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May 24, 2012

John Danks down, Jose Quintana up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2012 7:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

John Danks will be placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday’s series opener against the Indians, and Jose Quintana will be called from Triple-A Charlotte to temporarily take Danks’ spot in the rotation.

Danks, 27, felt out-of-the-ordinary soreness in the sub scapular area, which is the back of his left shoulder, when he tried playing catch Sunday after throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a Saturday victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The durable starter talked to general manager Ken Williams, manager Robin Ventura and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider, and after a MRI was done on Thursday, they decided the best course of action was a safe one for a pitcher who had one previous DL trip last season with a strained right oblique.

… A trip to the disabled list, retroactive to his start against the Cubs on Saturday, means Danks will miss the Indians and then the series finale at Tampa Bay on May 30. If all goes well, Danks will be eligible to return on a June 4 off-day and then would face the Blue Jays at home on June 5 without any Minor League rehab work needed.

Here are Quintana’s minor-league stats over the last 2 years:

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 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 1 3 .250 2.77 9 9 0 0 0 0 48.2 43 17 15 1 14 0 41 0 0 2 196 1.171 8.0 0.2 2.6 7.6 2.93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/24/2012.

May 8, 2012

Chris Sale’s two-seamer averages 94.4 mph

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2012 9:30 pm
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Sox @ Cleveland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks, Jh 7.0 5 2 2 3 1 0 5.89
Sale(BS, 1) 1.0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2.73
Santiago, H(W, 1-1) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.73
Reed(S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 10.0 8 3 2 4 5 0 3.65

Pitches-strikes: Danks, Jh 101-63, Sale 26-14, Santiago, H 24-17, Reed 16-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Danks, Jh 8-3, Sale 2-1, Santiago, H 0-2, Reed 0-1.
Batters faced: Danks, Jh 27, Sale 6, Santiago, H 5, Reed 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Sale 2-2.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
SL (Slider) 80.48 81.8 -4.54 -2.80 11 3 / 27.27% 1 / 9.09% 3 / 27.27% 0.1601
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.41 95.8 11.14 6.86 15 11 / 73.33% 0 / 0.00% 7 / 63.64% 0.3240
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
8 26 14 53.85 26 0.484

Seems Sale didn’t throw any change-ups.

If you want to see the Pitch-F/X readings for Sale’s previous starts click here.

Here’s James’ recap of tonight’s game.

Pitch-F/X for more Sox pitchers inside

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February 12, 2012

Top Minor League Prospects Compilation – Update #1

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2012 12:00 am
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Joe Hamrahi:

The first top prospects compilation update of the year is now available! I have linked to the new file below. The Excel workbook contains tabs at the bottom representing each of the league’s divisions as well as a tab for top 100 lists and positional analysis.

This is a fairly comprehensive update, but it is far from complete. I will have more for you Monday or Tuesday after Kevin Goldstein‘s Top 101 prospects list is released. All of MLB.com’s published prospects will be updated at that time as well thanks to the help of Jonathan Mayo.

As usual, if you find any errors or omissions, would like to recommend a ranking source, or have any other comments or suggestions, please email me at jhamrahi@baseballprospectus.com.

2011-2012 Top Prospect Compilation File – February 10, 2012

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February 3, 2012

Pitch classification project

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 3, 2012 11:30 pm
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Dan Brooks:

This is a little script that displays seasonal PITCHf/x data using labels tagged by the THT writers. It includes over a dozen different ways to cut and slice the data, with some of the most common PITCHf/x plots (e.g., Horizontal Movement x Speed) and some uncommon ones (e.g., fancy trajectory plots with nice art). …

Here’sJohn Danks’ player card and Chris Sale’s player card.

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January 31, 2012

Clay Davenport’s and sg’s 2012 projections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 31, 2012 11:30 pm
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Clay Davenport (1/31):

AL Cent Won Lost Runs Runs A
DET 89 73 771 696
CWS 79 83 696 716
CLE 78 84 700 728
MIN 74 88 679 741
KCR 71 91 681 779

sg @ RLYB uses his 2012 Marcel forecasts (1/28):

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PL%
DET 84 78 747 708 43.0% 2.4% 10.1% 55.4%
CLE 83 79 722 708 30.6% 2.9% 7.8% 41.3%
CHA 79 83 686 703 15.2% 1.5% 4.2% 20.9%
KC 79 83 691 714 10.8% 1.9% 4.1% 16.9%
MIN 68 94 693 813 0.4% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5%

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January 26, 2012

Robin Ventura talks about the 2012 Sox

Scott Merkin:

Ventura was asked about a few key matters during an interview session with White Sox beat reporters on Thursday and came up with a few pre-Spring Training solutions. The White Sox starting rotation, which looks to be one of its strongest suits, seems all but set with John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. According to Ventura, Philip Humber has the advantage at No. 5 over any of the young newcomers such as Nestor Molina or returnees such as Zach Stewart or Dylan Axelrod.”Phil would be that leader heading into the clubhouse,” Ventura said of Humber, whose breakout 2011 effort resulted in a 9-9 record and 3.75 ERA. “I don’t see anything changing with that at this point. We will see during Spring Training, but I’m confident in Phil in doing that No. 5 position.”Humber posted an 8-5 record with a 3.10 ERA and .218 opponents average against in the first half, but had a 1-4 mark, 5.01 ERA and .287 average against after the All-Star break.

Reliever Matt Thornton‘s season was slightly reversed, as the left-hander posted a 2.45 ERA over 52 games after May 1 following an 8.64 ERA in April. Thornton also had blown saves in his first four chances, although he didn’t have the best of luck behind him. Even with that slow start, Ventura tabbed Thornton on Thursday as his leading 2012 closer candidate over rookie Addison Reed and Jesse Crain. “I’m leaning on Matt doing that,” Ventura said. “I don’t think those type of things are concrete. I would like to see him do that, but we’ll see how that goes in Spring Training with him and how he feels.”

In Ventura’s estimation, the team doesn’t have a true utility infielder at this point. Brent Lillibridge earned high praise from Ventura for his versatility and talent, but he wasn’t identified as a possible backup shortstop. Ventura said that Alex Rios could see time in both left field and center field, and as of now, Alejandro De Aza looks to be the leadoff man. Of course, it’s just late January and things could change by the end of Cactus League action. “Gordon [Beckham] could probably do it depending on how he feels about that and how he looks in Spring Training, as far as getting on base,” Ventura said of the leadoff slot. “He has more power than normal leadoff guys, but he’s one of them.”

January 10, 2012

John Danks’ 2012 salary: $500,000

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 10, 2012 11:30 pm
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Short leash for Alex Rios?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 10, 2012 12:10 am
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Scott Merkin’s mailbag:

… If Rios does get off to a slow start, let’s say through April or even a week into May, I don’t think the White Sox will hesitate to go in a different direction.

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January 1, 2012

Will the Sox go after Yoennis Cespedes?

Bruce Levine:

After trading both Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos, the Chicago White Sox have cleared some payroll, upwards of $10 million off their 2012 salary base. That money may be used to bid on 26-year-old Cespedes or 19-year-old Jorge Soler, also a multi-talented Cuban defector, but White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was reluctant to say how far in the White Sox are in relationship to the Cuban free agents.

Scott Merkin:

“What I will say is that there are some doors now open for us that were not open just yesterday because of savings of dollars,” Williams said. “But which direction we are heading with that, it would be counterproductive in getting something done to say we are deciding to go down that road. So we can take some of that little bit of payroll we cleared and invest it in something that helps the Major League club now, or something that helps on the horizon with another prospect. We could end up making this a 3-for-1 deal instead of a 2-for-1, albeit with two guys we really like.”

Well, with teams like the Yankee$, the Red Sox, the new Marlins, and the Cubs involved I think we can be pretty sure the Sox won’t land Cespedes. Kenny will only kick the tires. Probably…

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Happy new year folks!

December 29, 2011

White Sox announce John Danks contract extension

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 29, 2011 7:00 pm
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox and left-handed pitcher John Danks have agreed to terms on a five-year, $65-million contract.  Under terms of the agreement, Danks will receive $8 million in 2012, which was to be his final season of arbitration eligibility, and $14.25 million in each of the 2013-16 seasons.

A native of Austin, Texas, Danks is 54-56 with a 4.03 ERA (411 ER/917.2 IP) and 714 strikeouts in 150 starts over five major-league seasons, all with the White Sox.  Since the start of the 2008 season, he ranks third among American League left-handers with 605 strikeouts, fourth with 48 victories and 76 quality starts and eighth with a 3.77 ERA.

Danks’ contract includes some no-trade clause protections:

MLB.com also has learned that Danks holds full no-trade veto power in the first year of his deal and has limited no-trade considerations over the next four. That limited no-trade translates into six teams to which Danks can’t be traded without his approval.

Danks posted the best K/BB ratio of his major-league career last year:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2007 22 CHW AL 6 13 .316 5.50 26 26 0 0 0 0 139.0 160 92 85 28 54 4 109 4 0 3 622 86 1.540 10.4 1.8 3.5 7.1 2.02
2008 23 CHW AL 12 9 .571 3.32 33 33 0 0 0 0 195.0 182 74 72 15 57 1 159 4 0 7 804 138 1.226 8.4 0.7 2.6 7.3 2.79
2009 24 CHW AL 13 11 .542 3.77 32 32 0 1 0 0 200.1 184 89 84 28 73 1 149 5 0 1 839 124 1.283 8.3 1.3 3.3 6.7 2.04
2010 25 CHW AL 15 11 .577 3.72 32 32 0 1 1 0 213.0 189 93 88 18 70 2 162 4 1 2 878 115 1.216 8.0 0.8 3.0 6.8 2.31
2011 26 CHW AL 8 12 .400 4.33 27 27 0 2 1 0 170.1 182 89 82 19 46 5 135 7 0 6 728 97 1.339 9.6 1.0 2.4 7.1 2.93
5 Seasons 54 56 .491 4.03 150 150 0 4 2 0 917.2 897 437 411 108 300 13 714 24 1 19 3871 111 1.304 8.8 1.1 2.9 7.0 2.38
162 Game Avg. 12 13 .491 4.03 34 34 0 1 0 0 208 203 99 93 24 68 3 162 5 0 4 877 111 1.304 8.8 1.1 2.9 7.0 2.38
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/29/2011.

And here’s audio of Kenny Williams and John Danks’ comments (2:12). And John Danks’ comments on CSN (4:17) and on print by Van Schouwen.

December 22, 2011

“White Sox people” say reports of a rebuilding were greatly exaggerated

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 22, 2011 11:00 pm
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Danny Knobler @ CBS Sports:

In fact, some White Sox people cringed when Williams began talking openly about “rebuilding.”

“We are not rebuilding,” one of them said forcefully.

More from the “White Sox people”:

Third, the word in both the international scouting community and among White Sox people is that the Sox could be very involved in the bidding for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who should become a free agent next month.

Kenny Williams wants the “White Sox people” to stop talking about the White Sox.

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December 21, 2011

White Sox agree to 5-year extension with John Danks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 21, 2011 9:00 pm
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Kenny found 65 cents! Here are the tweets [messages] from the guy that broke the story:

Confirmation:

Seems the Sox doctor is on vacation:

December 20, 2011

Carlos Quentin and/or John Danks trade talks to pick up?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 20, 2011 1:45 pm
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Richard Griffin @ The Toronto Star:

Anthopoulos began serious trade talks at the winter meetings and is now ready to resume calling GMs in earnest now that he knows the Darvish negotiations are off the table for the Jays.

There are talks with White Sox GM Kenny Williams for outfielder Carlos Quentin and John Danks. There’s a call to be made to Billy Beane with imaginative back-and-forth involving lefthander Gio Gonzalez. How about the Astros and Wandy Rodriguez or the Braves and Jair Jurrjens?

Maybe another team can be enticed to join in on one of these trade talks, brought in to create some heavy three-way action, because Anthopoulos is always prepared, armed with knowledge of all 30 teams, not just his own. He does his serious legwork and likes to know what other teams are looking for even if he doesn’t have the parts to satisfy them. That’s where the creativity and imagination come in.

Is another trade with Toronto coming?

December 6, 2011

Kenny Williams says he won’t trade any other starting pitcher … probably! [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2011 2:45 pm
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Chuck Garfien:

“It is the start of a rebuilding and you guys know that I’ve not used that word in 12 years, but it is the start of rebuilding now,” Williams told reporters. “Is it the start of a falling domino-type of rebuilding? No, absolutely not, because as we currently sit here I do not like what’s currently being offered for our valuable pieces. So I’m of the mindset that while we may do a couple more things, as we sit here right now we’ll probably keep the rest of the pitching intact.”

That means John Danks and Gavin Floyd are safe…for now.

UPDATE: Doug Padilla:

“Because as we currently sit, I do not like what is currently being offered for any of our valuable veteran pieces. I’m of the mindset that while we may do a couple of more things, as we sit right now we’ll probably keep the rest of the pitching intact and we’ll focus on some peripheral things to kind of continue to get a piece here or there that will help us in 2013, 2014. But as I sit here right now I don’t see any deals for any of the other pitchers.”

December 4, 2011

Kenny Williams will probably wait if he intends to trade John Danks or Gavin Floyd

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 4, 2011 11:00 pm
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Commenting on Jon Heyman’s tweet that the Sox wanted C/1B Jesus Montero and LHP Manny Banuelos for LHP John Danks J.J. Stankevitz writes:

… What it shows is that the Sox will probably wait until C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle are off the market to make a move. When they do sign, more teams will likely be interested in trading for Danks (or Gavin Floyd), thus upping the potential return.

Yeah, Kenny will probably wait if he intends to trade Danks or Floyd. Except if he gets an offer too good too pass up. Or if they hypnotize him and we get a repeat of Swisher II…

PS. Yes, Montero is probably too much but Banuelos isn’t enough. He’s a 1.53 WHIP 1.81 K/BB AA pitcher:

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
2010 19 Trenton EL AA NYY 0 1 .000 3.52 3 3 0 0 0 0 15.1 15 8 6 2 8 0 17 0 0 1 64 1.500 8.8 1.2 4.7 10.0 2.13
2011 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA NYY 6 7 .462 3.75 27 27 0 1 1 0 129.2 130 63 54 9 71 0 125 7 0 11 577 1.550 9.0 0.6 4.9 8.7 1.76
2011 20 Trenton EL AA NYY 4 5 .444 3.59 20 20 0 0 0 0 95.1 94 46 38 7 52 0 94 6 0 9 422 1.531 8.9 0.7 4.9 8.9 1.81
2011 20 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 2 2 .500 4.19 7 7 0 1 1 0 34.1 36 17 16 2 19 0 31 1 0 2 155 1.602 9.4 0.5 5.0 8.1 1.63
AA (2 seasons) AA 4 6 .400 3.58 23 23 0 0 0 0 110.2 109 54 44 9 60 0 111 6 0 10 486 1.527 8.9 0.7 4.9 9.0 1.85
AAA (1 season) AAA 2 2 .500 4.19 7 7 0 1 1 0 34.1 36 17 16 2 19 0 31 1 0 2 155 1.602 9.4 0.5 5.0 8.1 1.63
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/4/2011.

The K/BB ratio isn’t anything special. Don’t let the Yankee mystique influence you Kenny.

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