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January 19, 2011

White Sox invite 14 players to Spring Training

whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitchers Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney, Shane Lindsay and Miguel Socolovich, catchers Donny Lucy and Jared Price and infielder Dallas McPherson. All eight players, in addition to six players within the White Sox system, have received non-roster invites to the club’s spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Right-handed pitchers Kyle Bellamy and Brandon Hynick, left-hander Charlie Leesman, outfielders Jordan Danks and Brandon Short and catcher Josh Phegley all received invites to major-league camp from within the organization. Five of the 14 spring training invitees have major-league experience.

… White Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Thursday, February 17, with physicals and a workout scheduled for the same day. Position players will report and undergo physicals on Tuesday, February 22. The first full-squad workout also will take place at that time.

November 5, 2010

Fangraphs’ “must watch” and more 2011 White Sox prospects

Both articles are from Bryan Smith. First the “must watch” prospects:

In 56 plate appearances (so, sample size alert), Sale held right-handers to a .120/.214/.240 batting line. He did it while throwing them six change-ups in 220 pitches (2.7%), which accounted for 3 balls, 2 called strikes and 1 swinging strike. It was a non-factor. as he went with a two-pitch approach: 66.8% four seamers, 26.4% sliders. And, to my surprise, looking at his Texas Leaguers chart, he wasn’t just back-dooring the slider everytime. It’s a pitch he trusts, and a pitch that works, against right-handers. …

and those prospects outside the ‘Top 10′:

I credit Baseball America and Matt Eddy being the first to make me aware of Mike Blanke, the team’s 13th-round pick from the Division II University of Tampa. Blanke hit .329/.400/.508 in the Pioneer League, where Eddy ranked him as the number seven prospect. He wrote, “…he would have gone much earlier had clubs had any inkling that he would show plus power, arm strength and receiving skills in his pro debut.” …

April 13, 2010

FutureSox’ Top 25 White Sox prospects

FutureSox:

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 16, 2010

Sox make 8 roster moves

whitsox.com:

Prior to today’s game vs. the Colorado Rockies, the Chicago White Sox made the following eight roster moves:

  • Optioned RHP Freddy Dolsi, RHP Lucas Harrell, RHP Jhonny Nunez, RHP Brian Omogrosso and RHP Clevelan Santeliz to Class AAA Charlotte;
  • Outrighted RHP Brandon Hynick to Charlotte;
  • Optioned RHP Santo Luis to Class AA Birmingham;
  • Reassigned C Cole Armstrong to minor-league camp.

With the moves, the White Sox have 44 players remaining in major-league camp: 20 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and nine outfielders. The 40-man roster decreases by one to 39.

March 13, 2010

FutureSox reviews Sox Right-Handed pitching prospects (high minors)

Here’s what they have to say on Dan Hudson:

What he needs to improve: His minor league numbers were sparkling, but in the Majors he had issues with consistency and control. Much of this can probably be attributed to nerves, but it’s still something to watch out for. Hudson has good stuff, but not good enough to be effectively wild.

March 3, 2010

Sox sign Beckham, Flowers, Hudson and 13 others to contracts for 2010

whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on 2010 contracts with the following 16 players:

Catchers (1) – Tyler Flowers

Infielders (3) – Gordon Beckham, Brent Lillibridge and Jayson Nix

Outfielders (2) – Alejandro De Aza and Stefan Gartrell

Pitchers (10) – Lucas Harrell, Daniel Hudson, Brandon Hynick, Santo Luis, Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez, Brian Omogrosso, Clevelan Santeliz, Carlos Torres and Randy Williams.

All members of the White Sox 40-man roster are signed for 2010.

UPDATE: Beckham got $445,000.

December 9, 2009

John Sickels 2010 Top 20 Sox prospects

Sickels:

1) Dan Hudson, RHP, Grade B [changed to B+]
2) Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B
3) Tyler Flowers, C, Grade B
4) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B-
5) Jordan Danks, OF, Grade C+
6) Dayan Viciedo, 3B, Grade C+ …

Go to the link for descriptions and the entire list.

December 7, 2009

Tyler Flowers the current favorite for the backup catcher position

Gonzales:

Williams said the possibility of rookie Tyler Flowers becoming the primary backup catcher to A.J. Pierzynski becomes a strong consideration each day.

“As we sit right now, he’s probably the leading candidate to be the backup,” Williams said. “… Tyler Flowers is going to hit. And that’s one thing we have to consider.”

Another consideration is that teams are starting to sign catchers, even at eye-opening prices. The New York Mets doubled free agent Henry Blanco’s salary by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract as a backup catcher.

The Mets have yet to land a starting catcher but are considering free agent Bengie Molina. The Sox had interest in Blanco but could shift their sights on Mike Redmond, a dependable contact hitter who was a member of Florida’s 2003 World Series champion team, in which Guillen served as a coach.

More at the link: Jake Peavy, Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, Brent Lillibridge, Jayson Nix, Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Brandon Hynick.

November 20, 2009

Sox protect Gartrell/Hynick/Omogrosso/Santos/Luis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 20, 2009 12:37 pm
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DH:

The White Sox have purchased the contracts of outfielder Stefan Gartrell and right-handed pitchers Brandon Hynick, Brian Omogrosso and Sergio Santos from Class AAA Charlotte and right-hander Santo Luis from Class A Winston-Salem. With the moves, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 37.

No Shelby?

UPDATE: whitesox.com:

Santos’ numbers might not stand out, but he’s touched 97 mph while pitching in the Arizona Fall League over the past month and has shown improvement

“Sergio has a plus arm, and he’s someone who is drawing attention out there,” said Kirk Champion, the White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator.

Champion also said Santos’ slider is around the plate more than when he first transitioned and he has an outstanding changeup.

Mayo has the Rule 5 Draft order. The Sox have the 13th pick.

September 2, 2009

Baseball America on Brandon Hynick

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 2, 2009 9:47 pm
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Matt Forman:

Hynick, 24, made a name for himself June 30 when he threw a seven-inning perfect game for Colorado Springs against Portland. The righthander was 10-9, 3.83 in 26 starts for the Sky Sox, with 92 strikeouts and 48 walks in 155 innings. A third-round pick in ’06 out of Birmingham Southern, Hynick sits in the high-80s with his fastball and complements it with a changeup, curveball and split-fingered fastball. Hynick isn’t much of a groundball pitcher and doesn’t boast of a strong strikeout rate, but he can be effective with his stuff. He projects as a back-of-the rotation starter or a middle reliever in the big leagues.

September 1, 2009

Baseball Analysts on the Thome and Contreras trades

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 1, 2009 9:16 pm
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Andrecheck:

The aforementioned Rockies also needed some pitching help, and got some from the White Sox, with 37-year old Jose Contreras packing his bags for Denver. By traditional metrics, Contreras has had a dismal year, posting a 5.27 ERA and a 5-13 record for Chicago. His tRA and FIP are pretty good however, at 4.37 and 4.12 respectively, indicating that perhaps he has been the victim of some bad luck, bad defense, or both. …

BTW, here’s Dave Cameron:

Finally, the Rockies got into the trade fun by acquiring Jose Contreras to help patch their pitching staff. Contreras is a tough guy to get a read on, because his stuff is still good, his peripherals are strong, but he remains awful when men are on base, so his absurdly low strand rates lead to less value than his FIP would suggest. Usually, we chalk stuff like that up to random variation, but Contreras has been underachieving in LOB% for so long that its getting hard to ignore. If the Rockies can figure out how to fix his problems with leaving runners on, they could have a nice addition, but that seems like a tough task to pull off in four weeks time.

THT on the latest Sox moves (Thome, Contreras, Peavy)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 1, 2009 2:36 pm
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Dave Studeman:

Rockies acquired RHP Jose Contreras from the White Sox for RHP Brandon Hynick and cash considerations. Contreras has allowed 30 runs in his last six starts and carried a 7.66 ERA through August. He’ll be unfamiliar to most of their opponents down the stretch, but this seems like a misguided move by Colorado. Hynick, 24, isn’t just a throw-away chip. He had a 3.83 ERA and 92/48 K/BB ratio in 26 starts (155 innings) this season on the Triple-A level and could eventually turn into a fine long reliever or No. 5 starter.

Dodgers acquired first baseman Jim Thome and cash considerations from the White Sox for shortstop Justin Fuller. Thome will serve as an excellent late-innings weapon for the playoff-bound Dodgers. Until October, though, he’s unlikely to provide much value. James Loney is an excellent first baseman and has enjoyed a solid offensive season. For him to lose at-bats would be a real tragedy.

According to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, an MRI on Jake Peavy‘s sore right elbow Monday revealed no structural damage. Peavy is still unable to throw without discomfort and he probably won’t pick up a ball for another few days, but there’s still hope that the right-hander will make his White Sox debut this season. He’ll be reevaluated by team doctors after several days of rest.

August 31, 2009

Sox trade Jim Thome, Jose Contreras (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 31, 2009 11:34 pm
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Gonzales: “Thome and cash to LA Dodgers for infielder Justin Fuller” Fuller is a 26-year old that hasn’t reach AA yet.

Gonzales: “Contreras and cash to colorado for RHP Brandon Hynick” Hynick is a 24-year old in AAA. I can’t believe we got someone with those numbers for Jose Contreras.

BTW, did the Sox send cash on one two trades?

Thanks to both Jim and Jose for the memories. The Taters and the World Series streak won’t be forgotten. I hope Thome knows that there is no DH in the league he approved a trade to though.

UPDATE: SoxNet takes a more in-depth look at the new Sox players.

And here’s a quote on Justin Fuller: “He’s just a player,” a Dodgers source said.

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