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December 27, 2009

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #9

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 27, 2009 2:25 pm
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file.

The Excel workbook contains several tabs at the bottom representing each of the league’s divisions as well as a tab for top 100 lists and the top 20 lists from Baseball America. …

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls.

December 19, 2009

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #8

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 19, 2009 2:55 pm
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file. …

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls.

December 12, 2009

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #7

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 1:03 pm
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file. …

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls.

December 11, 2009

John Sickels up-grades Daniel Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 11, 2009 10:31 pm
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John Sickels changed some grades on his Top 20 prospect lists:

Dan Hudson: changing from Grade B to Grade B+:  He was right on the edge but after looking at the numbers, video, and scouting reports again, I’m moving him up a notch to Grade B+.

Here’s the Sox 2010 Top 20 Prospects list.

December 9, 2009

John Sickels 2010 Top 20 Sox prospects

Sickels:

1) Dan Hudson, RHP, Grade B [changed to B+]
2) Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B
3) Tyler Flowers, C, Grade B
4) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B-
5) Jordan Danks, OF, Grade C+
6) Dayan Viciedo, 3B, Grade C+ …

Go to the link for descriptions and the entire list.

December 1, 2009

Fangraph’s Top 10 Sox prospects

Marc Hulet ranks the Top 10 Sox prospects. Tyler Flowers is on top of the list:

Flowers should be ready to take over the full-time catching chores right around the time that veteran incumbent A.J. Pierzynski’s contract runs out after 2010. The right-handed catching prospect has impressive power (.246 ISO in double-A) and he hasn’t hit below .279 in any season since 2006. Flowers began the year in double-A in ‘09 and hit .302/.445/.548 in 248 at-bats, before moving up to triple-A where he hit .286/.364/.438 in 105 at-bats.

November 19, 2009

Sox Top 10 prospects by THT Fantasy

Hagen:

1. Tyler Flowers
2. Dan Hudson
3. Brent Morel
4. John Ely
5. Jared Mitchell
6. Jordan Danks
7. Dayan Viciedo
8. David Holmberg
9. Josh Phegley
10. John Shelby

On David Holmberg:

Holmberg brings a great mix of pitches to the mound, including a curveball and change-up that have the makings of plus pitches. His fastball falls flat right now, but further velocity is expected as his frame fills out. He’s the most intriguing pitching project in Chicago’s system.

November 17, 2009

Sox Top 15 prospects by Kevin Goldstein [UPDATE]

Kevin Goldstein:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Daniel Hudson, RHP
2. Jared Mitchell, OF
3. Tyler Flowers, C
Three-Star Prospects
4. Jordan Danks, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
6. Brent Morel, 3B
7. Clevelan Santeliz, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
Two-Star Prospects
9. Santos Rodriguez, LHP
10. David Holmberg, LHP
11. C.J. Retherford, 2B
Four More:

12. Jhonny Nunez, RHP
13. Josh Phegley, C
14. John Ely, RHP
15. Nathan Jones, RHP

from the Daniel Hudson section:

The Good: Hudson combines plus stuff with well above-average command. His 92-94 mph fastball can touch 96 and features good tailing action, and he throws strikes to both sides of the plate with it. His best secondary offering is a plus changeup that is a true swing-and-miss pitch, which lessens the concerns about his slingy, low three-quarters arm action.
The Bad: Hudson’s slider flashed average, but it is inconsistent. He’ll need to establish it more as a starter in the big leagues. He tends to work up in the zone and gives up fly balls. Despite the enormous leap forward, many scouts think he’s maxed out projection-wise.
Perfect World Projection: Even with Hudson’s tremendous growth in 2009, some scouts don’t see room for much more, seeing him as a good third starter at best. Others think he’d be even better as a late-inning reliever.

UPDATE: Here’s Goldstein chat. He believes in the improvement of Tyler Flowers’ defense at catcher.

October 14, 2009

John Sickels reviews his pre-season top hitting prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 14, 2009 7:23 pm
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here are his comments on Gordon Beckham:

22) Gordon Beckham, SS, Chicago White Sox

Hit .270/.347/.460 in 103 games for the Chicago White Sox, very credible performance one year out of college. He’s gonna be a good one.

BTW, Gordon Beckham finished his rookie season with a .362 wOBA and a .289 BABIP. Also, a 2.1 WAR and a $9.6 million value.

October 11, 2009

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation

Filed under: MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ October 11, 2009 6:11 pm
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. It will remain here and be updated as new lists appear across the web. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file.

The Excel workbook contains several tabs at the bottom representing each of the league’s divisions as well as a tab for top 100 lists and the top 20 lists from Baseball America.

Spreadsheet. And last year’s spreadsheet.

FutureSox’ Top 25 Prospects list, Postseason edition

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 11, 2009 12:54 pm
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FutureSox:

The minor league season is over after a dreadful 1-10 combined playoff record from four White Sox affiliates. With that, it’s time to kick off our season in review coverage with our Postseason Top 25 Prospects. …

October 8, 2009

Baseball America’s Southern League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 8, 2009 1:18 pm
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Ben Bradler:

2. Gordon Beckham, ss, Birmingham (White Sox)

6. Tyler Flowers, c, Birmingham (White Sox)

15. Dan Hudson, rhp, Birmingham (White Sox)

16. Jordan Danks, of, Birmingham (White Sox)

October 6, 2009

Baseball America’s Carolina League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 6, 2009 1:14 pm
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Ben Bradler:

14. Jordan Danks, cf, Winston-Salem (White Sox)

20. Brent Morel, 3b, Winston-Salem (White Sox)

September 25, 2009

Baseball America’s Top 20 Appalachian League Prospects Chat

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ September 25, 2009 2:36 pm
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Matt Eddy:

Joe LeCates (Easton, MD): Matt, I saw a report the other day identifying some similarities at the plate between Thompson and Mike Stanton. While that is intriguing to say the least, Thompson is obviously much more raw. That being said, how much of a project is he going to be in terms of learning to hit advanced pitching – what is a realistic expectation for his career path?

Matthew Eddy: Trayce Thompson is that rare player who won over league managers despite not really hitting a lick. You can see the potential in his frame and with his bat speed and his grace in the outfield. But in reality, he could be facing another assignment with Bristol next year to iron out his pitch recognition.

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Trayce Thompson (Bristol): Remember, Mike Stanton hit .161/.226/.268 in his first pro season.

Matthew Eddy: This isn’t a question, but it is an appropriate place to wrap things up. It’s important at this level not to get to swept up in a player’s performance, great or poor. For the young first-year players, especially, they have so much development left in front of them that what they do over the course of their first 60-70 pro games is insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

Here’s the Trayce Thompson-Mike Stanton comparison. BTW, there are a couple questions about Brady Shoemaker, and one on Santos Rodriguez on the chat too.

Baseball America’s Top 20 Appalachian League Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ September 25, 2009 12:02 pm
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Matt Eddy:

6. David Holmberg, lhp, Bristol (White Sox)

Six-foot-4 and a bit soft-bodied, Holmberg has room to grow stronger and improve upon his present high-80s velocity. He sits at 86-88 mph and touches 90 from a straight overhand delivery, which aids him in getting good plane to the plate.  Quick hand speed enables Holmberg to spin quality 12-to-6 curveballs with above-average break and depth. He mixes in a plus changeup and throws an occasional slider. His secondary stuff and precocious feel for locating his pitches and for changing speeds marks him as a future mid-rotation candidate, particularly if he adds a few ticks to his fastball.

11. Trayce Thompson, of, Bristol (White Sox)

15. Santos Rodriguez, lhp, Bristol (White Sox)

Rodriguez features a plus-plus fastball during most outings, topping out at 97 mph and sitting at 95 with late movement. The pitch features incredible plane by virtue of his 6-foot-5 height, and Appy Leaguers struggled to lift the pitch, going homerless during his 27 innings. He throws a changeup with above-average arm speed that neutralizes righthanders. Despite his arm strength, Rodriguez still walks too many batters to rank as a surefire relief prospect, though his control improved as the season progressed. He also doesn’t have a usable breaking ball at this point, as his slider doesn’t consistently show enough tilt to be graded even as fringe-average.

For the full reports on all 20 prospects go to the link.

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