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November 23, 2010

FutureSox’ White Sox Top 25 post-season prospects list [UPDATE]

FutureSox:

1. Chris Sale
2. Dayan Viciedo
3. Brent Morel
4. Jared Mitchell
5. Tyler Flowers
6. Trayce Thompson
7. Eduardo Escobar
8. Jacob Petricka
9. Jordan Danks
10. Addison Reed

UPDATE: Jim covers the White Sox Top 10 prospect list by Phil Rogers for Baseball America.

November 5, 2010

Fangraphs’ White Sox 2011 Top 10 prospects

Hulet @ FG:

1. Chris Sale, LHP

Sale not only reached the Majors in his draft year – he dominated. The lefty pitched just 10.1 innings in the minors before posting a 2.74 FIP in 23.1 innings. He missed a lot of bats (12.34 K/9) while showing respectable control (3.86 BB/9). A starter in college, Sale pitched out of the bullpen in pro ball and saw his fastball velocity climb from the low 90′s and sit around 96 mph. He also displayed a sharp slider, at times, and a promising changeup (which he’ll need to combat right-handed batters). …

More at the link.

November 4, 2010

THT’s White Sox 2011 Top 10 prospects

Hagen @ THT:

1. Chris Sale / SP/RP / Sale is a tenacious competitor who belongs in the rotation long term. He displays great movement and strong command of an impressive three-pitch mix. He is far and away Chicago’s best prospect. 

The rest at the link. It also lists the Top 10 White Sox players under the age of 26.

October 21, 2010

More on Josh Phegley

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 21, 2010 9:32 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Phegley, who turns 23 in February, played in just 48 Minor League games for Bristol, Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham during this past season. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound catcher lost playing time after being diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, or ITP.

This syndrome is an “autoimmune bleeding disorder characterized by the abnormally low levels of blood cells called platelets,” according to WebMD.com. Simply put, a common bruise incurred when Phegley’s platelet count was low could cause life-threatening internal bleeding, because of the platelet’s function in blood clotting.

So, after his symptoms came back in early October, the offseason focus for Phegley suddenly became treating his illness for four solid months, instead of mixing in treatment while he was playing baseball.

“I don’t have to worry about being on the field right now,” said Phegley by phone from his home in Terre Haute, Ind. “I can hit the treatments harder and get after it a little more. I’m hoping to knock it out during the offseason and never deal with it again.”

Although Phegley has been dealing with this condition since the end of Spring Training, he has been told by doctors it could disappear as quickly as it appeared. The symptoms, which don’t cause Phegley pain or fatigue, manifest themselves through little red spots on his body.

Those red spots reappeared on the side of his chest, under his armpit, on the day of the first scheduled AFL contest.

Disappearing sounds good. Wishing it happens.

October 18, 2010

AFL Update: Josh Phegley in, Jason Bour out

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 18, 2010 7:04 pm
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Mark Gonzales reports Josh Phegley will not play in the AFL and will be replaced by Jason Bour. No reason was given for Phegley’s leaving.

Gonzales has a couple of minor-league coach updates too. First, Pete Rose Jr. will coach the Bristol Sox. Second, Ernie Young is leaving his post as the Kannapolis Intimidators’ coach to coach the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit’s low-A affiliate) and he is expected to be replaced by Tommy Thompson.

UPDATE: CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski has more regarding Josh Phegley. He says “blood tests revealed that his condition had not improved enough for him to continue playing.” Phegley battled ITP syndrome throughout the season.

Best of luck to Josh.

October 12, 2010

AFL Game #1: Peoria Saguaros @ Scottsdale Scorpions [UPDATE]

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 75 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Jared went 3-4 with a double and a K:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell CF 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .750
Escobar 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500

BASERUNNING
CS: Escobar (1, 2nd base by Verdugo, R/Norris, D), Mitchell (1, 2nd base by Stange/Norris, D).
PO: Escobar (1st base by Verdugo, R).

Peoria Saguaros
Leesman (L, 0-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 9.00

Pitches-strikes: Leesman 22-9.
Groundouts-flyouts
: Leesman 0-1.
Batters faced
: Leesman 5.


Here’s a quick look on the White Sox prospects:

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster. And FutureSox’ post.

September 17, 2010

John Sickels on Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley, Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 17, 2010 7:16 pm
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From Sickels AQA:

Q: What do you make of Flower’s year? Do you think its too early to call him a bust? And what do you make of Phegley? Thanks in advance.

A: Not liking what Flowers did this year….I think he went backward. not a bust yet, but heading in that direction. Phegley had limited playing time due to injury, but it looks like he’s got strikeout issues too. He’ll be in the Arizona Fall League and I hope to see him there.

On Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo:

Q: If the White Sox do not sign Konerko, does that mean Viciedo slides over to first and Morel starts at third on opening day next year?

A: That’s plausable, although i’m not at all convinced that Viciedo will hit enough to be a good regular 1B at this point. He’s got holes.

and

Q: and ultimately, what are their ceilings? Will they both hit enough for those positions?

A: Morel….Joe Randa, and that’s a compliment, Joe Randa was a good player. Viciedo….ceiling, .300 hitter with 25 homer power if he gains any command of the zone. Floor: .220 hitter, washes out.

Stats: Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley, Brent Morel, Dayan Viciedo.

September 13, 2010

Baseball-Intellect reviews its White Sox prospects list

Eisenberg:

7. Trayce Thompson | OF | Age – 19 | Grade – C+

Numbers don’t completely reflect it, but he’s made a lot of progress since last year. Upside remains huge, but as big as his upside is, he’s just as raw.

September 9, 2010

FutureSox reviews the 2010 Birmingham Barons

Norris:

Jim Gallagher ended up being named the Barons team MVP for 2010.  Deservedly so, as he led the team in most offensive categories.  I’ve already stated before that I see him as a Ross Gload type if he were to make it to the majors.  He certainly is passionate enough to put forth the effort to get there.  I expect him to be in Charlotte for 2011.

Anthony Carter was named Barons pitcher of the year after having a fantastic run as a closer.  Hopefully he can build on that and put himself into consideration as a future big league reliever.  Deunte Heath pitched excellently for the Barons in relief, striking out 84 in 57.2 innings.  The White Sox made a good call giving him a second chance.  Both Carter and Heath should be in Charlotte in 2011.

Stats:

Gallagher (25 years old): .590 PA, 292/.390/.425/.815, 74 BB / 89 K, .339 BABIP, .361 wOBA
Carter (24)
: 57.1 IP, 22 BB / 58 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.91 FIP, .282 BABIP
Heath (25): 57.2 IP, 32 BB / 84 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.23 FIP, .369 BABIP

Stats for other Sox prospects.

August 31, 2010

White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster.

UPDATE: FutureSox.

August 18, 2010

White Sox promote Josh Phegley to the Birmingham Barons (AA) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2010 2:36 am
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Southern League transactions: “Josh Phegley assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.”

Phegley’s stats and splits.

UPDATE: WTHI video.

July 22, 2010

FutureSox’ Midseason Top 25 Prospects

Cassidy:

Rank Player Points Previous Change
1 Dan Hudson 179 1 unch
2 Dayan Viciedo 172 4 +2
3 Chris Sale 168 n/a NEW
4 Tyler Flowers 161 2 -2
5 Jared Mitchell 156 5 unch

I’d rank them in this order: Hudson, Sale, Flowers, Mitchell, Viciedo.

June 26, 2010

Josh Phegley returns to baseball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2010 1:32 am
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Dennis Clark @ The Tribune-Star:

Josh Phegley is finally back doing what he wants to do … playing baseball.

Phegley will conclude a five-day “rehabilitation assignment” with the Bristol White Sox tonight, and is scheduled to make his return to the Winston-Salem Dash — the team he started with this season in the Chicago White Sox organization — on Sunday.

… Phegley wished to extend a thank you to all the people who showed support — whether by phone, e-mail, text or prayers — to him, his parents and grandparents.

“I’m finally getting back to normal. I want to play the rest of the season for all those people.”

This is an awesome awesome article. It’s so good to see Phegley recovering so nicely.

June 22, 2010

Josh Phegley played DH for Bristol tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2010 10:38 pm
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Fantastic news!

WTHI-TV has more.

BTW, Qualon Millender played CF.

May 11, 2010

FutureSox looks at the defense of the Sox catching prospects

FutureSox:

It is really hard to evaluate the defensive ability of a catcher, especially for us when we don’t see the players often enough if ever. Defensive statistics like UZR have become popular, but don’t apply to catchers. Since the White Sox have three catchers that were in our top 11 prospects, I wanted to keep track of whatever catching stats I could. Take a look at the results.

I tracked the basics (steals, caught stealings, errors and passed balls) and matched the baserunning statistics to each pitcher. This also allows us to see which pitchers are able to hold runners and which are easy to run on. Obviously, it’s barely more than a month into the minor league season, but let’s take an early look. …

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