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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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MLB Draftcaster:

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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MLB Drafttracker:

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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MLB Drafttracker:

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.

BTW,

Courtney Hawkins’ twitter page is @CHawkins10.

And here are some Youtube videos of Hawkins:

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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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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21928635&c_id=cws

Other links:

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June 3, 2012

Chris Sale pitches a complete game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 3, 2012 7:00 pm
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Seattle @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 7-2) 9.0 5 2 2 2 8 1 2.29
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 2 8 1 3.89

Pitches-strikes: Sale 119-81.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-9.
Batters faced: Sale 33.

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) 88.10 88.1 9.93 3.72 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0296
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.77 94.3 7.25 5.90 11 6 / 54.55% 1 / 9.09% 4 / 44.44% -0.4507
CH (Changeup) 84.57 87.8 10.31 2.97 23 15 / 65.22% 0 / 0.00% 13 / 61.90% 0.2126
SL (Slider) 79.07 82.5 -4.91 -3.84 36 28 / 77.78% 8 / 22.22% 22 / 73.33% -2.3323
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.97 95.6 9.48 5.06 43 29 / 67.44% 2 / 4.65% 17 / 54.84% -0.5812
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 11 7 63.64 11 -0.834
2 17 12 70.59 28 0.898
3 14 8 57.14 42 -0.848
4 15 11 73.33 57 -0.364
5 10 7 70.00 67 0.259
6 17 8 47.06 84 -0.532
7 6 5 83.33 90 -0.834
8 6 6 100.00 96 -0.791
9 18 14 77.78 114 -0.077

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

RL=Relief

Couldn’t the Sox call up someone, anyone, from the minors since the bullpen was tired? Dylan Axelrod? Terry Doyle? Brian Omogrosso? Charlie Shirek? Deunte Heath? After 8 innings Sale had thrown 101 pitches. Ventura/Cooper could have take him out then. And he threw 115 pitches last time.

I, also, see the number of sliders increasing. Hmmm….

May 28, 2012

Chris Sale struck out 15 and walked 2 in 7.1 in the best start of his young career!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2012 7:00 pm
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Sox @ Rays:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 6-2) 7.1 3 1 1 2 15 0 2.34
Crain(H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.38
Reed(S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.70
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 2 15 0 3.91

Pitches-strikes: Sale 115-80, Crain 10-7, Reed 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-2, Crain 0-2, Reed 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Crain 2, Reed 3.

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) 88.42 88.8 16.07 3.56 9 6 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.3636
CH (Changeup) 84.52 87.8 16.17 3.11 20 12 / 60.00% 4 / 20.00% 11 / 57.89% 0.4221
SL (Slider) 79.96 82.7 -1.87 -2.18 33 27 / 81.82% 10 / 30.30% 24 / 80.00% -2.3754
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.23 96.5 13.74 6.60 53 35 / 66.04% 9 / 16.98% 30 / 62.50% -1.8854
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 13 11 84.62 13 -0.378
2 13 10 76.92 26 -0.862
3 10 7 70.00 36 -0.862
4 18 12 66.67 54 0.134
5 18 13 72.22 72 -0.547
6 23 16 69.57 95 -0.877
7 15 8 53.33 110 -0.532
8 5 3 60.00 115 -0.278

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

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

RL=Relief

What a dominating performance! 23 swinging strikes! The White Sox franchise record for strikeouts is 16 and that was in 9 innings. And Sale’s 15 strikeouts were the most ever in Tropicana field.

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 24, 2012

John Danks down, Jose Quintana up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2012 7:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

John Danks will be placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday’s series opener against the Indians, and Jose Quintana will be called from Triple-A Charlotte to temporarily take Danks’ spot in the rotation.

Danks, 27, felt out-of-the-ordinary soreness in the sub scapular area, which is the back of his left shoulder, when he tried playing catch Sunday after throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a Saturday victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The durable starter talked to general manager Ken Williams, manager Robin Ventura and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider, and after a MRI was done on Thursday, they decided the best course of action was a safe one for a pitcher who had one previous DL trip last season with a strained right oblique.

… A trip to the disabled list, retroactive to his start against the Cubs on Saturday, means Danks will miss the Indians and then the series finale at Tampa Bay on May 30. If all goes well, Danks will be eligible to return on a June 4 off-day and then would face the Blue Jays at home on June 5 without any Minor League rehab work needed.

Here are Quintana’s minor-league stats over the last 2 years:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 1 3 .250 2.77 9 9 0 0 0 0 48.2 43 17 15 1 14 0 41 0 0 2 196 1.171 8.0 0.2 2.6 7.6 2.93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/24/2012.

May 23, 2012

Chris Sale averaged 91.7 mph on his two-seamer again (May 23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2012 11:30 pm
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Twins @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 5-2) 7.0 2 0 0 2 6 0 2.50
Crain 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.69
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3.44
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 4 7 0 3.79

Pitches-strikes: Sale 97-64, Crain 18-12, Thornton 23-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 11-0, Crain 1-0, Thornton 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 24, Crain 5, Thornton 4.

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) 88.40 88.5 11.38 0.08 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0815
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.93 94.7 7.40 3.51 6 5 / 83.33% 1 / 16.67% 2 / 66.67% -1.3300
CH (Changeup) 84.54 87.8 11.43 0.72 14 9 / 64.29% 2 / 14.29% 6 / 54.55% -0.3332
SL (Slider) 79.79 81.6 -4.83 -4.38 19 14 / 73.68% 5 / 26.32% 13 / 72.22% -0.5835
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.68 95.1 10.32 3.24 55 34 / 61.82% 2 / 3.64% 25 / 54.35% -1.8977
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 13 9 69.23 13 -0.350
2 15 10 66.67 28 -0.848
3 13 8 61.54 41 -0.834
4 16 9 56.25 57 -0.239
5 13 9 69.23 70 -0.350
6 13 9 69.23 83 -0.757
7 14 10 71.43 97 -0.848

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

Start Pitches-Strikes-Innings Sliders-Strikes 2-seam fastball Slider
1 (4/9) 100-60-6.2 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 102-68-5.0 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 110-69-6.1 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 101-71-8.0 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 88-62-6.0 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 26-14-1.0 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 103-66-5.0 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 103-68-5.1 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 97-64-7.0 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph

RL=Relief
RL=Relief

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 22, 2012

Brent Morel down, Orlando Hudson up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2012 2:30 pm
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whitesox.com:

The White Sox completed the signing of recently released veteran infielder Orlando Hudson to a one-year deal on Tuesday. The parties initially agreed to the contract on Sunday.

Chicago placed third baseman Brent Morel, who has a lumbar back strain, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Friday.

Hudson, who will wear jersey No. 5, is expected to be in the mix to play third base, manager Robin Ventura said Sunday. Hudson has never played third base at the Major League level and hasn’t played there since 2001, when he was with Triple-A Syracuse in the Toronto organization. He could also fill in at second base, where he made 33 starts with San Diego this season, Ventura said.

I like how the ‘he hasn’t played 3B since 2001 at AAA’ thing is kinda glossed over! Shows the lack of any good options in the minors.

Flowers’ solo blast – Dunn’s solo dinger (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2012 12:00 am
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21611153&c_id=cws (0:58)

Hittracker puts it at 433 feet and says it’s the longest non-Adam Dunn 2012 White Sox Home Run. Speaking of Adam Dunn, his Home Run from the same game had a 436 feet distance:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21609699&c_id=cws (0:54)

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May 21, 2012

Jose Quintana struck out 7, walked 1 in 5.2 innings (May 20)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 21, 2012 3:00 am
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Montgomnery @ Birmingham:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jose Quintana (L, 1-3) 5.2 9 4 3 1 7 0 2.77
Santos Rodriguez 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.24
Ryan Kussmaul 1.0 3 1 1 0 1 0 1.29
Leroy Hunt 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 7.36

Pitches-strikes: Quintana 102-69, Rodriguez, S 10-10, Kussmaul 22-16, Hunt 24-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Quintana 6-5, Rodriguez, S 0-1, Kussmaul 1-1, Hunt 0-1.
Batters faced: Quintana 29, Rodriguez, S 3, Kussmaul 6, Hunt 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Rodriguez, S 1-0.

Quintana has a 41 K / 14 BB ratio in 48.2 innings (9 starts).

May 19, 2012

Kenny gets his man, again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 19, 2012 7:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Infielder Orlando Hudson, who was released on May 17 by the Padres, has agreed to terms with the White Sox but has not signed officially, according to a source close to the situation. MLB.com’s Peter Gammons first reported Hudson joining the White Sox earlier Saturday evening.

Hudson, 34, will be playing for his fifth team since 2008 and brings a .276 career average and .343 on-base percentage. Hudson will play some third base and back up Gordon Beckham at second base, having turned down a chance to play regularly elsewhere in order to join the White Sox in this role.

In 1,294 career games over 11 seasons, Hudson has played no other defensive position but second base. He hit .211 over 123 at-bats for the Padres this past season.

Since Hudson was released, the Sox will pay the pro-rated portion of the minimum salary. The minimum salary is $480,000 And the last time Hudson played 3B was 11 years ago in the minor-leagues (AAA).

Hudson’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2002 24 TOR AL 54 207 192 20 53 10 5 4 23 0 1 11 27 .276 .319 .443 .762 97 85 6 2 0 2 0 4
2003 25 TOR AL 142 521 474 54 127 21 6 9 57 5 4 39 87 .268 .328 .395 .723 87 187 13 5 0 3 1 *4
2004 26 TOR AL 135 551 489 73 132 32 7 12 58 7 3 51 98 .270 .341 .438 .779 98 214 12 4 3 4 0 *4
2005 27 TOR AL 131 501 461 62 125 25 5 10 63 7 1 30 65 .271 .315 .412 .728 91 190 10 3 0 7 1 *4 GG
2006 28 ARI NL 157 650 579 87 166 34 9 15 67 9 6 61 78 .287 .354 .454 .809 102 263 17 2 4 4 5 *4 GG
2007 29 ARI NL 139 601 517 69 152 28 9 10 63 10 2 70 87 .294 .376 .441 .817 105 228 21 2 5 7 1 *4/D AS,GG
2008 30 ARI NL 107 455 407 54 124 29 3 8 41 4 1 40 62 .305 .367 .450 .817 108 183 18 2 3 3 2 4/D
2009 31 LAD NL 149 631 551 74 156 35 6 9 62 8 1 62 99 .283 .357 .417 .774 109 230 16 4 9 5 4 *4 AS,GG
2010 32 MIN AL 126 559 497 80 133 24 5 6 37 10 3 50 87 .268 .338 .372 .710 96 185 14 4 5 3 0 *4/D
2011 33 SDP NL 119 454 398 54 98 15 3 7 43 19 3 49 84 .246 .329 .352 .681 94 140 5 2 1 4 6 *4
2012 34 SDP NL 35 131 123 11 26 0 5 1 11 3 2 8 27 .211 .260 .317 .577 63 39 3 0 0 0 0 *4
11 Yrs 1294 5261 4688 638 1292 253 63 91 525 82 27 471 801 .276 .343 .415 .757 98 1944 135 30 30 42 20
162 Game Avg. 162 659 587 80 162 32 8 11 66 10 3 59 100 .276 .343 .415 .757 98 243 17 4 4 5 3
NL (6 yrs) 706 2922 2575 349 722 141 35 50 287 53 15 290 437 .280 .353 .421 .774 102 1083 80 12 22 23 18
AL (5 yrs) 588 2339 2113 289 570 112 28 41 238 29 12 181 364 .270 .330 .407 .737 94 861 55 18 8 19 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/19/2012.

Seems the 700 OPS days are gone.

UPDATE:

May 18, 2012

Terry Doyle struck out 6, walked 1 in 7 innings (May 17)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2012 12:00 am
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Norfolk @ Charlotte:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Terry Doyle (W, 2-3) 7.0 5 2 2 1 6 0 3.66

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 84-59.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 6-6.
Batters faced: Doyle 25.

Doyle has a 48 K / 12 BB ratio in 46.2 innings (8 games/7 starts).

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