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June 28, 2011

Keenyn Walker is playing for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the Alaska Baseball League

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2011 11:00 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

The move isn’t believed to be the result of any stress in negotiations between the Sox and Walker’s family. The Sox hold Walker’s negotiating rights through Aug. 15. Walker signed a letter of intent to play at Utah next spring.

Walker’s stats through 5 games:

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%
2011 .222 5-5 18 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 .222 3 1 7 0 .364 0 0 3-4 15 0 0 1.000

I see the ABL finishes on August 3.

June 22, 2011

White Sox sign 9th round draft pick LHP Matt Lane

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 1:45 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 9th round draft pick LHP Matt Lane (one entry before the last) from Northwest Florida State College (JuCo) has signed with the Sox.

Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6’05″
Weight: 195
Born: 1990-08-11
Hometown: Marrieta, GA
Class:  J2

Here are a couple scouting reports. Baseball America:

Lane is a Georgia prep product who started his college career at Mississippi State. After pitching 12 innings in 2010 and posting a 5.25 ERA, he transferred to Northwest Florida State, where he got a chance to start and took full advantage, going 8-5, 2.18 in 99 innings. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Lane has room to fill out and added some velocity this season, bumping 90-91 on occasion and pitching consistently in the upper 80s at season’s end from a high arm slot. He throws a solid curveball and changeup at his best but can be inconsistent with his secondary stuff when he loses his slot. He’s committed to Tulane.

Perfectgame.org (2008):

Matt Lane is a 2009 LHP with a 6’4”, 175 lb. frame from Marietta, GA who attends Pope. Tall lean build, body projects very well on the mound, OH arm slot, long arm action, occasional life to fastball, big downer curveball, tight spin on curveball, around the plate, has feel for pitching, raw with big upside, lots of ability to work with.

Perfectgame.org has 2 more scouting reports.

And here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W L GP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR TBF B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.17 8 5 17 14 4 3 0 0 99.1 79 37 24 34 92 14 0 3 417 0.219 4 8 0 5 9

and from Mississippi State:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2010 5.25 0-0 9-1 0 0/0 0 12.0 13 11 7 12 9 6 1 1 46 .283 4 0 0 0 1

June 21, 2011

White Sox sign 45th round draft pick OF/C Cory Farris

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 7:30 pm
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The White Sox have signed 45th round draft pick OF/C Cory Farris. The White Sox had drafted him in in the in 2008 in the 43rd round as a Catcher. He was assigned to Bristol. He was drafted as an OF but he’s listed as a catcher in Bristol’s roster.

Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 6’00″
Weight: 190
Born: 1989-12-29
Hometown: Florence, KY
Class:  JR

Here are his College 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%
2011 .279 62-62 219 50 61 9 2 12 53 110 .502 22 11 42 1 .369 3 0 5-10 149 8 3 .981

He was in Kentucky before Cumberland:

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 .259 34-27 108 19 28 6 0 7 24 55 .509 9 4 37 1 .333 2 0 7-7 43 3 1 .979
2009 .310 29-23 87 21 27 3 0 2 16 36 .414 11 4 30 0 .412 0 0 2-2 18 1 1 .950

White Sox sign 31st round draft pick SS Michael Johnson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 6:30 pm
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The White Sox have signed 31st round draft pick SS Michael Johnson. He was assigned to Bristol.

Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 5’09″
Weight: 175
Born: 1988-10-28
Hometown: Naples, FL
Class:  SR

Here are his College 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%
2011 .342 60-60 240 56 82 10 3 2 22 104 .433 29 3 42 3 .415 3 5 11-14 91 164 18 .934
2010 .330 56-56 206 44 68 13 2 7 45 106 .515 24 8 34 2 .412 5 5 9-11 118 137 18 .934
2009 .240 38-36 125 27 30 5 3 0 17 41 .328 16 2 33 1 .333 1 3 4-4 50 92 20 .877

White Sox sign 27th round draft pick RHP Jake Cose

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 2:00 pm
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White Sox have signed 27th round draft pick RHP Jake Cose. He was assigned to Bristol. Scouting info from June 8:

(831): Jake Cose, RHP, 6-5, 200, San Joaquin Delta College (CA)

Has both hit and pitched at Delta College. Fastball sits low-90′s.

Bats: S
Throws: R
Height: 6’05″
Weight: 200
Born: 1990-08-28
Class:  JR

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.31 4-1 11-4 0 0/0 1 35.0 25 11 9 10 27 3 0 0 125 .200 5 5 0 3 0

He tried swinging the bat too:

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%
2011 .230 38-34 139 17 32 5 1 2 11 45 .324 14 1 20 3 .305 0 1 4-4 138 23 2 .988
2010 .302 29-27 106 16 32 6 1 4 19 52 .491 10 4 18 2 .380 1 1 5-5 13 64 10 .885

and:

2009 HS Stats: .275 Avg, 25 RBI, 4 2B’s, 2 3B’s, 7 HR

June 20, 2011

White Sox sign 12th round draft pick RHP Andrew Virgili

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2011 9:15 pm
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Daniels @ TBO:

Andrew Virgili, a 12th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox during last week’s Major League Baseball draft has signed with the club.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 205
Born: 1990-01-30
Class:  JR

He was assigned to Bristol.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.35 7-5 14-14 0 0/0 0 95.2 86 32 25 25 94 17 4 3 350 .246 3 8 0 2 5

He was in Hillsborough Community College before that:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2010 38 50.2 57 45 69 37 25 7.99 1 4 1
2009 35 39.2 53 41 66 25 19 9.30 2 1 1

He tried swinging the bat in those years:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B HR Runs RBI BA BB HBP SF OBP SB SBA SB% PO A E Fld%
2010 38 95 33 5 0 3 21 31 .347 20 0 1 .457 1 2 .000 180 52 10 .959
2009 35 75 22 4 1 3 20 .293 17 1 2 .421 1 1 .000 76 39 9 .927

June 17, 2011

White Sox sign 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:15 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls:

Yet another long-armed hurler is Blake Drake, a 6-7 former Indiana State star who was selected in the 22nd round of this year’s draft.” Drake has some different arm action that will surprise some people, I think,” said Drahman. “He’s a little sneaky, but he gets it up there it seems like, too.”

Here’s a 2009 scouting report from perfectgame.org:

Blake Drake is a Col RHP with a 6’7”, 185 lb. frame from Louisville, KY. Drake has a projectable frame and sat 88-91 this outing. He is a little raw but really projects as he continues to refine his craft. He showed a good slider to go with his upper 80′s to low 90′s fastball. He played at Wabash Valley this spring.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.78 1-5 26-4 0 0/3 10 49.0 50 28 26 21 37 8 0 2 190 .263 6 12 1 0 2
2010 7.92 3-0 13-6 0 0/0 0 25.0 25 25 22 22 14 5 0 4 .260 5 4 0 1 1

Drake was in Wabash Valley Community College for a couple years:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 11 39.0 36 30 39 30 28 6.92 3 4 0
2008 10 22.0 15 14 16 26 12 5.73 4 0 0

And here’s his MLB.com scouting video from the 2009 draft:


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4827585&c_id=cws (0:31)

PS. From the Great Falls Tribune article we learn that released outfielder Salvador Sanchez has been converted to a reliever and will play for the Voyagers.

White Sox sign 19th round draft pick RHP Kevin Vance

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 10:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 19th round draft pick RHP Kevin Vance has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Closer Kevin Vance performed well in the Cape Cod League for Chatham last summer, impressing scouts with a fastball that touched 94 mph. He showed similar velocity during UConn’s scout day and intrasquad workouts, sitting 90-92, but during the spring he has mostly been in the 86-90 mph range. Vance still was one of the Big East’s top bullpen arms, registering 12 saves and holding opponents to a .105 average through his first 23 appearances. He flashes an above-average curveball with good shape and a decent changeup. When he’s on, scouts said Vance looks like Ricky Bottalico, though the drop in velocity could hurt his draft positioning.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.12 1-0 27 0 0 0/4 13 29.2 14 7 7 7 31 4 1 0 103 .136 1 4 0 1 1
2010 2.41 1-0 17 0 0 0/0 8 18.2 12 5 5 7 17 1 0 2 67 .179 1 1 0 0 0
2009 4.70 0-1 6 0 0 0/0 0 7.2 7 6 4 3 5 2 0 0 31 .226 3 0 0 1 0

White Sox sign 5th round draft pick LHP Scott Snodgress

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 9:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 5th round draft pick LHP Scott Snodgress has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Another physical lefthander, Scott Snodgress, showed better velocity in the fall and settled back into the 90-92 mph range out of Stanford’s bullpen this spring. Scouts like his size–he’s 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds–and potential, but he doesn’t have great command or composure. Snodgress throws a good curveball and changeup and needs to trust his stuff is and show more confidence on the mound.

John Sickels says:

5) Scott Snodgress, LHP, Stanford: Rather raw for a Stanford pitcher, but works in low-90s, curveball has some bite, but inconsistent.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.94 2-2 26-0 0 0/0 2 31.0 28 19 17 28 38 1 1 1 118 .237 1 2 0 1 4
2010 5.59 1-2 22-4 0 0/1 1 37.0 33 25 23 29 38 6 2 2 133 .248 3 5 1 1 4
2009 5.85 1-3 17-5 0 0/0 1 32.1 41 24 21 12 17 9 1 3 131 .313 6 9 1 0 3

And a video of Snodgress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dycIBrUw164

White Sox sign 37th round draft pick LHP Todd Kibby

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 3:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 37th round draft pick LHP Todd Kibby (last) has signed with the Sox.

Here are his College Stats:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2011 20 69.0 37 32 68 71 52 4.17 4 4 0
2010 11 9.1 12 9 9 8 8 8.68 0 2 0

White Sox sign 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.83 3-0 24-1 1 1/0 7 41.1 41 15 13 10 38 7 2 2 156 .263 0 2 0 4 3
2010 54.00 0-0 2-0 0 0/0 0 0.2 5 5 4 0 0 1 0 1 7 .714 0 1 0 0 0

He was in McLennan Community College before:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save PO A
2009 16 60.0 53 35 81 39 29 5.25 2 5 2 3 11
2008 43 60.1 57 47 82 45 23 7.01 4 7 0

In 2008 he tried swinging the bat:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB%
2008 43 88 26 5 0 13 .295 0 1 2 .000

White Sox sign 21st round draft pick 2B Joe De Pinto

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:00 am
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Mansch @ GFT:

Second baseman Joe De Pinto, a 21st-round pick out of Southern California, also caught Newman’s eye.

“Joe’s from USC — that’s good experience playing Pac-10 ball — he looks like he’s going to be a solid in the middle of the infield for us,” said Newman.

PerfectGame.org scouting report

Joseph DePinto is a 2007 MIF/OF/P from St. Francis HS, residing in Sunland, CA, with a 5’10″ 150 lb. frame. DePinto was named to the top prospect team at the California Underclass Showcase. Has a medium but athletic build, with wiry musculature. Offensively possesses a quick bat and a swing path that is very short to the ball. DePinto is a contact/spray hitter who makes consistent contact. He makes the pitcher work to get him out but don’t read that as he is a pest… he can really hit. He also runs well and understands game, making him an effective base stealer. Defensively, DePinto has quick feet and a good early burst to the ball. He is a very solid defender and a very solid player. Consider him a good follow for most D1 programs on the West Coast.

Here are his College 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%
2011 .300 56-56 190 32 57 11 2 0 24 72 .379 31 7 23 6 .409 4 7 9-13 104 147 12 .954
2010 .286 60-60 252 50 72 15 2 2 23 97 .385 19 6 28 6 .348 2 7 4-6 106 161 14 .950
2009 .277 55-53 191 37 53 12 0 3 22 74 .387 25 5 31 2 .369 4 9 11-15 82 131 9 .959

White Sox sign 20th round draft pick C Martin Medina

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 am
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Evans @ BC:

The four picks from Cal State Bakersfield have all signed. They are right-handed pitcher Mike McCarthy, outfielder Ryan McIntyre, catcher Jeremy Rodriguez and catcher-infielder Martin Medina.

Medina, a 20th-round pick by the Chicago White Sox, is one of three catchers assigned to Great Falls, Mont., in the Pioneer League.

“Right now, like everyone else, I’m trying to find a host family (to live with),” Medina said. “Right now we’re all in a hotel.”

Great Falls’ season opens Monday.

“I might play a little third, also,” Medina said. “If I’m hitting well, they’ll keep my bat in the lineup.”

A 2010 scouting report from 49th State Hardball:

When I think of Martin Medina, I think of power. The guy’s got a stout upper body and a big, quick power cut. At 5’10″ and a lean 200lb, he’s got some muscle mass to spank the ball around a bit with. And the proof is in the pudding. Five homers in 34 games as a Goldpanner this year. Just to put things into something more digestible with those familiar with pro ball, that’s 24 blasts over a 162-game period. That’s not too shabby. With a .505 slugging percentage to go with it…yeah, he can knock the ball around a bit. The guy looks like he could put on a little more brawn, even, so I think he has a little more power potential corked away that might just now be blossoming.

Here are his College 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%
2011 .287 55-55 209 38 60 11 1 9 53 100 .478 26 2 37 4 .362 6 1 0-0 206 25 5 .979
2010 .311 56-56 238 44 74 16 2 12 52 130 .546 26 6 53 12 .393 0 0 1-3 135 49 11 .944
2009 .285 50-50 193 29 55 13 4 8 40 100 .518 23 8 51 1 .379 3 0 2-2 106 61 20 .893

Medina tried pitching too:

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%
2011 4.54 3-3 17-1 0 0/0 8 33.2 38 24 17 14 45 6 1 3 144 .264 4 0 0 1 2
2010 4.01 5-2 11 2 0 0/0 1 24.2 23 11 11 8 22 5 2 0 88 .261 2 3 0 0 1
2009 6.87 3-3 13 4 0 0/0 2 38.0 44 32 29 28 36 7 2 4 150 .293 5 4 3 2 3

And Pep Fernandez of KERO-23 has a 2 minute video on Medina.

June 16, 2011

White Sox sign 18th round draft pick RHP Bryan Blough

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 7:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 18th round draft pick RHP Bryan Blough has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Kennesaw State’s top draft pick will be senior righty Bryan Blough, who was on BA’s 2009 list as a junior college product. He had a rough adjustment to Division I in 2010, posting a 10.29 ERA, but rebounded to go 4-4, 3.61 this season. He keeps the ball down and can push his fastball into the 88-92 mph range from an over-the-top delivery. Blough also holds his velocity well and gets depth on his slider.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 3.61 4-4 14-14 2 1/1 0 84.2 94 47 34 20 84 20 1 5 338 .278 4 9 0 2 3
2010 10.29 2-3 11-6 0 0/0 0 28.0 51 37 32 22 22 11 1 4 129 .395 2 2 0 0 2

Before KSU he was in Middle Georgia College:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 16 40.2 22 22 45 50 9 4.87 5 3 5

And here’s a 2 minute video of Blough pitching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lukVsvzCIg

White Sox sign 16th round draft pick RHP Chris Bassitt

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 3:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 16th round draft pick RHP Chris Bassitt has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Scouts didn’t know much about righthander Chris Bassitt prior to this spring, because he redshirted in 2008 and made just one appearance while focusing on academics in 2010. He’s no longer anonymous after posting a 1.42 ERA and averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings as a fourth-year junior. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder lives off his 90-93 mph sinker, which he delivers from a low-three-quarters arm angle. His second pitch is a slider, which grades as an average pitch at times.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 1.42 2-5 28 0 0 0/1 7 38.0 24 9 6 15 48 1 1 2 131 .183 5 3 0 2 4
2010 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 6 .167 0 0 0 0 0
2009 3.52 1-2 23 0 0 0/0 7 30.2 19 15 12 14 34 5 0 1 103 .184 3 5 0 2 0
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