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October 3, 2010

John Sickels on Chris Sale and Brent Morel

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2010 7:12 pm
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From his latest AQA thread:

Q: Buying on Sale? What do you make of Chris Sale? Does he have the ability to develop into a #2 type starter, or is his funky delivery best utilized in the bullpen?

A: I’ll buy on Sale. I want to see the walks come down, but overall you have to be very impressed with how well he’s done. I prefer him in Triple-A next year working as a starter.

and

Q: What are the odds Brent Morel is a serviceable starting 3B next year?

A: If they let him play he can be Joe Randa. Will probably need some adjustment time at first.

BTW, Sickels’ prediction for Justin Smoak‘s career slash line: .279/.379/.490 [.869 OPS]. I’d predict a higher slugging percentage.

September 29, 2010

Three days, three HRs for Justin Smoak [September 27, 28, 29] (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ September 29, 2010 8:11 pm
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September 27: A 3-run HR against Rangers starter C.J. Wilson (0:43):

HR was hit off an 89 mph fastball:

September 28: A 2-run HR against Rangers starter Scott Feldman (0:48):

HR was hit off an 85 mph changeup:

September 29: A 2-run HR against Rangers starter Rich Harden (0:48):

HR was hit off an 89 mph fastball:

Smoak is hitting .289/.341/.526 in September.

July 18, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #10 [July 17] (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 18, 2010 2:02 am
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A solo HR in the 6th inning against Anaheim starter Joe Saunders.

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10009365 (0:43)

The HR was hit on a 84 mph changeup, on a 1-2 count:

Justin Smoak hits HR #10 [July 17] (video)

July 17, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #9 [July 16] (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 17, 2010 2:53 pm
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A 2-run HR in the 7th inning against Anaheim starter Jered Weaver.

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9969533 (0:54)

The HR was hit on a 78 mph changeup, on a 1-2 count:

July 9, 2010

Good thing we don’t play the Rangers again this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2010 9:13 pm
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MLBTR:

Cliff Lee is joining his fourth team in 12 months and the Rangers are hoping he can lead them to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The Rangers pried Lee away from the Mariners and multiple suitors today in a blockbuster deal that makes the 50-35 Rangers clear favorites to win the AL West.

They obtained Lee, Mark Lowe (who is out for the season with back surgery) and cash considerations from the Mariners for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Matthew Lawson and Josh Lueke.

White Sox games remaining against the Rangers: 0

Twins games remaining against the Rangers: 7

Tigers games remaining against the Rangers: 5

June 20, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #8 (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ June 20, 2010 1:53 am
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A 2-run HR against Houston’s Brian Moehler:

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9158579 (0:43)

Smoak went 3-4 and is hitting .223/.332/.406/.737. He’s hitting .311/.408/.574/.982 in June.

No Pitch F/X data was available for the HR pitch. It was an upper-deck shot though.

June 19, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #7 (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ June 19, 2010 1:18 am
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A 2-run HR against Houston’s Wesley Wright:

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9132359 (0:43)

Smoak also had a double and he crossed the .700 OPS mark. He’s hitting .281/.388/.509/.790 in June.

The HR came on an 82 mph slider:

The double came on a 90 mph fastball:

June 4, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #6 (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ June 4, 2010 9:30 pm
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June 6, 2010 against Wade Davis of the Tampa Bay Rays:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8665611 (0:49)

Smoak’s OPS is .713 (Gameday). BTW, I don’t think any of his 6 HRs have been close to the fence.

2008 draft targets: 1. Buster Posey, 2. Gordon Beckham, 3. Justin Smoak

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2010 1:43 pm
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Here’s Doug Laumann:

“Maybe [Buster] Posey would get to us if not Beckham, and if not either one of them, [Justin] Smoak would be there,” Laumann said. “[This year], I have no idea at 13.”

… “The problem with this year’s Draft is that the top is pretty thin,” Laumann said. “You look at those top three or four guys, and it opens wide up from there.”

… One thing is certain: The White Sox will not be drafting by need. They will be looking for a player who can make the quickest impact at the big league level.

… “We’ve tried to focus on middle infielders because we’ve not done a good job internationally in that area,” Laumann said. “If you look at the big leagues or even the Minors, a great percentage [of middle infielders] are from Latin America. We are not getting them from that influx, so we have tried to find them domestically. But quite honestly, there are not many domestic shortstops [in the Draft].”Laumann pointed out how the strength in this year’s Draft is college pitching depth, so the White Sox could target that spot at 13. With the depth being a strength, though, and the White Sox having four picks in the first 115, they could go a different direction at 13 and load up on pitchers afterward.

Even if the White Sox seem deep at certain positions, such as third base or in the outfield, they won’t necessarily shy away from a player who anchors that same spot — even with their top pick.

“Back in the ’90s, we thought we had five or six catching prospects,” Laumann said. “Two proved they couldn’t play, two got hurt and one got traded. With the way baseball is, you can’t think you are deep enough at any one spot where you don’t need additional help.”

June 1, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #5 (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2010 11:35 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8592129 (0:45)

May 13, 2010

BDD’s Dan Hudson Major League Projection

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2010 2:35 pm
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first, what are MLP’s? explanation here

so, from the pitchers major league projections::

Player Name Age IP IP* H 2B 3B HR BB HP K K9 ERA
Daniel Hudson 23 129.2 180 186 34 5 13 52 11 213 10.7 3.63

from the batters major league projections:

Player Name Age PA PA’ AB H 2B 3B HR BB HP K AVG OBP SLG SB RCG
Tyler Flowers 24 1408 600 503 119 35 1 25 82 7 129 .237 .352 .464 0 5.3
Jared Mitchell 21 138 600 495 116 49 4 7 106 3 161 .235 .374 .395 21 4.9

BTW,

Player Name Age PA PA’ AB H 2B 3B HR BB HP K AVG OBP SLG SB RCG
Justin Smoak 23 520 600 497 130 28 0 23 90 7 108 .262 .383 .460 0 6.0

May 12, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #4 (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 11:19 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7990259 (0:49)

Smoak: .194/.320/.484/.755 with 12 BB / 11 K in 62 ABs. And that’s with a .174 BABIP.

May 6, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #3 (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ May 6, 2010 11:47 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7868465 (0:37)

Smoak is hitting .196/.309./.457/.776 (102 OPS+) and has a .171 BABIP. His BABIP averaged .339 in the minors. Look out when the BABIP climbs higher!

May 4, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #2 (video)

Filed under: MiLB — The Wizard @ May 4, 2010 12:45 am
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Another no-doubter

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7817987 (0:44)

April 29, 2010

Justin Smoak hits his first home run in the majors (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 10:18 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7730903 (0:52)

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