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June 20, 2010

White Sox agree to terms with 1st round draft pick Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2010 7:20 pm
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Callis:

When Chris Sale started to slide in the first round of the draft because of signability, it was a surprise that the thrifty White Sox were the team that selected him. Now comes a bigger surprise: the first- or second-rated college pitcher on most draft boards has agreed to terms for a bonus equal to MLB’s bonus recommendation for his No. 13 slot a year ago: $1.656 million.

Sale will take a physical on Monday and likely will sign his deal on Tuesday. He’s the highest-drafted player to agree to terms so far this summer. … While Sale will get less money than anticipated, the White Sox will give him every opportunity to crash their big league bullpen, perhaps as early as August. He’ll initially report to high Class A Winston-Salem, with an anticipated promotion to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-July. After spending this summer as a reliever, he’ll work in the Arizona Fall League as a starter and get the opportunity to make Chicago’s rotation in spring training next year.

Here’s video (mlb.com), a scouting report (mlb.com), another scouting report (baseballdailydigest.com), and his college stats:

Year era w-l app gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr bf bavg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2008…. 3.47 2-0 21 1 0 0/1 2 36.1 36 15 14 10 43 4 1 2 157 .254 1 4 0 1 0
2009…. 2.72 7-4 14 12 1 0/0 1 89.1 83 43 27 27 104 16 1 7 378 .246 4 5 0 3 6
TOTAL… 2.94 9-4 35 13 1 0/1 3 125.2 119 58 41 37 147 20 2 9 535 .248 5 9 0 4 6

More Chris Sale coverage here: reports from Kevin Goldstein, Jim Callis, John Sickels.

Also, What made Chris Sale adopt a three quarter delivery when pitching?

UPDATE: Gonzales:

As for the perceived discount the Sox might have received by agreeing to terms less than two weeks after the draft, Sale has a chance to more than make up any difference with a major league promotion that would start his service time clock.

In addition, that also would include a placement on the 40-man roster with a chance to make the major league team out of spring training in 2011.

June 19, 2010

11th round draft pick SS James McDonald to go to school?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 19, 2010 1:45 am
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Metcalfe:

James McDonald, shortstop from Scottsdale Chaparral High School, already has decided he will play for Arizona State rather than sign with the Chicago White Sox.

McDonald was an 11th-round pick but, his father Jimmy McDonald said, has a “powerful desire” to be a Sun Devil.

My previous post on McDonald is inside: (more…)

June 17, 2010

Kevin Goldstein on the White Sox draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2010 3:27 am
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Goldstein:

13. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast

Inside the Pick: Every draft has one player who takes a surprising fall, and this year it was Sale. For the player some thought was the best college pitcher in the draft to fall to 13th overall is a massive get for the White Sox.
What He is: Sale is the rare pitcher who combines size (6-foot-6), velocity (up to 96 mph), and plus command from the left side. His changeup was among the best in the draft, and he consistently dominated week after week, including in his few starts against top-notch competition.
What He is Not: Sale’s low three-quarters arm slot gives some scouts concern. It prevents him from being able to get around on his slider, and gives right-handed hitters a very long look at the ball.
Path with the White Sox: Sale shouldn’t have too many problems at the lower levels based solely on his velocity and command. If he can find a dependable breaking ball, he has a chance to really move quickly.

More at the link.

June 16, 2010

White Sox sign 21 draft picks

whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with 22 of their 51 selections from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

A look at the June transactions tells us who those 21 are:

LHP Jarrett Casey (32nd round), RHP Douglas Murray (19th round), RHP Addison Reed (3rd round), RHP Austin Evans (23rd round), RHP Ethan Icard (13th round), RHP Edward McCray (16th round), C Jose Ramos (20th round), OF John Spatola (35th round), OF Jordan Keegan (24th round), RHP Jamaal Hollis (33rd round), RHP Brett Bruening (42nd round) (video), RHP Jacob Petricka (2nd round), RHP Thomas Royse (supplemental 3rd round), C Michael Blanke (14th round), LHP Robert Young (31st round), OF Michael Earley (29th round), LHP Pete Gehle (27th round), RHP Pat Schatz (49th round), 3B Rangel Ravelo (6th round), 1B Michael Schwartz (17th round), SS Ethan Wilson (25th round).

Already covered:

RHP Jacob Petricka (2nd round), RHP Addison Reed (3rd round), 3B Ragel Ravelo (6th round).

C Mike Blanke (14th round), 1B/DH Mike Schwartz (17th) and RHP Austin Evans (23rd).

RHP Ethan Icard (13th round).

RHP Jamaal Hollis (33rd round).

Thomas Royse (3rd round compensation pick).

So, the “new” guys are:

RHP Edward McCray (16th round)
RHP Douglas Murray (19th round)
C Jose Ramos (20th round)
OF Jordan Keegan (24th round)
SS Ethan Wilson (25th round)
LHP Pete Gehle (27th round)
OF Michael Earley (29th round)
LHP Robert Young (31st round)
LHP Jarrett Casey (32nd round)
OF John Spatola (35th round)
RHP Brett Bruening (42nd round)
RHP Pat Schatz (49th round)

From the MLB DraftTracker

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
488 16 McCray, Edward Tennessee RHP L/R 6’03” 235 1987-10-06 SR
578 19 Murray, Douglas U San Francisco RHP R/R 6’02” 195 1988-09-26 SR
608 20 Ramos, Jose Western Oklahoma St Col C R/R 5’11” 190 1987-07-19 J2
728 24 Keegan, Jordan Col of Southern Nevada OF L/L 6’00” 180 1989-12-23 J2
758 25 Wilson, Ethan Indiana U SS R/R 6’00” 190 1989-03-09 SO
818 27 Gehle, Pete Azusa Pacific U LHP L/L 6’06” 240 1988-01-15 SR
878 29 Earley, Michael Indiana U OF R/R 6’00” 192 1988-03-15 JR
938 31 Young, Robert Dartmouth Col LHP L/L 6’03″ 230 1988-06-20 SR
968 32 Casey, Jarrett Northern Kentucky LHP R/L 6’00″ 190 1987-10-27 SR
1058 35 Spatola, John Boston Col OF L/L 6’00″ 190 1987-04-02 SR
1268 42 Bruening, Brett Texas Tech RHP R/R 6’06” 210 1988-12-30 JR Video
1478 49 Schatz, Pat U Iowa RHP R/R 6’00” 185 1987-08-16 JR

FutureSox’ Draft Tracker and CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski (rounds 2-30 and rounds 31-50) have reports on all the picks.

Stats for the new draft pick signs are inside (more…)

White Sox sign 3 draft picks: RHP Jacob Petricka, RHP Addison Reed, 3B Rangel Ravelo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2010 2:51 am
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According to Baseball America’s draft database the White Sox signed 3 of their draft picks: RHP Jacob Petricka (2nd round), RHP Addison Reed (3rd round), and 3B Rangel Ravelo (6th round).

The MLB Draft Tracker has videos, notes and scouting reports (there is an Enhanced Scouting Report for Addison Reed):

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
63 2 Petricka, Jacob Indiana State RHP R/R 6’04” 190 1988-06-05 SR Video
Comments: This tall right-hander was creating a lot of buzz later in the spring when reports of him touching 98 mph spread like wildfire. His secondary stuff isn’t as good as the heater, though his curve ball has improved this year and his changeup has a chance to be a decent offering. There’s not a ton of life in the fastball, but he throws without much effort. People were pouring in to see him late, and that kind of arm strength tends to do very well in the Draft.
95 3 Reed, Addison San Diego State RHP L/R 6’04” 215 1988-12-27 JR Video
Comments: Heading into the spring, the thought was that Reed would be one of the more sought-after college relievers in the class, but the San Diego State product was stretched out over the winter in order to be the team’s Friday starter. He has performed even better than most could have expected, showing the ability to throw three pitches and adjusting easily to the role. A broken pinky on his pitching hand slowed him down for a few weeks, but presuming he picks up where he left off, Reed is likely a college arm moving up draft boards everywhere. Enhanced Scouting Report
188 6 Ravelo, Rangel Hialeah Senior HS (FL) 3B R/R 6’02” 207 1992-04-24 HS Video

FutureSox’ Draft Tracker and CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski have reports on all 3 too.

Here are the stats for all 3:

RHP Jacob Petricka:

Year

era

w-l

app-gs

cg

sho

sv

ip

h

r

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bb

so

2b

3b

hr

ab

b/avg

wp

hbp

bk

sfa

sha

2010 4.11 7-4 20-15 0 0/1 0 100.2 100 51 46 47 113 14 2 3 .265 14 3 1 2 4
2009 4.76 7-3 13-13 0 0/1 0 73.2 87 48 39 34 49 17 0 4 291 .299 9 5 0 3 4
Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L
2008 11 33.2 23 21 36 24 18 5.61 5 1

RHP Addison Reed:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2009-10
2.50 8-2 11-11 2 1/1 0 79.1 65 30 22 16 90 13 2 7 296 .220 4 2 0 0 2
2008-09
0.65 0-0 25-0 0 0/1 20 27.2
20 3 2 7 38 1 0 0 100 .200 2 5 1 1 2
2007-08
2.73 3-1 24-0 0 0/1 4 26.1 24 16 8 8 26 2 1 3 100 .240 1 2 0 1 1

3B Rangel Ravelo:

Year
avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2010
.310 13-13 29 14 9 5 0 0 4 14 .483 16 3 3 0 .571 1 0 2-2 12 28 2 .952

And RHP Jacob Petricka splits:

W L W-L% ERA FIP APP GS IP R ER H HR BB K AVG BABIP WHIP HR/9 BB/9 K/9
Raw Totals 7 4 0.636 4.11 3.03 20 15 100.7 51 46 100 3 47 113 0.265 0.372 1.46 0.27 4.20 10.10
Park Adj. 7 4 0.636 3.93 3.03 20 15 100.7 49 44 97 3 47 113 0.257 0.360 1.43 0.27 4.20 10.10
Schedule Adj. 7 4 0.636 4.29 3.13 20 15 100.7 54 48 105 3 49 108 0.279 0.383 1.53 0.27 4.38 9.66
Park/Sch Adj. 7 4 0.636 4.11 3.13 20 15 100.7 52 46 101 3 49 108 0.268 0.368 1.49 0.27 4.38 9.66

June 15, 2010

What made Chris Sale adopt a three quarter delivery when pitching?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2010 8:35 pm
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Josh Siegel:

As Sale himself tells it, “My freshman year I really struggled. I was having trouble getting outs. There was a span where I was pitching good, but during mid-summer my fastball was really flat. I kind of hit the wall.”

… “I was talking with some of the coaches there and they were saying you can’t keep doing the same thing you’re doing, you have to try something different,” Sale said. “So I dropped down and tried a different arm slot (a three-quarters delivery). I saw immediate results with it. It was night and day. My velocity went up, I got the most out of my change-up, and I got better with the slider.”

… “What the change in arm angle did was create movement and sink on his pitches,“ Tollett said. “He had the belief now that he could get it done. I started putting him in situations where he could be successful, where he didn’t have to worry about results. Then I put him in some big ball games and started to see what his future could look like.”

… “I’m stoked to start my career,” Sale said. “I know Ozzie Guillen is a crazy manager, but I feel like I’m really going to get along with this guy. He wouldn’t have that crazy reputation if he weren’t competitive like I am. I just want to be one of the main guys they depend on and eventually win the World Series, which is everything.”

Read the whole thing: ”Left-handed out of the womb’ (mobile).

White Sox sign undrafted free-agent CF J.D. Ashbrook

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2010 6:25 pm
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Morehead State:

Morehead State graduate and former baseball player J.D. Ashbrook has signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox. Ashbrook has been assigned to Bristol Sox, Chicago’s rookie level (Appalachian League) farm team in Bristol, Va. He will join MSU teammate Drew Lee, who was drafted by the White Sox in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft last week.

The Eagles’ leading hitter this past season, Ashbrook capped his career by hitting .432 with 82 hits, 69 runs (a mark that was in the top five nationally), 15 doubles, 18 home runs and 55 RBI. He led Morehead State and ranked in the top three in the Ohio Valley Conference in five offensive categories (batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored and home runs). He earned First Team All-OVC honors and was a Ping! Baseball Third Team All-American.

Here’s a 4 minute video of J.D. on youtube.

J.D. Ashbrook’s (a 5’10”/180 senior) stats:

Year
avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2010
.432 49-49 190 69 82 15 0 18 55 151 .795 26 21 20 3 .540 2 0 14-17 90 10 4 .962
c po a e fld% dp sba csb sba% pb ci
104 90 10 4 .962 1 0 0 0 0

And with some data from the baseball cube:

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 34 83 21 24 6 1 2 20 9 4 7 9 9 2 1 2 .289 .400 .458 858
2008 48 147 23 39 9 0 2 18 9 4 12 20 12 1 1 4 .265 .366 .367 733
2009 51 202 65 74 16 3 14 36 10 5 20 34 11 2 0 3 .366 .451 .683 1134
2010 49 190 69 82 15 0 18 55 0 0 26 20 21 0 2 1 .432 .540 .795 1335

June 14, 2010

Jim Callis on Chris Sale’s place in the White Sox minor-league system

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2010 10:50 pm
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Callis @ BA:

Q: Which players drafted in the first or sandwich rounds will become their team’s No. 1 overall prospect as soon as they sign?

A: … In fact, after the top three choices, I only see two more draftees who would immediately become their organization’s best prospect. I believe in Florida Gulf Coast lefthander Chris Sale’s (No. 13, White Sox) durability and ability to remain a starter, so I’d take him over Tyler Flowers and Dan Hudson with the White Sox. I have no worries about Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox’s (No. 25, Cardinals) power or ability to remain at the hot corner, so I’d choose him over Shelby Miller. However, both of those are close calls and there are a number of clubs that did have concerns about Sale and Cox.

Baseball-Intellect not enthused about White Sox draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2010 2:40 pm
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Eisenberg:

Chicago White Sox

The Chris Sale pick was solid, but there is not a lot to like about the rest of the draft. I like Addison Reed and Rangel Ravelo looks like an interesting prospect, but I don’t see a great deal to get excited about.

And MLBBB gives the White Sox draft a B-.

June 13, 2010

White Sox trying to sign 11th round pick SS James McDonald

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2010 12:22 pm
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Gonzales:

It’s rare that the Sox draft a high school middle infielder as high as the 11th round, but they’re making a serious effort to sign Chaparral (Ariz.) shortstop James McDonald. McDonald said that he’s not sure whether to start his professional career or fulfill a scholarship offer from Arizona State. “I’m weighing a few things right now,” McDonald said. McDonald recently graduated from the same school that produced Paul Konerko.

McDonald has a website at jamesmcdonaldaz.com. Here are videos of him hitting and fielding.

McDonald, a 6’0”/175 lbs. senior, went to the same high school Kenny Williams’ sons, Kyle and Terry, went.

Here are McDonald’s stats:

Year GP PA AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS SB SBA
2010 32 122 95 30 36 26 6 2 7 24 9 3 .379 .516 .705 1.221 8 9

June 12, 2010

White Sox sign 3 draft picks: C Mike Blanke, 1B/DH Mike Schwartz and RHP Austin Evans

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 12, 2010 6:03 pm
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St. Pete Times:

Tampa trio signs: Three players drafted out of the University of Tampa signed with the White Sox: C Mike Blanke (14th round), 1B/DH Mike Schwartz (17th) and RHP Austin Evans (23rd), a former Chamberlain High standout.

Mike Blanke’s stats:

Year
avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att
po a e fld%
2010 .377 56-54 199 51 75 18 3 9 65 126 .653 20 6 23 10 .435 7 1 0-1 326 49 7 .982
2009 .174 13-5 23 2 4 1 0 0 4 5 .217 2 2 5 0 .296 0 0 0-0 4 2 1 .857

FS:

Solid bat, defense needs work

Mike Schwartz’s stats:

Player avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2010 .415 57-57 183 78 76 20 1 11 55 131 .716 75 11 20 5 .596 3 0 2-2 30 1 0 1.000
2009 .368 55-54 190 52 70 12 0 14 58 124 .653 27 16 30 8 .477 4 0 1-1 0 0 0 .000

CSN:

The Sox went back to Tampa to grab the Sunshine Conference Player of the Year. Schwartz was also a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division-II player. He hit .415 and set a school record while leading the nation with 75 walks. So it only goes to figure he had an impressive OBP [.596]. Schwartz finished with 11 homers and 55 RBIs.

Austin Evans’ stats:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 5.40 0-0 10-0 0 0/0 0 11.2 18 7 7 8 14 0 0 0 53 .340 1 2 0 0 0
2009 6.06 2-1 12-0 0 0/1 2 16.1 15 11 11 15 19 1 1 1 64 .234 2 4 0 0 0
2008 6.75 0-0 7-0 0 0/0 0 9.1 6 7 7 6 5 0 0 1 31 .194 3 2 0 1 0

FS:

He was a big prospect out of high school, but has struggled in college.

White Sox sign 13rd round pick RHP Ethan Icard

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 12, 2010 2:35 pm
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Haynes:

Friday was a very special day for former East Burke baseball standout Ethan Icard. It was the day his dream of playing professional baseball came true. Icard, a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher signed a deal with the Chicago White Sox on Friday evening. He will begin his professional career when he reports to the Bristol, Va. White Sox of the Rookie League on Wednesday.

… Icard spent the last two seasons playing at Wilkes Community College. In 2010, he was 8-4 overall with a 4.14 ERA. In 87 innings, he struck out 93 batters. In 2009, Icard posted a 9-3 overall pitching record with a 3.40 ERA. He had 68 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched.

Here are Icard’s college stats:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L
2010
18 87.0 55 40 73 93 46 4.14 8 4
2009
14 79.1 43 30 70 68 27 3.40 9 3

June 11, 2010

Baseball America’s White Sox Draft Review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 11, 2010 7:00 pm
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Lingo:

The White Sox were known to be targeting college pitchers, and they picked four of them to start their draft. BA’s top-rated lefthander, slender strike-thrower LHP Chris Sale (1), fell to them at No. 13 overall. He had a 10-1 strikeout-walk ratio and could move quickly with his plus fastball and changeup and improved slider. He could be an absolute steal with a double-digit pick. RHPs Jacob Petricka (2), Addison Reed (3) and Thomas Royse (3s) give them three solid righthanded options, with Reed a potential fast riser if he moves back to a relief role. The position-player crop offers less upside, with hard-hitting junior-college 2B Joe Terry (8) and toolsy SS Tyler Saladino (7) the most intriguing prospects.

Here’s BA’s youtube video of Chris Sale.

And here’s BA’s White Sox 2010 Draft Class page. And the Trib’s White Sox 2010 Draft Class page.

John Sickels’ White Sox Draft Review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 11, 2010 11:33 am
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Sickels:

1) Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University: No one expected Sale to fall this far, 13th overall. He’s a steal in this slot. Although his delivery is unconventional, he repeats it well and I’m not convinced that his injury risk is any higher than any other pitcher.

2) Jacob Petricka, RHP, Indiana State University: Raw before this year, Petricka improved his mechanics this year and got his fastball up to 98 MPH at times. He still needs refinement, but has a lot of potential as a relief arm.

3) Addison Reed, RHP,San Diego State: Very polished, Reed throws 89-92 as a starter but hit the mid-90s when used as a closer in ’09. He has a good slider and changeup. If used in rotation, he looks like a number three or four starter, but if he moves to the pen he could move very fast as a closer through the system.

3S) Thomas Royse, RHP, University of Louisville: Another polished arm, with a 90 MPH fastball and a workable slider and changeup.

4) …

33rd round draft pick Jamaal Hollis (RHRP) close to signing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 11, 2010 3:26 am
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Conrad:

But Hollis does have what Simonds called a “plus-plus fastball” that runs in the 92-93 mph range. “In the minor leagues, the focus is a little more on development,” Simonds said. “In college, we have a limited number of games. “He’s got some good run on his fastball,” he said of Hollis. “If he picks up a couple miles on his fastball and picks up a second pitch, gets more consistency with his change-up or curve, who knows what will happen?” Hollis said he agrees that his “arm strength” is what attracted the scouts, “that and a little bit of athleticism.”

Hollis said he has talked with a White Sox scout and is waiting for the contract papers in the mail. “I’m definitely signing, for sure,” he said. “Right now I’m just sitting back and being patient.”

Hollis college stats:

Year
era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2009-10 6.14 1-3 16-1 0 0/0 0 14.2 23 14 10 8 13 3 1 0 63 .365 2 1 0 1 1
2008-09 2.08 3-0 23-0 0 0/0 2 26.0 26 10 6 9 21 4 0 3 102 .255 1 6 2 0 1
2007-08 6.08 0-1 15-0 0 0/0 0 16.1 15 13 11 15 12 3 0 1 60 .250 3 3 0 0 1
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