1. Nestor Molina, RHP [NEW]
2. Addison Reed, RHP [Previous Rank: 2nd, no change]
3. Simon Castro, RHP [NEW]
4. Tyler Saladino, SS [Previous: 9th, +5]
5. Trayce Thompson, OF [Previous: 3rd, -2]
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP [Previous: 4th, -2]
7. Hector Santiago, LHP [Previous: 16th, +9]
8. Keenyn Walker, OF [Previous: 7th, -1]
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS [Previous: 6th, -3]
10. Dylan Axelrod, RHP [Previous: 19th, +9]
11. Jared Mitchell, OF [Previous: 5th, -6]
12. Andre Rienzo, RHP [Previous: 11th, -1]
13. Jhan Marinez, RHP [NEW]
14. Gregory Infante, RHP [Previous: 14th, no change]
15. Erik Johnson, RHP [Previous: 17th, +2]
16. Charlie Leesman, LHP [Previous: 15th, -1]
17. Pedro Hernandez, LHP [NEW]
18. Andy Wilkins, 1B [Previous: 13th, -5]
19. Scott Snodgress, LHP [Previous: UNR]
20. Brandon Short, OF [Previous: 12th, -8]
21. Jeff Soptic, RHP [Previous: UNR]
22. Kevan Smith, C [Previous: 24th, +2]
23. Ozzie Martinez, SS/2B [NEW]
24. Ryan Buch, RHP [Previous: 18th, -6]
25. Michael Blanke, C [Previous: 32nd*, +7]
January 27, 2012
January 16, 2012
System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.
1. Addison Reed, RHP
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP
Goldstein has 9 more Sox prospects (Juan Silverio, 3B; Jared Mitchell, OF; Brandon Short, OF; Pedro Hernandez, LHP; Gregory Infante, RHP; Erik Johnson, RHP; Michael Blanke, C; Dylan Axelrod, RHP; Osvaldo Martinez, SS) more and his scouting report on Addison Reed at the link.
January 11, 2012
1. Addison Reed, rhp 2. Nestor Molina, rhp 3. Simon Castro, rhp 4. Trayce Thompson, of 5. Jake Petricka, rhp 6. Keenyn Walker, of 7. Jhan Marinez, rhp 8. Tyler Saladino, ss 9. Juan Silverio, 3b 10. Ozzie Martinez, ss
December 29, 2011
1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.
2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.
3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.
4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.
5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.
“The best closer prospect in baseball” comment helps explain Sergio Santos’ trade.
October 17, 2011
Sox farm-system hitting instructors Jeff Manto or Tim Laker are thought to be the top candidates to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach, but don’t rule out the Sox making a play for a bigger name such as Jim Thome.
Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf loves Thome, 41, whose playing career likely has come to an end after 21 seasons and 604 home runs. The two share the annual habit of meeting for dinner to talk about life and baseball after the season, and a major-league source said Reinsdorf was eager to move this year’s meeting up.
Jerry is bringing the band is coming together!
Other White Sox links:
September 27, 2011
When he’s healthy, Marinez has the kind of power stuff you want to see in the back of a bullpen. He was healthy enough in 2010 to start the year in Jupiter and end it in the big leagues, though an elbow issue ended his year in July. Along the way, he struck out 13.7 per nine in the Minors, thanks to an improved breaking ball to go with his fastball. If he can improve his command and stay healthy — big ifs — he could see some saves in the future. Shoulder soreness slowed him this spring, but he’s pitching in Double-A Jacksonville’s bullpen now.
The 2006 11th-round pick had a breakout 2010, going to the Futures Game, helping Jacksonville win a Southern League title, finishing third in the system with a .302 average and earning a callup to the big leagues. He makes consistent contact and is selective at the plate. He plays a solid shortstop, though he’s currently blocked by Hanley Ramirez. He’s already been called upon to help in a utility role this year.
First, RHP Jhan Marinez:
The top relief prospect in the Marlins organization entering the season, Marinez seemed poised to make the leap to Florida in 2011. Instead he spun his wheels in Double-A, though he did earn a berth in the Futures Game in July. The wiry, fast-armed righthander throws an explosive four-seam fastball that sits 92-96 mph and reaches as high as 98. He’ll also show a sinking two-seamer. Marinez flashes a solid-average to plus power slider on occasion, but it comes and goes, disappearing all too often. When it’s there he’s got the stuff to close games out. However tantalizing the stuff, he must exhibit better command and control of both pitches to succeed. Durability has been a concern in the past, though his 56 appearances were a career high this year.
And, SS/2B Ozzie Martinez:
The No. 5 prospect in the Marlins system coming into this season, Martinez broke out in 2010, batting .326 in 43 big league at-bats while filling in for shortstop Hanley Ramirez in September. When he’s right, he sprays line drives from gap to gap with a level swing. He showed strong hands and excellent hand-eye coordination last year, when he looked like a potential No. 2 hitter with doubles power. Martinez’s plate discipline took a hit this year and he never got going offensively and his confidence suffered. At times he fell into a pull mode, getting away from what made him successful earlier. Mentally he wasn’t the same player, both at bat and in the field, where his play at short went from steady to erratic. He has the skills to play second and third and could fill a utility role. The strong arm is still there, as are the rest of his tools, but he showed only occasional glimpses of the all-around game that had Florida so excited a year ago.
Those reports sound better than I hoped they would!
The minor league pitcher in the compensation for releasing Ozzie Guillen from his contract will be Jhan Marinez
RHP Jhan Marinez‘ stats:
|2007||18||2 Teams||2 Lgs||FRk-Rk||FLA||2||3||.400||5.47||8||5||0||0||0||0||26.1||19||22||16||1||23||0||29||3||0||9||126||1.595||6.5||0.3||7.9||9.9||1.26|
|2010||21||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||FLA||1||1||.500||1.71||36||1||25||0||0||10||42.0||21||9||8||2||21||1||64||1||0||8||162||1.000||4.5||0.4||4.5||13.7||3.05|
|AA (2 seasons)||AA||4||8||.333||3.25||71||0||31||0||0||9||74.2||56||31||27||8||49||0||94||1||2||15||322||1.406||6.8||1.0||5.9||11.3||1.92|
|FRk (2 seasons)||FRk||4||4||.500||6.10||25||7||4||0||0||1||59.0||58||47||40||1||45||47||8||0||16||279||1.746||8.8||0.2||6.9||7.2||1.04|
|Rk (2 seasons)||Rk||1||1||.500||6.86||15||1||2||0||0||1||21.0||26||19||16||0||18||0||22||3||1||2||106||2.095||11.1||0.0||7.7||9.4||1.22|
|A+ (2 seasons)||A+||1||2||.333||2.50||50||1||24||0||0||5||68.1||40||21||19||5||34||1||86||5||0||9||278||1.083||5.3||0.7||4.5||11.3||2.53|
10) Jhan Marinez, RHP, Grade C+: 4.27 ERA with 62/36 K/BB in 46 innings for Jacksonville, 42 hits. Outstanding K/IP ratio, strong stuff, too many walks.
The C+ grade is from the time he published his Marlins prospect list on back in January.
A source told MLB.com that the players coming to the White Sox figure to be utility infielder Ozzie Martinez and a Minor League pitcher, after Guillen was released from the one year remaining on his contract per his request to pursue other opportunities.
SS Ozzie Martinez‘ stats:
|2007||19||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A–A+||FLA||39||131||114||8||21||5||0||0||6||8||2||12||25||.184||.268||.228||.496||26||3||1||4||0||0|
|A+ (2 seasons)||A+||131||486||433||54||110||16||5||1||45||16||4||42||51||.254||.324||.321||.645||139||15||4||5||2||0|
|A (1 season)||A||85||331||304||44||90||11||3||6||29||5||5||13||46||.296||.331||.411||.742||125||12||4||8||2||0|
|AA (1 season)||AA||130||587||516||90||156||28||4||5||54||13||9||49||64||.302||.372||.401||.773||207||10||9||11||2||0|
|Rk (1 season)||Rk||49||194||171||21||45||4||1||1||21||7||4||19||21||.263||.335||.316||.651||54||4||0||3||1||0|
|A- (1 season)||A-||38||130||114||8||21||5||0||0||6||8||2||11||25||.184||.262||.228||.490||26||3||1||4||0||0|
|AAA (1 season)||AAA||88||371||339||43||83||15||1||3||26||11||4||21||57||.245||.296||.322||.618||109||9||5||3||3||0|
7) Osvaldo Martinez, SS, Grade C+: .230/.286/.306 with 18 walks, 48 strikeouts in 278 at-bats for New Orleans. 3-for-20 in the majors. The bat is going to be a big problem, and he only ranked this high due to the weakness of the system. Baseball America had him fifth.
As I said earlier, could the minor league pitcher be 20-year old Class-A+ prospect LHP Chad James?
John Sickels had this to say for Chad James:
3) Chad James, LHP, Grade B- 3.89 ERA with 114/47 K/BB in 134 innings for High-A Jupiter, 155 hits, 3-15 record. He hasn’t been awful but is hittable. Young at 20.
Sickels’ grades are from last year. Comments are from his review.