whitesox.com press release:
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitcher Brian Bruney, left-handers Leyson Septimo and Eric Stults, catchers Damaso Espino and Hector Gimenez, infielders Dallas McPherson and Ray Olmedo and outfielder Delwyn Young. All eight players, in addition to 10 players within the White Sox system, have received non-roster invites to the club’s spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.
Right-handers Brian Omogrosso and Jacob Petricka, catchers Michael Blanke and Josh Phegley, infielders Jim Gallagher and Tyler Kuhn and outfielders Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell, Brandon Short and Trayce Thompson, all received invites to major-league camp from within the organization. Six of the 18 spring training invitees have major-league experience.
There seems to be 5 openings:
… Assuming the White Sox take 12 pitchers and make no further moves, one relief spot and four bench spots appear to be available. Brent Lillibridge
and Tyler Flowers
are certain to make the team, with Ozzie Martinez and Eduardo Escobar
competing for the utility infield slot. Danks, Young, Gallagher, Bruney and Stults all have chances to compete for these final two openings.
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As for that brief era of good feeling between Williams and Guillen, another slow start didn’t help the cause. A dispute over whether Minor League sensation Dayan Viciedo, who was Williams’ choice, or leadoff man Juan Pierre should be playing every day in the outfield in early June seemed to re-start tensions. Basically, both sides needed a change at this point.
Maybe Pierre will end up in Miami too…
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The great Yankee catcher used to swing at everything, and when asked about his habit of swinging at bad pitches, he once replied with one of his trademark quotes: “If I can hit it, it’s a good pitch.”
A young baseball fan, reading about Yogi’s tendency to go after every pitch, might be tempted to assume he struck out a lot. Nothing is further from reality …
Thus, in crowning the third recipient of the Yogi Berra Award, we are looking for hackers who get good results from their aggressive approach at the plate. …
Speaking of Juan Pierre, the Sox declined to offer him arbitration. The Sox offered arbitration to Mark Buehrle.
If a Type B free agent turns down an arbitration offer and signs a Major League deal elsewhere the losing team gets one draft pick in the supplemental round, and it doesn’t come from the new team. Keep in mind that an arbitration offer is necessary for draft pick compensation. …
Frasor’s 2012 option was picked up.
UPDATE: Rosenthal would be surprised if Buehrle leaves the Sox:
“Buehrle is a more interesting case because he’s a guy that seemingly does not want to go other than two place, right? Chicago and St. Louis, and St. Louis is effectively closed,” Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports told The Mully and Hanley Show. “Now, there are indications that he may be opening that up, but I’d be surprised if he landed anywhere but the White Sox on a two- or three-year deal. … I’d be surprised if he left.”
Merkin @ CWS:
The White Sox placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a fractured left wrist and purchased the contract of catcher Donny Lucy from Triple-A Charlotte.
This marked Pierzynski’s first career trip to the disabled list. The 34-year-old catcher, whose placement on the DL was retroactive to Saturday, suffered the injury Friday against Kansas City, when he was hit by a Bruce Chen pitch in the third inning.
The legend of Cy Chen grows…
UPDATE: Herm Schneider says Pierzynski could return on August 29 because the fracture is more of a “compression” fracture.
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Schouwen @ CST:
Sergio Santos is growing a Mohawk, replacing the loss of Jesse Crain’s in the bullpen.
“My [6-year-old] son wanted one, so I got one, too, so he wouldn’t feel so alone,’’ Santos said.
Santos said the cut isn’t meant to give him some sort of tough-guy edge.
“The attitude thing? No, you can’t do beards because those are taken,’’ he said. “Can’t do goatees. So we’ll see what the Mohawk does. [Crain’s] wasn’t growing on top too well, so he had to retire his Mohawk.‘’
Other White Sox links: James wonders if Juan Pierre could parlay his recent hot streak to an extension and recaps the past week, J.J., also, looks into Juan Pierre’s hot streak, and Mike looks into the July 31 trading deadline.
Gonzales @ CT:
Two Braves scouts watched the Sox in Minnesota on June 15-16 and in Colorado on June 29-30, and Phillies representatives have watched the Sox throughout this season, including last week against the Royals. …
Will Kenny get an offer good enough to make him trade Carlos Quentin?
For prospect lists and scouting reports go to the ‘2011 MLB Prospect Rankings.’
Other White Sox links: James shows us how to fix tweak the White Sox, J.J. explains the problems with trading Carlos Quentin, Steve Slowinski at Fangraph compiles his 2011 All-Flub team and 3 Sox players are in, Kenwo grades the Sox players, and Nick Shepkowski at WSCR says the prospects of a Sox second half run don’t look good.
Remember the Brandon Beachy-Carlos Quentin trade rumors? Well, MLB’s Mark Bowman says it’s not Carlos Quentin the Braves are after:
Like many Major League clubs, the White Sox seem interested in the Braves’ wealth of young pitching talent. But those fans hoping this means outfielder Carlos Quentin could be headed to Atlanta should be prepared for disappointment.
White Sox advance scout Bill Scherrer was at Turner Field for this past weekend’s series against the Orioles and he stuck around for this week’s series against the Rockies. Given the White Sox and Orioles will not meet again until Aug. 8, Scherrer has likely focused most of his attention toward the Braves’ pitchers.
While the Braves might be in the market for an outfielder, their primary focus will likely not be aimed toward corner outfielders like Quentin. Instead they will continue to evaluate what Jordan Schafer can provide in the leadoff spot and determine whether they need to increase their efforts to find a proven leadoff hitter like the White Sox have in Juan Pierre.
Pierre has batted .261 with a .322 on-base percentage and been successful with just 12 of his 22 stolen base attempts. In other words, he hasn’t been the same guy who was successful with 68 of 86 stolen base attempts last year. But since May 1, he has hit .270 with a .340 on-base percentage and been successful with seven of his 10 stolen base attempts.
With Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, the Braves are loaded with the non-arbitration-eligible, Major League-ready arms the White Sox are seeking.
Take him. Take him immediately! Of course, we won’t be getting a pitcher in return for Juan Pierre. Much less one with about 1 year of MLB service time and outstanding numbers. A couple slabs of barbeque ribs will be enough for the return.
BP’s Alex Carnevale collects quotes from Rick Morrissey’s Juan Pierre-Dayan Viciedo story:
THE IRRESTIBLE FORCE MEETS THE UNWALKABLE OBJECT
“I might lose some respect from the players. People believe in Juan. They know he’s our leader. I’m not afraid to bench a guy that’s not producing, as long as I have something else better or equal. But I think he plays the game right. He works. A lot of people look up to him. Our players love him.”
-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on why he does not plan to bench outfielder Juan Pierre.
“I will not and have not put one player on this team that the coaches and Ozzie haven’t had input in and haven’t discussed because they know—and I know this better and mostly because I’ve been in this dugout—they know the pulse. They know whether there’s cohesiveness, lack of cohesiveness, fight or non-fight.”
-White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.
“I always say it’s about winning; I don’t care about feelings. But you have to be careful. You have to be careful how you treat your players, how your players are going to respond. If I do that to Juan, well, I never did it to anybody else. A lot of people have struggled, and I say, ‘I’m not going to bench you.'”
“Joey just talked to Viciedo yesterday and I say someone tell Viciedo I don’t hate him because I don’t have space for him here.”
-Guillen on bench coach Joey Cora’s discussion with Triple-A IF/OF Dayan Viciedo.
“I wish I had 25 Juan Pierres, with all due respect to Konerko, Rios, Dunn. If you ever manage Juan Pierre, you appreciate the way this kid goes about his business. Maybe he’ll be 0-for-100 in the next 20 games. I don’t care. He’s playing.”
“I appreciate Ozzie saying he has my back, but I’ve been benched before, I’ve been booed, I’ve batted ninth, I’ve dropped balls—I’ve done all this stuff in my career. So this stuff doesn’t shake me when I do get the boos or the media talk bad about me. I’m used to it.”
-Juan Pierre. (Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times)
Bottom of the 9th, A.J. at 3rd, Big Donkey batting, Aaron Crow at the mound:
|Chi White Sox
|Santos(BS, 3)(W, 3-3)
RE24:A.J. Pierzynski 1.51, Adam Dunn 1.29, Alexei Ramirez -1.39, Alex Rios -1.13.
Sergio was lucky he didn’t give up more dingers though. Pitch F/X shows only 2 sliders:
||Strikes / %
||Swinging Strikes / %
||Time to Plate
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)
||10 / 83.33%
||0 / 0.00%
||1 / 50.00%
||0 / 0.00%
||2 / 100.00%
||0 / 0.00%
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
||Pitches in Inning
||Strikes in Inning
||Strike% in Inning
||Cumulative Total Pitches
||Pitch LWTS in Inning
Other White Sox links: J.J. explains how Juan Pierre’s 3-game Game-Winning RBI streak can be costly to the Sox, James celebrates getting to .500 (it applies!) and recaps the past week, colin looks at the mystery of Adam Dunn, and Ozzie Guillen gets 2nd place on B-R’s ‘Man, if only they could hit’ leaderboard.
Merkin @ CWS:
Guillen added that bench coach Joey Cora talked to Viciedo on Friday, and Guillen told Cora to make sure Viciedo knew, “I don’t hate him.”
“Right now I don’t think is the time,” Guillen said. “I don’t have space for [Viciedo] here, and I think we’re fine with what we have. Hopefully, we get [John] Danks back quickly, then we can make our pitching staff much stronger.
“Kenny asked me who’s available, what I have, what I need. What I need, we don’t have it. I wish I had another [Sergio] Santos, but I don’t have it.”
Other White Sox links: J.J. explains why Paul Konerko and Phil Humber weren’t named to the All-Star game, James examines if double plays are killing the Sox, Andy at B-R wonders what will Adam Dunn’s final numbers be, Jim takes a detailed look into A.J. Pierzynski’s play, and Matt at MLBBB breaks down the draft success rate of picks from 1987 to 2001.
And John Sickels rants on bashing baseball players.