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April 27, 2012

What does the future hold for Gordon Beckham?

Chris Cwik:

Gordon Beckham has not lived up to expectations. After being selected eighth overall by the Chicago White Sox in 2008, Beckham was expected to be one of the team’s future stars. And after a strong rookie season, it looked like Beckham might achieve that goal. Since then, however, Beckham was struggled mightily. For the 25-year-old, 2012 is a make-or-break year. The early signs do not look encouraging. …

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April 22, 2012

BaseballInstinct updates Sox prospect 3B Rangel Ravelo’s scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2012 9:00 pm
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George Utter @ BaseballInstinct:

Rangel Ravelo, 3B White Sox – Age 19 – The soon to be 20-year-old (2 days) has been on our radar for a while now.  He appeared at #339° on our Baseball Instinct 360°  preview and while it’s early, the power is starting to develop.  He’s batting a healthy .386/.413/.561 through 57 at bats.  With the bigger hacks have come more K’s, though 10 is acceptable.  Where improvement is needed is working the count and taking a walk.  He has just 2 BB so far.

Ravelo’s 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
2010 18 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 48 187 173 17 44 9 1 1 21 0 2 9 25 .254 .291 .335 .626 58 7 0 5 0 0
2011 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk CHW 63 252 234 21 79 16 1 0 34 2 1 14 31 .338 .381 .415 .795 97 2 3 0 1 0
2011 19 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 20 78 73 10 28 7 1 0 13 2 0 2 12 .384 .410 .507 .917 37 2 2 0 1 0
2011 19 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 43 174 161 11 51 9 0 0 21 0 1 12 19 .317 .368 .373 .740 60 0 1 0 0 0
2012 20 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 15 64 57 6 22 5 1 1 8 1 0 2 10 .386 .413 .561 .974 32 3 2 1 2 0
3 Seasons 126 503 464 44 145 30 3 2 63 3 3 25 66 .313 .352 .403 .755 187 12 5 6 3 0
A (2 seasons) A 58 238 218 17 73 14 1 1 29 1 1 14 29 .335 .380 .422 .802 92 3 3 1 2 0
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 68 265 246 27 72 16 2 1 34 2 2 11 37 .293 .327 .386 .713 95 9 2 5 1 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/22/2012.

April 13, 2012

BaseballInstict looks at the minor leagues

Southern League:

Jared Mitchell, OF – The 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft had his career interrupted when he tore an ankle tendon in the spring of 2010. He wasn’t the same in 2011, however was very impressive in the winter instructional league and warranted a promotion to AA. He will be interesting to follow this season as he has tons of potential.

Carolina League:

Trayce Thompson, OF – The 2009 2nd round picked didn’t really impress in 2009 and 2010.  However, some of that changed after hitting 24 HRs in 2011.  His batting average as awful and his K rate was extremely high.  The 21-year-old remains a good talent and will get time to work out some mechanical issues in the Carolina League.

South Atlantic League

Kevan Smith, C - Mature college catcher with power to all fields. He has the bat but is still learning to be a professional catcher.

International League:

Jordan Danks, OF – Has some pop and speed.  He wasn’t much of a prospect and after 2 full seasons at AAA, the 25-year-old doesn’t figure to be a major league regular.  Still, he will have an opportunity to find himself on the bench as a 4th or 5th outfielder before the season is over.

February 8, 2012

SeedlingsToStars’ Sox prospect sleeper picks: 3B Rangel Ravelo and 2B Carlos Sanchez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 8, 2012 10:00 pm
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Nathaniel Stoltz:

… However, there are a number of sleepers in the gaggle of C+-grade types in the Chicago system, and two of them are infielders Rangel Ravelo and Carlos Sanchez, both of whom concluded the 2011 campaign in Low-A Kannapolis.

… Certainly, Ravelo’s .452 batting average on balls in play in the Appy is unsustainable, but he seems to have the contact skills to hit at least .300. His BABIP dropped to .359 in Kannapolis, but he struck out just 10.9% of the time, with just 19 whiffs in 43 games. He also drew twelve walks, so his K/BB ratio was solid.

As far as the power goes, Ravelo certainly looks the part of at least a decent power hitter. At 6’2″ and a stocky 210 pounds, he has a powerful frame, and his swing has some leverage in it, although it does seem geared more toward doubles power than home run power. Power is often the last tool to develop, and while Ravelo may never be a 20-HR threat, he could well be able to develop enough to play at third base. Perhaps he could be a .290/.340/.430 hitter, although he could also evolve into an Alberto Callaspo sort of player if his approach improves and his power doesn’t. …

January 1, 2012

BaseballInstinct looks at Sox prospects 3B Rangel Ravelo and RHP Jeff Soptic

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2012 8:30 pm
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BaseballInstinct:

356°. Jeff Soptic, RHP White Sox 4/8/1991  – Soptic is a radar gun darling, with the ability to light it up triple digits. A big frame and easy action with that velo is something you can’t teach. He was hit hard in CC though and has to learn to pitch low in the zone. Might be best suited to learn a sinker and develop his slider. Projects as a RP due to well below average secondaries. ETA 2014.

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
2011 20 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 0 1 .000 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 1 2.2 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 14 1.500 6.8 0.0 6.8 6.8 1.00
1 Season 0 1 .000 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 1 2.2 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 14 1.500 6.8 0.0 6.8 6.8 1.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 1/1/2012.

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339°. Rangel Ravelo, 3B White Sox 4/24/1992 – The 2010 sixth-round selection utilizes a short, compact swing that allowed him to hit for average in both the Rookie-level Appalachian League (.384) and the Low-A South Atlantic League (.317), figures made even more impressive when considering he was just 19 years old.  He’s a good defensive player and while he’s yet to display any power, many believe it will develop.  ETA 2014.

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
2010 18 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 48 187 173 17 44 9 1 1 21 0 2 9 25 .254 .291 .335 .626 58 7 0 5 0 0
2011 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk CHW 63 252 234 21 79 16 1 0 34 2 1 14 31 .338 .381 .415 .795 97 2 3 0 1 0
2011 19 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 20 78 73 10 28 7 1 0 13 2 0 2 12 .384 .410 .507 .917 37 2 2 0 1 0
2011 19 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 43 174 161 11 51 9 0 0 21 0 1 12 19 .317 .368 .373 .740 60 0 1 0 0 0
2 Seasons 111 439 407 38 123 25 2 1 55 2 3 23 56 .302 .343 .381 .724 155 9 3 5 1 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 1/1/2012.

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.

December 14, 2011

BaseballInstinct’s 2012 Top 10 White Sox prospects

George Utter:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP 01/09/1989 H: 6’1” W: 180 – (Nathaniel’s take) Nestor Molina had a breakout season in 2011, posting unbelievable strikeout-to-walk ratios at both High-A Dunedin (115/14 in 108 1/3 IP) and Double-A New Hampshire (33/2 in 22 IP). Originally a third baseman/outfielder, Molina converted to pitching in 2008, and wasn’t even a starting pitcher until this season, so his huge year caught many by surprise. While Molina’s pure “stuff” isn’t quite as good as his numbers suggest, it’s no slouch, either: he works at 89-94 mph and boasts a very good splitter.  Molina will probably start 2012 in either Double-A or Triple-A, but he’s very polished and should end up in Chicago at some point during the season. Don’t be surprised if Chicago initially lets his two pitches work in relief upon his reaching the majors.

Our Video

Our Instinct: We had Molina #3 in our Blue Jays Top 10 and scouted him ourselves.  Tom Belmont took the above video of Molina in July, and it’s been used on several notable sites.  We love what Molina brings to the table, but as Tom said in his Prospect Instinct|Nestor Molina article, he’s not going to be an ace, nor does he have the body to be a workhorse in the middle.  He figures to be a nice fit as a #4, however, as Nathaniel suggested, he could end up in the White Sox bullpen.

Reports for the other prospects (2. Addison Reed, 3. Tyler Saladino, 4. Trayce Thompson, 5. Jeff Soptic, 6. Jacob Petricka, 7. Rangel Ravelo, 8. Kevan Smith, 9. Jared Mitchell, 10. Keenyn Walker, and Dylan Axelrod) at the link.

August 18, 2010

Fangraphs reviews the 2010 AL Central draft classes

Smith:

I have to hope and assume that Sale will soak in some knowledge from Don Cooper these last two months, but then be ready to open next season in Double-A, as a starter. Petricka has some fantastic potential, and don’t sleep on ninth-round pick Kevin Moran, who also has a good arm. …

August 13, 2010

FutureSox looks at how the 2010 draft class is doing so far

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 13, 2010 2:35 pm
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FutureSox:

It’s been just over 2 months since the draft and most of the top picks have been signed, and signed for a while, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how they were performing. Now it should be noted that sample sizes of this size are relatively meaningless, but it’s interesting to look at nonetheless.

Top 10 rounds plus a selected other:

July 20, 2010

Another Big Hurt?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2010 2:27 am
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Hayes @ TC:

At 6-foot-2 and 195-pounds Hollis doesn’t physically stand out from the rest of the players on the BriSox roster. But as a youngster growing up in Chicago, he stood much bigger than his peers. So much so, his parents and friends labeled him “The Big Hurt” the same nickname of famed White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.

That was quite a popular nickname in the Windy City during Hollis’ formative years.

His house sat 10 minutes from U.S. Cellular Field and he recalled hearing the fireworks that would be set off when the White Sox hit a home run or closed out another victory. …

June 16, 2010

White Sox sign 3 draft picks: RHP Jacob Petricka, RHP Addison Reed, 3B Rangel Ravelo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2010 2:51 am
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According to Baseball America’s draft database the White Sox signed 3 of their draft picks: RHP Jacob Petricka (2nd round), RHP Addison Reed (3rd round), and 3B Rangel Ravelo (6th round).

The MLB Draft Tracker has videos, notes and scouting reports (there is an Enhanced Scouting Report for Addison Reed):

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
63 2 Petricka, Jacob Indiana State RHP R/R 6’04” 190 1988-06-05 SR Video
Comments: This tall right-hander was creating a lot of buzz later in the spring when reports of him touching 98 mph spread like wildfire. His secondary stuff isn’t as good as the heater, though his curve ball has improved this year and his changeup has a chance to be a decent offering. There’s not a ton of life in the fastball, but he throws without much effort. People were pouring in to see him late, and that kind of arm strength tends to do very well in the Draft.
95 3 Reed, Addison San Diego State RHP L/R 6’04” 215 1988-12-27 JR Video
Comments: Heading into the spring, the thought was that Reed would be one of the more sought-after college relievers in the class, but the San Diego State product was stretched out over the winter in order to be the team’s Friday starter. He has performed even better than most could have expected, showing the ability to throw three pitches and adjusting easily to the role. A broken pinky on his pitching hand slowed him down for a few weeks, but presuming he picks up where he left off, Reed is likely a college arm moving up draft boards everywhere. Enhanced Scouting Report
188 6 Ravelo, Rangel Hialeah Senior HS (FL) 3B R/R 6’02” 207 1992-04-24 HS Video

FutureSox’ Draft Tracker and CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski have reports on all 3 too.

Here are the stats for all 3:

RHP Jacob Petricka:

Year

era

w-l

app-gs

cg

sho

sv

ip

h

r

er

bb

so

2b

3b

hr

ab

b/avg

wp

hbp

bk

sfa

sha

2010 4.11 7-4 20-15 0 0/1 0 100.2 100 51 46 47 113 14 2 3 .265 14 3 1 2 4
2009 4.76 7-3 13-13 0 0/1 0 73.2 87 48 39 34 49 17 0 4 291 .299 9 5 0 3 4
Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L
2008 11 33.2 23 21 36 24 18 5.61 5 1

RHP Addison Reed:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2009-10
2.50 8-2 11-11 2 1/1 0 79.1 65 30 22 16 90 13 2 7 296 .220 4 2 0 0 2
2008-09
0.65 0-0 25-0 0 0/1 20 27.2
20 3 2 7 38 1 0 0 100 .200 2 5 1 1 2
2007-08
2.73 3-1 24-0 0 0/1 4 26.1 24 16 8 8 26 2 1 3 100 .240 1 2 0 1 1

3B Rangel Ravelo:

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%
2010
.310 13-13 29 14 9 5 0 0 4 14 .483 16 3 3 0 .571 1 0 2-2 12 28 2 .952

And RHP Jacob Petricka splits:

W L W-L% ERA FIP APP GS IP R ER H HR BB K AVG BABIP WHIP HR/9 BB/9 K/9
Raw Totals 7 4 0.636 4.11 3.03 20 15 100.7 51 46 100 3 47 113 0.265 0.372 1.46 0.27 4.20 10.10
Park Adj. 7 4 0.636 3.93 3.03 20 15 100.7 49 44 97 3 47 113 0.257 0.360 1.43 0.27 4.20 10.10
Schedule Adj. 7 4 0.636 4.29 3.13 20 15 100.7 54 48 105 3 49 108 0.279 0.383 1.53 0.27 4.38 9.66
Park/Sch Adj. 7 4 0.636 4.11 3.13 20 15 100.7 52 46 101 3 49 108 0.268 0.368 1.49 0.27 4.38 9.66

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