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April 13, 2012

BaseballInstict looks at the minor leagues

Southern League:

Jared Mitchell, OF – The 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft had his career interrupted when he tore an ankle tendon in the spring of 2010. He wasn’t the same in 2011, however was very impressive in the winter instructional league and warranted a promotion to AA. He will be interesting to follow this season as he has tons of potential.

Carolina League:

Trayce Thompson, OF – The 2009 2nd round picked didn’t really impress in 2009 and 2010.  However, some of that changed after hitting 24 HRs in 2011.  His batting average as awful and his K rate was extremely high.  The 21-year-old remains a good talent and will get time to work out some mechanical issues in the Carolina League.

South Atlantic League

Kevan Smith, C - Mature college catcher with power to all fields. He has the bat but is still learning to be a professional catcher.

International League:

Jordan Danks, OF – Has some pop and speed.  He wasn’t much of a prospect and after 2 full seasons at AAA, the 25-year-old doesn’t figure to be a major league regular.  Still, he will have an opportunity to find himself on the bench as a 4th or 5th outfielder before the season is over.

February 9, 2012

MLB.com’s 2012 Top 20 White Sox Prospects

Jonathan Mayo:

1. Addison Reed, RHP (video)
2. Nestor Molina, RHP (video)
3. Trayce Thompson, OF (video)
4. Eduardo Escobar, SS (video)
5. Jacob Petricka, RHP (video)
6. Erik Johnson, RHP (video)
7. Keenyn Walker, OF (video)
8. Simon Castro, RHP (video)
9. Tyler Saladino, SS (video)
10. Jhan Marinez, RHP (video)
11. Marcus Semien, SS (video)
12. Nate Jones, RHP (video)
13. Hector Santiago, LHP (video)
14. Charlie Leesman, LHP (video)
15. Kevan Smith, C (video)
16. Andy Wilkins, 1B (video)
17. Michael Blanke, C (video)
18. Scott Snodgress, LHP (video)
19. Jose Quintana, LHP (video)
20. Josh Phegley, C (video)

No Dylan Axelrod, Jared Mitchell, Andre Rienzo, Gregory Infante, Jeff Soptic, Rangel Ravelo on the list.

October 3, 2011

Kenny Williams’ 2012 plan: Let the kids play

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Does that imply Carlos Quentin is gone? Will Kenny try to get A.J. Pierzynski to waive his 10-and-5 rights, so he can trade him?

Other White Sox links:

August 30, 2011

This year’s White Sox AFL team will be the Mesa Solar Sox (and Terry Doyle will play for them) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2011 9:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

White Sox Minor League pitcher Terry Doyle, catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Tyler Saladino and outfielder Brandon Short will be part of the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2011 Arizona Fall League. Triple-A Charlotte skipper Joe McEwing will be the club’s manager.

The AFL starts on October 4 and concludes with the AFL Championship on November 19.

UPDATE: Seems the Sox will send 3 more pitchers to Mesa.

June 26, 2011

John Danks down (DL), Hector Santiago up [UPDATE]

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Merkin @ CWS:

Danks will be making the first trip to the disabled list in his nine-year professional career. Left-handed reliever Hector Santiagohad his contract purchased from Double-A Birmingham to replace Danks.Santiago, 23, has split the season between Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham, going a combined 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 14 starts during his first season as a starter. The 6-foot, 210-pounder was 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in eight starts with Winston-Salem and 4-2 with a 4.58 ERA in six outings with the Barons.

Santiago learned of his promotion on Sunday morning, when Birmingham manager Bobby Magallanes asked if the southpaw could work out of the bullpen. When Santiago said he could, Magallanes said he would be doing it for the White Sox. The young man arrived at U.S. Cellular in the sixth inning and already was warming up in the bullpen by the eighth. …

Santiago was a reliever until this year. He added a screwball this year.

UPDATE: Josh Phegley, Santiago’s catcher in Birmingham, talks about Santiago’s screwball:

“I haven’t quite figured it out yet,” Barons catcher Josh Phegley told the Birmingham News. “It’s a pretty interesting pitch.

“I’ve heard hitters ask me what it is. It’s like a right-handed curveball from a left-hander. The 95-96 (mph fastball) from the left side is going to be hard enough.”

June 3, 2011

Kenny Williams wants more pitching

Merkin @ CWS:

“If [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and Kenny had their way, it would always be pitching,” Laumann said. “I don’t necessarily disagree with that. You also need guys to catch and throw across the field and score some runs.” … “We will deal from the depth of the Draft, which looks like it’s in the college pitching, and that’s a good thing for us,” Laumann said. “Or if we feel like there’s one position player that stands out as an impact guy, we can possibly get him at 47 and feel confident about the next two or three college arms.”

Other White Sox links: James has fun with arbitrary datesSergio Santos hasn’t changed, A.J. Pierzynski is balancing his hands, Don Cooper says the 6-man rotation will stick around for a while, and Josh Phegley has good day at the plate and says he always goes after the first available fastball he sees.

April 22, 2011

Kevin Goldstein on Jose Martinez and Josh Phegley

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2011 3:04 pm
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Goldstein @BP:

  • Jose Martinez, OF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 3-for-5, 2B, 3 R. He doesn’t have the wheels anymore, but other tools are in place; 22-year-old is up to .434/.492/.604 in 13 games.
  • Josh Phegley, C, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 2-for-5, 2 HR (3), 2 R, 4 RBI. Few doubted he could hit coming out of college, but questions about receiving skills remain unanswered as he’s committed 12 errors and been charged with 23 passed balls in just 91 career games behind the plate.

Small problem: Martinez’ BABIP is an astronomical .479.

March 29, 2011

Jeff Marquez clears waivers

Gonzales @ CT:

Pitcher Jeff Marquez was expected to accept an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday after clearing waivers.

Good. We’ll see how his Spring Training K & BB ratios hold up.

Gonzales also reports the minor league teams where some of the Sox prospects will be assigned to. Jared Mitchell will go to A+ Winston-Salem; Josh Phegley and Andy Wilkins to AA Birmingham; Mike Blanke, Trayce Thompson, Jacob Petricka, and Addison Reed to A Kannapolis.

March 9, 2011

Jonathan Mayo’s 2011 Top 10 White Sox prospects (video)

Mayo @ MLB:

And here’s Mayo’s White Sox OMG (One More Guy): Jacob Petricka, RHP.


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13144373&c_id=cws

Here’s Brent Morel’s description:

More of a right-handed Wade Boggs type than a power hitter at the hot corner, Morel is ready to take over at third for the White Sox. He’ll hit for average, as his .305 career mark shows, and he’s an outstanding defender, one who could even play shortstop if needed.

Wade Boggs? Did Kenny Williams made a deal with the devil?

March 7, 2011

FutureSox looks at the White Sox catching prospects [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 7, 2011 3:30 pm
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The catching prospects were Tyler Flowers, Miguel Gonzalez, Josh Phegley, and 2010 draftee Mike Blanke:

The Canadian put up massive numbers for Great Falls and scouting reports are surprisingly positive about him. It’s hard to put stock in rookie ball numbers, but there’s a lot to like. The word is that his defense is actually quite good, which goes against what we read when he was drafted. Blanke is a serious sleeper candidate for 2011, but at 22 he does have to get moving.

UPDATE: Here’s another article about Mike Blanke:

[UT coach] Urso says, “There’s not a guy in the program that puts in more time (than Blanke). This guy just works and works and works.”

And grows and grows and grows. Blanke, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, laughs when he points out that his license still says he’s 5-9. Of course, a few years ago, he was, before sprouting up half a foot over a two-year span from his junior year in high school until his sophomore year at St. Petersburg College. The growth spurt was a blessing in disguise. …

January 25, 2011

Kevin Goldstein’s 2011 Top 11 White Sox prospects [UPDATE]

Goldstein @ BP:

9 more and Goldstein’s scouting report on Chris Sale at the link.

UPDATE: Goldstein discusses the White Sox Top 11/20 on Episode 25 of his podcast (mp3). The White Sox discussion is at the 72:30 mark and runs for about 12 minutes.

January 19, 2011

White Sox invite 14 players to Spring Training

whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitchers Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney, Shane Lindsay and Miguel Socolovich, catchers Donny Lucy and Jared Price and infielder Dallas McPherson. All eight players, in addition to six players within the White Sox system, have received non-roster invites to the club’s spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Right-handed pitchers Kyle Bellamy and Brandon Hynick, left-hander Charlie Leesman, outfielders Jordan Danks and Brandon Short and catcher Josh Phegley all received invites to major-league camp from within the organization. Five of the 14 spring training invitees have major-league experience.

… White Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Thursday, February 17, with physicals and a workout scheduled for the same day. Position players will report and undergo physicals on Tuesday, February 22. The first full-squad workout also will take place at that time.

January 6, 2011

John Sickels’ White Sox Top 20 Prospects for 2011

Sickels:

1) Chris Sale, LHP, Grade A: I don’t see how I can give him anything but a Grade A considering how his debut went. Starter or closer, either way he looks great to me.

2) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B: Should be a solid regular, very good glove, bat will be enough, Joe Randa comps are common and accurate, in my view.

… 9) Andre Rienzo, RHP, Grade C+: This guy is a huge sleeper. You won’t see him on many other lists, but he has good stuff and good numbers. From Brazil.

The rest at the link.

December 24, 2010

Josh Phegley’s platelet count has spiked up after his operation!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 24, 2010 1:02 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

… Strong support from his family helped Phegley deal with the setback. He also learned more about how the game is run after being forced to the sideline, where he watched intently and studied the decisions made by his managers and coaches.

Most of Phegley’s treatment took place at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, and Phegley gave huge credit to the White Sox organization for its ongoing support. As an up-and-coming White Sox prospect, Phegley was scheduled to take part in the Arizona Fall League so that he might pick up missed at-bats, but instead of trying to get the ITP under control while also playing baseball, Phegley went home to focus on getting well.

His spleen was removed during surgery on Nov. 5, a process that caused Phegley’s platelet count to automatically spike. If post-surgery blood work had revealed that his platelet count had plummeted again, that would indicate that there still was a problem. But his platelet count not only didn’t drop, it elevated further, as evidenced by tests taken in early December, which leads an ecstatic and encouraged Phegley to believe “all is well.”

“At the beginning, it was so surreal that it didn’t hit me that it was that big of a deal. You have this life-threatening illness, but you feel 100 percent normal,” said Phegley, who has been working out for the past month and only has to guard against certain bacterial infections that could do damage without the counteracting antibodies produced by his spleen. “It happens to thousands of people per year. It’s like a genetic thing.

“Some people I talk to, they get strep throat, and their system will do this. You can get a common cold, and it happens.” …

That’s absolutely fantastic!

December 1, 2010

Josh Phegley recovering after spleen removal operation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2010 4:08 pm
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The operation took place on November 5 writes Mark Gonzales:

White Sox catching prospect Josh Phegley is making a strong recovery after his spleen was removed Nov. 5 in Chicago.

The procedure was done after Phegley and the Sox’s medical staff consulted with several experts who concluded that this was the best chance for Phegley to overcome Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a condition that results in a low blood platelets.

The belief was that the platelets were being destroyed in the spleen, agent Joe Bick said.

This condition forced Phegley, a 2009 supplemental first-round pick, to miss the first part of the 2010 season in the minors. It resurfaced on the morning of opening day of the Arizona Fall League season and caused Phegley to be removed from the Peoria Saguaros’ roster.

Phegley has resumed workouts, and his platelet counts are “real good,” according to Bick.

Let’s hope Josh has a totally successful recovery.

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