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February 28, 2012

Paulie’s 2012 analysis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2012 11:30 pm
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Scott Reifert:

“We’re starting with a new staff, kind of a whole new era here, and I think you can start building something now. The teams the past few years have been about: try real hard this year to win, you failed, and then you come back next year and try again from a totally different angle. I think what’s happening here is that they’re trying to build something a little more stable, a little more sustaining. If we go out and compete this year and it doesn’t happen – and you see this with some other teams in the league – you build up momentum and use that to build from the year before and I think that’s why it could be successful. I’m not conceding anything, especially in today’s game there’s way too many teams and with another wild card spot, I mean there are all kinds of other things that are available to make the playoffs and there seems to be a lot of parity. I think with the amount of young guys that we have you have to throw that into the equation if we don’t make it to the playoffs but we do it right and go out and compete well. If you look at it at the end of the year and Morel’s had a really good year, Beckham’s had a good year, Addison Reed’s had a great year – those are all good signs that it’s moving in the right direction and that’s what in my mind can be determined to be a success. Again, you don’t concede anything because anything can happen if you go out there and play hard. There’s a very fine line between those teams that finish in first place and second or third so who knows. You have to give a lot of respect to Detroit right now, not because of what they did in the offseason, but because they became a really good team at the end of the year. They were pretty good all year but at the end of the month they just took it to another level and they are the team to beat. They got a lot of guns and we’ll see what goes on there.”

Reifert has more. Schouwen has even more.

Other White Sox links:

February 7, 2012

Alfredo Despaigne wants his HR record back

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ February 7, 2012 9:00 pm
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Ben Bradler:

Alfredo Despaigne set the single-season home run record in Cuba’s Serie Nacional with 32 homers in 2008-09, only to have it broken last year when Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu each hit 33 home runs. It may not take long for Despaigne to reclaim his crown.

The Granma outfielder hit his 20th home run of the season today, the latest in a recent homer binge that included two home runs in a game on Sunday and one on Wednesday, and all in just 46 games. Granma has played 47 games of its 90-game schedule so far, so even with some second-half regression there’s a good chance that Despaigne could become Cuba’s newest single-season home run king.

Despaigne, 25, is now hitting .358/.479/.756 with 26 strikeouts and 35 walks (including 11 intentional walks), leading the league in slugging and ranking seventh in OBP entering today’s game. Of course, this is nothing new for Despaigne, who already has two Serie Nacional MVPs after winning the award in back-to-back years in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and being named an all-star last season.

Here are some cool videos of Alfredo Despaigne:

This may be the coolest. Alfredo Despaigne (red t-shirt) and Yoenis Cespedes (blue t-shirt) prepare for the baseball season:

December 20, 2011

Sox watch Yoenis Cespedes workout

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 20, 2011 11:05 pm
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Danny Knobler @ CBS Sports:

The 26-year-old Cuban outfield (and YouTube) sensation isn’t technically available yet. His agent told ESPNDeportes.com that Cespedes should be able to establish residency in the Dominican Republic this week. There’s another step after that before he can become a free agent, but the expectation in baseball is that he’ll officially go on the market sometime in January.

And the expectation in baseball is that the bidding for him could get crazy.

Also, word in the international scouting community is that the White Sox watched Cespedes in a private workout recently. The White Sox have had recent success with Cuban players, having signed Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo.

Crazy bidding? The Sox are probably just “kicking the tires.”

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December 17, 2011

Yoenis Cespedes Encore

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 17, 2011 3:15 am
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Kevin Goldstein:

Last month, the Yoenis Cespedes video took the world by storm, so imagine my excitement when Edgar Mercedes, the producer of the video and president of the Born To Play Academy in the Dominican Republic, e-mailed me this week to let me know that the sequel was finished and would be available soon. To be fair, Mercedes and his group have had a wonderful sense of humor about the video and the fallout, and he relayed some basic information to me in a phone call. The new video is 28 minutes, is more baseball-related, includes video from Cespedes’ heavily-attended showcase, as well as some private workouts and “a surprise at the end.” …

December 27, 2010

Cuba may allow Cuban baseball players to play in other countries

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ December 27, 2010 7:32 pm
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Passan @ YS:

The Baseball Federation of Cuba, headed by Fidel Castro’s son Tony, is discussing a plan that would allow baseball players to leave the country in exchange for a proportion of their salary going to Cuba, according to two sources familiar with the proposal.

Ideally, one source said, Cuba would send players to the major leagues and circumvent the spate of defections that have embarrassed the country. Such a plan, the source said, is currently a non-starter. Though MLB would welcome Cuban players, the arrangement would in effect pay the Cuban government for players, a violation of the United States’ 50-year-long embargo on Cuba. That is unlikely to thaw for baseball. While the U.S. government has allowed Cuba to play in both World Baseball Classics, Cuban players were the only ones not given the prize money handed out by the International Baseball Federation.

For now, the idea is for Cubans to go to Japan, South Korea, Mexico or Europe, like doctors and entertainers who make money elsewhere, then return home eventually. …

September 19, 2010

Ozzie Guillen thinks Dayan Viciedo isn’t ready

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2010 8:28 pm
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Here’s Ozzie:

“I don’t think Viciedo is ready. That’s my opinion,” said Guillen of the 21-year-old Cuban. “To play in the big leagues? You see a good couple of at-bats here and there, but to get a good 500 at-bats, I would think about it.

“He’s still far away from being here, a year away or maybe two years away. I don’t know how far away. Right now, I don’t think he can perform every day. We have to wait and see in Spring Training how mature he is and how he comes back. It’s good for him to taste a little bit of the big league level and how people do stuff here.”

September 16, 2010

A look at 22-year old Cuban OF Leonys Martin

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2010 1:12 pm
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Martin is trying to establish residency in Mexico. He could be ready for the 2011 season. Could.

John Manuel @ BA:

He’s a lefthanded hitter whose best tools are his speed and defense. He’s a plus runner at least, being timed in 4.1 seconds to first base from the left side in Taiwan, and showed strong small-ball skills, with the ability to drag bunt for hits and handle the bat on the hit-and-run. He also played center field and showed at least average range. Martin also hit .326 with 10 home runs in the last Serie Nacional, Cuba’s top-level league, while playing for Villa Clara, and has drawn plenty of walks in Cuba, posting a .311/.492/.491 line in 2008-2009, when he drew 78 bases on balls and ranked second in the league with 17 steals (in a 90-game season).

B-R Bullpen:

Leonys Martín became a star in his third season in Cuba in 2007-2008, hitting .398/.497/.564, just behind Yoandy Garlobo for the league lead in average. He tied for second in the league in triples (9) and was 6th in steals (13). He failed to make the post-season All-Star team as Alexei Bell, Alfredo Despaigne and Yoandry Urgelles were picked as the outfielders.

And from Peter Bjarkman:

Cut in the mold of one-time Camagüey star Luis Ulacia (with a dangerous combination of speed and power,) youngster Leonys Martin has developed quickly into the most effective leadoff batter on the entire island. Martin stroked 3 homers in the opening round and added two more in the semis.

“Leonys Martin” @ Google Images

June 15, 2010

Yuniesky Maya free to sign with any MLB club

Google translation of Enrique Rojas’ ESPN deportes column (h/t MLBTR):

The Department of U.S. Treasury on Monday granted permission needed Yunieski Maya Cuban pitcher to sign with a Major League club, according to ESPNdeportes.com one of the handles of the player.

Edgar Mercedes, academia “Born To Play” from the Dominican Republic, said Maya was authorized to sign for the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC, for its acronym in English), a Treasury Department agency that ensures that it comply with the provisions of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. “Now you only need to reach an agreement with an organization to be professional,” said Mercedes.

[The embargo against Cuba is down-right stupid. Punishing people for no reason…]

The White Sox were interested in Maya in December, not-interested in January, and interested again in May.

Maybe Kenny wants to trade J.J. Putz?

BTW, here’s my Yuniesky Maya scouting report.

February 25, 2010

‘If Viciedo can get $10 million, then what am I worth’ ask Cuban ballplayers

Campbell @ Toronto Star:

Neither Morales nor Escobar was a full-time starter in Cuba, but each has excelled in the majors. And Krieger says eyes across the island opened wide when Viciedo signed with the White Sox.

Touted as Cuba’s next great shortstop, Viciedo entered the National Series as a 15-year-old in 2005, and hit 14 home runs the next year. From there, Krieger says, his production declined, yet after defecting in 2008 he still signed a four-year, $10-million (all figures U.S.) deal with Chicago.

“Viciedo had a very significant impact on the thinking of Cuban players,” he said. “They thought, `If he can get $10 million, then what am I worth?” …

July 14, 2009

Aroldis Chapman’s Cuban League stats

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 14, 2009 6:06 pm
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Here are Chapman’s number in Cuba’s Serie Nacional from Chapman’s agency via BA:

Year

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
2005-06 3 5 4.33 15 15 0 54 48 33 26 5 54 56 .240
2006-07 4 3 2.77 23 12 7 81 59 26 25 4 50 100 .207
2007-08 6 7 3.89 16 16 0 74 55 36 32 3 37 79 .200
2008-09 11 4 4.03 22 20 0 118 109 56 53 7 62 130 .252
TOTALS 24 19 3.74 76 63 7 328 271 151 136 19 203 365 .227

Chapman’s birthday is reported as Feb. 28, 1988.

UPDATE: Here’s a more detailed version of Chapman’s stats:

Year G GS GF GR W L PCT SHO SV IP AB BF H AVG R ER ERA SO BB IBB 2B 3B HR HBP WP
2005-06 15 15 0 0 3 5 .375 0 0 54 200 263 48 .240 33 26 4.33 56 54 1 7 0 5 5 3
2006-07 23 12 0 11 4 3 .571 0 7 81.1 285 350 59 .207 26 25 2.77 100 50 0 8 1 4 9 5
2007-08 16 16 2 0 6 7 .462 1 0 74 275 324 55 .200 36 32 3.89 79 37 2 10 3 3 8 1
2008-09 22 20 1 2 11 4 .733 0 0 118.1 433 515 109 .252 56 53 4.03 130 62 2 16 0 7 9 14
2009P 2 2 1 0 0 2 .000 0 0 14 51 60 12 .235 6 5 3.21 14 7 1 2 0 1 1 0
TOTALS 78 65 4 13 24 21 .533 1 7 341.2 1244 1512 283 .227 157 141 3.72 379 210 6 43 4 20 32 23

text format:

	  G GS GF GR  W  L  PCT SHO SV    IP   AB   BF   H  AVG   R  ER  ERA  SO  BB IBB 2B 3B HR HBP WP
2005-06 15 15  0  0  3  5 .375   0  0    54  200  263  48 .240  33  26 4.33  56  54   1  7  0  5   5  3
2006-07 23 12  0 11  4  3 .571   0  7  81.1  285  350  59 .207  26  25 2.77 100  50   0  8  1  4   9  5
2007-08 16 16  2  0  6  7 .462   1  0    74  275  324  55 .200  36  32 3.89  79  37   2 10  3  3   8  1
2008-09 22 20  1  2 11  4 .733   0  0 118.1  433  515 109 .252  56  53 4.03 130  62   2 16  0  7   9 14
  2009P  2  2  1  0  0  2 .000   0  0    14   51   60  12 .235   6   5 3.21  14   7   1  2  0  1   1  0
 TOTALS 78 65  4 13 24 21 .533   1  7 341.2 1244 1512 283 .227 157 141 3.72 379 210   6 43  4 20  32 23

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