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May 29, 2011

Gordon Beckham and his “hockey injury”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 29, 2011 3:11 pm
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Ballantini @ CSN:

With others egging Beckham on to claim his injury came on the ice in the pucks capital of the world, it seems the southern gentleman was doing just fine with his badge of honor being recorded on the diamond.“

Me and [former White Sox Jayson] Nix were out for drinks and a girl came right up and said, ‘What’d you do to your eye?’” Beckham laughed. “I’m like, ‘Dude, it’s that easy?’”

October 11, 2010

Differences between expected and actual BABIP for the 2010 White Sox

Gross @ THT:

A couple of years ago, Chris Dutton and Peter Bendix did some research on batted-ball data and created a metric called xBABIP (“expected BABIP”). xBABIP dispelled the myth that BABIP was primarily a function of “LD%+ .120.” Rather, as Dutton and Bendix found, BABIP was better explained as a function all batted-ball types and ratios with speed/power/strikeout considerations.

Last year, Derek Carty and Chris Dutton debuted the simple xBABIP calculator on THT. This tool has empowered users to determine a player’s xBABIP and compare it to their actual BABIP. Therefrom, one could forecast a hitter’s expected batting line, assuming all the input ratios were to remain constant. Over the course of 500+ PA, these ratios tend to be significant, though conclusions can still be drawn at the 300 PA threshold (we’d really only be waiting on IFFB% stabilization).

For all 270 hitters who accrued 300 or more plate appearances this season, I applied the xBABIP formula (by park) to determine each hitter’s expected batting lines. In short, what I have created is a spreadsheet of “what you can expect as a baseline for production in 2011, assuming all else remains constant.” In other words, this is how these hitters should have hit in 2010. …

Numbers for the White Sox players from the full spreadsheet:

Player PA xBABIP BABIP Difference
Andruw Jones 328 .310 .239 .071
Juan Pierre 734 .351 .294 .057
Mark Kotsay 359 .298 .247 .051
Carlos Quentin 527 .282 .241 .041
A.J. Pierzynski 503 .299 .278 .021
Alex Rios 617 .322 .306 .016
Alexei Ramirez 626 .311 .300 .011
Gordon Beckham 498 .304 .297 .007
Omar Vizquel 391 .309 .309 0
Paul Konerko 631 .297 .326 -.029

For players that played part of the year with the White Sox I got their BABIP numbers from statcorner. All the numbers are for the time they played for the White Sox:

Player PA xBABIP BABIP Difference
Jayson Nix 57 .262 .189 .073
Manny Ramirez 88 .313 .388 -.075

Mark Teahen had only 262 PAs.

June 17, 2010

White Sox to call-up Dayan Viciedo; DFA Jayson Nix

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2010 10:21 pm
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whitesox.com:

The White Sox intend to promote Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday before their game against the Nationals. Jayson Nix has been designated for assignment.

Viciedo’s stats: First Inning, Minor League Splits

Minor League Splits’ MLE: .247.282/.405. BP’s MLE: .268/.304/.472.

Isn’t it a bit soon to promote Dyan? How about learning to draw a walk?

May 30, 2010

Sox win 8-5. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Video recap.

Highlights: Nix hit a Grand Slam HR. Rios hit a solo HR and two 1B, Konerko hit a 2B, a 1B, and drew a BB. Teahen hit a 2B and a 1B. Vizquel hit a 2B and a 1B too. Alexei hit two 1B.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 4-4) 5.1 10 5 5 0 5 1 6.23
Santos(H, 5) 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.48
Thornton(H, 3) 2.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.59
Pena, To 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Totals 9.0 13 5 5 1 8 1 4.58

Pitch F/X: (more…)

April 2, 2010

Kenny Williams hoping to unload Scott Linebrink?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2010 12:57 pm
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Rogers:

Linebrink had a bad spring, following a bad 2010, which followed a bad second half in ’09. Sources indicated that Williams was working the phones (standing by them, really) in hopes that the Cubs or another team desperate for a bullpen veteran would take him off the White Sox’s hands, even if the Sox had to eat some of the contract. The trade didn’t happen and the Sox decided against releasing Linebrink. The hope is he’ll pitch well enough to create some value, at which point he can be off-loaded.

BTW, Oney Guillen doesn’t approve of Greg Aquino not making the team while Jayson Nix does:

Aquino should have been on the team to protect other guys. Nix sevres no purpose. He aint gonna pinch hit fr anyone or [be used as a] defense replacement.

March 30, 2010

White Sox make final 7 roster moves

whitesox.com:

Prior to today’s game vs. the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox made the following seven roster moves:

• Optioned OF Alejandro De Aza, RHP Daniel Hudson and INF Brent Lillibridge to Class AAA Charlotte;

• Reassigned RHP Greg Aquino, LHP Charlie Leesman, C Donny Lucy and LHP Erick Threets to minor-league camp.

With the moves, the White Sox 25-man roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, seven infielders and four outfielders.

Sergio Santos and Jayson Nix made the opening day 25-man roster.

March 29, 2010

Roster reminders

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 29, 2010 11:58 am
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Mark Gonzales remind us that Jayson Nix and Sergio Santos don’t have any minor-league options left and must pass through waivers to remain with the Sox if they aren’t named to the roster. OTOH, Alejandro De Aza and Brent Lillibridge have minor-league options and can be sent to the minors. Erick Threets and Greg Aquino have signed AAA contracts and will remain with the Sox even if they aren’t included in the team’s the roster. Conclusion: Sergio Santos with his 98mph fastball and his three above average pitches ain’t going anywhere. BTW, Jim warns on the danger of taking a 13th pitcher in Jayson Nix’s place.

March 26, 2010

Scott Merkin’s says the Sox should keep AJ around

From Merkin’s mailbag:

I know this comment sounds strange, considering Flowers is pegged as the organization’s catcher of the future. But in my humble estimation, you have to keep Pierzynski for another couple of years. I really think he’s as valuable as any player on the team, in terms of all the intangibles he brings to the equation. He calls a good game, is one of the game’s better catchers on offense and possesses the sort of strident leadership you need in a winning clubhouse.

March 24, 2010

Final cuts next week? Interim cuts on the weekend?

Levine:

Guillen said after Wednesday’s game that his final roster cuts will probably come sometime next week. However, he may pare down the number of players in camp on Sunday or Monday.

Guillen and the White Sox coaching staff are trying to figure out whether the team can carry 12 pitchers to begin the season. Reliever Sergio Santos has created problems for the team because of his outstanding pitching so far.

“I got my team,” Guillen said. “We have one guy who is a tough problem. You know who it is. It’s Santos.” …

Dan Hudson is waiting for an answer:

“I’m just hanging on until they tell me (otherwise),” Hudson said. “I’m just hanging around the locker room until they kick me out – they haven’t really told me anything.” …

Kenny is impressed:

Sergio Santos, a converted infielder who looks as if he’ll break camp as a Major League reliever in just one year’s transformation time, stands at the forefront of this group.”I’ve been surprised how Santos, for a position change guy, can locate his fastball and throw a slider for strikes and a changeup behind in the count,” Williams said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

Santos, 26, entered camp with the reputation of possessing a high-octane fastball in the 98-mph range. But his pitchability, for lack of a better word, has been off the charts.

With nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings heading into his next scheduled outing Thursday against San Diego, the right-hander has put himself as the prime contender for that 12th spot on the pitching staff. Santos is out of Minor League options, so through this great spring, he also has made himself attractive to other teams with thin bullpens. …

Is Kenny’s phone ringing?

Rogers:

… The question with the 32-year-old Aquino is whether this is a flash in a pan or if Don Cooper has done something to unlock his potential. The bottom line here is that the White Sox have pitching to trade, which should make Ken Williams‘ phone ring frequently in the next week. He’d love to move Linebrink, but would he deal Pena if his staff projected that Aquino could be just as effective? Could he receive an offer rich enough to deal Santos, who has the chance to become a right-handed complement to Thornton if not, ultimately, a candidate to replace Jenks?

March 23, 2010

Cowley says Nix is in

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 23, 2010 8:13 pm
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Cowley:

Fact is, Nix is on the team. Manager Ozzie Guillen made that obvious after the 6-1 loss to San Francisco, somewhat slipping up in talking about how many pitchers they would carry.

“We don’t know yet,” Guillen said. “Everything is … it’s tough because if we go more than 12 [pitchers], we need one more guy, utility guy would be [Omar] Vizquel and Nix. Everyone else would be rotating in the outfield and DH spot with [Mark] Kotsay.”

In other words, the real debate left is do they go 12 pitchers and go with Sergio Santos, who is out of options? Or do they take 11 and the lefty bat of Alejandro De Aza?

Sox cut seven

whitesox.com:

seven cuts announced prior to Tuesday’s game with the Giants.And the players surviving the moves stand as intriguing as the ones sent down or sent out.

Catcher Tyler Flowers and right-handed pitcher Carlos Torres were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, while right-handed pitcher Ryan Braun, outfielders Jordan Danks and Josh Kroeger and infielders Brent Morel and C.J. Retherford were reassigned to Minor League camp.

… Tuesday’s moves give the White Sox 32 players in Major League camp and basically nine players fighting for two roster spots. The utility infielder battle, to complement Omar Vizquel, appears to come down to Jayson Nix and Brent Lillibridge, with Nix being out of options. …

March 15, 2010

Joe Cowley looks on the roster battles

He thinks Jayson Nix and Sergio Santos are the frontrunners for the utility man and 6th bullpen spot roster battles.

March 14, 2010

Ozzie Guillen loves him some C.J. Retherford. Nix and Lillibridge not so much.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2010 7:20 pm
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Cowley:

The battle between Jayson Nix and Brent Lillibridge for that final reserve spot is still a dead heat.

Unfortunately, both players fall under the category of “disappointing,” so manager Ozzie Guillen is hoping that it could only get better.

… Guillen was critical of both players last season, especially with the fact that he felt they focused to much on being power hitters rather than hitting the ball on the ground and using their legs.

With Nix and Lillibridge scuffling that has also opened the door for rookies Jordan Danks and C.J. Retherford. Guillen has been gushing over the younger Danks brother since the start of camp, but Retherford has played his way into Guillen’s sights. …

March 3, 2010

Sox sign Beckham, Flowers, Hudson and 13 others to contracts for 2010

whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on 2010 contracts with the following 16 players:

Catchers (1) – Tyler Flowers

Infielders (3) – Gordon Beckham, Brent Lillibridge and Jayson Nix

Outfielders (2) – Alejandro De Aza and Stefan Gartrell

Pitchers (10) – Lucas Harrell, Daniel Hudson, Brandon Hynick, Santo Luis, Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez, Brian Omogrosso, Clevelan Santeliz, Carlos Torres and Randy Williams.

All members of the White Sox 40-man roster are signed for 2010.

UPDATE: Beckham got $445,000.

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