November 23, 2010
July 22, 2010
Rank Player Points Previous Change 1 Dan Hudson 179 1 unch 2 Dayan Viciedo 172 4 +2 3 Chris Sale 168 n/a NEW 4 Tyler Flowers 161 2 -2 5 Jared Mitchell 156 5 unch
I’d rank them in this order: Hudson, Sale, Flowers, Mitchell, Viciedo.
April 13, 2010
Rank Player Points Previous Change 1 Dan Hudson 208 2 1 2 Tyler Flowers 203 1 -1 3 Jordan Danks 194 4 1 4 Dayan Viciedo 186 3 -1 5 Jared Mitchell 184 6 1 6 Brent Morel 178 7 1
March 30, 2010
Clevelan Santeliz, RHP: A setup man extraordinaire at Birmingham last summer, the Venezuelan prospect was added to the 40-man roster after posting an 0.96 ERA in 40 games and striking out 52 batters in 56 1/3 innings. He moved to the closer role at the end of the season and collected 10 saves. Throwing a fastball in the mid-90s and a plus slider, he pitches with a lot of energy and is a ton of fun to watch.
LHP David Holmberg (2[nd round]) is a high school star out of Florida who has four solid pitches, with a fastball that touches 90 mph, a 12-6 curve, a changeup and a slider. He also has a good feel for the mound.
RHP Kyle Bellamy (5) out of Miami is a fast-track prospect who combined for a 1.23 ERA in 20 games in relief between Bristol and Kannapolis, walking just two while striking out 32 in 22 innings. He limited hitters to a .169 average and then moved on to the Arizona Fall League, where he had a 1.59 ERA in five games.
RHP Justin Collop (6) out of Toledo had a 2.72 ERA in 15 games for Great Falls, striking out 33 in 39 2/3 innings and limiting Pioneer League hitters to a .257 average.
RHP Ryan Buch (8) out of Monmouth had the best fastball in the Draft class, one that touched the high 90s, as well as a curveball with plus potential. In 16 games in relief, he had a 3.38 ERA and limited hitters to a .183 average at Great Falls.
March 29, 2010
Here’s what they have to say on Trayce Thompson:
What he needs to improve: Right now, a little bit of everything. He needs to fill out to improve his power, he needs to cut down on the strikeouts and improve his batting eye. His defense seems to be the best part of his game right now, but he also has good bat speed. If he can shorten his swing he should be able to do fine in 2010.
December 11, 2009
We wanted to make an all-star team of sorts for FutureSox, but fielding an ‘all-prospect’ team would be as easy as picking the top player at each position from our 2009 Postseason Top 25 Prospects. Clearly that would be somewhat redundant. Instead, we decided to create the All-FutureSox Team as the best performers of 2009. Forget age and park adjustments, this is simple stats. Who had the most productive year for his minor league team(s)? That’s what this is. ..
December 3, 2009
Buddy explains things:
“That’s something we hadn’t done much in the past,” player development director Buddy Bell noted. “Before I got here, most of the players we took were more from the college level. But by design we wanted to get higher-ceiling guys out of high school who we could project.”
BTW, here’s the article’s secondary title: “Mitchell, Phegley, Thompson on fast track to Major Leagues”
Trayce Thompson is on the fast track?
December 2, 2009
Brady Shoemaker (22), of Brazil, Ind., led the Appalachian League with 21 doubles and 30 extra-base hits. The Bristol White Sox outfielder hit .351 with 34 RBIs in 57 games before jumping all the way up to Triple-A in September to finish his season. The Chicago White Sox drafted Shoemaker in the 19th round out of Indiana State University in June.
September 25, 2009
Joe LeCates (Easton, MD): Matt, I saw a report the other day identifying some similarities at the plate between Thompson and Mike Stanton. While that is intriguing to say the least, Thompson is obviously much more raw. That being said, how much of a project is he going to be in terms of learning to hit advanced pitching – what is a realistic expectation for his career path?
Matthew Eddy: Trayce Thompson is that rare player who won over league managers despite not really hitting a lick. You can see the potential in his frame and with his bat speed and his grace in the outfield. But in reality, he could be facing another assignment with Bristol next year to iron out his pitch recognition.
Trayce Thompson (Bristol): Remember, Mike Stanton hit .161/.226/.268 in his first pro season.
Matthew Eddy: This isn’t a question, but it is an appropriate place to wrap things up. It’s important at this level not to get to swept up in a player’s performance, great or poor. For the young first-year players, especially, they have so much development left in front of them that what they do over the course of their first 60-70 pro games is insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
September 10, 2009
THT: from the Appalachian and Pioneer League awards:
Hitter of the Year
Brady Shoemaker / OF / Chicago White Sox
Nobody stood head and shoulders above anyone else this year in the Appy League. But Chicago’s new 19th round pick posted a .351 batting average and 1.011 OPS while displaying his power hitting prowess with 21 doubles and nine home runs in just 205 at-bats.
Outfield – Brady Shoemaker
Shoemaker impressed all year with a .351/.426/.585 line with 21 doubles and 9 HR’s. The White Sox prospect spent most of his time playing left field for Bristol.
September 1, 2009
The top hitter in the league, the righthanded-swinging Shoemaker leads all Appy Leaguers in on-base (.426), slugging (.585), doubles (21) and extra-base hits (30). He’s hitting .351, but he trails the current batting champ (more on him in a second) by two points. The slim deficit means that a few hits today could secure the batting title for Shoemaker, who caught the eye of opposing managers. One praised him for his opposite-field power, his ability to consistently drive the ball and his steady effort. Another labeled the 6-foot, 200-pound outfielder as a “now-body guy,” but someone with great hitter’s hands and the best present hit tool in the league. “The ball has a different sound coming off his bat,” Princeton manager Jared Sandberg said. “He found the barrel most of the time, and he understands the strike zone as well. He’s going to have to hit as he moves up, but he has ability to do so.”
August 1, 2009
July 20, 2009
Shoemaker also possesses a high level of toughness. He jammed his ankle earlier this season when sliding into a base, but only missed a few games.
He inherited that toughness from his dad Brian, a former wrestler at Indiana State, and his days on the gridiron at Northview High School in Brazil, Ind.
“Football was always fun,” Shoemaker said. “I always liked the contact.”
UPDATE: FS has more.