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June 15, 2011

White Sox sign Missouri State senior RHP J.C. Casey

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 12:37 am
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Scranton @ N-L:

Missouri State senior pitcher J.C. Casey agreed to a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox tonight and will report to the team’s rookie league club in Great Falls, Mont., on Thursday.

Casey wasn’t drafted and was signed as a free-agent.

Here are his 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 3.69 1-0 15-0 0 0/1 1 39.0 40 20 16 15 31 8 1 2 154 .260 3 3 0 0 0
2010 10.38 0-2 6-1 0 0/0 0 8.2 17 12 10 3 6 0 0 1 43 .395 3 0 0 0 0
2009 5.81 1-3 8-4 0 0/1 1 26.1 32 20 17 12 20 5 3 2 106 .302 4 3 0 1 2
2008 14.88 0-1 10-3 0 0/0 0 16.1 27 27 27 11 6 9 1 5 70 .386 4 3 0 1 2

June 14, 2011

White Sox sign 15th round draft pick SS David Herbek

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 1:26 am
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Fawcett @ IN:

[David] Herbek, who went in the 15th round to the Chicago White Sox, said he will sign with the team Sunday and then leave Monday for Great Falls, home of Chicago’s rookie-level team in the Pioneer League. The league’s season begins June 20. … Herbek had no college eligibility left, which usually means drafted players receive no higher than a standard $1,000 signing bonus. Herbek did not provide specifics, but he said he received “a little bit more.”

Baseball America’s scouting report:

James Madison’s shortstop David Herbek has shown a decent amount of power, batting .374/.456/.701 with 15 home runs. That drew scouts’ interest because Herbek also has a chance to stick at shortstop.

PerfectGame.org’s scouting report (2007):

David Herbek is a 2007 MIF that attends Battlefield HS and resides in Gainesville, VA with a 6’1″, 170 lb. frame. David has an athletic build with some good raw hitting tools. At the plate David shows quick wrists with easy lift in his swing and solid line-drive contact. David tends to get his bat wrapped too much and needs to get ready to hit earlier. In the field David showed good actions to the ball but struggled with his throws some. He looks like he would work out best at second base right now. David is a player that will attract the attention of many smaller college programs.

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 .362 61-58 229 56 83 20 3 15 76 154 .672 24 17 30 2 .443 10 3 13-17 97 158 13 .951
2010 .304 50-49 181 52 55 11 3 7 47 93 .514 21 18 33 4 .414 7 3 13-16 88 136 5 .978
2009 .370 53-53 211 55 78 20 3 10 54 134 .635 25 13 32 2 .453 7 0 18-21 89 141 14 .943
2008 .306 46-31 124 26 38 11 0 3 18 58 .468 8 7 21 1 .379 1 5 5-6 61 71 10 .930

And a video of him hitting a Home Run (0:39):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3d_WA7_rgA

White Sox sign 11th round draft pick LHP Blair Walters

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 12:31 am
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Hull @ HSA:

Former University of Hawaii pitcher Blair Walters agreed to a deal with the Chicago White Sox and will report to the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers for rookie ball on Monday.The 6-foot-1 left-hander, who transfered to UH from Ventura (Calif.) Community College as a junior, said the team agreed to pay for his last semester of college estimated at about $12,000 for out-of-state students.

Walters, 7-2 with a 4.14 ERA as a senior, was taken in the 11th round (No. 351 overall) of this week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.14 7-2 27 0 0 0/1 2 41.1 42 23 19 17 34 8 0 0 183 .271 2 2 1 4 5
2010 7.07 2-1 23 0 0 0/2 0 35.2 47 32 28 12 35 10 3 1 163 .338 0 3 0 6 3
TOTAL 5.49 9-3 50 0 0 0/3 2 77.0 89 55 47 29 69 18 3 1 346 .303 2 5 1 10 8

And from Ventura Community 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 3.10 5-3 12 12 2 0/0 0 72.2 73 43 25 29 48 12 1 3 282 .259 6 10 1 2 6

and

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%
2009 .318 42-37 148 43 47 9 2 6 32 78 .527 14 4 27 0 .385 3 3 0-3 233 34 7 .974

September 27, 2010

Baseball America’s Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2010 12:15 pm
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Eddy @ BA:

7. Mike Blanke, c, Great Falls (White Sox)

8. Addison Reed, rhp, Great Falls (White Sox)

19. Thomas Royse, rhp, Great Falls (White Sox)

September 16, 2010

Mike Blanke: 2010 Great Falls Voyagers MVP

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2010 2:21 am
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Feingold:

Joe Urso, Head Coach of the [U of Tampa] Spartan baseball team, said that the coaches saw Blanke progressing as a player and growing into his body. Urso said that Blanke was 5 feet 10 inches coming out of high school. On the roster for UT, Blanke was listed at 6 feet 4 inches tall. … “That was the big challenge, how he was going to develop as a catcher here,” said Urso. “He did a great job and everything I’m hearing from the White Sox scouts and the people we talk to is they’re just raving about this guy’s ability, not only as a hitter but now as a catcher as well.”

… Coach Urso said that Blanke is solid at blocking balls in the dirt and has good arm strength, but will have to work on his receiving ability and the speed of his release behind the plate.

Blanke: Stats, Splits

August 14, 2010

Big Andy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2010 9:42 pm
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Great Falls manager Chris Cron on 2010 5th round draft pick and Great Falls 1B Andy Wilkins:

BASEBALL OFFICIALS and the writers who quiz them are always making comparisons. So Cron was asked about Wilkins, who has a powerful left-handed stroke at the dish. Turns out he’s got a fellow in mind.

“I want to say a certain guy, because back in the day when this kid came up he was a third baseman, just like Andy,” Cron said. “He was a first baseman, and then he became a DH. He’s still playing and he’s having a Hall-of-Fame career.”

Any idea who the skipper is referring to?

“Back in the day,” said Cron, ” Jim Thome looked very similar to Andy Wilkins.”

August 9, 2010

Addison Reed: 2 IP / 0 H / 5 K / 0 BB [August 6]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 9, 2010 1:02 pm
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8/6:

Great Falls
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Upchurch 7.0 5 2 2 1 5 1 3.19
Reed 2.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2.57
Murray (L, 1-4) 4.0 5 4 3 2 5 1 2.05

Reed (2010 3rd round draft pick) has a 21 K / 2 BB ratio, and has allowed 11 H and 0 HR in 14.0 innings. Here are his splits. And here is his MLB.com enhanced scouting report.

August 8, 2010

Stephen McCray: 6 IP / 0 H / 6 K / 0 BB [August 8]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 8, 2010 10:58 pm
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Raskin @ MiLB.com:

Sunday may have been Stephen McCray’s second professional start, but it probably won’t be his last. The 16th-round pick this year’s Draft allowed two baserunners over six hitless innings as the Great Falls Voyagers cruised to a 9-4 victory over the Helena Brewers.

Boxscore:

Great Falls
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
McCray (W, 3-2) 6.0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2.76
Curry 1.0 3 4 0 0 1 1 6.15
Wilson, J (S, 3) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.99

McCray has a 33 K / 12 BB ratio, 34 H, 3 HR,  in 32.2 innings.

And Jacob Wilson has a 29 K / 5 BB ratio, 16 H, 1 HR, in 22.2 innings.

August 3, 2010

14th round pick C Michael Blanke is off to a great start in Great Falls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 3:48 pm
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A hitting catcher? FutureSox:

Blanke had a strong pedigree coming from the D2 power University of Tampa so the 14th rounder’s sparkling start for Great Falls shouldn’t come as a major surprise. His July slash line (.341/.404/.647) shows his power, but he’s also able to avoid the strikeout. On the year he has just 15 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. The 21 year-old is hitting .341 with a .984 OPS overall. It’s just rookie ball and Blanke’s defense needs to improve, but it’s always nice to have a strong batting catcher.

Michael Blanke’s stats: .341/.391/.593/.984 with 10 BB and 15 K in 123 AB (Minor League Splits)

Also off to a great start in Great Falls: 5th round pick 1B Andy Wilwins: .341/.431/.560/.992 with 16 BB and 12 K in 91 AB (Minor League Splits)

July 25, 2010

6 K / 0 BB for RHP Thomas Royse

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 25, 2010 1:44 am
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7/24:

Great Falls
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Royse 6.0 2 1 1 0 6 0 3.73
Curry 1.0 3 2 2 1 2 0 7.91
Gehle 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.74
Wilson, J (W, 5-0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.80

2010 supplemental 3rd round draft pick Thomas Royse has a 26 K / 5 BB ratio in 31.1 innings.

July 24, 2010

5 K / 0 BB for LHP David Holmberg

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 24, 2010 1:20 pm
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7/23:

Great Falls
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Holmberg, D 7.0 3 0 0 0 5 0 3.29
McCray (L, 2-2) 2.0 3 3 3 2 2 1 4.34

Holmberg has a 26 K / 9 BB ratio and 1.36 WHIP in 38.1 innings. And a .342 BABIP.

July 20, 2010

7 K / 0 BB for 2010 s3rd round draft pick Thomas Royce

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2010 1:56 am
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7/19:

Great Falls
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Royse 6.0 4 3 3 0 7 1 4.26
McCray 3.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 3.24
Gehle (L, 1-3) 0.2 2 1 1 2 0 0 6.14

Royse has 20 K to 5 BB in 25.1 innings.

July 14, 2010

Juan Silverio promoted to Class A Kannapolis Intimidators and more

Mansch @ GF Tribune:

The Voyagers, who open a three-game series tonight in Casper, Wyo., against the Ghosts, will be without star third baseman Juan Silverio, who Tuesday was promoted to Single-A Kannapolis in the Sally League. Silverio was hitting .299 with team-high totals of 26 hits, nine doubles, three homers, 16 RBIs and 44 total bases.Cron said he is happy for Silverio, a 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

“That’s kind of what it’s all about,” he said of the promotion. “Juan came here with a nice positive attitude and worked his tail off to produce. He did a great job for us and he deserves a chance to move up. At the same time I feel real good about the guys who are going to step in there.”

Hopefully things go better this time.

UPDATE: FutureSox’ has more.

July 5, 2010

White Sox sign RHP Raymond “Cope” Copenhaver (Citadel senior)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 5:58 pm
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Citadel Sports:

Charleston, S.C. – Former Bulldog pitcher Raymond Copenhaver has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Copenhaver (Apopka, Fla.) went 3-1 with an ERA of 3.25 in 33 appearances in 2010. He also had one save in 36.0 innings pitched to go along with 28 strikeouts.

Copenhaver becomes the third Bulldog to sign a deal in the past month as he joins former teammates Asher Wojciechowski and Bryan Altman who both signed contracts after being drafted in early June.

For his Bulldog career, “Cope” had 135 appearances, the most of any pitcher in Southern Conference history. The previous career high at The Citadel was Tom Martin with 112 appearances. He averaged over 33 appearances in his four seasons and threw 160.1 total innings with 97 strikeouts to go with a career ERA of 4.21.

The right-hander has been assigned to the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League in Great Falls, Mont., the rookie affiliate of the White Sox.

Stats:

Height:   6-5
Weight:   220
Born:     Nov. 22, 1987

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 3.25 3-1 33-0 0 0/1 1 36.0 34 18 13 15 28 4 2 1 131 .260 2 5 0 1 3
2009 4.75 2-3 30-0 0 0/1 2 30.1 33 18 16 13 15 6 0 0 116 .284 1 6 0 1 2
2008 5.16 1-3 36-0 0 0/2 0 45.1 53 31 26 16 28 11 0 4 177 .299 4 6 2 1 3
2007 3.70 1-1 36-0 0 0/1 1 48.2 58 23 20 19 26 5 2 3 192 .302 2 7 0 0 5

and from the baseball cube:

Year Age W L ERA G GS CG SH SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP H9 HR9 BB9 K9 WHIP
2007 19 1 1 3.70 36 0 0 0 1 48.2 58 23 20 3 19 26 2 10.7 0.6 3.5 4.8 1.58
2008 20 1 3 5.16 36 0 0 0 0 45.1 53 31 26 4 16 28 4 10.5 0.8 3.2 5.6 1.52
2009 21 2 3 4.75 30 0 0 0 2 30.1 33 18 16 0 13 15 1 9.8 0.0 3.9 4.5 1.52

June 27, 2010

Buddy Bell’s minor-league philosophy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2010 12:21 pm
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Manch @ GF Trib:

Buddy Bell’s job with the Chicago White Sox is in player development, which means he’s constantly assessing talent and judging the potential of minor-league prospects.And that doesn’t always mean he’s looking for prodigious power and 100 mph fastballs.

“I watch for kids who aren’t afraid to make mistakes,” said Bell, the former major-league star who was in Great Falls over the weekend to watch the Voyagers. “These guys have to have enough courage to keep getting after it.

“More than anything, I watch how kids respond to failure. Because if you can’t get up off the canvas, you can’t play this game.

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