There are quick takes for every prospect and a scouting report on Jake Petricka.
44) Addison Reed, RHP, Chicago White Sox
72) Nestor Molina, RHP, Chicago White Sox
Hey, more than one Sox prospect! Sickels likes Molina.
Goldstein @ BP:
Who They are:[Round 1s pick Keenyn] Walker is exactly the kind of player the White Sox used to avoid, but with Kenny Williams’ edict to focus on upside, he’s a great find. Yes, he’s raw, but he’s a big athlete with plus speed and is developing power from both sides of the plate. Scouts that like him, really like him, and while Walker is a significant risk, his kind of upside is hard to find outside the first round.
[Round 2 pick Erik] Johnson is a safer pick with third- or fourth-starter upside, but he’s a big, physical right-hander with above-average velocity and a good slider. He’s not pretty to watch and needs to throw more strikes.
[Round 3 pick Jeff] Soptic is 6-foot-6, throws 95-98 mph, and I’m done saying good things about him. The hope is that he can find some command, hone his breaking ball, and turn into a late-inning reliever. …
All Day 2 picks are here.
Sox outfielder Jordan Danks made the [Arizona Fall League 2009 Top Prospects] team, selected by AFL managers, coaches and administrators. Voters were asked to consider fall performance and major-league projectability.
BTW, Kenny Williams said the Sox likely would not get involved in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. Rumors for the Rule 5 draft here.
Buddy thinks Viciedo had a great year in Birmingham:
“One of our biggest concerns with him was the culture,” Bell said. “The kid turned out to be maybe the best teammate we had at Birmingham … He’s a great kid.”
Bell compares the 20-year-old Viciedo to the Angels’ Kendry Morales, a more experienced Cuban who needed 309 games in the minor leagues before establishing himself as a big-leaguer. “He’ll figure it out,” Bell said of Viciedo. “He’s so strong. He’s going to be a good big-league hitter.” …
– MLBTR’s Arbitration tracker. 23 got arbitration offers.
– SoxNet looks at the moves the Sox have already made in the offseason, and tries to project next-year’s roster.
– FutureSox looks on the highlights of the Sox minor league system in 2009 (Beckham, Flowers, Hudson). The article was posted on September 30.
– Another old link: BDD at the Mark Teahen to the Sox, Chris Getz and Josh Fields to Kansas City trade. November 20.
– Scott Podsednik was the 5th best baserunner in baseball in 2009. Jim Thome was the 6th worst.
– How much of a pay cut do those in arbitration or under team control make compared to those eligible for free agency? Tango’s take here.
– The Flying Squirrels show off their logo.
Marc Hulet ranks the Top 10 Sox prospects. Tyler Flowers is on top of the list:
Flowers should be ready to take over the full-time catching chores right around the time that veteran incumbent A.J. Pierzynski’s contract runs out after 2010. The right-handed catching prospect has impressive power (.246 ISO in double-A) and he hasn’t hit below .279 in any season since 2006. Flowers began the year in double-A in ‘09 and hit .302/.445/.548 in 248 at-bats, before moving up to triple-A where he hit .286/.364/.438 in 105 at-bats.
The Preseason selections were shipped away so here are the Postseason selections:
Try as we could, the great minds at MLB.com could not choose between two deserving candidates and so awarded “co-hitter” honors:
Stefan Gartrell, OF: Gartrell, who was just added to the White Sox’ 40-man roster , combined to hit .281 with 23 homers and 89 RBIs between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, with 31 doubles and a .513 slugging percentage. These stats were especially heartening for the Sox since he was coming off a serious shoulder separation suffered last fall in the Arizona Fall League. The 31st-round pick in 2006 was a University of San Francisco teammate of Poreda.
Christian Marrero, 1B/OF: The older brother of Nationals prospect Chris Marrero signed as a 2005 22nd-round draft-and-follow in ’06, the same year as his first-rounder brother, but Christian has kept pace with his sibling in the stats department. The left-handed hitter batted .308 with eight homers and 74 RBIs between Winston-Salem and Birmingham this season, seeing time at first base and both left and right field, while posting a .501 slugging percentage and collecting 30 doubles. He hit .323 in August.
Dan Hudson, RHP: There was no debate on this pick. In just his first full season, Hudson had arguably the best season of any starting pitcher in the Minors, rising from Class A Kannapolis all the way to Chicago with nary a bump in the road. He went 14-5, and his 2.32 ERA at four Minor League levels ranked ninth among all full-season starters, while his 166 strikeouts and 10.14 strikeouts per nine innings were among the leaders as well. Additionally, his .200 average against was second among all full-season starters. In six big league games, including a pair of starts, he posted a 3.38 ERA and limited hitters to a .225 average in 18 2/3 innings. With a fastball in the low 90s, a changeup with late sink and a solid slider, the Old Dominion product may be in the Majors for good.