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September 15, 2011

Great Falls wins Pioneer League championship!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 10:34 pm
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The Voyagers abducted the Ogden Raptors behind Blair Walters’ 7 strikeouts:

Great Falls Voyagers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Walters (W, 2-0) 6.0 4 1 1 1 7 0 0.77
Devenski 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Winiarski 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00

Blair Walters, who turns 22 on November 8, finished the season with a 72/17 K/BB ratio in 73.2 innings:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 21 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 9 0 1.000 4.03 14 13 1 0 0 0 73.2 72 36 33 6 17 0 72 3 0 5 306 1.208 8.8 0.7 2.1 8.8 4.24
1 Season 9 0 1.000 4.03 14 13 1 0 0 0 73.2 72 36 33 6 17 0 72 3 0 5 306 1.208 8.8 0.7 2.1 8.8 4.24
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/15/2011.

He, also, had a .327 BABIP and a 4.21 FIP.

September 13, 2011

Great Falls wins Game 1 of Best of 3 Championship series

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 13, 2011 11:22 pm
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9/13:

Great Falls Voyagers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Snodgress 3.0 7 5 4 3 3 0 12.00
Brase (W, 1-0) 3.0 4 2 2 1 2 0 6.00
Drake (H, 1) 2.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Vance (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

I see C Kevan Smith with a 2B and a HR, LF Michael Earley with another HR, and 1B Martin Medina with 2 more HRs. And RF Mark Haddow with 2 BB.

September 12, 2011

AA-Birmingham loses Game 5 of best of 5 series 7-1 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 12, 2011 10:32 pm
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Boxscore:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Edwards (L, 0-1) 4.1 5 6 6 2 1 0 12.46
Kloess 1.2 2 1 1 0 2 0 4.15
Jones, N 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

The only Xtra Base Hits I see is a double by Jon Gilmore and another by Alden Carrithers. So, Birmingham lost the series 3-2 and is eliminated from the Southern League playoffs.

Great Falls advanced to the Championship Round of the Pioneer League playoffs. They’ll play against the Ogden Raptors Orem Owlz. Game 1 is at Ogden tomorrow (Tuesday). Games 2 and 3 are at Great Falls Thursday and Friday

UPDATE: Great Falls’ opponent is Ogden, not Orem. Sorry for that. /UPDATE

In the 2007 Pioneer League playoffs Orem defeated Great Falls 2-0 to win the title. In the 2008 Pioneer League playoffs Great Falls defeated Orem 2-1 to win the title. Dan Hudson had 12 strikeouts and got the W in Game 3 (boxscore).

September 9, 2011

Non-displaced fracture for Brent Lillibridge. Recovery will take about six weeks.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2011 11:01 pm
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Scott Merkin:

The White Sox put Lillibridge on the disabled list prior to Friday’s game. But the good news was that the fracture was non-displaced, so he will not require surgery.

“Two to three weeks in this hard cast and another soft cast for two weeks,” said Lillibridge, joking how the cast he’s currently sporting allows him to play video games and drive a little bit. “About a six-week process.

“Having it happen at the end of the year, I’m happy it wasn’t in June trying to come back. I won’t be swinging until late November anyway. If it was going to happen, it happened at this time and I appreciate it. Obviously, I wish I was finishing and having some fun out there still.”

Hopefully Lillibridge recovers fully and comes back strong next year. He had a heck of a season this year (one that I didn’t expect).

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August 6, 2011

White Sox sign 25th round draft pick RHP Chris Devenski

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 6, 2011 10:00 pm
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The White Sox have signed 2011 25th round pick RHP Chris Devenski:

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’03″
Weight: 200
Born: 1990-11-13
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Class:  Junior

Devenski was assigned to Great Falls.

Baseball America’s scouting report:

So does Devenski, a converted shortstop who transferred from Golden West JC. He fell out of favor early in the year before coming on again a bit in the second half, though he had a 4.98 ERA in 22 innings through 15 appearances on the spring. Devenski ran his fastball up to 94 mph in the fall, but he’s been more 90-92 and straight this spring, and there were outings when he worked in the high 80s. His slider and changeup are serviceable.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.98 2-0 15-0 0 0/1 2 21.2 29 12 12 8 26 9 1 0 88 .330 0 0 1 0 1

He was in Golden West College before:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2010 4.61 8-1 12-11 1 0/0 0 66.1 64 39 34 25 68 10 3 4 258 .248 4 6 3 1 1
2009 13.03 1-1 4-2 0 0/0 0 9.2 18 16 14 7 8 0 1 2 40 .450 3 3 0 2 1

He tried swinging the bat (played SS) in Golden West too:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2010 .338 17-17 65 17 22 5 0 2 15 33 .508 5 0 10 0 .375 2 1 4-4 19 43 3 .954
2009 .273 35-32 121 20 33 3 2 4 19 52 .430 12 3 25 0 .350 1 1 2-5 64 103 11 .938

July 6, 2011

White Sox sign 2nd round draft pick RHP Erik Johnson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2011 11:55 pm
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Dyck @ CT:

The White Sox signed second-round draft pick Erik Johnson, a right-handed pitcher from Cal, and both he and top choice Keenyn Walker will report to rookie league at Great Falls, Mont., next week.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’03″
Weight: 240
Born: 1989-12-30
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Class:  Junior

Scouting reports:

Jim Callis @ BA

Big-bodied (6-2, 240 pounds) college arm with a 90-95 mph fastball and hard slider.
Johnson has a big, 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame and sometimes has trouble maintaining his mechanics. His delivery can get a little rigid and he loses his arm slot at times, though he’s been better about getting it back than he was last year. Johnson is quick to the plate and sits in the 90-94 mph range with his fastball and tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is a hard slider that he can throw for strikes or use as a wipeout pitch and he also mixes in a slow, show-me curveball and a changeup that is inconsistent, but shows flashes of being a quality pitch. Johnson sometimes tries to be too fine with his fastball instead of trusting that he can overpower hitters with it. While he needs to sharpen his fastball command, Johnson has shown a good enough feel for pitching to get by and go deep into games without it.
John Sickels:
Johnson is ranked 97th on the Baseball America prospect list and 74th on the Perfect Game list, which would put him on the bottom fringes of the supplemental round or in the second. However, he has the power arm (90-95 MPH fastball, good slider) to go somewhere in the middle of the supplemental round for a team that believes they can refine his mechanics and polish his changeup.

John Sickels:

Cal-Berkeley pitcher works at 90-94 and has an impressive slider. Curveball and changeup need work if he wants to remain a starter. Workhorse body.

John Sickels:
Johnson is ranked 97th on the Baseball America prospect list and 74th on the Perfect Game list, which would put him on the bottom fringes of the supplemental round or in the second. However, he has the power arm (90-95 MPH fastball, good slider) to go somewhere in the middle of the supplemental round for a team that believes they can refine his mechanics and polish his changeup.

MLB Draft Countdown:

Johnson isn’t a more talked about draft prospect because of his mechanical issues, which have seen him suffer through bouts of wildness (37 walks in 83.2 IP). He began his college career as a reliever, which tinkered with his mechanics a bit, and now that he’s back in a starting role, he’s struggled to go deep into games.He does, however, feature pretty good velocity, topping out at about 95-96 mph. He complements his fastball with a very good slider. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, the latter of which has made solid strides throughout the course of the season.

PerfectGame.org reports from 2007

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.83 7-4 18 18 0 0/5 0 105.0 68 33 33 59 102 12 1 3 356 .191 10 10 0 3 8
2010 4.09 6-3 16 13 0 0/1 1 77.0 85 41 35 34 73 5 3 4 293 .290 10 3 0 2 6
2009 4.41 3-6 19 9 1 0/1 4 67.1 71 41 33 28 55 11 1 10 264 .269 6 5 1 0 6

July 5, 2011

White Sox sign 1S round draft pick OF Keenyn Walker (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2011 10:00 pm
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Callis @ BA:

The White Sox finalized their deal with top draft pick Keenyn Walker on Tuesday, signing him to a $795,000 bonus. The 47th overall selection, Walker had Tweeted (via @Keenyn_Walker) six days earlier that he had agreed to terms. His bonus exceeds MLB’s $739,800 recommendation for his draft slot. …

Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Height: 6’03″
Weight: 193
Born: 1990-08-12
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Class:  J2 (2nd year in Junior College)

Walker will report to Great Falls. He’ll be in in the lineup Saturday.

Scouting reports (videos after the scouting reports):

Baseball America:

Walker was drafted in the 16th round out of high school in Utah in 2009 and last year at Central Arizona, in the 38th round. Scouts have always been intrigued by the 6-foot-3 switch-hitter with standout tools and impressive athleticism. The raw tools don’t always translate on the baseball field, however, and he didn’t even start regularly last year. This year is a different story. Walker has performed well with wood and he should get more than the $250,000 he reportedly turned down out of high school. Walker has more power from the right side, but his lefthanded swing is more pure. He’s mostly a gap hitter with above-average speed, so he profiles as a good defensive center fielder. He has the speed to hit at the top of the order, but needs to cut down on his strikeouts. If he doesn’t sign, Walker will head to Utah.

John Sickels:

1-47) White Sox: Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona JC: Blazing speed and greatly improved hitting skills, along with a solid glove, push him to the top of the White Sox draft list.

More Sickels:

Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona Junior College: The blazing fast, 80-speed Walker showed greatly improved hitting skills this spring, and in some draft classes would be rated a first-rounder. The deep nature of this class, plus the fact that junior college players get less attention than high school or four-year college players, pushes Walker back to second or third round slots for most. However, someone in love with his athleticism could easily choose him in the supplemental.

Sickels pre-draft:

Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona CC: Bats Both, 6-3, 185. Drafted by the Cubs in the 16th round in 2009 but didn’t sign. Toolsy, athletic, very fast, some power potential, has strikeout issues and is still rather raw, but toolsy enough to go on first day. Committed to Utah if he doesn’t sign. Hitting .421/.513/.622 with 28 walks, 35 strikeouts in 164 at-bats, 49 steals in 52 attempts.

Perfect Game:

Good athletic body, Plus run, nice arm, tools are there, looked good at PG National, good at AC, bat needs to come on

and the June 2008 scouting report:

Keenyn Walker is a 2009 OF/P with a 6’1”, 185 lb. frame from Salt Lake City, UT who attends Judge Memorial. Keenyn is a lean well put together very athletic player with fluid actions in the outfield. His throws carry well in the outfield with arm strenth. He is a switch hitter at the plate with a line drive swing plane. He showed a bit better from the left side and has good extension in his swing. He stays inside the baseball and uses all fields. He projects very large with added strength and is a very good, 6.53 sixty. Walker is extremely athletic and he could skyrocket up the charts by next year.

January 2008 and July 2007 reports at the link

Baseball America:

With their first pick of the night, the White Sox take Keenyn Walker, an outfielder from Central Arizona JC. He is a 65 runner that can stay in center field and profiles as a leadoff hiter.

Padilla @ ESPN:

“Keenyn is a kid that we’ve scouted extensively,” White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann said. “He plays in a competitive junior college program in Arizona. He’s been very successful. He is a high ceiling athlete. Unlike some high ceiling athletes, this kid really has a feel for playing the game.”

Laumann projected Walker to be two and a half years away from making it to the major leagues if he progresses at an ideal pace. He compared the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Walker to Devon White and Carlos Beltran.

Kevin Goldstein:

msambor (chicago): thoughts on keenyn walker?

Kevin Goldstein II: I like him! Risky pick, but I like going with upside when you don’t have a first rounder. He definitely could flame out early, but it’s worth the risk.

FutureSox:

Walker has decent patience at the plate as he led his team in walks this year with 36 (16.8 BB% (BB/AB)), which, combined with his speed, gives him potential as a top of the order hitter, but in order to reach that potential he will need to watch the strikeouts, which have been a problem for him. Walker struck out 45 times this year (21% K% (SO/AB)), which again led his team.

MLB.com’s 2011 scouting video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15479701 (0:33)

Youtube’s 2010 scouting video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_u8en2vlXw (1:03)

MLB.com’s 2009 scouting video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4625607 (0:34)

Here are his Junior College Stats:
2011 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #10
Class: Sophomore
GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
69 238 98 14 10 84 59 .412 6
SB SBA SB%
70 73 .890
Walks (BB) Hit By Pitches Sac Flys OBP
41 9 3 .509
Put Outs Assists Errors Fielding Percentage
124 5 0 .000

2010 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #5
Class: Freshman

GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
58 97 29 1 3 42 16 .299 2
SB SBA SB%
21 23 .300
Walks (BB) Hit By Pitches Sac Flys OBP
18 7 2 .435
Put Outs Assists Errors Fielding Percentage
59 3 7 .899

July 2, 2011

White Sox sign 36th round draft pick RHP Cody Winiarski

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 2, 2011 12:00 am
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The White Sox have signed 36th round draft pick RHP Cody Winiarski. Winiarski is listed on the Great Falls Voyagers roster.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’04″
Weight: 200
Born: 1989-08-27
Hometown: Franksville, WI
Class:  Senior

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.92 6-4 19 13 0 0/2 1 77.0 60 28 25 23 58 12 3 1 273 .220 2 7 0 2 10
2010 4.68 5-0 17 14 0 0/0 0 75.0 82 40 39 27 44 9 3 12 286 .287 4 9 2 5 4

Before Virginia he was in the Madison Area Technical College:

Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2009 2.40 6-2 14 8 3 1/2 1 56.1 46 20 15 21 48 9 0 0 211 .218 3 5 0 0 2
2008 1.29 1-0 1 1 1 0/0 0 7.0 5 1 1 2 5 1 0 0 24 .208 0 1 0 1 0

And here’s a 1 minute video of him pitching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VUgo2oMJ30

June 29, 2011

White Sox agree to terms with 1S round draft pick OF Keenyn Walker [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 12:00 pm
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Merkin says all that is left may be just a physical:

A White Sox source told MLB.com nothing was official as of yet with Walker’s signing. However, it could be at the stage of just needing a physical to bring Walker into the fold.

BTW, here’s a 1 minute scouting video of Walker:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_u8en2vlXw

and MLB’s half-minute scouting video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15479701&c_id=cws

UPDATE: Gonzales  @ CT:

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement with their first pick in the June amateur draft, Central Arizona College switch-hitting outfielder Keenyn Walker.

The signging will become official by next Tuesday, after Walker passes a physical examination.

“It’s a huge relief for me,” Walker said Wednesday at his Salt Lake City home. “After Friday, I thought we were going all the way to the (Aug. 15) deadline again. But we finally got it done.”

Once signed, Walker will report to the Sox’s short-season Great Falls affiliate in Montana.

For scouting reports and stats for Walker read my earlier post here.

June 24, 2011

White Sox sign Fresno Pacific senior 2B Andrew Douglas

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2011 9:12 pm
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FPU:

Fresno Pacific infielder Andrew Douglas, having just completed a highly-decorated four-year career with the Sunbirds, was helping his parents redo the roof of their house on Tuesday. While ripping off shingles and contemplating what was next for the All-Academic Psychology grad, his phone rang.

On the other end? A scout from the Chicago White Sox telling Douglas to keep his phone on him for the next couple hours.

“I thought it would be a good idea to get off the roof at this point, just so nothing bad would happen because I might have a new employer,” said Douglas.

45 minutes later he received another call, this time telling him that he was now a member of the Chicago White Sox organization. Douglas agreed to a minor league contract with the team, and will be assigned to Chicago’s Rookie-Advanced affiliate, the Great Falls Voyagers, in Montana. …

Douglas, 6’0” 210lbs, wasn’t drafted and was signed as a free-agent.

Here are his stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .331 46-45 166 42 55 14 3 3 34 84 .506 20 9 38 0 .422 4 0 20-21 68 124 9 .955
2010 .352 47-47 176 51 62 20 3 7 47 109 .619 18 4 35 2 .412 6 2 7-9 75 137 12 .946
2009 .181 40-24 72 19 13 3 0 1 7 19 .264 16 8 25 1 .385 0 2 4-5 53 87 7 .952
2008 .281 40-17 57 27 16 2 0 1 12 21 .368 6 6 15 0 .400 1 2 5-9 23 46 10 .873

June 17, 2011

White Sox sign 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:15 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls:

Yet another long-armed hurler is Blake Drake, a 6-7 former Indiana State star who was selected in the 22nd round of this year’s draft.” Drake has some different arm action that will surprise some people, I think,” said Drahman. “He’s a little sneaky, but he gets it up there it seems like, too.”

Here’s a 2009 scouting report from perfectgame.org:

Blake Drake is a Col RHP with a 6’7”, 185 lb. frame from Louisville, KY. Drake has a projectable frame and sat 88-91 this outing. He is a little raw but really projects as he continues to refine his craft. He showed a good slider to go with his upper 80′s to low 90′s fastball. He played at Wabash Valley this spring.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.78 1-5 26-4 0 0/3 10 49.0 50 28 26 21 37 8 0 2 190 .263 6 12 1 0 2
2010 7.92 3-0 13-6 0 0/0 0 25.0 25 25 22 22 14 5 0 4 .260 5 4 0 1 1

Drake was in Wabash Valley Community College for a couple years:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 11 39.0 36 30 39 30 28 6.92 3 4 0
2008 10 22.0 15 14 16 26 12 5.73 4 0 0

And here’s his MLB.com scouting video from the 2009 draft:


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4827585&c_id=cws (0:31)

PS. From the Great Falls Tribune article we learn that released outfielder Salvador Sanchez has been converted to a reliever and will play for the Voyagers.

White Sox sign 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.83 3-0 24-1 1 1/0 7 41.1 41 15 13 10 38 7 2 2 156 .263 0 2 0 4 3
2010 54.00 0-0 2-0 0 0/0 0 0.2 5 5 4 0 0 1 0 1 7 .714 0 1 0 0 0

He was in McLennan Community College before:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save PO A
2009 16 60.0 53 35 81 39 29 5.25 2 5 2 3 11
2008 43 60.1 57 47 82 45 23 7.01 4 7 0

In 2008 he tried swinging the bat:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB%
2008 43 88 26 5 0 13 .295 0 1 2 .000

White Sox sign 21st round draft pick 2B Joe De Pinto

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:00 am
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Mansch @ GFT:

Second baseman Joe De Pinto, a 21st-round pick out of Southern California, also caught Newman’s eye.

“Joe’s from USC — that’s good experience playing Pac-10 ball — he looks like he’s going to be a solid in the middle of the infield for us,” said Newman.

PerfectGame.org scouting report

Joseph DePinto is a 2007 MIF/OF/P from St. Francis HS, residing in Sunland, CA, with a 5’10″ 150 lb. frame. DePinto was named to the top prospect team at the California Underclass Showcase. Has a medium but athletic build, with wiry musculature. Offensively possesses a quick bat and a swing path that is very short to the ball. DePinto is a contact/spray hitter who makes consistent contact. He makes the pitcher work to get him out but don’t read that as he is a pest… he can really hit. He also runs well and understands game, making him an effective base stealer. Defensively, DePinto has quick feet and a good early burst to the ball. He is a very solid defender and a very solid player. Consider him a good follow for most D1 programs on the West Coast.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .300 56-56 190 32 57 11 2 0 24 72 .379 31 7 23 6 .409 4 7 9-13 104 147 12 .954
2010 .286 60-60 252 50 72 15 2 2 23 97 .385 19 6 28 6 .348 2 7 4-6 106 161 14 .950
2009 .277 55-53 191 37 53 12 0 3 22 74 .387 25 5 31 2 .369 4 9 11-15 82 131 9 .959

White Sox sign 20th round draft pick C Martin Medina

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 am
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Evans @ BC:

The four picks from Cal State Bakersfield have all signed. They are right-handed pitcher Mike McCarthy, outfielder Ryan McIntyre, catcher Jeremy Rodriguez and catcher-infielder Martin Medina.

Medina, a 20th-round pick by the Chicago White Sox, is one of three catchers assigned to Great Falls, Mont., in the Pioneer League.

“Right now, like everyone else, I’m trying to find a host family (to live with),” Medina said. “Right now we’re all in a hotel.”

Great Falls’ season opens Monday.

“I might play a little third, also,” Medina said. “If I’m hitting well, they’ll keep my bat in the lineup.”

A 2010 scouting report from 49th State Hardball:

When I think of Martin Medina, I think of power. The guy’s got a stout upper body and a big, quick power cut. At 5’10″ and a lean 200lb, he’s got some muscle mass to spank the ball around a bit with. And the proof is in the pudding. Five homers in 34 games as a Goldpanner this year. Just to put things into something more digestible with those familiar with pro ball, that’s 24 blasts over a 162-game period. That’s not too shabby. With a .505 slugging percentage to go with it…yeah, he can knock the ball around a bit. The guy looks like he could put on a little more brawn, even, so I think he has a little more power potential corked away that might just now be blossoming.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .287 55-55 209 38 60 11 1 9 53 100 .478 26 2 37 4 .362 6 1 0-0 206 25 5 .979
2010 .311 56-56 238 44 74 16 2 12 52 130 .546 26 6 53 12 .393 0 0 1-3 135 49 11 .944
2009 .285 50-50 193 29 55 13 4 8 40 100 .518 23 8 51 1 .379 3 0 2-2 106 61 20 .893

Medina tried pitching too:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 4.54 3-3 17-1 0 0/0 8 33.2 38 24 17 14 45 6 1 3 144 .264 4 0 0 1 2
2010 4.01 5-2 11 2 0 0/0 1 24.2 23 11 11 8 22 5 2 0 88 .261 2 3 0 0 1
2009 6.87 3-3 13 4 0 0/0 2 38.0 44 32 29 28 36 7 2 4 150 .293 5 4 3 2 3

And Pep Fernandez of KERO-23 has a 2 minute video on Medina.

June 15, 2011

White Sox sign 32nd round draft pick C Brent Tanner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 7:42 pm
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Stephenson @ GL:

Brent Tanner officially became a professional baseball player on Tuesday afternoon.

Tanner, the former George County High School and South Alabama catcher, went through his first practice with the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers of the Pioneer League Tuesday. The Voyagers are the Rookie League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, who selected Tanner in the 32nd round of the major league draft last Wednesday.

… The 23-year-old Tanner has scarcely stopped moving since draft day. He signed with the White Sox on Friday, left for Great Falls on Sunday, arrived in town on Monday night and hit the practice field Tuesday afternoon

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OBP SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .342 58-58 228 44 78 15 0 10 55 123 .539 32 7 44 5 .432 4 0 7-9 340 33 8 .979
2010 .300 57-55 223 42 67 14 1 7 42 104 .466 23 2 48 4 .369 1 0 3-6

And from Meridian Community College:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB% BB HBP SF OBP
2009 37 137 57 18 2 43 .416 8 5 6 .330 20 4 0 .503
2008 27 84 27 2 0 22 .321 3 1 1 .000
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