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January 27, 2012

FutureSox’s 2012 Preseason Top 25 White Sox Prospects

Matt Cassidy:

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 16, 2012

Kevin Goldstein’s 2012 Top 11 White Sox prospects

Kevin Goldstein @ BP:

System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
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

Baseball America’s Top 10 White Sox prospects for 2012

Phil Rogers:

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

John Sickels’ Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012

John Sickels:

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

Jim Thome, White Sox hitting coach?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2011 10:00 pm
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

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!

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September 27, 2011

Scouting reports from Jonathan Mayo on RHP Jhan Marinez, and SS/2B Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 7:00 pm
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Jonathan Mayo:

RHP Jhan Marinez:

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.

SS/2B Ozzie Martinez:

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.

Baseball America’s scouting reports are here.

Scouting reports from Baseball America on RHP Jhan Marinez, and SS/2B Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 6:05 pm
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James Bailey:

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

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 2:40 pm
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RHP Jhan Marinez‘ stats:

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
2006 17 Marlins DOSL FRk FLA 2 1 .667 7.00 20 2 4 0 0 1 36.0 44 30 28 0 26 22 6 0 8 172 1.944 11.0 0.0 6.5 5.5 0.85
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
2007 18 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 0 0 10.80 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 5 5 4 0 4 0 4 1 0 1 19 2.700 13.5 0.0 10.8 10.8 1.00
2007 18 Marlins DOSL FRk FLA 2 3 .400 4.70 5 5 0 0 0 0 23.0 14 17 12 1 19 25 2 0 8 107 1.435 5.5 0.4 7.4 9.8 1.32
2008 19 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 1 1 .500 6.11 12 1 2 0 0 1 17.2 21 14 12 0 14 0 18 2 1 1 87 1.981 10.7 0.0 7.1 9.2 1.29
2009 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 1 1 .500 3.14 29 0 10 0 0 1 43.0 28 17 15 4 20 0 42 4 0 3 179 1.116 5.9 0.8 4.2 8.8 2.10
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
2010 21 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 0 1 .000 1.42 21 1 14 0 0 4 25.1 12 4 4 1 14 1 44 1 0 6 99 1.026 4.3 0.4 5.0 15.6 3.14
2010 21 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 1 0 1.000 2.16 15 0 11 0 0 6 16.2 9 5 4 1 7 0 20 0 0 2 63 0.960 4.9 0.5 3.8 10.8 2.86
2011 22 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 3 8 .273 3.57 56 0 20 0 0 3 58.0 47 26 23 7 42 0 74 1 2 13 259 1.534 7.3 1.1 6.5 11.5 1.76
6 Seasons 10 15 .400 4.12 161 9 61 0 0 16 223.0 180 118 102 14 146 1 249 17 3 42 985 1.462 7.3 0.6 5.9 10.0 1.71
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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

John Sickels had this to say on his prospect review for Marinez:

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.

Compensation for Ozzie Guillen will be a minor-league pitcher and utility infielder Ozzie Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 4:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

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:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2006 18 Marlins GULF Rk FLA 49 194 171 21 45 4 1 1 21 7 4 19 21 .263 .335 .316 .651 54 4 0 3 1 0
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
2007 19 Jamestown NYPL A- FLA 38 130 114 8 21 5 0 0 6 8 2 11 25 .184 .262 .228 .490 26 3 1 4 0 0
2007 19 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 20 Greensboro SALL A FLA 85 331 304 44 90 11 3 6 29 5 5 13 46 .296 .331 .411 .742 125 12 4 8 2 0
2009 21 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 130 485 433 54 110 16 5 1 45 16 4 41 51 .254 .323 .321 .644 139 15 4 5 2 0
2010 22 Jacksonville SOUL AA FLA 130 587 516 90 156 28 4 5 54 13 9 49 64 .302 .372 .401 .773 207 10 9 11 2 0
2011 23 New Orleans PCL AAA FLA 88 371 339 43 83 15 1 3 26 11 4 21 57 .245 .296 .322 .618 109 9 5 3 3 0
6 Seasons 521 2099 1877 260 505 79 14 16 181 60 28 155 264 .269 .331 .352 .682 660 53 23 34 10 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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

John Sickels gave Martinez C+ grade:

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?

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
2010 19 Greensboro SALL A FLA 5 10 .333 5.12 24 24 0 0 0 0 114.1 116 70 65 3 65 0 105 5 0 18 513 1.583 9.1 0.2 5.1 8.3 1.62
2011 20 Jupiter FLOR A+ FLA 5 15 .250 3.80 27 27 0 0 0 0 149.1 173 77 63 12 51 0 124 2 0 10 650 1.500 10.4 0.7 3.1 7.5 2.43
2 Seasons 10 25 .286 4.37 51 51 0 0 0 0 263.2 289 147 128 15 116 0 229 7 0 28 1163 1.536 9.9 0.5 4.0 7.8 1.97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/26/2011.

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.

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