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November 18, 2009

AFL video of Sox prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 18, 2009 3:30 am
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Jordan Danks – Arizona Fall League – 2009 from David Pratt on Vimeo.

Brent Morel – Arizona Fall League – 2009 from David Pratt on Vimeo.

C.J. Retherford – Arizona Fall League – 2009 from David Pratt on Vimeo.

November 17, 2009

AFL Day 34 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 17, 2009 4:06 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Peoria Saguaros: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing CF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 70 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Javelinas won 24-15:

Jordan Danks: 3-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, .322 AVG
Brent Morel: 4-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, .396 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 6.59 ERA

Sox Top 15 prospects by Kevin Goldstein [UPDATE]

Kevin Goldstein:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Daniel Hudson, RHP
2. Jared Mitchell, OF
3. Tyler Flowers, C
Three-Star Prospects
4. Jordan Danks, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
6. Brent Morel, 3B
7. Clevelan Santeliz, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
Two-Star Prospects
9. Santos Rodriguez, LHP
10. David Holmberg, LHP
11. C.J. Retherford, 2B
Four More:

12. Jhonny Nunez, RHP
13. Josh Phegley, C
14. John Ely, RHP
15. Nathan Jones, RHP

from the Daniel Hudson section:

The Good: Hudson combines plus stuff with well above-average command. His 92-94 mph fastball can touch 96 and features good tailing action, and he throws strikes to both sides of the plate with it. His best secondary offering is a plus changeup that is a true swing-and-miss pitch, which lessens the concerns about his slingy, low three-quarters arm action.
The Bad: Hudson’s slider flashed average, but it is inconsistent. He’ll need to establish it more as a starter in the big leagues. He tends to work up in the zone and gives up fly balls. Despite the enormous leap forward, many scouts think he’s maxed out projection-wise.
Perfect World Projection: Even with Hudson’s tremendous growth in 2009, some scouts don’t see room for much more, seeing him as a good third starter at best. Others think he’d be even better as a late-inning reliever.

UPDATE: Here’s Goldstein chat. He believes in the improvement of Tyler Flowers’ defense at catcher.

November 15, 2009

AFL Day 32

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 15, 2009 2:25 pm
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No games today so let’s see how the Sox prospects are doing:

Jordan Danks: .310/.437/.440/.877 with 22 Ks and 18 BBs in 84 ABs
C.J. Retherford: .250/.328/.367/.695 with 9 Ks and 6 BBs in 60 ABs
Brent Morel: .362/.385/.383/.768 with 6 Ks and 3 BB in 47 ABs

Kyle Bellamy has only 3.2 IP.

Here are the stats as they were on October 25 (Dayan Viciedo was replaced by Brent Morel):

Jordan Danks: .424/.513/.697/1.210 with 3 Ks and 5 BBs in 33 ABs
C.J. Retherford: .346/.414/.615/1.029 with 2 Ks and 2 BBs in 26 ABs
Dayan Viciedo: .333/.350/.556/.906 with 6 Ks and 1 BB in 18 ABs

Danks is slowing down while Morel is heating up after a cold start.

Peoria clinched the AFL West division. They’ll be playing in the Championship game next Saturday.

BTW, you can see how all the Sox prospects are doing in their Winter Ball leagues here:

http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/org.jsp?id=cws

Here are a couple bright spots:

Clevelan Santeliz (DWL): 1.72 ERA with 19 Ks and 4 BBs in 15.2 IP and a 0.89 WHIP
Ehren Wassermann (MPL): 2.49 ERA with 14 Ks and 4 BBs in 21.2 IP and a 0.97 WHIP

November 14, 2009

AFL Day 31 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 14, 2009 7:26 pm
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Mesa Solar Sox vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing CF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing DH. Weather: 62 degrees, clear.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 4-2:

Jordan Danks: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, .310 AVG
Brent Morel: 1-4, 1 K, .362 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-3, .250 AVG
Jacob Rasner: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 13.50 ERA

November 13, 2009

AFL Day 30 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 13, 2009 3:18 pm
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Surprise Rafters vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing CF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 71 degrees, partly cloudy.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 5-4:

Jordan Danks: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS, .321 AVG
Brent Morel: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 DP, .372 AVG
Kyle Bellamy: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 2.45 ERA
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 5.84 ERA

The Javelinas clinched a division tie.

November 12, 2009

AFL Day 29 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 12, 2009 3:19 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Surprise Rafters: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing DH. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Justin Cassel is the Starting Pitcher. Weather: 75 degrees, cloudy.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 8-6:

Jordan Danks: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, .329 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 CS, .400 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1-4, 1 RBI, .263 AVG
Justin Cassel: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 K, 4 BB, 0 HR, 8.80 ERA

Jordan Danks impressions from John Sickels AFL trip

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 12, 2009 12:24 pm
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I got my question answered:

Q: did you see jordan danks?

what were your impressions?

prior to his oblique injury he tore up AA in the summer. not so afterwards

do you think it was more the oblique or a AA flameout?

thanks john

A: danks

I liked his athleticism a lot….fast, looks wiry strong. His swing looked slow and long in the two games I saw him play, and he was having trouble with pitches inside, which may have been an issue in Double-A. Scouts were mixed about him, some like him a lot, others think he’ll continue to struggle against better pitching.

November 10, 2009

AFL Day 27 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2009 8:37 pm
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Peoria Saguaros vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 78 degrees, clear.

UPDATE: Javelinas won 9-5:

Jordan Danks: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K, .329 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-3, 1 RBI, 1 E (1, fielding), .371 AVG
Jacob Rasner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 18.90 ERA
Kyle Bellamy: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 3.38 ERA

November 9, 2009

Links, we got links, we got lots and lots of links.

– Mark Buehrle’s perfect game is the theme of an exhibit at the Art Institute.

– The Pods talks are back on. But Kenny won’t sacrifice other needs to fill the leadoff role.

– Dotel and Dye are officially ‘Type A free-agents’. Dotel filed for free-agency.

– Kenny expects the youngsters to contribute.

– Kenny will seek Carlos Quentin’s permission if he wants to move him to Right Field.

– Sox interest in Aroldis Chapman appears lukewarm says van dyck.

– Here’s the Elias free-agent rankings list. BA’s Q&A is here.

– Sox’ odds to win the 2010 World Series: 28-1.

– Phil Rogers wonders if Kenny will go after Roy Halladay.

… but not Chone Figgins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 9, 2009 7:04 pm
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from Bruce Miles’ GM meetings report:

It doesn’t look like Chone Figgins, late of the Angels, is a monetary fit for either team in Chicago. “That’s not ‘little,’” Kenny said of the kind of money Figgins will be looking for.

and

Kenny Williams said he feels about outfielder Jordan Danks the same way at this time that he felt about Gordon Beckham last year. That’s high praise. So maybe we will see Danks at the Cell come spring

or Kenny is preparing to ship him out of town!

Figgins is is a Type-A free-agent.

Kenny wants an outfielder

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 9, 2009 4:32 pm
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Cowley:

”We’ve done our groundwork awhile ago,” Williams said. ”We’re going to look at our outfield. We have one spot left in our outfield. Fortunately, we can look at either corner spot or center field.”

According to Williams, if he doesn’t like what he hears on the outfield front, ”we’re certainly not under any dire pressure.”

That’s because Williams has watched Jordan Danks put on a show in the Arizona Fall League after a solid minor-league season. Sox pitcher John Danks’ younger brother also can lead off and play multiple outfield spots. …

November 7, 2009

AFL Day 25 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 7, 2009 5:19 pm
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AFL All-Star game: 7:15 CT on MLB Network and free live webcast on MLB.com (Jordan Danks will be wearing #20 for the AFL West team)

UPDATE: AFL West wins 8-7:

Jordan Danks CF-RF: 1-5, 2 K, .200 AVG
Weather: 77 degrees, clear

BTW, Here’s another TV program to check-out:

John Fogerty: Live By Request: 8:00 CT on PBS (WTTW Ch. 11 in Chicago)

http://www.youtube.com/livebyrequest

Teahen and $1 million?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 7, 2009 5:03 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

[Sox GM Kenny] Williams said the trade for Teahen from the Royals for second baseman Chris Getz and infielder Josh Fields, which was reported Thursday, needed approval from the commissioner’s office before an announcement could be made. The Sox also received a reported $1 million from the Royals.

Gonzales, also, says with Dye’s buyout the Sox are expected to look for another outfielder while keeping an eye an their own outfield prospect, Jordan Danks, in the Arizona Fall League.

November 6, 2009

AFL Day 24 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 6, 2009 7:49 pm
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Peoria Saguaros vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing DH. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 78 degrees, cloudy.

UPDATE: Javelinas won 6-3:

Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K, .346 AVG
Brent Morel: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 DP, .276 AVG

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