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September 4, 2011

Adam Dunn, pitcher?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2011 11:40 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported the White Sox considered using Adam Dunn to pitch in the ninth inning, but manager Ozzie Guillen nixed that idea.

Couldn’t make things any worse…

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August 29, 2011

Another game, another walk [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2011 10:30 pm
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It took Viciedo 2 games to match the walks (2) he drew in 106 PA last year.

UPDATE: Viciedo’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2009 20 CHW-min AA 130 540 504 72 141 20 0 12 78 5 2 23 89 .280 .317 .391 .708 197 12 7 0 6 4 BIR · SOUL
2010 21 CHW-min AAA 86 363 343 42 94 15 0 20 47 1 1 11 78 .274 .308 .493 .801 169 16 6 3 0 1 CHR · IL
2010 21 CHW AL 38 106 104 17 32 7 0 5 13 1 0 2 25 .308 .321 .519 .840 121 54 5 0 0 0 0 5/3D
2011 22 CHW-min AAA 119 505 452 60 134 28 0 20 78 2 1 45 83 .296 .364 .491 .856 222 10 5 0 3 6 CHR · IL
2011 22 CHW AL 2 8 6 3 4 0 0 1 4 1 0 2 1 .667 .750 1.167 1.917 411 7 0 0 0 0 0 /D9
2 Seasons 40 114 110 20 36 7 0 6 17 2 0 4 26 .327 .351 .555 .905 139 61 5 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 462 446 81 146 28 0 24 69 8 0 16 105 .327 .351 .555 .905 139 247 20 0 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/30/2011.

2010: 2 BB in 106 PA. 2011: 2 BB in 8 PA. Keep it up Dayan!

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August 28, 2011

The kids can play!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2011 9:37 pm
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Viciedo’s 3-run homer gives the Sox a 3-0 lead:

And Flowers’ grand slam makes it 7-0:

Dayan drew a walk too!

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August 26, 2011

Sox will finally callup Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2011 9:13 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Ozzie Guillen was about to make official the news of Dayan Viciedo’s promotion from Triple-A Charlotte to the White Sox during his pregame media session Friday at Safeco Field, but he first paused for dramatic effect.

Then, with a smile plastered on his face, the White Sox manager tossed out the following line:

“Now he’s coming in town,” said Guillen, raising his arms triumphantly in the air. “We’re in the pennant race.”

Viciedo will replace Carlos Quentin on the active roster, with the White Sox right fielder telling the media before the game that he was going to the 15-day disabled list retroactive to this past Sunday.

wrong tense. It’s not ‘we’re.’ It’s ‘we were.’

Baseball America talks about Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2011 3:47 pm
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from today’s ‘Prospect Hot-Sheet’:

[Dayan] Viciedo underwhelmed in his first two years, posting a .277/.313/.432 career line in the minor leagues. He showed raw power, sure, but his .308 OBP in Triple-A a year ago was alarming for a tank engine who scouts projected as a future first baseman in the near future. Viciedo has changed some opinions this season, hitting .297/.365/.492 in 118 games. Charlotte is among the more hitter-friendly parks in the International League, but he’s even hit a tick better on the road (.311/.380/.502) than he has at home (.284/.351/.483). Now playing right field, Viciedo isn’t exactly going to be Ichiro 2.0 with the glove, but his overall turnaround has been a pleasant development in a farm system that could use some help.

There is also a mention of RHP Matt Heidenreich:

A White Sox fourth-round pick in 2009, RHP Matt Heidenreich needed two years in rookie ball before he was deemed ready for a full-season assignment this year. The 20-year-old took his lumps in the first half, going 4-5, 4.63 in 13 starts for low Class A Kannapolis, but he’s been a different pitcher in the second half. Heidenreich allowed no earned runs in two starts this week, notching 11 strikeouts while dealing with 12 baserunners in 12 1/3 innings to push his second-half record to 6-3, 3.67 through 12 turns. His strikeout-to-walk ratio registers at nearly 4-to-1 in the second half, and he ranks fourth among South Atlantic League starters with a ground-to-flyout ratio of 1.73 on the season

August 25, 2011

White Sox awarded claim on Jason Kubel [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2011 3:30 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

Twins designated hitter Jim Thome was claimed on waivers by the Cleveland Indians, while outfielder Jason Kubel was claimed by the Chicago White Sox, according to major-league sources.

The claims do not mean that either player will change teams. The Twins can trade Thome and/or Kubel. They also can keep one or both or allow one or both to leave on a claim.

Thome, who holds a full no-trade clause, and can reject any deal. He prefers the Phillies to the Indians, one source said, but it’s doubtful he could circumvent the waiver process to land with Philadelphia.

Kubel, meanwhile, is unlikely to be traded, sources said. The Twins likely would offer him arbitration in an attempt to re-sign him, and would want the equivalent of at least a high draft pick in return.

I give it 99.999% odds this is absolutely nothing. The Twinkies aren’t trading one of their players to us and Kenny won’t offer them anything in return. The solution is in AAA-Charlote, it won’t cost anything and goes by the name of Dayan Viciedo.

BTW, here’s J.J’s take on the situation.

UPDATE: It was the Indians and not the Sox the team that claimed Kubel tweets Ken Rosenthal.

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 3, 2011

White Sox scout Ozzie Guillen likes the NY Yankees approach at the plate

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2011 3:30 am
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Gonzales @ CT:

“They bring the right approach to the plate,” Guillen said after the Yankees collected 11 hits in seven innings and ran up John Danks’ pitch count to 114 after six innings. “They don’t swing at that many bad pitches. And they go with one plan and stick with it. It showed how good you can be.

“They fouled off a lot of pitches. They get you to work, they make you throw strikes and when they see a good pitch to hit, they’re hitting. Right now, the way they swing the bat as a team, you better be good to shut those guys down. It seems like they’re on every pitch. And they lay off tough pitches. Those guys lock in.”

If only the White Sox coach had the same opinion that Ozzie Guillen has…

Other White Sox links: James looks at ‘Why are the White Sox bad at the things they care about?’, J.J. looks at the Sox bullpen, FutureSox looks at July’s prospects of the month, Matt Thornton thinks he’s expandable unlike Chris Sale and Sergio Santos, and Dayan Viciedo made his return.

July 29, 2011

Dayan Viciedo is getting closer to returning

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2011 10:00 pm
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July 28, 2011

Who would Ozzie Guillen bat leadoff if Juan Pierre isn’t playing?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 6:30 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN chat:

Q: Do most teams have only one bonafide lead-off hitter? Seems like whenever Pierre slumps we have no one else to step in to give him a couple days off.

A: You are correct Chuck. Pierre is the only one. Ozzie said he put together some mock lineups in the event Viciedo came up and on the days Pierre sat, he went with Alexei in the leadoff spot. Not idea but the next best option.

July 23, 2011

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like all the Dayan Viciedo talk

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 23, 2011 11:30 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

With Saturday’s rained out game against the Indians expected to be moved to September as part of a day-night doubleheader, Guillen was asked in jest if that means Viciedo will be there to help the cause.

“Well if Viciedo is going to be the White Sox’s savior we will be in deep [expletive] … and you can quote me on that,” Guillen said. “If we wait for [expletive] Viciedo to be the savior, we’re in deep [expletive] if we wait for a Triple-A kid to come here and be the savior.”

The Cuban has cooled off a bit at Triple-A Charlotte, but is still batting .307 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs heading into play Saturday.

“Can he help? Yes,” Guillen said. “Is he going to be the savior? I like the talent we have here.”

“we will be in deep [expletive]“? we already are in deep [expletive]

Other White Sox links: James looks at the improvement in Gordon Beckham’s defense and Tyler Flowers filling the backup catcher position, J.J. looks at the lack of moves in the White Sox roster after Ozzie’s rant, and Mike looks at Ozzie Guillen’s frequent “lack of effort” rants.

Is Dayan Viciedo coming up? No. [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 23, 2011 11:15 pm
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7/23 Play-by-Play:

Louisville Bottom of the 6th
  • Defensive switch from first base to right field for Jim Gallagher.
  • Defensive Substitution: Gookie Dawkins replaces right fielder Dayan Viciedo, batting 3rd, playing third base.

UPDATE: Merkin:

UPDATE #2: Nope. Merkin:

Ballantini has more.

Ken Rosenthal says don’t be surprised if the Sox end up sellers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 23, 2011 11:00 pm
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MLBTR transcribes Ken Rosenthal’s latest video:

Don’t be surprised as to see the White Sox end up as sellers, says Rosenthal. They’ve got six starters as it is, so Edwin Jackson could be moved without harming the rotation much. Carlos Quentin could be dealt as well, and be replaced by Dayan Viciedo. Controlled through 2012, Quentin would become one of the hottest chips on the market.

BTW, the “White Sox and Red Sox have done a lot of scouting of one another over the last week,” tweets the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

July 22, 2011

Baseball America talks about Dayan Viciedo and Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 22, 2011 10:50 pm
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Both are mentioned in BA’s ‘Prospect Hot Sheet.’ That sounds good. Unfortunately, it’s the ‘Not so hot sheet’ section for both:

Dayan Viciedo, rf, White Sox. Viciedo went 1-for-4, reached on an error and scored a run in the Triple-A all-star game, but those are just warm memories with the way he’s played since that exhibition game. The 22-year-old masher has done anything but in his last seven games for Charlotte, going 3-for-25 (.120) with nary an extra-base hit. The silver lining: Viciedo has drawn five walks (one intentional) and struck out three times in that timeframe.

Jared Mitchell, cf, White Sox. The 23rd overall pick in 2009, Mitchell won national championships in football and baseball with Louisiana State and took home most outstanding player honors at the ’09 College World Series. He ranked as Chicago’s top prospect heading into 2010 and was one of the most athletic players at White Sox camp that spring—but then he tore a tendon in his left ankle, forcing him to miss all of last season. Now 22, Mitchell has struggled mightily to make contact with high Class A Winston-Salem, striking out 128 times in his first 91 games. He hit rock bottom this past week, going 1-for-22 with 11 strikeouts. Mitchell has shown some pop upon his return—37 of his 77 hits have gone for extra bases—but his speed appears to have tapered off as he is just 6-for-10 in stolen bases. It’s shaping up as an uphill battle for Mitchell to return to elite prospect status.

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