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December 29, 2011

John Sickels’ Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012

John Sickels:

1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.

2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.

3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.

4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.

5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.

The best closer prospect in baseball” comment helps explain Sergio Santos’ trade.

December 16, 2011

Fangraphs’ Top 15 2012 White Sox prospects

Marc Hulet:

2. Nestor Molina, RHP

BORN: Jan. 9, 1989
EXPERIENCE: 5 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2006 non-drafted free agent (Toronto)
2010-11 TOP 10 RANKING:
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SCOUTING REPORT: I came very close to ranking Molina No. 1 overall in the White Sox system. As a Jay, he would have ranked in the six to eight range – which tells you a little bit about the depth of the two systems. Some online publications have referred to Molina as a “control pitcher” which has a negative connotation and implies that his stuff is below average. While the Venezuelan has plus control, his stuff is at least average – if not better. He has an 87-93 mph fastball and a potentially plus splitter that is his out-pitch. He also has a decent slider.

YEAR IN REVIEW: When his breaking ball improved to the point where the Jays organization felt it could be at least MLB average, Molina was moved into the starting rotation for good in 2011. He had a breakout season and reached double-A. The 22-year-old hurler spent the majority of the season in high-A where he posted a 2.45 FIP (2.58 ERA) in 108.1 innings. He showed his outstanding control by posting a walk rate of 1.16 BB/9. Molina also sent a large number of batters back to the dugout shaking their heads (9.55 K/9).

YEAR AHEAD: Molina received five late-season starts in double-A and showed that he was far from over-matched: 0.47 FIP, 0.82 BB/9, 13.50 K/9. He probably needs about half a season at double-A before moving up to triple-A and could be ready for the Majors by the end of the season. Chicago tends to be overly aggressive with some of its pitchers so I wouldn’t be shocked to see Molina in triple-A to begin 2012.

CAREER OUTLOOK: Molina has the makings of a No. 3 starter at the MLB level. The big question for him is his durability. Originally an outfielder, he was moved to the bump permanently in 2008 and has pitched more than 100 innings just once (2011). There is also some concern over his delivery and that, unless it gets smoothed out, he’ll be a high-leverage reliever at the MLB level.

For the other prospects hit the link.

December 14, 2011

BaseballInstinct’s 2012 Top 10 White Sox prospects

George Utter:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP 01/09/1989 H: 6’1” W: 180 – (Nathaniel’s take) Nestor Molina had a breakout season in 2011, posting unbelievable strikeout-to-walk ratios at both High-A Dunedin (115/14 in 108 1/3 IP) and Double-A New Hampshire (33/2 in 22 IP). Originally a third baseman/outfielder, Molina converted to pitching in 2008, and wasn’t even a starting pitcher until this season, so his huge year caught many by surprise. While Molina’s pure “stuff” isn’t quite as good as his numbers suggest, it’s no slouch, either: he works at 89-94 mph and boasts a very good splitter.  Molina will probably start 2012 in either Double-A or Triple-A, but he’s very polished and should end up in Chicago at some point during the season. Don’t be surprised if Chicago initially lets his two pitches work in relief upon his reaching the majors.

Our Video

Our Instinct: We had Molina #3 in our Blue Jays Top 10 and scouted him ourselves.  Tom Belmont took the above video of Molina in July, and it’s been used on several notable sites.  We love what Molina brings to the table, but as Tom said in his Prospect Instinct|Nestor Molina article, he’s not going to be an ace, nor does he have the body to be a workhorse in the middle.  He figures to be a nice fit as a #4, however, as Nathaniel suggested, he could end up in the White Sox bullpen.

Reports for the other prospects (2. Addison Reed, 3. Tyler Saladino, 4. Trayce Thompson, 5. Jeff Soptic, 6. Jacob Petricka, 7. Rangel Ravelo, 8. Kevan Smith, 9. Jared Mitchell, 10. Keenyn Walker, and Dylan Axelrod) at the link.

December 13, 2011

Addison Reed, future White Sox closer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 13, 2011 11:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Since the White Sox traded Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays, who is in line to become the White Sox closer in 2012?
— Steve, Plainfield, Ill.

Assuming no other trades are made involving the bullpen, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton would be the leading candidates to start the season. But Addison Reed is one of the major reasons why Santos became expendable.

Reed, who turns 23 just after Christmas, had a 1.26 ERA over 43 games during four Minor League stops last year. He struck out 111 and walked just 14 in 78 1/3 innings, not to mention his 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings with the White Sox. The right-hander definitely stands as the team’s closer of the future, and the organization has no doubt he can handle the role.

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December 6, 2011

Who will be the Sox closer next year and afterwards?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2011 6:30 pm
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Michael Barr @ FanGraphs:

One guy that many fantasy owners, not to mention White Sox faithful, would like to see handed the job is Addison Reed. Reed, 22, tore through the minor leagues making mincemeat of hitters at every level, Rookie through AAA ball, finishing with a minor league career 1.41 ERA over 108 innings pitched, striking out 155 and walking just 20. He earned a late season call to the majors in September where he threw 7.1 innings, striking out 12 batters and walking one. Reports from his minor league appearances put his fastball in the 94-97 range and that fits with what batters saw in his brief major league stint, averaging 94.9 mph. He has fantastic command and a very good slider, and in terms of just overall stuff, he’s probably the closer of the future and perhaps even the best man for the job in 2012. But it could be that Robin Ventura and company would prefer someone more seasoned, not wanting to throw the kid into the proverbial fire just yet — not to mention the fact that Reed very well could start the season in the minors.

Doug Padilla says it may be Jesse Crain next year.

October 25, 2011

Addison Reed wins MiLB best overall reliever award

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 25, 2011 7:00 pm
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Comments from AA-Birmingham pitching coach J.R. Perdew about Addison Reed:

“I think obviously a great arm is the first thing that comes to mind. He’s got some deception. That great arm, that stuff, good deception — hitters didn’t take very good swings against him. And also he had very good poise, mound presence. He was very impressive, very under control.”

“It’s a combination of fastball velocity and the deception in his delivery. The ball kind of jumps out of his hand — he’s got a dip-and-drive delivery. It takes off on hitters up in zone a lot. And third, he’s got really good fastball command. And a pretty good slider with good break. That’s four good reasons why he gets a lot of swings and misses.”

“I knew he was going to get out of there,” he said. “I thought when he started showing the ability to stay on top of the slider and was developing the change-up, it was time for him to go. [The White Sox] even asked me if he was ready for the big leagues and I said yes.”

“[His ceiling is] as high as he wants it to be, honestly. He’s got a really good work ethic, a good head on his shoulders, poise, physical talent and mental ability also. I think he can go as high as he wants. He’s got a chance to be a really good Major League closer and to be able to do it for a long time.”

Some would like to see Reed be tried as a starter. Here’s the breakdown of his pitches for the 6 times he played with the Sox:

Type Count Selection Strike Swing Whiff Foul In Play
FF 94 68.6% 68.1% 53.2% 14.9% 23.4% 14.9%
SL 31 22.6% 77.4% 58.1% 19.4% 22.6% 16.1%
CH 11 8.0% 54.5% 54.5% 27.3% 18.2% 9.1%
FC 1 0.7% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%

If Coop helps Reed develop/trust his change-up more then let him try!

September 29, 2011

THT’s Addison Reed and Dayan Viciedo scouting reports

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 29, 2011 12:30 pm
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Josh Shepardson:

86: Addison Reed/RP/Chicago White Sox/12-27-88/ETA: Arrived
Forecast Notes: Gaudy strikeout rate as a top-flight reliever.
Current Level: Majors
Scouting Notes: Reed was an equal opportunist in embarrassing hitters at four minor league stops before reaching the majors (where he hasn’t stopped striking batters out). He throws a plus-plus fastball and a plus-plus slider. He also throws a change-up, but it isn’t as consistent as his other two pitches. He started and closed games at San Diego State, but it appears the White Sox are content with him dominating in a late-inning role. Sergio Santos did a fantastic job closing games for the White Sox, so Reed may not pick up saves anytime soon, but he should still be a fantasy asset.

Dayan Viciedo made it to #31:

31: Dayan Viciedo/OF/Chicago White Sox/3-10-89/ETA: Arrived
Forecast Notes: Peak .279/.324/.462 with 22 HR’s. Has started taking walks in 2011. -20 fielder.
Current Level: MLB
Scouting Notes: Much better fantasy prospect than reality one. His glove is bad, really bad as the Forecast suggests, but most reports are that he has made a conscious effort to get in better shape and work on his craft. Also working in his favor is that Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams don’t seem to give a hoot about defense anyway, playing Adam Dunn, Juan Pierre and Carlos Quentinin the outfield at various times.Raw power is his calling card, and it has translated to games this year. If things click, he could surpass 30 home runs a year with a passable average in the upper .270s. Those in OBP leagues should bump him down a bit as this year is his first of showing any ability to draw a walk. While that patience is encouraging, it will need to carry over to next season for me to believe he’s completely ditched his free-swinging ways.

September 24, 2011

Carlos Quentin is out

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2011 3:05 am
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Scott Merkin:

Out for some time with a sprained left shoulder, Carlos Quentin will not play for the White Sox again this season, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Friday.

After spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder while making a diving catch on Aug. 20, Quentin spent time on the 15-day disabled list. He came back for one game on Sept. 12, but hasn’t played since.

“Every time he [tries to play], it’s just sore and it gets worse and worse. I put him out there, and he went backward — maybe 10 more days,” Guillen said. “I don’t know why we have to take that chance. What’s he got to prove? Can he play in the big leagues? Yeah, he don’t have to prove anything.

“But he’s fine, it’s not like there’s something very serious about it. Just sore. He needs time to recover, and I don’t think we gave him enough time to do it.”

And Q! may very well be traded in the off-season.

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September 16, 2011

Addison Reed is the relief pitcher in Baseball America’s 2011 Minor-League All-Star team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 11:45 pm
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J.J. Cooper and Matt Eddy:

RP Addison Reed • White Sox, Triple-A Charlotte (International)

In a move straight out of the Dan Hudson playbook, Reed shot from the third round of the 2010 draft to Chicago in little more than a year, making ever-so-brief pit stops at all four levels of full-season ball this season. Reed’s minor league ratios may elicit a double-take—12.8 strikeouts, 1.6 walks, 4.9 hits per nine innings—but he backs them up with mid-90s heat and a power slider. The 22-year-old Reed naturally struck out eight of the first 21 big league batters to face him.

Here’s are Reed’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2010 21 CHW-min Rk 1 0 1.000 1.80 13 2 3 0 0 1 30.0 17 7 6 1 6 0 44 2 0 1 115 0.767 5.1 0.3 1.8 13.2 7.33 GRF · PION
2011 22 CHW-min A+,AAA,AA,A 2 1 .667 1.26 43 0 15 0 0 5 78.1 43 14 11 3 14 0 111 3 0 6 293 0.728 4.9 0.3 1.6 12.8 7.93 WSM,CHR,BIR,KAN · CARL,IL,SOUL,SALL
2011 22 CHW AL 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
1 Season 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 1.93 68 0 34 0 0 0 80 102 17 17 0 17 0 136 0 0 0 357 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2011.

And Reed’s entry in the TexasLeaguers Pitch F/X database.

Scott Snodgress made Baseball America’s 2011 Rookie-level All-Star team. Snodgress’ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 21 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
1 Season 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2011.

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September 2, 2011

I believe I can fly

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 2, 2011 10:49 pm
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Sox relievers Shane Lindsay and Addison Reed make memorable first trip to bullpen

Kenny Williams: Addison Reed to be called up only if the Sox are in contention [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 2, 2011 3:15 am
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Besides the close to sure call-ups of Shane Lindsay, Eduardo Escobar, and Hector Santiago before tomorrow’s game Kenny is thinking about calling up Addison Reed BUT:

Manager Kenny Williams said this week that he is prepared to recall [Addison] Reed only if the White Sox are in contention. It’s possible that Williams might wait to make a decision on Reed until he knows where the team stands after this weekend’s series against the Tigers.

One move Williams doesn’t seem prepared to make is to call up outfielder Jordan Danks, the brother of pitcher John Danks, who will start in the series opener Friday. Williams believes the White Sox have enough outfield coverage at this time.

What about Lastings Milledge? He’s hitting .291/.361/.431/.802.

UPDATE: The Sox called-up Reed, Lindsay and Escobar.

BTW, Sickels is giving a B+ grade to Reed. /UPDATE

Other White Sox links: Ozzie Guillen is rather a popular topic.

August 19, 2011

John Sickels reviews his Chicago White Sox 2011 Top 20 PRE-SEASON Prospect List

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 19, 2011 2:30 am
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Sickels @ MLBall:

1) Chris Sale, LHP, Grade A:  2.78 ERA for the White Sox, 58/20 K/BB in 57 major league innings, 43 hits, four saves, 1.66 GO/AO. What’s not to like?

2) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B: Hitting .256/.272/.321 with four walks, 33 strikeouts in 293 at-bats for the White Sox. I think he is capable of better, but the bat has been disappointing.

3) Dayan Viciedo, OF, Grade B- .293/.363/.477 with 17 homers, 43 walks, 79 strikeouts in 426 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Has made good progress with the strike zone, stock up for me.

4) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B-:  Amazing season at four levels, currently in Triple-A. Composite numbers: 1.40 ERA, 103/13 K/BB in 71 innings, 39 hits. He has a 20/2 K/BB in 14 Triple-A innings and has pushed his fastball into the upper 90s. Ready to help in the bullpen now. …

August 17, 2011

Considered for promotion [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 17, 2011 11:39 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Teams can expand their 25-man rosters Sept. 1. Among the Sox minor leaguers who might be considered for a promotion are outfielder Dayan Viciedo, infielder Eduardo Escobar and pitchers Gregory Infante, Shane Lindsay, Hector Santiago and Addison Reed. Viciedo left Triple-A Charlotte’s game Wednesday at Norfolk after 3 1/2 innings because of an undisclosed injury.

From tonight’s AAA-Charlotte opponent:

UPDATE: X-rays were negative. Viciedo is day-to-day.

UPDATE #2: Merkin says:

August 8, 2011

John Sickels talks about Addison Reed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 8, 2011 2:00 pm
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Sickels @ MLBall:

[Addison] Reed threw 88-92 MPH last year when used as a starter for the Aztecs, but in the bullpen he threw 91-95 MPH in the Pioneer League and has been a tick higher this year, in the 94-97 range. He has outstanding command of the fastball, and mixes it with a superb slider, one of the best breaking pitches in the minors. His changeup is inconsistent, but in the bullpen the fastball/slider combination has been enough for him to dominate. His ratios have remained excellent at every level, with no deterioration in his K/BB or K/IP ratios. Although Reed has saved just three games this year, he has the command, stuff, and mound presence to close games.

B-R:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 21 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 1 0 1.000 1.80 13 2 3 0 0 1 30.0 17 7 6 1 6 0 44 2 0 1 115 0.767 5.1 0.3 1.8 13.2 7.33
2011 22 4 Teams 4 Lgs A+-AA-A-AAA CHW 2 1 .667 1.40 36 0 13 0 0 3 64.1 37 13 10 2 12 0 96 3 0 4 245 0.762 5.2 0.3 1.7 13.4 8.00
2011 22 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 0 0 1.12 4 0 1 0 0 0 8.0 4 1 1 0 1 0 11 0 0 1 29 0.625 4.5 0.0 1.1 12.4 11.00
2011 22 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 2 0 1.000 1.59 15 0 4 0 0 1 28.1 21 8 5 1 4 0 39 2 0 3 114 0.882 6.7 0.3 1.3 12.4 9.75
2011 22 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 0 1 .000 0.87 13 0 7 0 0 2 20.2 10 2 2 0 6 0 33 1 0 0 77 0.774 4.4 0.0 2.6 14.4 5.50
2011 22 Charlotte IL AAA CHW 0 0 2.45 4 0 1 0 0 0 7.1 2 2 2 1 1 0 13 0 0 0 25 0.409 2.5 1.2 1.2 16.0 13.00
2 Seasons 3 1 .750 1.53 49 2 16 0 0 4 94.1 54 20 16 3 18 0 140 5 0 5 360 0.763 5.2 0.3 1.7 13.4 7.78
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/8/2011.

July 20, 2011

Kevin Goldstein talks about Addison Reed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2011 2:00 pm
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From BP’s Kevin Goldstein trading article:

What They Need: Chicago believes the answers to their problems are mostly internal, simply needing their own players to get better.  At the same time, though, Kenny Williams is one of the most aggressive GMs around.

The Big Name: A third-round pick last June, right-handed reliever Addison Reed has struck out 80 over 55 innings while advancing from Low- to Double-A, and if he doesn’t go in a deal, he could be in the big leagues with his upper-90s fastball by September.

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