Adrian Gonzalez: Any acquiring team would have to put together a tremendous package for the superstar player with the most reasonable multiyear contract in baseball ($10.5 million over the next two years). The silliest rumor so far had Gonzalez possibly going in a three-way trade with Paul Konerko going to the Angels and prospects to the Padres. Beyond the fact the Angels have a great first baseman in Kendry Morales, Konerko’s high contract makes him a giveaway at this point.
November 18, 2009
Stefan Gartrell, a 25-year-old right fielder who hit 23 home runs last season in the high minors, is expected to be added to the White Sox’s 40-man roster by Friday, which is the deadline to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
November 17, 2009
Chicago White Sox (10)
RHP: Dylan Axelrod (Hi A), Fernando Hernandez (AAA), Kelvin Jimenez (AAA), John Van Benschoten (AAA), Ehren Wassermann (AAA)
C: Justin Knoedler (AAA)
SS: Eider Torres (AAA)
OF: David Cook (AA), Josh Kroeger (AAA), Michael Restovich (AAA)
I read some of your pre-draft scouting reports the last few days. Some mentioned you being able to possibly play catcher at some point? I know you are considered a plus defensive 3B, but would a switch even be realistic?
Before I was drafted, I heard some people talking about maybe switching; but the White Sox were never a team that wanted to make me a catcher and I haven’t heard anything from them about switching positions.
More at the link. Speaking of Morel BA’s AFL Notebook mentions him:
Morel only has one extra-base hit in 17 AFL games, but he put on an impressive power display in batting practice on Saturday. He’s also a good defensive third baseman with an above-average arm. During the minor league season, several Carolina League managers praised Morel for his solid all-around tools and approach to the game. …
1. Daniel Hudson, RHP
2. Jared Mitchell, OF
3. Tyler Flowers, C
4. Jordan Danks, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
6. Brent Morel, 3B
7. Clevelan Santeliz, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
9. Santos Rodriguez, LHP
10. David Holmberg, LHP
11. C.J. Retherford, 2B
12. Jhonny Nunez, RHP
13. Josh Phegley, C
14. John Ely, RHP
15. Nathan Jones, RHP
from the Daniel Hudson section:
The Good: Hudson combines plus stuff with well above-average command. His 92-94 mph fastball can touch 96 and features good tailing action, and he throws strikes to both sides of the plate with it. His best secondary offering is a plus changeup that is a true swing-and-miss pitch, which lessens the concerns about his slingy, low three-quarters arm action.
The Bad: Hudson’s slider flashed average, but it is inconsistent. He’ll need to establish it more as a starter in the big leagues. He tends to work up in the zone and gives up fly balls. Despite the enormous leap forward, many scouts think he’s maxed out projection-wise.
Perfect World Projection: Even with Hudson’s tremendous growth in 2009, some scouts don’t see room for much more, seeing him as a good third starter at best. Others think he’d be even better as a late-inning reliever.
UPDATE: Here’s Goldstein chat. He believes in the improvement of Tyler Flowers’ defense at catcher.
November 16, 2009
Long before Bobby Jenks was closing out games for the White Sox, the flamethrower was lighting up radar guns and providing colorful quotes for newspapers in small towns like Butte, Mont. and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. While casual fans of the game were first introduced to Jenks when the then 24-year-old rookie fired the final pitch in Chicago’s 2005 championship, his journey from an Idaho cabin to baseball’s biggest stage was hardly smooth sailing. …
SoxNet.net has learned that the Chicago White Sox have had preliminary discussions with the Anaheim Angels and San Diego Padres on a potential 3 way deal which would involve Paul Konerko, Adrian Gonzalez, and Angel and White Sox prospects. …
The exact details aren’t known but the main premise is the Sox sending Konerko and prospects and getting Adrian Gonzales from the Padres.
Why would the Padres and the Angels do that? Are the Sox emptying the farm?
UPDATE: Mark Gonzales tries to analyze the situation. He says the Padres would want Dan Hudson, Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks and another minor-league prospect, perhaps from the Angels. That sounds like a lot. That would be a complete cleaning of the farm. Cot’s says ‘2010:$4.75 million, 2011:$5.6 million club option (no buyout)’ about Gonzales’ contract (2011 was 5.5 but due to the 2008 All-Star selection it increased to 5.6). That’s 2 cheap years but the price is too steep. Gonzales had a very good 2009 (B-R: .958 OPS, 166 OPS+, 119 BB / 109 K, .278 BABIP; Fangraphs: .402 wOBA, 6.3 WAR, .280 BABIP), but you still trade 18-24 years of cost-controlled production for 2. The Sox would be giving up a lot. I wouldn’t empty the farm for 2 years of Adrian.
November 6, 2009
Marc Hulet looks at some prospects that probably won’t make it on their organization’s Top 10 prospects’ list. Here’s one:
The Riser: Santos Rodriguez, LHP
Obtained from the Braves in the Javier Vazquez deal, Rodriguez could turn out to be a steal. The hard-throwing reliever has a 90-95 mph fastball, as well as a slider and change-up. In ‘09, he allowed just 18 hits in 27 innings of work in rookie ball. The 21-year-old was old for the league but he got three games of experience in low-A ball before the year ended. He needs to improve his control after posting a walk rate of 5.67 BB/9 but his strikeout rate was excellent at 14.00 K/9.
More at the link.
October 20, 2009
UPDATE: Peoria won 14-10:
Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throw), .389 AVG
Justin Cassel: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 9.53 ERA
Matt Long: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 5.40 ERA
Here’s Tom Carkeek’s Justin Cassel article.
October 19, 2009
BTW, here’s Jonathan Mayo:
Sergio Santos, White Sox: Like Lo, he’s gone four innings without allowing a run. He has yielded five hits, but hasn’t walked anyone and has struck out four. Plus, it’s a cool story since Santos played in the Fall League a few years back as a shortstop.
And C.J. Retherford is twitting @ CJRetherfordAFL.
UPDATE: Peoria won 8-1:
Dayan Viciedo: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K, .333 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-2, 1 BB, .364 AVG
Jordan Danks: 1-1, 1 HR, 1 BB, .357 AVG
Jacob Rasner: 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 33.75 ERA
October 16, 2009
from Merkin’s mailbag:
Will Dayan Viciedo be in the mix for a starting job in 2010?
A few scouts I talked to recently said Viciedo could benefit from another year in the Minors. But I believe Viciedo will get a serious look at in Spring Training, as a possible designated hitter candidate, after getting a first look during the current Arizona Fall League. He primarily played third last year for Double-A Birmingham, so the White Sox need to find him a true position with Beckham set at the hot corner.
Merkin, also, sees Alexei Ramirez and the other infield players staying at the same positions in 2010.
UPDATE: Javelinas won 13-3:
Jordan Danks: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K, .250 AVG, 1 SB
Dayan Viciedo: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, .385 AVG, 1 DP
Sergio Santos: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, o ER, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
October 15, 2009
UPDATE: Javelinas won 17-8
Dayan Viciedo: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jacob Rasner: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, o K, o HR, 108.00 ERA
October 14, 2009
UPDATE: Peoria lost 6-4:
Jordan Danks: 0-3, 1 RBI
C.J. Retherford: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Justin Cassel: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
Matt Long: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
October 13, 2009
UPDATE: Viciedo went 0-3 with an RBI (sacrifice fly) and 1 K. Santos pitched 2 scoreless innings (3 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB). Gameday shows most of his fastballs at 95-96 MPH (he threw one at 96 and one at 97 too).
UPDATE #1: Tom Carkeek says Viciedo “look[ed] solid at third” but “did nothing” after his warning track sacrifice fly in his 1st at-bat.