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July 21, 2011

White Sox scout Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like the White Sox approach at the plate

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Ballantini @ CSN (video):

“There’s nothing more painful than losing the f—— game against Bruce Chen once again,” Guillen spat. “F—— pathetic. [We had] no f—— energy. We just go through the motions. We take the day off today instead of tomorrow.”

“If we go to Cleveland [beginning on Friday] and play the way we did in Kansas City, it’s going to be a f—— long-ass, God—— July. Nothing against Bruce Chen, I have a lot of respect for this kid. But our approach at the plate, that’s not a good club out there. F— it. I’m tired of protecting people … I take my s— back, what I said in Detroit. I take it back. This thing about ‘one day at a time.’ One day we’re good, three days we’re bad. We don’t have energy in the dugout. [We had a] horses— approach at the plate for the 90th time.”

“F—. If we go to Cleveland the way we go [in Kansas City], good luck. We’re wasting our money on this club if we go to Cleveland the way we were here,” Guillen said. “That’s the team we’ve had all year long—that’s the club. [People think] I talk s— because I ‘have’ to talk s—. No, I don’t. I talk s— because of what I see. All I see is very bad. Nothing against Chen, nothing against the Kansas City pitching staff—they’re good. They’ve got a young ballclub.

“But the way we go about our business here [was] horses—. [The team] can say whatever they want to say. If we go to Cleveland that way, and [then] we’ve got to play New York, Boston and Detroit? Good luck.”

“Oh, and John Danks pitched well.”

If only the White Sox had Ozzie as their coach…

Other White Sox links: James says the White Sox are fixing the problems they don’t have because those are easier and links to many Sox-centric stories. The Brandon Allen video is depressing. colin looks at Gordon Beckham, Dan at FutureSox looks at Dayan Viciedo’s progress, and Ramon Castro will be out for 2-3 months, so Tyler Flowers will probably be with the Sox the rest of the year.

Adam Dunn to go on the DL? [UPDATE ]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2011 12:15 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

[Adam] Dunn was not only benched as the Kansas City Royals went with a left-handed starter for the second consecutive night, manager Ozzie Guillen is now saying that Dunn is dealing with a sore knee. Guillen did not know what knee was ailing his struggling slugger.

The news would seem to indicate the White Sox might try to angle for a disabled list stint with Dunn, which could open the door to recall Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. Guillen, though, told reporters in Kansas City on Wednesday that he intends on using Dunn in Friday’s series opener at Cleveland. The club has a day of Thursday.

Speaking of Dunn, he’s thinking of calling it quits but is sure he won’t do it.

UPDATE #1: Daryl Van Schouwen says no:

Dunn has been in the trainer’s room the last couple of days because of a sore knee, but it’s not believed to be something that would keep him from playing.

UPDATE #2: Dunn says his quote was misinterpreted. And he’s having too much fun to quit.

July 20, 2011

In which Kenny Williams may go ahead and bring up Dayan Viciedo no matter what Ozzie Guillen says

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2011 3:04 pm
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Garfein @ CSN:

… When I asked Kenny Williams on June 22 what it will take to bring up his prized prospect he said, “Until I get the feeling from the coaching staff that he is in fact needed and they believe that the mix that they are currently sending out there isn’t getting the job done.”

Thinking about benching your lefty power-hitter for two straight games in a heated divisional race at a pivotal stretch of the season kind of answers that question.

But Williams also said that he might not wait for Guillen and the coaching staff to make the call on Viciedo.

“If there ever comes a time where I feel strongly enough about making a move of that ilk, then I’ll call them aside and we’ll have a little stronger dialogue, and I’ll see if I can influence [them] one way or another,” Williams said. …

July 15, 2011

Kevin Goldstein talks about Dayan Viciedo’s tremendous improvement

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2011 8:00 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

The Problem: Left field. Juan Pierre has been hitting of late, but all that means is that his season average is up to a whopping .269/.330/.314. He also has the sudden and mysterious defensive problems that have changed him from a decent little left fielder with a horrible arm to a bad left fielder with a horrible arm.

The Solution: Dayan Viciedo. The 22-year-old Cuban is having a breakout year at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting .325/.374/.535 in 87 games. Possessing some of the best bat speed in the minors, he has the ability to hit for both average and power, and he’s made tremendous strides in his approach. Trust me, his 25 walks over 342 at-bats might not look like much, but it actually represents a massive step forward. He’s not better defensively than Pierre; at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds he’s more of a round mound of bat pound (sorry, Charles Barkley), but he could add much-needed life to a White Sox lineup that currently scares opponents with just two players—Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin.

Fangraphs’ Joe Pawlikowski on Alex Rios’ struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2011 4:00 pm
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Pawlikowski  @ FG:

… This year Rios has played like one of the worst players in baseball. We know he’s not one of the worst, at least in terms of talent. He’s put it on display before. But it’s not as though this is just a half-season slump that we can expect to correct itself. In the last calendar year Rios has hit .233/.282/.346, which amounts to a .277 wOBA. That ranks 137th out of the 140 qualified players. He has produced just 0.2 WAR in that time as well, which ranks 134th. Given this poor year-long performance, it’s tough to expect an improvement from Rios in the second half.

The problem extends even if we go back two calendar years. In that span Rios has hit .251/.299/.395, a .305 wOBA, and has been worth 2.6 WAR. That ranks 114th out of 133 qualified players. If we take that back even another year, which would include Rios’s worthwhile 2008 season — and give us the magical three-year sample for UZR — he has produced 6.5 WAR, which ranks 89th out of 124. His batting runs above average in the last three years is -10.3, which ranks 109th out of 124. Any way you look at it, his numbers are a far cry from the 8.6 WAR (29th out of 151) he produced from 2006 through 2007. …

Other White Sox links: FutureSox talks to Doug Laumann about the Sox drafting philosophy and more, J.J. talks about Rick Hahn topping SI’s list of GMs in the making, Alexei Ramirez is Fangraphs’ 31st Trade Value in MLB, and Matt Snyder at CBS Sports writes about Dayan Viciedo’s magnificent power.

July 11, 2011

Rick Hahn: Sox poor season complicates Viciedo callup

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 11, 2011 2:45 pm
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WSCR:

… “Look, he’s done absolutely marvelously,” Hahn said. “In fact, he’s even done better in the last three or four weeks since this sort of buzz for people wanting him up here began. He’s actually shown a little more plate discipline in the past few weeks. He’s gotten even better as a defender and an outfielder.“

When he gets here we do think he’s going to be an impact guy. That being said, he is 22 years old. If he had grown up in the states, he’d be a year out of the draft, in all probability. To expect that a 22-year-old kid would come up here and, you know, essentially save the season or turn around the offense single handily, is an awful lot to put on him.”

Audio at the link.

July 9, 2011

Dayan Viciedo drew another walk last night (June 8)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2011 3:00 pm
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7/8:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
De Aza LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .319
Viciedo RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .325

Viciedo is hitting .325/.374/.535/.909 with 25 BB and 66 K in 342 AB. That’s a 6.7% BB% and a a 17.8 K%. Other numbers: .367 BABIP, 47% GB%, 18% LD%, 63 RC, 7.00 RC/27, .385 wOBA, 121 wOBA+, 148 OPS+.

BTW, Alejandro De Aza is hitting .319/.372/.500/.872 with 26 BB and 64 K in 326 AB. That’s a 7.1% BB% and a a 17.5 K%. Other numbers: .375 BABIP, 40% GB%, 20% LD%, 44 RC, 4.37 RC/27, .368 wOBA, 115 wOBA+, 134 OPS+.

Here’s a link to all the Charlotte Knights players stats.

July 8, 2011

Smells Like Mascot: Welcome Home

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2011 12:00 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/07/welcome-home.html

July 7, 2011

Dayan goes yard!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2011 7:45 pm
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Boxscore. He also has 1 walk already!

Dayan Viciedo goes walk crazy! [UPDATE #2]

Dayan drew 3 walks in yesterday’s game!:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Viciedo RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .324

Dayan is hitting .324/.371/.530/.901 with 23 BB and 65 K in 336 AB.

3 walks in one game! Dayan has seen the light!

UPDATE: That’s a 6.3% BB% and a a 17.9 K%. Other numbers: .369 BABIP, 48% GB%, 17% LD%, 61 RC, 6.92 RC/27, .384 wOBA, 120 wOBA+, 145 OPS+.

Other White Sox links: J.J. gives us his roster changes thoughts, James does the same (offensive improvement is the object of both), Chuck Garfien writes about the Most Intersting Man in the Sox locker room (photo gallery) (J.J. says ‘yeah, but’), and MLB Daily Dish’s Adam Bernacchio gives us the 5 best Free-Agent bargains this off-season (Brett Ballantini has been beating this drum for aquite some time now).

UPDATE #2: John Sickels talks about Dayan Viciedo:

Cuban defector signed to $ 10 million contract in 2008. Hitting .322/.364/.528 with 15 homers, 20 walks, 65 strikeouts in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Power to all fields, should produce a solid batting average with plenty of homers despite so-so strike zone judgment. Poor defender at any position and likely a born DH, but he’ll hit. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2011.

July 5, 2011

BP’s collection of quotes for the Juan Pierre-Dayan Viciedo saga

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2011 3:00 pm
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BP’s Alex Carnevale collects quotes from Rick Morrissey’s Juan Pierre-Dayan Viciedo story:

THE IRRESTIBLE FORCE MEETS THE UNWALKABLE OBJECT

“I might lose some respect from the players. People believe in Juan. They know he’s our leader. I’m not afraid to bench a guy that’s not producing, as long as I have something else better or equal. But I think he plays the game right. He works. A lot of people look up to him. Our players love him.”
-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on why he does not plan to bench outfielder Juan Pierre.

“I will not and have not put one player on this team that the coaches and Ozzie haven’t had input in and haven’t discussed because they knowand I know this better and mostly because I’ve been in this dugoutthey know the pulse. They know whether there’s cohesiveness, lack of cohesiveness, fight or non-fight.”
-White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.

“I always say it’s about winning; I don’t care about feelings. But you have to be careful. You have to be careful how you treat your players, how your players are going to respond. If I do that to Juan, well, I never did it to anybody else. A lot of people have struggled, and I say, ‘I’m not going to bench you.'”
-Guillen.

“Joey just talked to Viciedo yesterday and I say someone tell Viciedo I don’t hate him because I don’t have space for him here.”
-Guillen on bench coach Joey Cora’s discussion with Triple-A IF/OF Dayan Viciedo.

“I wish I had 25 Juan Pierres, with all due respect to Konerko, Rios, Dunn. If you ever manage Juan Pierre, you appreciate the way this kid goes about his business. Maybe he’ll be 0-for-100 in the next 20 games. I don’t care. He’s playing.”
-Guillen.

“I appreciate Ozzie saying he has my back, but I’ve been benched before, I’ve been booed, I’ve batted ninth, I’ve dropped balls—I’ve done all this stuff in my career. So this stuff doesn’t shake me when I do get the boos or the media talk bad about me. I’m used to it.”
-Juan Pierre. (Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times)

July 4, 2011

John Sickels on Dayan Viciedo (video) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2011 2:40 pm
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Sickels on MLBall:

[Dayan] Viciedo is a big guy at 5-11, 230. A right-handed hitter, he has outstanding raw power and has tapped into his physical strength more effectively over the last year. He crushes fastballs and has power to all fields, giving him a good chance to hit for a high average. He has made progress improving his reads on breaking pitches, but while his plate discipline is still a weakness, he’s shown the willingness to make adjustments and learn from his mistakes. Given his age, his upside is huge. …

After launching 2 Home Runs and drawing a walk on Saturday, the Cuban Tank went 0-4 with a BB and a K yesterday and now he is hitting .323/.366/.535/.901 according to firstinning.com, .322/.365/.534/.898 according to minorleaguebaseball.com, with 20 BB and 62 K. That’s a 5.7% BB% and a a 17.7 K%. Other numbers: .363 BABIP, 47% GB%, 17% LD%, 58 RC, 6.75 RC/27, .382 wOBA, 120 wOBA+, 145 OPS+.

And here’s video of his second Home Run on Saturday (0:31).

UPDATE: And here’s video of all 5 home runs Viciedo hit while he was with the White Sox last year:

#1: 7/5/10 (Viciedo’s first career homer)

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9689769&c_id=cws (0:42)

#2: 7/11/10

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9884575&c_id=cws (0:43)

#3: 8/3/10

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10556351&c_id=cws (0:50)

#4: 9/29/10

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=12621401&c_id=cws (0:44)

#5: 10/2/10

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=12695461&c_id=cws (0:45)

Dayan Viciedo

July 3, 2011

Will Kenny Williams trade for a reliever?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 3, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Guillen added that bench coach Joey Cora talked to Viciedo on Friday, and Guillen told Cora to make sure Viciedo knew, “I don’t hate him.”

“Right now I don’t think is the time,” Guillen said. “I don’t have space for [Viciedo] here, and I think we’re fine with what we have. Hopefully, we get [John] Danks back quickly, then we can make our pitching staff much stronger.

“Kenny asked me who’s available, what I have, what I need. What I need, we don’t have it. I wish I had another [Sergio] Santos, but I don’t have it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. explains why Paul Konerko and Phil Humber weren’t named to the All-Star game, James examines if double plays are killing the Sox, Andy at B-R wonders what will Adam Dunn’s final numbers be, Jim takes a detailed look into A.J. Pierzynski’s play, and Matt at MLBBB breaks down the draft success rate of picks from 1987 to 2001.

And John Sickels rants on bashing baseball players.

July 2, 2011

Dayan Viciedo hits 2 home runs and draws a walk too [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 2, 2011 8:33 pm
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7/2:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Viciedo RF 2 2 2 0 0 2 2 1 0 .329

HR: Viciedo 2 (15, 4th inning off VandenHurk, 0 on, 1 out; 7th inning off VandenHurk, 0 on, 0 out).

Viciedo now is hitting .329/.370/.545/.916 with 19 BB and 61 K in 319 AB.

UPDATE: That’s a 5.5% BB% and a a 17.7 K%. Other numbers: .367 BABIP, 47% GB%, 18% LD%, 59 RC, 5.99 RC/27, .385 wOBA, 121 wOBA+, 147 OPS+.

June 30, 2011

Price @ BTB: White Sox Need To Bench Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 11:30 am
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Price @ BTB:

This won’t take long. I shouldn’t have to spend much time explaining to you guys why the White Sox can’t possibly keep shooting themselves in the foot with a rocket launcher like this. …

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