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November 2, 2010

Three White Sox prospecs named to AFL’s Rising Stars All-Star Game [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 2, 2010 3:06 pm
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Reifert:

Farmhands Anthony Carter (RHP), Eduardo Escobar (INF) and Jared Mitchell (OF) named to AFL Rising Stars All-Star Game roster.

Mayo @ MLB:

This year’s version of the Rising Stars Game, edition No. 5, will take place this Saturday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. Arizona time (6:06 first pitch) at Surprise Stadium. And if last year’s game is any indication, any baseball fan worth his or her salt will either head to Arizona or tune in to find out what the big leagues will look like in 2011.

For the second straight year, the game will be streamed on MLB.com and shown on MLB Network. Anyone watching will see at least one Major League prospect and many former first-round picks — from all 30 big league organizations. The teams will be split into the two AFL divisions — East and West. Tickets for the game are just $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and youth (17 and under). They will be available at the Surprise Stadium box office beginning at 5 p.m. It’s open seating, so it’s first-come, first-served in terms of where a fan catches all of the action.

UPDATE: The broadcast will be free:

Some of Major League Baseball’s top prospects will be featured in Arizona Fall League matchups on MLB Network and MLB.com. MLB Network’s Dave Valle and Daron Sutton, who calls play-by-play for the Arizona Diamondbacks, will call the fifth annual Rising Stars Game on Saturday, November 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET at Surprise Stadium. Valle will be joined by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger in the broadcast both for the 19th annual AFL Championship game on Saturday, November 20 at 3:00 p.m. ET live from Scottsdale Stadium. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, will co-produce and provide free live and on-demand video streams of the two games.

October 28, 2010

Jared Mitchell says his ankle is 99% of the way to full strength

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2010 2:08 pm
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Gonzales:

“It’s about 99 percent right now,” Mitchell, the White Sox’s first round pick in the 2009 draft, said Thursday. “The rest of it is stuff you really can’t see from the outside looking in. It’s stuff I can feel. It’s just strengthening. I’ll be 100 percent by the time spring training rolls around. It’s doing good right now.”

“Making turns are pretty good,” Mitchell said. “The only thing that bothers me a little bit is making a left-hand turn. I get a little bit of pain on the outside of my ankle. It’s just working through that. It’s getting better every day.

“I haven’t lost any speed. Everything will be fine. Right now my focus is getting at-bats, getting a chance to play and get acclimated to the game again.”

October 13, 2010

Kevin Goldstein on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 13, 2010 3:14 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Jared Mitchell, OF, White Sox (AFL: Peoria S): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, K, CS

The White Sox do not have a very good minor league system, and it took a huge hit when Mitchell, the club’s first-round pick in 2009, tore an ankle tendon in spring training and missed the entire regular season. Mitchell wasted no time getting back in the swing of things in the AFL opener, and the toolsiest player in the system has an excellent chance of regaining his prospect status with a strong showing.

October 12, 2010

AFL Game #1: Peoria Saguaros @ Scottsdale Scorpions [UPDATE]

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 75 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Jared went 3-4 with a double and a K:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell CF 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .750
Escobar 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500

BASERUNNING
CS: Escobar (1, 2nd base by Verdugo, R/Norris, D), Mitchell (1, 2nd base by Stange/Norris, D).
PO: Escobar (1st base by Verdugo, R).

Peoria Saguaros
Leesman (L, 0-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 9.00

Pitches-strikes: Leesman 22-9.
Groundouts-flyouts
: Leesman 0-1.
Batters faced
: Leesman 5.


Here’s a quick look on the White Sox prospects:

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster. And FutureSox’ post.

October 8, 2010

Jared Mitchell developing more power?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 8, 2010 11:40 am
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Mark Gonzales latest mailbag:

Q: How is Jared Mitchell’s rehab going? I haven’t heard much about him.

A: Mitchell is currently in the Instructional League in Arizona, and he’ll play in the Arizona Fall League, which starts Oct. 12. His rehabilitation is going well, from what I was told a week ago. He’s also developed a little more power than your typical leadoff hitter. This amounts to a short season for him, but I think 2011 will be a better measuring stick as to how soon he joins the Sox.

September 25, 2010

Jared Mitchell’s progressing nicely

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 25, 2010 1:57 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

Outfielder Jared Mitchell, who tore a tendon in his left ankle during spring training, is currently working out in the Arizona Instructional League.  The first-round pick in June of 2009 is expected to resume playing in the Arizona Fall League.

September 24, 2010

Kevin Goldstein’s White Sox Top 11 prospects review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2010 1:00 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Chicago White Sox

No. 1 Prospect: Daniel Hudson, RHP (55th overall)
What Was Said: “…a good third starter at best.”
Analysis: Obviously, Hudson has been much better than that since his trade to Arizona, but I’m not convinced it will last. The league will obviously catch up to him a bit, but he’s still likely going to exceed that projection.
Two Through Eleven: The team’s two other four-star prospects had nightmare years, as 2009 first-round pick Jared Mitchell missed the entire year due to injury, while catcher Tyler Flowers regressed heavily. In the end, third baseman Brent Morel was too low at sixth, and control issues caught up to power reliever Clevelan Santeliz (seventh) at Triple-A. All in all, it was a bad year down on the farm for the White Sox.
Sleeper: Catcher Miguel Gonzalez collapsed at Low-A with a .218/.260/.276 line, but his defense was still outstanding, as he gunned down half of opposing base stealers.

September 13, 2010

Baseball-Intellect reviews its White Sox prospects list

Eisenberg:

7. Trayce Thompson | OF | Age – 19 | Grade – C+

Numbers don’t completely reflect it, but he’s made a lot of progress since last year. Upside remains huge, but as big as his upside is, he’s just as raw.

August 31, 2010

White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster.

UPDATE: FutureSox.

August 8, 2010

Jared Mitchell, Jake Peavy both continue to improve in their rehab

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 8, 2010 12:14 pm
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Padilla:

Top prospect Jared Mitchell also continues to improve after surgery this spring to repair a tendon tear. He was injured while making a catch during spring training.The outfielder’s recovery is taking place with Single-A Winston Salem, and he is progressing “very well,” according to White Sox trainer Herm Schneider.

Jake Peavy also “continues to improve.”

UPDATE: Merkin:

Mitchell continues to work on hitting, running, agility and taking fly balls at Class A Winston-Salem, within a controlled environment. Mitchell is also working on getting stronger as the ankle heals.

August 7, 2010

John Sickel’s 2010 Chicago White Sox Pre-Season Top 20 Prospects in Review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 7, 2010 11:52 am
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John Sickels reviews his last White Sox prospects list (original list from December 9, 2009):

1) Dan Hudson, RHP, Grade B+:  3.47 ERA, 108/31 K/BB in 93 innings in Triple-A, 81 hits. 2-1, 4.56 with 18/12 K/BB in 24 innings so far in the majors. The White Sox will regret trading him.

2) Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B: Missed entire season with nasty ankle injury. Rehab reportedly going well.

3) Tyler Flowers, C, Grade B:  .220/.326/.447, 16 homers, 106 strikeouts in 83 games for Triple-A Charlotte. Has drawn some walks but strikeouts are eating him up. Stock dropping.

4) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B-:  .313/.354/.439 combined between Double-A and Triple-A. Doesn’t hit for much home run power and his walk rate is low this year, but has good contact hitting skills and a strong glove. …

Hit the link for the entire list.

July 22, 2010

FutureSox’ Midseason Top 25 Prospects

Cassidy:

Rank Player Points Previous Change
1 Dan Hudson 179 1 unch
2 Dayan Viciedo 172 4 +2
3 Chris Sale 168 n/a NEW
4 Tyler Flowers 161 2 -2
5 Jared Mitchell 156 5 unch

I’d rank them in this order: Hudson, Sale, Flowers, Mitchell, Viciedo.

May 26, 2010

Jared Mitchell update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 26, 2010 1:43 pm
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Gonzales:

Mitchell is expected to be fully healed by September when the Instructional League starts in Arizona.  … Mitchell is rehabbing at Louisiana State, his alma mater.

May 13, 2010

BDD’s Dan Hudson Major League Projection

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2010 2:35 pm
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first, what are MLP’s? explanation here

so, from the pitchers major league projections::

Player Name Age IP IP* H 2B 3B HR BB HP K K9 ERA
Daniel Hudson 23 129.2 180 186 34 5 13 52 11 213 10.7 3.63

from the batters major league projections:

Player Name Age PA PA’ AB H 2B 3B HR BB HP K AVG OBP SLG SB RCG
Tyler Flowers 24 1408 600 503 119 35 1 25 82 7 129 .237 .352 .464 0 5.3
Jared Mitchell 21 138 600 495 116 49 4 7 106 3 161 .235 .374 .395 21 4.9

BTW,

Player Name Age PA PA’ AB H 2B 3B HR BB HP K AVG OBP SLG SB RCG
Justin Smoak 23 520 600 497 130 28 0 23 90 7 108 .262 .383 .460 0 6.0

April 23, 2010

Trayce Thompson at Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 12:50 pm
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at number 6:

Team: low Class A Kannapolis (South Atlantic)

Age: 19

Why He’s Here: .385/.500/.846 (10-for-26), 3 HR, 3 2B, 7 RBIs, 6 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, 0-for-1 SB

The Scoop: Thompson struck out 41 times in 106 at-bats last summer in Rookie ball. But even with a strikeout rate hovering near 40 percent, Appalachian League managers were not deterred, praising the second-round pick for his power and physicality. This year, Thompson is making his doubters look foolish, connecting for six extra-base hits in his first week of South Atlantic League play. It’s too soon to make lofty comparisons, but Thompson’s career beginnings are reminiscent of another second-round prep pick from Southern California: Mike Stanton. The Marlins’ slugger hit all of .161/.226/.268 with 21 whiffs in 56 at-bats during his 2007 pro debut.

And Nathan Jones is at the ‘Helium Watch’ section (end).

UPDATE: And from the hot sheet chat:

Mike (Utica, NY): Does Thompson have more upside than anyone in the Whitesox system?

Matthew Eddy: You could make that case. But Jared Mitchell might have something to say about that when all’s said and done.

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