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May 17, 2012

Blair Walters struck out 9, walked 0 in 7 innings (May 17)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2012 11:30 pm
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Lexington @ Kannapolis:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blair Walters (W, 2-2) 7.0 1 0 0 0 9 0 2.84
Bryan Blough 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.41

WP: Walters.
HBP: Duffy (by Walters).
Groundouts-flyouts: Walters 6-6, Blough 4-1.
Batters faced: Walters 23, Blough 7.

Walters, who has a 47 K / 11 BB ratio in 44.1 innings (8 games):

“By far this was the best outing I’ve had in my pro career,” said Walters.

“It almost felt like it was easy today, I just felt good. I was locating pitches when I needed to, definitely got in that rhythm and felt better than I had in any other starts.”

“Last time I went six and felt confident out there,” said Walters. “I was building off that, seeing what I can do with myself and trust myself.”

“I used my changeup a lot,” he said. “I was able to establish the fastball inside and locate that pretty well on both corners and go from there, so I could throw the changeup and get groundouts, swings-and-misses.”

“It definitely was nice [to pitch that deep into a game],” he said. “It was one of those nights you wish you could go all nine, but it felt good to go seven and help the team to a victory. The defense was good and the offense was there tonight. I was feeling good.”

May 10, 2012

Myles Jaye struck out 6, walked 1 tonight (May 10)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2012 11:30 pm
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Kannapolis @ Delmarva:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Myles Jaye 5.0 6 3 3 1 6 1 3.60
Jefferson Olacio (L, 1-1) 1.0 4 4 1 1 1 0 2.00
Stew Brase 2.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 5.94

Groundouts-flyouts: Jaye 6-2, Olacio 1-0, Brase 1-0.
Batters faced: Jaye 22, Olacio 8, Brase 9.

Jaye has a 13 K / 1 BB ratio in 10.0 innings (2 games).

April 6, 2012

White Sox Opening Day lineup

Scott Merkin:

Other White Sox links:

And Slate’s Lily Rothman has an excellent article on the plight of Minor League players.

July 30, 2011

Kenny probably closes shop [UPDATE]

Merkin @ CWS:

“Is there a chance that we could have a different look? Absolutely there’s a ‘chance,'” Williams said. “I would say that chance is very, very slim.

“I don’t see anything on the horizon and everything that potentially can be done comes at a sacrifice of the guys that I expect we would need to try to win this division. So, very unlikely.”

UPDATE: Ballantini @ CSN:

Williams also admitted that most of the calls he’s getting from GMs at this point are of the prank variety.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in the game, so some of them are calling just to check in, make sure we are kind of where we are,” Williams smiled. “There’s a lot of rumors out there about us going either way, either being buyers or sellers, so there’s people checking in. Then there’s some of the more smart aleck friends of mine in the general manager ranks that are calling with humorous anecdotes as to what’s going on. It’s just that time of year. I think it’s the most fun time to be a general manager that there is during the calendar year.”

Other White Sox links: U-God writes a pretty awesome ‘Kenny Williams at the trade deadline’ simulator, James says if the Sox decide to trade Carlos Quentin they shouldn’t stop there, Mike looks at the Edwin Jackson/Mark Teahen for Jason Frasor/Zach Stewart trade, and 2011 supplemental 1st round pick Keenyn Walker was promoted to the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators.

July 1, 2011

White Sox sign 6th round draft pick SS Marcus Semien

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2011 11:30 pm
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The White Sox have signed 6th round draft pick SS Marcus Semien. Semien is listed on the Kannapolis Intimidators roster. He played shortstop against Asheville tonight and went 1-4 with a 2B and 2 K.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’01″
Weight: 190
Born: 1990-09-17
Hometown: El Cerrito, CA
Class:  Junior

Here’s his Baseball America scouting report:

Semien is a steady defender with sure hands and some arm strength, though he may lack the first-step quickness to stay at shortstop. He’s an average runner. He hit well last year and in the Northwoods League last summer, but scouts have questions about his bat. He didn’t do anything to quell doubters this year, hitting .260/.357/.380.

And from John Sickels:

6) Marcus Semien, SS, California: Teammate of Johnson drafted above, good glove, many scouts don’t like his bat and he didn’t hit well this spring. Seems an overdraft to me.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .275 61-61 229 41 63 11 3 5 35 95 .415 32 3 40 2 .371 0 16 9-14 95 185 12 .959
2010 .328 54-54 195 40 64 17 2 4 34 97 .497 24 0 37 6 .400 1 7 5-7 89 174 20 .929
2009 .197 27-19 71 10 14 1 1 1 7 20 .282 11 0 11 0 .301 1 3 0-3 11 28 1 .975

And here’s a 3-and-a-half minute video of Semien:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHReDi5jX8A

May 8, 2011

Jacob Petricka struck out 9 and walked 2 last night (May 7)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2011 9:14 pm
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5/7:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Petricka 6.0 5 2 1 2 9 0 2.73
Moran 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 12.21
Hunt, L (W, 1-0) 1.0 2 2 1 0 2 0 1.80

WP: Petricka.
Groundouts-flyouts: Petricka 6-1.
Batters faced: Petricka 24.

May 4, 2011

White Sox sign RHP Joe Bachanov [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 4, 2011 4:07 pm
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Bachanov will be assigned to Class-A Kannapolis.

Here are his stats from B-R:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk LAA 4 0 1.000 3.09 18 0 3 0 0 0 32.0 31 11 11 0 5 0 52 1 1 2 135 1.125 8.7 0.0 1.4 14.6 10.40
2009 20 Orem PION Rk LAA 0 0 2.70 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 5 1 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 17 1.800 13.5 0.0 2.7 13.5 5.00
2009 20 Angels ARIZ Rk LAA 4 0 1.000 3.14 16 0 3 0 0 0 28.2 26 10 10 0 4 0 47 1 1 2 118 1.047 8.2 0.0 1.3 14.8 11.75
2010 21 Cedar Rapids MIDW A LAA 2 0 1.000 5.47 18 0 7 0 0 2 26.1 31 17 16 1 14 0 23 3 0 7 121 1.709 10.6 0.3 4.8 7.9 1.64
2 Seasons 6 0 1.000 4.17 36 0 10 0 0 2 58.1 62 28 27 1 19 0 75 4 1 9 256 1.389 9.6 0.2 2.9 11.6 3.95
Rk (1 season) Rk 4 0 1.000 3.09 18 0 3 0 0 0 32.0 31 11 11 0 5 0 52 1 1 2 135 1.125 8.7 0.0 1.4 14.6 10.40
A (1 season) A 2 0 1.000 5.47 18 0 7 0 0 2 26.1 31 17 16 1 14 0 23 3 0 7 121 1.709 10.6 0.3 4.8 7.9 1.64
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/4/2011.

Seems he had elbow ligament surgery in 2008.

And here a couple mentions of Bachanov in prospect lists:

John Sickels’ ‘2010 Top 20 Los Angeles Angels Pre-Season Prospects in Review’:

9) Jon Bachanov, RHP, Grade B-:  5.47 ERA with 23/14 K/BB, 1.94 GO/AO in 26 innings for Cedar Rapids, 31 hits. On the DL since late May with a sore elbow, not a good sign for a Tommy John survivor.

Baseball-Intellect’s ‘Looking Back: Angels Top Prospects of 2010 Review’:

9. Jon Bachanov | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ Having a mediocre year before going down with an injury…red flags from last year included a small sample size of success and how hittable he was despite an excellent K:BB ratio

UPDATE: Some scouting reports:

2010 Halosheaven scouting report:

You’ll see Bachanov rank higher on other lists due to his spectacular return from Tommy John surgery. Unlike most guys breaking in a new elbow, Bachanov showed stunning control over two plus pitches, a low 90’s fastball that touched 96 at times, and a hard-breaking slider.  Over 32.2 rookie ball innings in Arizona and Utah, he walked just 5 batters and fanned 52, resulting in a 10.4 K/BB ratio. Beyond the gaudy ’09 numbers, however, remain questions about his long-term health, his role, and just how well his stuff will play against better competition. …

Angelswinblog 2010 scouting report:

Bachanov has a fastball that sits at 92-93 which he commands well, peaking at 96 mph. The slider is a plus offering that looks to be a true out-pitch. Bachanov also throws a solid changeup, though it’s a pitch seldom uses. …

Angelswin 2008 scouting report:

The Angels 1st selection in the 2007 amateur draft, Bachanov is a big, strong right-hander who could have a commanding presence on the mound. Jon has two average or above pitches right now, with a fastball that has the chance to be a plus pitch. When he’s balanced and in control, he’s dominant. Bachanov can throw his fastball anywhere from 89 mph up to 96 mph. He pitches consistently in the 91-92 mph range. With improved mechanics, it will become a plus pitch. He has a late tail and nice downward plane on his fastball. His curve is more like a slurve and it’s a plus pitch when it’s on. Bachanov has a changeup, but it’s behind the fastball and a breaking pitch at this point. He has a usable cutter. …

2007 Draft scouting report:

Fastball: Bachanov can throw his fastball anywhere from 89 mph up to 96 mph. He pitches consistently in the 91-92 mph range. With improved mechanics, it will become a plus pitch.
FB Movement: He has a late tail and nice downward plane on his fastball.
Curve: It’s a curve/slider/slurve and it’s a plus pitch when it’s on.
Changeup: He has a changeup, but it’s behind the fastball and breaking pitch at this point.
Cutter: Bachanov has a usable cutter.

UPDATE #2: Eddy @ BA:

The Angels’ top pick in the ’07 draft, reliever Jon Bachanov follows the Bobby Jenks career path from Anaheim to Chicago. Though he hasn’t quite reached Jenks-ian proportions, Bachanov does stand in at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and he does bring the heat.

April 20, 2011

Jacob Petricka has struck out 22 and walked 4 on his 3 outings this year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2011 3:20 pm
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4/10:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Petricka 6.0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Reed 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Wilson, J 2.0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.00
Negus 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0.00
Cooney, C 2.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Upchurch (W, 1-0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

4/15:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Petricka (W, 1-0) 5.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 0.00
Arroyo 1.2 5 3 3 1 3 0 4.05
Ballinger, J (S, 1) 2.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.35

4/20:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Petricka 6.0 5 1 1 2 6 0 0.53
Burnside (W, 2-0) 2.0 3 4 4 1 0 1 4.85
Wilson, J (S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.29

John Sickels on Addison Reed and Trayce Thompson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2011 3:18 pm
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From his 4/14 Q&A:

Q: Addison Reed

Why would the White Sox NOT try him as a starter? He’s been relieving so far this season at Low-A Kannapolis. Why set his ceiling so low? Yes, he probably has a better chance of making an impact in the majors as a reliever, but why not try him as a starter first and shift him to the pen if things don’t work out? Especially in a system so devoid of pitching talent.

A: well actually I agree with you totally, but they didn’t ask me.

and

Q: Trayce Thompson

Will he ever be more than a Ryan Harvey clone.

A: probably not

I’m not a big Thompson guy.

Baseball America on Trayce Thompson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2011 2:11 pm
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Shonerd @ BA:

White Sox center fielder Trayce Thompson [B-R] was off to a fairly quiet start, hitting just .200/.308/.422 through his first 45 at-bats for low Class A Kannapolis, though he did have three home runs. That changed last night, as the athletic 20-year-old homered twice and went 4-for-5 against West Virginia, raising his line to .260/.351/.580 in the process. His five homers moves him into a tie for the South Atlantic League lead.

Thompson went 0-4 in today’s game and now he’s hitting .241/.328/.537/.865.

April 14, 2011

Ryan Buch struck out 8 and walked 1 (April 13)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2011 10:37 pm
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4/13:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buch, R (W, 1-1) 6.0 5 2 1 1 8 0 1.50
Reed 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Negus 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.00

Groundouts-flyouts: Buch, R 8-1, Reed 0-2.
Batters faced: Buch, R 24, Reed 6.

From FutureSox’s Kannapolis Intimidators overview:

Buch has good stuff, including a hammer curve that acts as his out pitch, but has struggled with his control, and that will be the key to his development as a prospect. If he can learn to master the strike zone better, he could be in for a big breakout year.

April 8, 2011

FutureSox’s Minor League preview

FutureSox:

The biggest surprise to me was Eduardo Escobar landing in AAA. The slick fielding shortstop played 49 games with the Barons last year and hit just .262 with an OPS south of .700. That said, he impressed Ozzie Guillen among others this spring.

Terry Doyle starts for Winston-Salem tonight while SBT favorite Andre Rienzo is also on the Winston-Salem’s starting pitching rotation:

On the mound, the Dash boasts a pair of top 30 prospects in the starting rotation. Brazilian right-hander Andre Rienzo was one of Kannapolis’ best starters last year, going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA and holding opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last ten starts. Rienzo is ranked by Baseball America as the 25th best prospect in the White Sox farm system. RHP Cameron Bayne was 29th on that list after finishing 2010 12-9 with a 3.60 ERA and 101 strikeouts last season for the Intimidators. Bayne and Rienzo should be joined in the rotation by RHP Terry Doyle, LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Justin Collop, and possibly LHP Joe Serafin.

Roster overviews:

FutureSox previews:

February 13, 2011

Scouting The Sally: Jacob Petricka scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 13, 2011 9:15 pm
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Newman @ STS:

Fastball: During his first appearance, Petricka worked in the 94-96 MPH range with his fastball. The velocity is there for it to be a plus pitch, but command and movement are lacking. However, he has the ability to create downward plane at times which will help keep the ball in the park. And while he will sometimes elevate the pitch, the great majority of his fastballs which missed the strike zone were down and away to right handed hitters. …

Video of Petricka:

October 29, 2010

Terry Doyle: baseball player/math teacher

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2010 3:04 am
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Hill @ MiLB:

Throughout the 2010 campaign, starting pitcher Terry Doyle heard his name reverberate over the loudspeakers at ballparks throughout the South Atlantic and Carolina Leagues. At his offseason job, however, Doyle is responsible for his own introductions.”

Starting pitcher, No. 34, Terrrrrrry Doyle!” is now simply “Mr. Doyle,” a substitute teacher presiding over high school math classes in his home state of Rhode Island. …

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.

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