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February 9, 2012

MLB.com’s 2012 Top 20 White Sox Prospects

Jonathan Mayo:

1. Addison Reed, RHP (video)
2. Nestor Molina, RHP (video)
3. Trayce Thompson, OF (video)
4. Eduardo Escobar, SS (video)
5. Jacob Petricka, RHP (video)
6. Erik Johnson, RHP (video)
7. Keenyn Walker, OF (video)
8. Simon Castro, RHP (video)
9. Tyler Saladino, SS (video)
10. Jhan Marinez, RHP (video)
11. Marcus Semien, SS (video)
12. Nate Jones, RHP (video)
13. Hector Santiago, LHP (video)
14. Charlie Leesman, LHP (video)
15. Kevan Smith, C (video)
16. Andy Wilkins, 1B (video)
17. Michael Blanke, C (video)
18. Scott Snodgress, LHP (video)
19. Jose Quintana, LHP (video)
20. Josh Phegley, C (video)

No Dylan Axelrod, Jared Mitchell, Andre Rienzo, Gregory Infante, Jeff Soptic, Rangel Ravelo on the list.

January 27, 2012

FutureSox’s 2012 Preseason Top 25 White Sox Prospects

Matt Cassidy:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP     [NEW]
2. Addison Reed, RHP     [Previous Rank: 2nd, no change]
3. Simon Castro, RHP     [NEW]
4. Tyler Saladino, SS     [Previous: 9th, +5]
5. Trayce Thompson, OF     [Previous: 3rd, -2]
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP     [Previous: 4th, -2]
7. Hector Santiago, LHP     [Previous: 16th, +9]
8. Keenyn Walker, OF     [Previous: 7th, -1]
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS     [Previous: 6th, -3]
10. Dylan Axelrod, RHP     [Previous: 19th, +9]
11. Jared Mitchell, OF     [Previous: 5th, -6]
12. Andre Rienzo, RHP     [Previous: 11th, -1]
13. Jhan Marinez, RHP     [NEW]
14. Gregory Infante, RHP     [Previous: 14th, no change]
15. Erik Johnson, RHP     [Previous: 17th, +2]
16. Charlie Leesman, LHP     [Previous: 15th, -1]
17. Pedro Hernandez, LHP     [NEW]
18. Andy Wilkins, 1B     [Previous: 13th, -5]
19. Scott Snodgress, LHP     [Previous: UNR]
20. Brandon Short, OF     [Previous: 12th, -8]
21. Jeff Soptic, RHP     [Previous: UNR]
22. Kevan Smith, C     [Previous: 24th, +2]
23. Ozzie Martinez, SS/2B     [NEW]
24. Ryan Buch, RHP     [Previous: 18th, -6]
25. Michael Blanke, C     [Previous: 32nd*, +7]

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.

September 10, 2011

The bulldog is sleeping

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 10, 2011 10:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

White Sox pitching Don Cooper and Peavy spoke to MLB.com about that decision on Saturday.

“Jake right now is shut down,” said Cooper of the right-handed starter. “The things we are looking at right now are, one, we want to win as many games as we can. Two, we want to keep everybody strong and healthy and continue to finish this season strong.”

“With the way we are playing and with how it looks for us winning, and just where we are at in the season, they made a decision to start to rest and the recovery in the offseason period and try to get strong for next year,” Peavy said.

How will the Sox catch the Tigers now? :-)

Here are Peavy’s final 2011 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
2011 30 CHW AL 7 7 .500 4.92 19 18 0 1 1 0 111.2 117 61 61 10 24 4 95 3 0 4 470 86 1.263 9.4 0.8 1.9 7.7 3.96
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/10/2011.

The K/BB ratio looks good. The HR/9 too. But his fastball is down about 1 mph from last year. Hopefully he gets his strength back in the off-season and has a nice year in 2012.

Other White Sox links:

March 30, 2011

FutureSox looks at the White Sox starting pitching prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 30, 2011 10:22 pm
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The starting pitching prospects looked at were Andre Rienzo, Addison Reed, Jacob Petricka, Charlie Leesman, Charlie Shirek, and Matthew Heidenreich:

The Brazilian righty [Andre Rienzo] is going to pitch in Winston-Salem this year and can arguably still be called a sleeper. He’s still flying mostly under the radar despite having the best statistical season of any White Sox minor league starter in 2010. Given the comparison to De Los Santos (and previous trades of Dan Hudson and Brandon McCarthy) it’s almost too obvious to say he could be trade bait. However, the fact that the Sox took it slowly with him last year compared to those three could be a sign that they intend to keep him instead of inflating his value for a trade.

BTW, Hector Santiago, Terry Doyle, and Andre Rienzo, threw a shutout against the Sox tonight.

January 25, 2011

Kevin Goldstein’s 2011 Top 11 White Sox prospects [UPDATE]

Goldstein @ BP:

9 more and Goldstein’s scouting report on Chris Sale at the link.

UPDATE: Goldstein discusses the White Sox Top 11/20 on Episode 25 of his podcast (mp3). The White Sox discussion is at the 72:30 mark and runs for about 12 minutes.

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.

January 8, 2011

Don Cooper is optimistic Jake Peavy will be ready by Opening Day

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2011 11:00 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

… Cooper is optimistic that Jake Peavy will be able to return by Opening Day, although some conservative estimates have his 2011 debut pushed back as far as mid-May. And what if Peavy isn’t ready when the season starts?

“We will be able to get somebody that will do what we need them to do until Peavy is ready,” Cooper said. “I remember the days when we had to find a No. 3, 4 and 5 starter. We will be able to get somebody.”

Since Cooper doesn’t make final player personnel decisions, he is looking at in-house candidates to bridge the gap until Peavy’s return. He named Charlie Leesman, Lucas Harrell and Tony Pena as starting candidates. …

Cooper doesn’t like the idea of shifting Chris Sale from the rotation to the bullpen during the season.

January 6, 2011

John Sickels’ White Sox Top 20 Prospects for 2011

Sickels:

1) Chris Sale, LHP, Grade A: I don’t see how I can give him anything but a Grade A considering how his debut went. Starter or closer, either way he looks great to me.

2) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B: Should be a solid regular, very good glove, bat will be enough, Joe Randa comps are common and accurate, in my view.

… 9) Andre Rienzo, RHP, Grade C+: This guy is a huge sleeper. You won’t see him on many other lists, but he has good stuff and good numbers. From Brazil.

The rest at the link.

November 23, 2010

FutureSox’ White Sox Top 25 post-season prospects list [UPDATE]

FutureSox:

1. Chris Sale
2. Dayan Viciedo
3. Brent Morel
4. Jared Mitchell
5. Tyler Flowers
6. Trayce Thompson
7. Eduardo Escobar
8. Jacob Petricka
9. Jordan Danks
10. Addison Reed

UPDATE: Jim covers the White Sox Top 10 prospect list by Phil Rogers for Baseball America.

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.” …

October 12, 2010

AFL Game #1: Peoria Saguaros @ Scottsdale Scorpions [UPDATE]

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 75 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Jared went 3-4 with a double and a K:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell CF 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .750
Escobar 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500

BASERUNNING
CS: Escobar (1, 2nd base by Verdugo, R/Norris, D), Mitchell (1, 2nd base by Stange/Norris, D).
PO: Escobar (1st base by Verdugo, R).

Peoria Saguaros
Leesman (L, 0-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 9.00

Pitches-strikes: Leesman 22-9.
Groundouts-flyouts
: Leesman 0-1.
Batters faced
: Leesman 5.


Here’s a quick look on the White Sox prospects:

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster. And FutureSox’ post.

September 10, 2010

Baseball Analysts on Brent Morel and Charlie Leesman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 10, 2010 6:47 pm
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Baseball Analysts looks on prospects that raised their value in 2010:

Brent Morel, 3B, AA/AAA
Experience: 3 years
Age: 23

 
A number of the White Sox’s top prospects lost value in 2010. Morel, a third baseman, had a solid 2010 season split between double-A and triple-A. Overall, he hit .322/.359/.480 in 490 at-bats. With 37 doubles, he has some gap power but Morel’s over-the-fence power is definitely below-average for the hot corner. The 23-year-old prospect made just three errors in 63 games at third in triple-A but he also played some shortstop and could develop into a utility player at the MLB level. He has a strong enough arm to play anywhere in the field. Left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman is another player to keep an eye on in 2011. He’s still raw for a former college draftee (control, secondary pitches) but he has solid velo on his heater for a lefty and induces a lot of ground balls.

BTW, Morel is starting at 3B tonight.

September 9, 2010

FutureSox reviews the 2010 Birmingham Barons

Norris:

Jim Gallagher ended up being named the Barons team MVP for 2010.  Deservedly so, as he led the team in most offensive categories.  I’ve already stated before that I see him as a Ross Gload type if he were to make it to the majors.  He certainly is passionate enough to put forth the effort to get there.  I expect him to be in Charlotte for 2011.

Anthony Carter was named Barons pitcher of the year after having a fantastic run as a closer.  Hopefully he can build on that and put himself into consideration as a future big league reliever.  Deunte Heath pitched excellently for the Barons in relief, striking out 84 in 57.2 innings.  The White Sox made a good call giving him a second chance.  Both Carter and Heath should be in Charlotte in 2011.

Stats:

Gallagher (25 years old): .590 PA, 292/.390/.425/.815, 74 BB / 89 K, .339 BABIP, .361 wOBA
Carter (24)
: 57.1 IP, 22 BB / 58 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.91 FIP, .282 BABIP
Heath (25): 57.2 IP, 32 BB / 84 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.23 FIP, .369 BABIP

Stats for other Sox prospects.

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