 15 49 .288 .341 .345 .686 91 5 7 7 1 0
2012 20 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 70 314 276 43 89 13 3 1 33 13 10 24 48 .322 .380 .402 .782 111 8 4 6 4 0
4 Seasons 212 877 744 124 216 29 6 3 84 29 23 93 135 .290 .381 .358 .738 266 17 19 15 6 0
FRk (2 seasons) FRk 74 245 188 33 47 5 2 1 21 8 3 49 36 .250 .416 .314 .729 59 4 5 2 1 0
A (1 season) A 63 294 264 44 76 10 1 1 27 7 8 15 49 .288 .341 .345 .686 91 5 7 7 1 0
Rk (1 season) Rk 5 24 16 4 4 1 0 0 3 1 2 5 2 .250 .500 .313 .813 5 0 3 0 0 0
A+ (1 season) A+ 70 314 276 43 89 13 3 1 33 13 10 24 48 .322 .380 .402 .782 111 8 4 6 4 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 6/25/2012.

Sanchez has a .374 BABIP in Winston-Salem.

June 23, 2012

Chris Sale pitches 8 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 23, 2012 11:00 pm
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Brewers @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 8.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 2.24
Reed 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.18
Crain(L, 1-1) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.45
Totals 10.0 6 1 1 1 9 0 3.96

WP: Sale, Crain.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 109-70, Reed 11-8, Crain 21-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-5, Reed 1-0, Crain 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Reed 3, Crain 5.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.30 88.7 10.98 2.53 6 4 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 50.00% 0.5400
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.13 95 7.58 5.15 8 5 / 62.50% 2 / 25.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.2879
CH (Changeup) 83.98 87.9 11.54 2.38 17 11 / 64.71% 5 / 29.41% 10 / 62.50% -0.3833
SL (Slider) 79.05 82 -5.78 -4.06 22 13 / 59.09% 2 / 9.09% 10 / 52.63% -1.3344
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.84 95.6 9.85 4.66 45 30 / 66.67% 2 / 4.44% 20 / 57.14% -1.4467
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 19 11 57.89 19 -0.240
3 14 8 57.14 33 -0.575
4 15 11 73.33 48 -0.364
5 17 10 58.82 65 -0.047
6 11 10 90.91 76 -0.834
7 10 5 50.00 86 -0.004
8 12 8 66.67 98 -0.848

Sale’s changeup was working fine. He got 5 whiffs on changeups.

Here’s how yesterday’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98

RL=Relief

J.J. says Sale had an 80 GameScore.

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June 16, 2012

Chris Sale slows down

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2012 8:00 pm
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Sox @ Dodgers:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 5.2 7 5 5 4 6 0 2.46
Crain(BS, 3) 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.29
Jones, N 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18
Thornton(L, 2-4) 1.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.14
Totals 8.0 10 7 7 5 9 0 4.02

WP: Thornton.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 107-70, Crain 11-9, Jones, N 12-7, Thornton 22-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-3, Crain 0-0, Jones, N 1-1, Thornton 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 28, Crain 3, Jones, N 3, Thornton 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Crain 2-2.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.47 95.5 7.55 8.71 24 14 / 58.33% 3 / 12.50% 10 / 50.00% -0.5245
CH (Changeup) 83.16 87.6 10.88 6.26 11 8 / 72.73% 2 / 18.18% 5 / 62.50% 0.1722
SL (Slider) 79.73 83.3 -3.67 0.32 30 20 / 66.67% 2 / 6.67% 14 / 58.33% 1.3855
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.89 95 9.70 7.79 42 28 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 23 / 62.16% -0.1855
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 25 12 48.00 25 0.627
2 13 10 76.92 38 -0.105
3 20 11 55.00 58 -0.048
4 10 7 70.00 68 -0.848
5 19 15 78.95 87 -0.350
6 20 15 75.00 107 1.572

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
 
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16

RL=Relief

BTW:

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June 13, 2012

Dragon throws the first pitch in Sox game (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2012 9:00 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=22121739&c_id=cws

6/8/12: The Dragon from Dreamworks’ “How To Tame Your Dragon” throws out the first pitch before Astros-White Sox game

June 9, 2012

Chris Sale should change his name to Cy Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2012 8:30 pm
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Astros @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 8-2) 8.0 4 0 0 0 7 0 2.05
Stewart 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 5.06
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 0 9 1 3.94

HBP: Altuve (by Sale).
Pitches-strikes: Sale 101-70, Stewart 24-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-6, Stewart 0-1.
Batters faced: Sale 29, Stewart 5.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.23 88.6 9.22 3.89 4 4 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 100.00% -0.6786
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.98 94.7 7.40 6.94 5 5 / 100.00% 1 / 20.00% 4 / 100.00% -0.6190
CH (Changeup) 82.89 87.7 11.94 2.46 29 18 / 62.07% 7 / 24.14% 13 / 54.17% -1.1913
SL (Slider) 78.64 79.9 -3.17 -3.13 16 12 / 75.00% 4 / 25.00% 10 / 71.43% -0.0380
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.52 95.2 10.55 5.48 47 31 / 65.96% 3 / 6.38% 20 / 55.56% -1.9041
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 17 13 76.47 17 -0.350
2 10 8 80.00 27 -0.848
3 11 8 72.73 38 -0.834
4 10 9 90.00 48 -0.364
5 15 7 46.67 63 -0.834
6 15 10 66.67 78 0.149
7 11 7 63.64 89 -0.834
8 12 8 66.67 101 -0.517

I remember after Sale’s previous start I was complaining that Ventura/Cooper should’ve taken Sale out after 8 innings since he had thrown 101 pitches. Well, he had 101 pitches after 8 innings today too. Thankfully he was removed after 8 today.

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start Innings Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
Sliders
-Strikes
2-seam
fastball
Slider
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 33-27 93.23 mph 79.26 mph
10 (6/3) 9 119-81 8/2 11 36-28 92.97 mph 79.07 mph
11 (6/9) 8 101-70 7/0 15 16-12 92.52 mph 78.64 mpn

RL=Relief

Here’s Zach Stewart too:

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June 8, 2012

Chris Sale is still working on his changeup

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2012 11:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

A continuously refined changeup clearly improves Chris Sale’s standing as a starting pitcher, although it’s already a fairly lofty perch for the American League ERA leader and the owner of the third-lowest opponents’ average against entering Saturday’s start.

But the notion that the changeup is a new pitch to Sale is inaccurate. It just was temporarily shelved when he worked in relief during the past two years.

“That was his best pitch when we saw him as an amateur,” said White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann of the changeup for Sale, who was the 13th pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. “His changeup got better each time. It was his second-best pitch.”

“I didn’t even have a slider in college,” said Sale with a laugh. “So that changeup is something we’ve been working on more than any other pitch in my repertoire.”

Sale’s work takes place with pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Juan Nieves between starts, and he employed that changeup on 23 pitches during his complete-game effort against the Mariners on Sunday. He recorded one out with the changeup, but just one changeup was put in play safely.

A well-located fastball and a sharp-breaking slider are still Sale’s top two pitches. But the 23-year-old understands the importance of the changeup to his overall well-being as a rotation member.

“Having a third pitch is so big now,” said Sale, who still touches 94 or 95 mph with his fastball but doesn’t get to 97 or 98 as he would as a reliever. “You can’t go out there as a starter and just have two pitches.

“It’s something I’ve been trying to build on and get better. I want to have a third pitch to throw to help me get deeper in games.”

Imagine Sale getting more strikes (called and swinging) on his changeup. It would be awesome!

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June 6, 2012

2012 MLB Draft Day 3 White Sox picks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2012 10:00 pm
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MLB Draftcaster:

PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS B/T CLASS PLAYER INFO
501 Ruiz, Abraham Arizona State, AZ 1B L/R SR 6’03″ lbs DOB:
03/29/90
531 Ayala, Sammy La Jolla Country Day School, CA C L/R HS 6’02″ 195lbs DOB:
07/12/94 | Scouting Video
561 McCarthy, Thomas U Kentucky, KY 3B R/R SR 6’01″ 205lbs DOB:
07/25/90
591 Williams, Alex Louisiana Tech, LA 1B L/R SR 6’06″ 260lbs DOB:
10/01/89
621 Voight, Zachary New Mexico State, NM SS R/R SR 6’00″ 185lbs DOB:
08/26/90
651 Lopez, Adam Virginia Military Institute, VA RHP R/R SR 6’05″ 221lbs DOB:
02/21/90
681 McGinnis, Cory Auburn U Montgomery, AL RHP L/R SR 6’00″ 190lbs DOB:
12/24/89
711 Kiser, Kale U Nebraska Lincoln, NE CF S/R SR 5’10″ 185lbs DOB:
03/31/90
741 Grabe, Eric U Tampa, FL 2B R/R SR 5’10″ 190lbs DOB:
08/08/89
771 Throne, Storm Morningside Col, IA RHP R/R JR 6’07″ 215lbs DOB:
09/03/90
801 Toney, Zachary Austin Peay St U, TN LHP L/L 5S 6’03″ 230lbs DOB:
03/20/89
831 Fisher, Zac New Mexico State, NM C L/R JR 6’03″ 195lbs DOB:
12/13/91
861 Hudelson, James Delta St U, MS RHP R/R SR 6’04″ 215lbs DOB:
05/16/90
891 Coats, Jason Texas Christian, TX LF R/R SR 6’02″ 200lbs DOB:
02/24/90
921 Brown, Jake Kansas St U, KS SS L/R SR 5’11″ 185lbs DOB:
02/15/90
951 Thompson, William East Carolina U, NC 3B R/R SR 6’03″ 210lbs DOB:
01/30/90
981 Nikorak, Steven Temple U, PA 3B R/R 5S 6’02″ 215lbs DOB:
09/03/89
1011 Savarise, Jon Adlai E Stevenson School, IL LHP R/L HS 6’01″ 205lbs DOB:
07/08/93
1041 Castellanos, Ryan Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL RHP R/R HS 6’03″ 185lbs DOB:
04/15/94
1071 Martin, Kyle Texas A&M, TX RHP R/R JR 6’06″ 195lbs DOB:
01/18/91
1101 Patishall, Mitch Pendleton Heights HS, IN RHP R/R HS 6’01″ 185lbs DOB:
11/17/93
1131 Hall, Thurman Western Texas Col, TX CF R/R J1 6’00″ 190lbs DOB:
02/12/93
1161 Suber, DeJohn Morgan Park HS, IL SS R/R HS 6’00″ 150lbs DOB:
04/17/94
1191 Glasser, Mitch Macalester Col, MN 2B R/R SR 5’10″ 180lbs DOB:
10/15/89
1221 Mason, Sam Beverly Hills HS, CA RHP R/R HS 6’00″ 175lbs DOB:
01/10/94

J.J. has scouting reports on all 25 Day 3 draft picks.

June 5, 2012

2012 MLB Draft Day 2 White Sox picks (with videos and scouting reports)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 5, 2012 10:00 pm
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PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS B/T CLASS PLAYER INFO
76 Beck, Chris Georgia Southern, GA RHP R/R JR 6’03″ 225lbs DOB: 09/04/90 | Full Scouting ReportBeck is a strong right-hander who may not be the first college arm to come off Draft boards, but a strong junior season could have him in the top of the first-round discussion.The Georgia native has the chance to have three pitches that will be Major League average or better. He can run his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably at 92-93 mph, and he maintains his velocity deep into starts. When he stays on top of his slider, it’s a sharp breaking ball with late tilt. His changeup is above-average with late sink and a lot of deception. He can throw all three pitches for strikes and has a very good feel for pitching.For a guy with his size and stuff — think a Kyle Davies type with more power — he doesn’t always throw like a power arm. His fastball will flatten out at times and his slider isn’t always crisp, but if he would pitch off of his fastball more, he could be even better, a frontline starter with three weapons to choose from.
108 DeMichele, Joey Arizona State, AZ 2B L/R JR 5’11″ 190lbs DOB:
02/05/91 | Scouting Video
DeMichele has played second base and third base at Arizona State but has shown solid defense at second. He has good power and has shown that he can consistently drive in runs. He also has solid average speed to go along with good instincts, which should allow him to be a base stealing threat in pro ball.
141 Brennan, Brandon Orange Coast College, CA RHP R/R J2 6’04″ 220lbs DOB:
07/26/91
171 Basto, Nick Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL SS R/R HS 6’01″ 180lbs DOB:
04/01/94 | Scouting Video
201 Hansen, Kyle St. Johns, NY RHP R/R JR 6’08″ 215lbs DOB:
04/20/91 | Full
Scouting Report
In 2005, Craig Hansen was a first-round pick out of St. John’s as a college reliever. Now it’s his younger brother’s turn. Kyle Hansen is a starter right now, but he might follow his big bro as a relief pitcher at the next level. His deceptive delivery allows his solid average to above-average fastball play up. He couples it with a sweeping slider that gets right-handed hitters to chase. He even has a changeup, which could be a Major League average pitch if he begins to use it more. All arms and legs, Hansen’s mechanics can come apart a bit, impacting his command. He pitched effectively out of the pen in the Cape Cod League last summer, and if he harnesses his stuff and delivery, he could have a ton of potential in that role.
231 Barraza, Jose Sunnyside HS, CA C L/R HS 6’01″ 220lbs DOB:
07/28/94
261 Isler, Zach Cincinnati, OH RHP R/R JR 6’04″ 235lbs DOB:
10/31/90
291 Johnson, Micah Indiana, IN 2B L/R JR 5’11″ 200lbs DOB:
12/18/90
Johnson’s season started late because of elbow surgery, and he struggled to find a rhythm at the plate. Before the surgery, he showed plus speed on the basepaths, with the ability to take walks and hit for average. He is also a solid defender at second, with good range.
321 Hardin, Brandon Delta St U, MS RHP R/R SR 6’00″ 200lbs DOB:
02/17/90
351 Jaffe, Eric UCLA, CA RHP R/R SO 6’03″ 220lbs DOB:
06/16/91
381 Stoner, Zach Boylan Catholic HS, IL 1B L/R HS 6’03″ 200lbs DOB:
12/16/93
411 Thompson, Derek John A. Logan College, IL LHP L/L J1 6’02″ 170lbs DOB:
08/08/92
441 Bucciferro, Anthony Michigan St U, MI RHP R/R SR 6’03″ 215lbs DOB:
12/27/89
471 Guerrero, Jordan Moorpark HS, CA LHP L/L HS 6’03″ lbs DOB:
05/31/94

J.J. has scouting reports on all 14 Day 2 draft picks.

June 4, 2012

White Sox select 1B Keon Barnum with 48th pick (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2012 10:30 pm
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Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
Barnum, Keon King HS (FL) 1B L/L 6’05″ 225 1993-01-16 HS Video
Comments: For a player to profile at first, teams will typically want to see plenty of power and run production potential. Barnum, a Florida prep product, has both.A big, strong physical specimen, Barnum can generate a lot of bat speed and has the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the ballpark. He shows most of his home run power to the pull side, but there’s plenty of raw pop there all-around. Barnum’s fine defensively at first, and some have even asked to see him play an outfield corner.Like many young hitters with power, Barnum will get long with his swing at times and try to muscle the ball out. The ability to make adjustments and have a more refined approach will likely come with time and experience.

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White Sox select CF Courtney Hawkins with 13th pick (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2012 8:00 pm
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Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
Hawkins, Courtney Carroll HS (TX) CF R/R 6’03″ 220 1993-11-12 HS Video
Comments: The Texas high school product was shooting up draft boards as the 2012 spring season began, thanks to a very successful summer. While he pitches and will touch 90 mph, his future is in the outfield. He has some swing-and-miss to his game, but he does have power. He has shown the ability to hit any fastball and can show pop to all fields, though he needs to improve his approach at the plate, where his over-aggressiveness leads to those misses. An average to a tick-above-average runner, he’ll play center field for his high school team, but with his size, strength, power profile and at-least-average arm, the University of Texas commit profiles best as a corner outfielder in the future.

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Scott Merkin:

For the first time since 2001, the White Sox selected a high-school player with their top pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

Courtney Hawkins, an outfielder with big power from Carroll High School in Texas and also a top-notch pitcher, was the White Sox choice at No. 13 on Monday night. Chris Sale was the last 13th pick for the White Sox back in 2010, but Hawkins will take a little longer to reach the Majors than the two months it took Sale.

Hawkins stands at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is from Corpus Christi, having already made a collegiate commitment to the University of Texas. After getting the word of his selection and before doing an interview with MLB Network’s Sam Ryan, Hawkins did a celebratory back flip while wearing a White Sox jersey.

Conor Glassey:

Hawkins stands 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He’s a freak athlete who fits the power-hitting right field profile to a T. He shows excellent power potential and a strong arm, as he’s also been up to 95 mph off the mound. Hawkins is playing in the Texas high school semi-finals this week.

Scott Powers:

ESPN Scouts Inc. describes Hawkins as “one of the most explosive hitters in this year’s draft, combining brute strength with excellent bat speed for very hard contact (when he makes it). … If he hits, he’s a potential All-Star who’ll hit for average and power with value on defense. There’s just more performance risk here because he doesn’t fully repeat his swing and lacks experience against better-quality pitching.”

Thomas Belmont:

13. Chicago White Sox - Courtney Hawkins OF/RHP Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas - Hawkins is committed to Texas, but with some of the best game ready power in the high school class this year he may go high enough to sway his commitment. He has a solid 6’3″, 215 lbs frame and is an above average runner with a plus arm for RF.Our Instinct - Hawkins bat is ready for the move to the pro stage. He’s not a power only hitter, willing to take a walk and work the count. With instruction he’ll be able to further employ his game power in better hitters counts. He makes consistent hard contact and uses the whole field with plus plus power to the pull side. He has the arm to stick in the more premium RF corner. But CF won’t be a play for him in pro ball.The Pick – Draft Helium and Hawkins deserved it. He projects to have plus power and this is a big strong kid. Inside the bulky frame is a lot of athleticism. Very much a South side type of player. He should fit in well with the White Sox.

Matt Gariroch:

At the plate is where Hawkins can really show his potential. He is raw in his approach and will likely have his share of strike outs because he gets out front on off speed pitches and generally attacks each pitch. The positive from that is the power he produces. He isn’t just a batting practice hitter. He can hit against game pitching and has usable power that no other high school hitter and few college hitters from this class can match.His speed is impressive, his power is well above average and he could give CF a run in pro ball. He could be a 20-20 guy, or a 30-10 guy in pro ball. If he decides not to sign, he is committed to Texas and could help turn that program around with CJ Hinojosa, but he should go in the top half of the 1st round and sign there.

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Courtney Hawkins’ twitter page is @CHawkins10.

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2012 MLB Draft live video feed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2012 7:00 pm
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