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December 8, 2011

Minnesota takes Terry Doyle with the 2nd pick in the Rule 5 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2011 12:05 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Terry Doyle clearly impressed more than the White Sox with his strong 2011 Arizona Fall League showing.

The right-hander was selected by Minnesota with the second pick in Thursday morning’s Rule 5 Draft, after posting a 4-0 record with a 1.98 ERA over eight starts for the Mesa Solar Sox. Doyle had an 8-10 mark with a 3.07 ERA in 2011, combined numbers between stops at Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham, while striking out 122 and walking just 33 in 173 innings. …

Here’s a Rule 5 draft FAQ. And here’s Minnesota’s VP:

“The separator for us was command,” vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff said. “We saw him in the AFL thoroughly, and he kind of dominated out there (4-0, 1.98). We had a lot of history with him, good report from him in college. The durability was another strong point.

“We had some concerns in the past where his fastball velocity was marginal. It’s hard to judge that in Arizona, for a variety of reasons, but we saw average velocity this year, which was important. His command is good, his makeup is good, and we think he’s got the ability to be a fourth or fifth starter.”

And a scouting report from today’s Baseball America:

Doyle is a righthander with guile who lacks a plus pitch but knows how to set up hitters. He helped his chances of being picked with an excellent Arizona Fall League performance. He certainly understands the geometry of pitching, consistently getting outs with his command and a cut fastball. Doyle’s 88-92 fastball did pick up as the season progressed and he touched 93-94 mph in Arizona. Doyle confuses hitters who don’t know him, as he often pitches backward, using breaking pitches to set up his fastball. He throws four pitches for strikes, including a biting slider and a high-70s changeup.

And here are the Pitch F/X results from the 3 times he pitched in Pitch F/X equipped stadiums in the AFL: November 16, November 5, October 28. And here’s MLB.com’s scouting report.

Best of luck to Doyle. From what little I knew of him he seemed like a good, intelligent, hard-working young man (not to mention the 3.32 K/BB ratio and 1.13 WHIP in AA). He even returned to school in the winter to teach Math after the baseball season was over.

This sucks… Another White Sox failure…


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19991127&c_id=cws (2:09)

For all my posts on Doyle click here: soxbronzetitan.wordpress.com/tag/terry-doyle/.

November 29, 2011

Are the Sox trying to trade LHRP Matt Thornton? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 29, 2011 9:35 pm
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MLBTR:

The White Sox have been looking to trade Matt Thornton since July and are still trying to move him, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). Before the 2011 season, the White Sox signed the left-hander to a two-year, $12MM extension that covers the 2012-13 seasons and includes a club option for 2014.

The 35-year-old posted a 3.32 ERA with 9.5 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 0.45 HR/9 and a 48.8% ground ball rate in 59 2/3 innings this past season. Armed with a fastball that averages 96 mph, Thornton figures to draw interest this offseason, as he did last summer, especially since the free agent market doesn’t feature lefty relievers of his caliber. The Yankees, Blue Jays and Rangers are among the teams that may seek left-handed relief this offseason.

Thornton commented on his brief and unsuccessful trial as a closer last spring:

“Was mine an interim thing? If I had success, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been,” said Thornton of his abbreviated run at closer. “Obviously everyone knows what happened in the games I was in. Things just didn’t go well for me in that role.

“Maybe it was a sign I wasn’t meant to be a closer here. Over the years, I’ve done a good job of filling in as closer, and I believe in myself in that role and think I can get the job done at any given time when they give me the ball in the ninth inning. But the surge of [Chris] Sale this past year, what he did, and how good Sergio was for most of the year, this is the way it worked out.

“It’s one of those things where things weren’t going good for us and I was part of that in the back end of the bullpen,” Thornton said. “They had to make changes at the time. Just the lack of performance was the most frustrating part for me, my inability to have success that I expect myself to have, prepare and dedicate myself to have all offseason long. It’s very frustrating when you let the team down.”

If Thornton is traded, with Chris Sale moving to the starting rotation, the only lefty in the bullpen will be Will Ohman.

UPDATE: Buster Olney in his video blog (1:52) says the Sox are trying to move Carlos Quentin, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, and Matt Thornton.

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November 19, 2011

Terry Doyle was named to the 2011 AFL Top Prospects Team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 19, 2011 7:20 pm
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AFL:

The Arizona Fall League announced its 2011 Top Prospects Team. Selected by Fall League managers and coaches, the Top Prospects Team identifies the players who distinguished themselves throughout the league’s seven-week 2011 schedule against other top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball. Voters were asked to consider Fall League performance and major league projectability.

Terry Doyle, Mesa Solar Sox (Chicago White Sox)
Led the league in WHIP (0.62) and opponents average (.135), second in wins (4) sixth in ERA (1.98) … fifth among starters in walk rate (1.65 BB/9) … won four straight starts, Oct. 11-28 … week three pitcher-of-the-week after going 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA, 2 hits, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in two starts … four perfect innings Oct. 11 … five of six runs allowed scored on four home runs … one or fewer hits and three or more innings in five of eight starts … 22:5 K:BB … scoreless fourth inning in AFL Rising Stars Game.

The other starting pitcher that made the ‘Top Prospects Team’ was Seattle’ Danny Hultzen.

November 10, 2011

Terry Doyle throws 3 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2011 4:00 pm
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11/10:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.85
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 31-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 2-2.
Batters faced: Doyle 9.

K/BB ratio in the 24.1 innings Doyle has pitched in the AFL is 18/4.

NOTE: I’m trying to reply to the e-mail that alerted me to do an update to my post, but my message comes back as undeliverable.

November 5, 2011

Free Live Webcast of the AFL Rising Stars Game [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2011 7:00 pm
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Watch here:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=23943936&content_id=19973181

UPDATE: Doyle was the first ‘AFL East’ pitcher that didn’t allow any runs. They should had let him start. Now the East is losing 10-2.

Boxscore:

AFL East Rising Stars
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cole 0.2 4 5 5 1 1 2 67.50
Ames 1.1 3 1 1 0 2 0 6.75
Brewer 1.0 5 4 4 0 0 0 36.00
Doyle 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 14-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 1-0.
Batters faced: Doyle 4.

Play-by-play:

AFL West Bottom of the 4th

  • Pitcher Change: Terry Doyle replaces Charles Brewer.
  • Michael Choice singles on a line drive to right fielder Robbie Grossman.
  • Joe Terdoslavich singles on a ground ball to right fielder Robbie Grossman. Michael Choice to 3rd.
  • Jaff Decker strikes out swinging.
  • Christian Bethancourt grounds into double play, third baseman Nolan Arenado to second baseman Brian Dozier to first baseman Ben Paulsen. Joe Terdoslavich out at 2nd.

Pitch F/X from Gameday:

Inning Batter # Pitch # Speed Break in. Pfx in. Pitch Type Pitch result AB result
4 1 1 82 10 2 Slider Called Strike
2 83 10 2 Curveball Foul
3 92 4 10 Fastball In play, no out Single
2 1 92 4 8 Fastball Ball
2 83 9 8 Changeup Ball
3 92 6 10 Fastball In play, no out Single
3 1 79 11 6 Curveball Called Strike
2 92 4 10 Fastball Called Strike
3 80 12 7 Curveball Swinging Strike (Blocked) Strikeout
4 1 81 9 3 Slider Foul
2 83 8 4 Slider Ball In Dirt
3 93 3 10 Fastball Foul
4 79 12 7 Curveball Ball In Dirt
5 81 11 4 Curveball In play, out(s) GIDP

I count 5 fastballs, 3 sliders, 5 curveballs, and 1 changeup. Average fastball was a bit more than 92 mph.

UPDATE: Pitch F/X data:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FA (Fastball) 92.06 92.5 -3.97 8.25 5 4 / 80.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.8192 0.403
CH (Changeup) 82.60 82.6 -8.22 1.56 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0613 0.451
SL (Slider) 82.10 83.3 2.19 0.30 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.0565 0.454
CU (Curveball) 80.34 83.1 2.72 -3.95 5 3 / 60.00% 1 / 20.00% -0.9005 0.467
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
4 14 9 64.29 14 -0.077

November 4, 2011

Terry Doyle is going to the AFL Rising Stars game (AFL’s All-Star game)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 4, 2011 10:00 pm
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Jonathan Mayo:

Rising Stars Rosters

East division
Player Org Pos.
Terry Doyle CWS P

The Rising Stars game will be played tomorrow Saturday, November 5, at Surprise Stadium at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on MLB.com and MLB Network.

October 28, 2011

Terry Doyle pitches 3 scoreless innings (Pitch-F/X readings)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2011 11:15 pm
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10/28:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 4-0) 3.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0.92
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 52-32.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 3-2.
Batters faced: Doyle 11.

Since the park was equipped with a Pitch-F/X system we got the following readings on Doyle’s pitches:

Inning Batter # Pitch # Speed Break in. Pfx in. Pitch Type Pitch result AB result
1 1 1 92 4 11 Fastball Ball
2 91 4 11 Fastball Foul
3 90 5 12 Fastball Ball
4 92 5 9 Fastball Called Strike
5 79 13 7 Curveball Swinging Strike Strikeout
2 1 91 5 10 Fastball Ball
2 92 5 10 Fastball In play, no out Double
3 1 93 5 10 Fastball Called Strike
2 83 8 7 Changeup Ball
3 92 7 11 Fastball Foul
4 81 11 4 Curveball Ball In Dirt
5 80 13 9 Curveball In play, out(s) Groundout
4 1 82 10 3 Changeup Called Strike
2 92 4 11 Fastball Called Strike
3 81 12 6 Curveball Ball In Dirt
4 92 6 10 Fastball Ball
5 81 10 2 Changeup Foul
6 94 4 12 Fastball In play, out(s) Popout
2 1 1 92 5 12 Fastball Ball
2 91 4 10 Fastball Ball
3 90 7 12 Fastball Foul
4 86 8 11 Changeup Ball
5 91 8 14 Fastball In play, out(s) Groundout
2 1 92 4 10 Fastball Called Strike
2 92 7 12 Fastball Foul
3 93 4 10 Fastball Ball
4 91 5 11 Fastball Ball
5 81 12 7 Curveball In play, no out Single
3 1 89 8 12 Fastball Ball
Pickoff Attempt 1B
2 91 6 12 Fastball Called Strike
3 90 7 11 Fastball Ball
Pickoff Attempt 1B
4 88 7 10 Fastball In play, out(s) Flyout
4 1 82 9 3 Slider Ball
2 91 5 9 Fastball Swinging Strike
3 91 6 10 Fastball Ball
4 91 5 12 Fastball Ball
5 90 5 9 Fastball Called Strike
6 91 5 13 Fastball Foul (Runner Going)
7 91 6 10 Fastball Foul (Runner Going)
8 79 13 8 Curveball Called Strike Strikeout
3 1 1 90 5 10 Fastball Foul
2 91 5 7 Fastball Swinging Strike
3 92 5 7 Fastball Ball
4 90 5 8 Fastball In play, out(s) Groundout
2 1 92 6 7 Fastball Called Strike
2 83 9 6 Changeup In play, out(s) Flyout
3 1 91 4 11 Fastball Ball
2 82 9 1 Slider Swinging Strike
3 91 7 10 Fastball Ball
4 91 5 8 Fastball Called Strike
5 82 10 3 Slider Foul
6 79 14 12 Curveball Called Strike Strikeout

I count 37 fastballs, 7 curveballs, 5 changeups, and 3 sliders among the 52 pitches Doyle threw today. His fastball seems to be sitting at about 91-92 mph.

UPDATE: Pitch F/X data:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FA (Fastball) 91.37 93.7 -6.60 7.25 30 17 / 56.67% 2 / 6.67% -0.1210 0.408
CH (Changeup) 82.88 85.6 -5.19 0.85 5 3 / 60.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1477 0.450
SL (Slider) 81.97 82.4 -1.80 -0.51 3 2 / 66.67% 1 / 33.33% -0.0135 0.459
CU (Curveball) 80.07 81.1 1.26 -7.33 7 5 / 71.43% 1 / 14.29% -0.4942 0.469
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.19 91 -10.32 5.78 7 5 / 71.43% 0 / 0.00% -0.4400 0.417
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 18 11 61.11 18 -0.019
2 22 12 54.55 40 -0.350
3 12 9 75.00 52 -0.848

October 22, 2011

Terry Doyle pitches 4 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 22, 2011 9:30 pm
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10/22:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 3-0) 4.0 1 0 0 2 4 0 1.08
Griffith 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.36
Petricka 1.0 1 2 2 2 0 0 4.50
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 51-32, Griffith 7-5, Petricka 24-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 7-0, Griffith 1-0, Petricka 2-1.
Batters faced: Doyle 14, Griffith 3, Petricka 6.
Weather: 94 degrees, sunny.

Doyle has a 12/3 K/BB ratio in 16.2 IP in the AFL.

October 19, 2011

Rick Hahn to interview for the Angels GM opening [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 19, 2011 10:30 pm
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MLBTR:

The Angels will interview Rick Hahn of the White Sox and Tory Hernandez, their own manager of baseball information, along with Oppenheimer, Eppler, Ng and Dipoto, according to Yahoo’s Tim Brown (Twitter links).  The interviews will likely take place in the coming week.

Dipoto has a “good shot” at the Baltimore GM opening.

UPDATE: Daryl Van Schouwen tweets that Hahn “Might be [the] favorite for [the] angels job.” Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Angels #1 choice is Tampa Bay’s GM, Andrew Friedman.

Other White Sox links:

October 17, 2011

Terry Doyle throws 5 1-hit innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2011 8:30 pm
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10/17:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 2-0) 5.0 1 1 1 1 4 1 1.42

Pitches-strikes: 57-36.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 6-3.
Batters faced: Doyle 16.

MLBazFallLeague tweets that Doyle was the first AFL pitcher that went 5 innings this year.

October 11, 2011

Terry Doyle throws 4 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 11, 2011 9:31 pm
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10/11:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 1-0) 4.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.17

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 41-26.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 4-5.
Batters faced: Doyle 12.

Here’s Doyle:

“I was just mostly throwing my fastball, they were pretty aggressive and making contact early in the count,” he said. “I was getting a lot of fly balls, trying to work ahead and make their aggressiveness work against them.”

BTW, this was Doyle’s second outing. The first was 3 2/3 one-run innings on October 5:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle 3.2 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.45
Petricka (H, 1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 53-33, Petricka 14-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 5-2, Petricka 1-1.
Batters faced: Doyle 14, Petricka 5.

Doyle keeps the K/BB ratio impeccable!

October 3, 2011

Kenny Williams’ 2012 plan: Let the kids play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2011 8:30 pm
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Does that imply Carlos Quentin is gone? Will Kenny try to get A.J. Pierzynski to waive his 10-and-5 rights, so he can trade him?

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September 14, 2011

The Sox won’t resolve Ozzie Guillen’s situation until after the Marlins have hired a manager says Jayson Stark

Stark @ ESPN:

Who will be managing the White Sox next season? We tossed that question at a baseball source who is tight with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and got this succinct reply: “Ozzie Guillen.”

The same source also said, with zero equivocation, that if the Marlins think they can wait this out and then scoop Guillen off the unemployment line this winter, they’d better re-think. Unless the folks in Florida want to trade a big-time player to the South Side, the source said, the White Sox won’t make any move to resolve Guillen’s future until after the Marlins have hired a manager.

Seems like the Sox want to make others think Guillen isn’t going anywhere so they have more leverage in any negotiations that take place. I’m not confident it will work. There is also this nugget:

White Sox officials have been telling people in the game they need to cut payroll next year after going over budget this season. And they also have five starters under contract for next year, even without Buehrle.

So an executive of one team who spoke with the White Sox brass says the only way he sees them making room for Buehrle is if he’s willing to “be creative” about his next contract. AND the club would have to be able to trade one of its current starters — most likely Gavin Floyd. Can all that happen? Of course. But it’s still a lot of hoops for Buehrle and his team to jump through.

I think Buehrle will be “creative.” Maybe a 2-3 year offer would be enough. Sign him Jerry!

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August 30, 2011

This year’s White Sox AFL team will be the Mesa Solar Sox (and Terry Doyle will play for them) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2011 9:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

White Sox Minor League pitcher Terry Doyle, catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Tyler Saladino and outfielder Brandon Short will be part of the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2011 Arizona Fall League. Triple-A Charlotte skipper Joe McEwing will be the club’s manager.

The AFL starts on October 4 and concludes with the AFL Championship on November 19.

UPDATE: Seems the Sox will send 3 more pitchers to Mesa.

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