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April 13, 2010

FutureSox’ Top 25 White Sox prospects

FutureSox:

Rank Player Points Previous Change
1 Dan Hudson 208 2 1
2 Tyler Flowers 203 1 -1
3 Jordan Danks 194 4 1
4 Dayan Viciedo 186 3 -1
5 Jared Mitchell 184 6 1
6 Brent Morel 178 7 1

April 8, 2010

BDD’s Major League Projections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2010 3:11 pm
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McQuown:

MLPs – Major League Prime Projections – have been around at Baseball Daily Digest since the 2006 season, and are the output of Rob McQuown’s proprietary system for determining the “typical” prime-years season for a minor-league player. Since bad years are often the result of injuries, the system was designed to give results which are in line with the average of the “middle” three seasons between ages 26-30 for a ballplayer, and players can be expected to have seasons above and below those represented as a course of normal variance, but the lines provide good benchmarks for what to expect when a player develops fully. NOTE: projections are “tuned” to 2009 MLB values, and are for neutral park and league. …

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

Kevin Goldstein updates his prospect list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2010 1:04 pm
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Goldstein:

55. Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox

Opening Day: Triple-A Charlotte. After going from Low-A to the big leagues last year, Hudson will get consistent innings at Triple-A, and he’s first in line to get called up should injuries or poor performance necessitate a move.

61. Jared Mitchell, OF, White Sox

Opening Day: Disabled List. In one of the most disappointing developments of the spring, Mitchell tore up his ankle leaping into the wall while trying to catch a fly ball and will miss the entire season after major surgery.

72. Tyler Flowers, C, White Sox

Opening Day: Triple-A Charlotte. Still in line to be the regular catcher next year, Flowers should get some second-half big-league time to settle into the role.

April 1, 2010

FutureSox reviews Sox centerfield prospects

Here’s what they have to say on Jordan Danks:

What he needs to improve: Assuming Jordan is healthy, his priority will be cutting down on his strikeouts. Considering the former Longhorn isn’t a big power threat his K rate (23% in ’09) is dreadful. He simply can’t strikeout that much and succeed as a #2 type hitter in the Majors. You can’t blame the strikeouts on the injuries either. His monthly splits were consistent before and after the injuries.

March 30, 2010

MLB.com’s 2010 Sox prospects and organization preview

Top 10 prospects:

Clevelan Santeliz, RHP: A setup man extraordinaire at Birmingham last summer, the Venezuelan prospect was added to the 40-man roster after posting an 0.96 ERA in 40 games and striking out 52 batters in 56 1/3 innings. He moved to the closer role at the end of the season and collected 10 saves. Throwing a fastball in the mid-90s and a plus slider, he pitches with a lot of energy and is a ton of fun to watch.

organization preview:

LHP David Holmberg (2[nd round]) is a high school star out of Florida who has four solid pitches, with a fastball that touches 90 mph, a 12-6 curve, a changeup and a slider. He also has a good feel for the mound.

RHP Kyle Bellamy (5) out of Miami is a fast-track prospect who combined for a 1.23 ERA in 20 games in relief between Bristol and Kannapolis, walking just two while striking out 32 in 22 innings. He limited hitters to a .169 average and then moved on to the Arizona Fall League, where he had a 1.59 ERA in five games.

RHP Justin Collop (6) out of Toledo had a 2.72 ERA in 15 games for Great Falls, striking out 33 in 39 2/3 innings and limiting Pioneer League hitters to a .257 average.

RHP Ryan Buch (8) out of Monmouth had the best fastball in the Draft class, one that touched the high 90s, as well as a curveball with plus potential. In 16 games in relief, he had a 3.38 ERA and limited hitters to a .183 average at Great Falls.

March 26, 2010

Joe Cowley plays GM

Cowley says trade Flowers and re-sign AJ. Joe says trade Marquez too. Who will take him?

March 24, 2010

FutureSox has a podcast with Doug Laumann

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/future-sox/2010/03/futuresox-podcast-with-doug-laumann.html (25:53)

Laumann likes very much what he sees from David Holmberg this spring, and thinks Trayce Thompson will probably eventually move to a corner outfield position. Not this year though. Laumann also touches on Jared Mitchell, Bryce Harper, Charlie Leesman, Leroy Hunt, Stefan Gartrell, C.J. Retherford.

March 16, 2010

Jared’s Mitchell surgery: successful

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 16, 2010 2:15 pm
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Gregor:

As expected, outfielder Jared Mitchell is going to miss the upcoming season after having surgery in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday morning to repair a retinaculum tear of the tendon in his left ankle on the medial (inside) side.

Mitchell, the White Sox’ top prospect, suffered the injury making a catch during a Cactus League game against the Angels last Friday.

According to the Sox, the surgery lasted 75 minutes and the 21-year-old Mitchell is expected to make a full and complete recovery. He will be immobilized for 4-6 weeks before beginning rehabilitation.
In exhibition play this spring, Mitchell was 4-for-9 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.

whitesox.com:

White Sox outfielder Jared Mitchell underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a retinaculum tear of the tendon in his left ankle on the medial (inside) side.Mitchell, 21, is expected to miss the 2010 season, but his prognosis is to make a full and complete recovery. He will be immobilized for 4-6 weeks before beginning the rehabilitation process.

The 75-minute procedure, performed by Dr. John Nassar, a foot and ankle specialist at the Greenbaum Outpatient Surgery in Scottsdale, Ariz., went “extremely well.”

Mitchell, who suffered the injury making a catch on March 12 at the Los Angeles Angels, will undergo a follow-up examination on Friday.

March 13, 2010

Rick Hahn’s interview

FutureSox:

Will the rotating DH position work this season:

“If it doesn’t work, be rest assured we will do everything in our power to correct the problem. There is already a list in place for “replacements” if  the DH situation doesn’t work. We always have a contingency plan, and this is no exception. With that said, we do feel strongly in Andruw and Mark the DH position.”

Hahn also says he views Tyler Flowers as a catcher but he could help in another way this season. DH?

Hahn touches on more at the interview: Scott Linebrink, Dayan Viciedo, Jared Mitchell, 2010 mlb draft.

Jared Mitchell expected to miss the entire 2010 season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 13, 2010 4:32 pm
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Gonzales:

White Sox top prospect Jared Mitchell is scheduled for surgery Tuesday in Scottsdale to repair a posterior tib tear of the left ankle tendon.Mitchell, last June’s No. 1 draft choice, injured his ankle while making a catch Friday in Tempe.

He will be examined Monday and have the surgery performed Tuesday by foot and ankle specialist Dr. John Nasser. A rehabilitation schedule will be set following the surgery, but Mitchell is expected to miss the entire season.

Mitchell was expected to start the 2010 season in Class-AA Birbingham:

The 21-year-old top pick for the White Sox in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft will start 2010 for Double-A Birmingham, and could be the fastest player in the White Sox system.

Ozzie Guillen on Jared Mitchell’s injury

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 13, 2010 12:55 am
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Dyck:

“Very, very bad,” manager Ozzie Guillen said.”It’s a shame.He has to use his speed.

“It’s going to cost him a year at least. The kids is still young. Unfortunately, this happened to him.”

CSN:

Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Jared Mitchell was carted off the field Friday after getting hurt while making a spectacular, against-the-wall catch on a drive off the bat of the Angels’ Juan Rivera. Mitchell suffered a posterior tib tendon tear on the medial side of his left ankle. He will have surgery next week and his rehab and recovery time will be set then. …

March 12, 2010

Jared Mitchell’s injury (could miss season)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 12, 2010 10:01 pm
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Reifert:

Jared Mitchell of the #WhiteSox suffered a torn tendon in his left ankle and will require surgery next week

Mitchell was injured at the game against the Angels today.

UPDATE: Merkin:

Prospect Jared Mitchell sustained a tendon tear on the inside of his left ankle during Friday’s 10-7 win over the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium after running into the left-field wall to make a catch.

Mitchell had entered the game as a defensive replacement and made a spectacular catch on a ball hit by Juan Rivera to make the first out of the sixth inning, but he hit the wall hard. He will undergo surgery next week, and his recovery and rehab time will be set at that point.

UPDATE: Dyck:

No. 1 draft pick Jared Mitchell will undergo surgery on his left ankle next week and could miss most of the season after colliding with the wall while making a catch against the Angels.

March 11, 2010

Juan Pierre on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 11, 2010 11:14 pm
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Gregor:

“He’s a speed and power guy,” Pierre said. “He’s a five-tool kind of guy. I think I can help him with two, two and a half. I tell him just to relax and just have fun, that’s the most important thing. He’s in a situation with Ozzie (manager Guillen) here in the clubhouse where it’s going to be fun.

March 10, 2010

Sox reassign three

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2010 3:09 pm
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whitesox.com:

Prior to today’s game at Oakland, the Chicago White Sox reassigned catchers Miguel Gonzalez and Josh Phegley and outfielder Jared Mitchell to minor-league camp.

With the moves, the White Sox have 52 players remaining in major-league camp: 27 pitchers, five catchers, 11 infielders and nine outfielders.

March 4, 2010

Combination of 2010 Prospect Rankings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 4, 2010 1:05 pm
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Zimmerman:

Rank 	Name, Position, Team 		Average of Ranks 	Number of Rankings 	Tier
42  	Dan Hudson, rhp, White Sox 	       45.2   		6 			3
88 	Jared Mitchell, of, White Sox 	69.4 			5 			5
90 	Tyler Flowers, c, White Sox 	70.7 			6 			5
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