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December 31, 2011

White Sox trade OF Carlos Quentin to San Diego for RHSP Simon Castro and LHRP Pedro Hernandez

whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Simon Castro and left-hander Pedro Hernandez from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Carlos Quentin.

Simon Castro’s 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 18 Padres DOSL FRk SDP 1 3 .250 4.63 12 12 0 0 0 0 46.2 40 33 24 2 21 58 12 4 9 218 1.307 7.7 0.4 4.0 11.2 2.76
2007 19 Padres ARIZ Rk SDP 2 6 .250 6.22 14 12 0 0 0 0 50.2 61 48 35 4 30 0 55 9 0 12 249 1.796 10.8 0.7 5.3 9.8 1.83
2008 20 Eugene NORW A- SDP 2 3 .400 3.99 15 15 0 0 0 0 65.1 54 35 29 3 29 0 64 14 0 8 289 1.270 7.4 0.4 4.0 8.8 2.21
2009 21 Fort Wayne MIDW A SDP 10 6 .625 3.33 28 27 0 1 1 0 140.1 118 61 52 9 37 0 157 10 3 15 574 1.105 7.6 0.6 2.4 10.1 4.24
2010 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA SDP 7 7 .500 3.28 26 25 0 0 0 0 140.0 123 65 51 9 42 1 113 6 3 2 583 1.179 7.9 0.6 2.7 7.3 2.69
2010 22 San Antonio TL AA SDP 7 6 .538 2.92 24 23 0 0 0 0 129.2 107 55 42 8 36 1 107 6 3 2 529 1.103 7.4 0.6 2.5 7.4 2.97
2010 22 Portland PCL AAA SDP 0 1 .000 7.84 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.1 16 10 9 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 54 2.129 13.9 0.9 5.2 5.2 1.00
2011 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA SDP 7 8 .467 5.63 22 22 0 0 0 0 115.0 132 78 72 14 34 0 94 6 2 9 505 1.443 10.3 1.1 2.7 7.4 2.76
2011 23 San Antonio TL AA SDP 5 6 .455 4.33 16 16 0 0 0 0 89.1 95 48 43 9 16 0 73 6 1 3 375 1.243 9.6 0.9 1.6 7.4 4.56
2011 23 Tucson PCL AAA SDP 2 2 .500 10.17 6 6 0 0 0 0 25.2 37 30 29 5 18 0 21 0 1 6 130 2.143 13.0 1.8 6.3 7.4 1.17
6 Seasons 29 33 .468 4.24 117 113 0 1 1 0 558.0 528 320 263 41 193 1 541 57 12 55 2418 1.292 8.5 0.7 3.1 8.7 2.80
AA (2 seasons) AA 12 12 .500 3.49 40 39 0 0 0 0 219.0 202 103 85 17 52 1 180 12 4 5 904 1.160 8.3 0.7 2.1 7.4 3.46
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 2 3 .400 9.50 8 8 0 0 0 0 36.0 53 40 38 6 24 0 27 0 1 6 184 2.139 13.2 1.5 6.0 6.8 1.13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/31/2011.

Pedro Hernandez’ 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
2007 18 Padres DOSL FRk SDP 0 1 .000 2.02 9 0 2 0 0 1 13.1 12 6 3 1 4 13 2 1 0 56 1.200 8.1 0.7 2.7 8.8 3.25
2008 19 Padres DOSL FRk SDP 7 2 .778 1.42 14 8 4 0 0 0 63.1 50 21 10 2 6 0 74 2 0 2 248 0.884 7.1 0.3 0.9 10.5 12.33
2009 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- SDP 4 2 .667 5.80 13 9 0 0 0 0 49.2 64 36 32 6 8 0 46 3 4 4 219 1.450 11.6 1.1 1.4 8.3 5.75
2009 20 Padres ARIZ Rk SDP 4 0 1.000 3.78 7 5 0 0 0 0 33.1 33 15 14 2 4 0 31 1 2 1 134 1.110 8.9 0.5 1.1 8.4 7.75
2009 20 Eugene NORW A- SDP 0 2 .000 9.92 6 4 0 0 0 0 16.1 31 21 18 4 4 0 15 2 2 3 85 2.143 17.1 2.2 2.2 8.3 3.75
2010 21 Fort Wayne MIDW A SDP 4 3 .571 4.04 29 13 3 0 0 0 100.1 122 62 45 6 17 0 79 7 1 2 445 1.385 10.9 0.5 1.5 7.1 4.65
2011 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-AA-AAA SDP 10 3 .769 3.49 28 18 2 0 0 0 116.0 119 53 45 10 22 2 94 0 0 0 482 1.216 9.2 0.8 1.7 7.3 4.27
2011 22 Lake Elsinore CALL A+ SDP 5 0 1.000 2.70 15 6 2 0 0 0 56.2 52 19 17 3 6 2 44 0 0 0 226 1.024 8.3 0.5 1.0 7.0 7.33
2011 22 San Antonio TL AA SDP 3 2 .600 3.48 9 8 0 0 0 0 41.1 39 17 16 4 10 0 43 0 0 0 171 1.185 8.5 0.9 2.2 9.4 4.30
2011 22 Tucson PCL AAA SDP 2 1 .667 6.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 18.0 28 17 12 3 6 0 7 0 0 0 85 1.889 14.0 1.5 3.0 3.5 1.17
5 Seasons 25 11 .694 3.55 93 48 11 0 0 1 342.2 367 178 135 25 57 2 306 14 6 8 1450 1.237 9.6 0.7 1.5 8.0 5.37
AA (1 season) AA 3 2 .600 3.48 9 8 0 0 0 0 41.1 39 17 16 4 10 0 43 0 0 0 171 1.185 8.5 0.9 2.2 9.4 4.30
AAA (1 season) AAA 2 1 .667 6.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 18.0 28 17 12 3 6 0 7 0 0 0 85 1.889 14.0 1.5 3.0 3.5 1.17
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/31/2011.

Kenny Williams had some interesting comments on both acquisitions. On Castro:

Castro is projected by the White Sox as a starter but could end up as a late-inning reliever with his fastball in the mid 90s, a hard split and a plus slider. Williams pointed to a back issue felt by Castro, which has since been corrected, that affected his delivery, stamina and stuff during last year’s struggles. In looking at video of Castro, Williams also sees mechanics flaws similar to what the White Sox saw and then corrected with Jose Contreras when he first joined the team.

and on Hernandez:

Hernandez, 22, has developed nicely over the last two years. Williams called him a “strike-throwing machine,” and while he presently throws a few too many fly balls for a hitter-friendly ballpark like U.S. Cellular Field, Williams believes that the left-hander has the sink and cutter to develop as another rotation guy.

More Kenny Williams:

“There are some similarities we see in him that remind us of Jose and some of the issues he has had this past year that he didn’t have before,” Williams said of Castro’s disappointing 7-8 season with a 5.63 ERA at both Double-A and Triple-A. “Sometimes guys get out of whack. This guy is 6-foot-5, throws 90-95 [mph], a lower three-quarter angle and gets around balls but can drop a hard split and he can locate, when he’s right.”

Here’s audio of Kenny Williams’ comments (2:20).

John Sickels had this to say today on Simon Castro:

Castro still has a fine arm, featuring a 90-95 MPH fastball. His slider has plus moments, but he’s still working to refine his changeup. His mechanics are complicated and his command fails if they get out of whack, but the arm strength for success is still here, and until ’11 he did a good job throwing strikes most of the time. He still has a chance to be a starting pitcher, although many scouts prefer him in relief. I have him rated as a Grade C+ in my upcoming 2012 Baseball Prospect Book.

and Pedro Hernandez:

Hernandez has an 88-92 MPH fastball along with a good changeup and mediocre curve. There’s nothing spectacular about him, but he throws strikes and could develop into a fifth starter or a relief option. I currently rate him as a Grade C prospect.

and the overall trade:

The White Sox didn’t obtain a premium prospect for Quentin, but Castro still has considerable upside and perhaps the change of scenery will help his development.

Baseball America’s Matt Eddy made these comments today on Simon Castro:

Owner of the best slider in the Padres system prior to the trade, Castro seemed poised for big things in 2011 as he tackled Triple-A for the first time, but the bubble burst early. Castro landed on the disabled list with a lat injury after six starts for Tucson yielded a 10.17 ERA and 21-18 K-BB ratio. He recovered somewhat after a demotion to San Antonio in June, and he closed out the season on a high note, notching a 35-5 K-BB ratio and 2.53 ERA over his final seven starts. At fault for Castro’s regression: out-of-whack mechanics in which he failed to extend on the front side of his delivery and also recoiled his arm. He’s always pitched with a long arm action, so the Padres traced his troubles back to his starting assignment in the 2010 Futures Game, in which he allowed two runs in one inning. He hasn’t pitched with the same consistency since. Castro’s velocity dipped into the high 80s early in the 2011 season before he recovered to pitch at 92-94 mph and touch 96 with tailing action later in the year. His slider showed trademark late bite and 82-84 mph velocity at times, though just as often it resembled a three-quarters slurve. The changeup could be a fringe-average pitch in the mid-80s with more refinement. If Castro rediscovers his two plus pitches and control he still profiles as a mid-rotation arm or set-up reliever.

and Pedro Hernandez:

Hernandez always has thrown a quality changeup and shown strong command, but his prospect status began to take hold when his velocity began to creep up halfway through the 2010 season. Signed at age 18 out of Venezuela, Hernandez initially topped out near 87 mph but that has since become the low point for his fastball range. The Padres say the lefty has touched 95 on occasion, but more often he sits in the low 90s and works both sides of the plate with a riding fastball. Batters don’t pick up the ball well against the short and stocky Hernandez, which helps his solid-average, low-80s changeup play up. Hernandez’s mid- to low-80s slider/cutter doesn’t elicit much praise, but it could be a fringe-average offering for him in time. Hernandez may not have a deep enough repertoire to start in the big leagues, but he could grow into a nifty lefty reliever capable of facing both righties and lefties.

And some older reports. John Sickels was impressed with Castro a year ago:

2) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade B+: I think he’ll need a year of Triple-A to finish refining his breaking ball and control, but I remain impressed with him overall.

but disappointed in August:

2) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade B+: Got killed at Triple-A Tucson early, 10.17 ERA with 21/18 K/BB and 37 hits in 26 innings. Now back at San Antonio, 5.34 ERA with 57/12 K/BB in 59 innings, 74 hits. Very disappointing in all respects.

Diamond Futures gave Castro an A- grade before the 2011 season:

4) Simon Castro, RHP(2010 – Dominance 54; Control 64; HRrate 56; Stamina 72)

We continue to waiver on Castro, sometimes believing that he could become a powerful #2 Major League starter, and other times not sure that he wouldn’t be best used as a dominating back of the bullpen reliever. Castro has been on our radar longer than most anyone, as we first took notice when he posted a Top 10 Performance Score in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) in 2006. In 2008, he posted another Top 10 Score in the Northwest League (NWL), followed by a #12 Score in the MWL in 2009 and a #8 Score in the Texas League (TXL) this past season. The point is that he has been remarkably consistent over a five year stretch—something that bodes well for his longer term outlook. At 6’5”, 210lbs, Castro is remarkably durable—averaging 26 starts for each of the last two seasons. With a low- to mid-90s fastball—that he throws from a large downward plane—and two at least average secondary offerings—all of which he has above average command, Castro has substantial upside. While the downside is limited, we do still have concerns. Castro has a tendency to over rely on his fastball. His change still needs considerable work Finally, Castro doesn’t possess the pitchability that would give us more confidence in his eventual role. The Padres skipped Castro over Hi-A in 2010, and the 22yo looks ready to take on AAA in 2011. He will battle Casey Kelly for the opportunity, if one should arise, in San Diego this season.

ProjectProspect’s Adam Foster scouted Castro in 2010:

Castro has room to improve his command, but I saw him show a feel for three pitches that could be average or better in the bigs. The big righty pitched with a purpose. He wasn’t just throwing the heck out of the ball every time, instead opting to aim for corners and keeping hitters off-balance with thought-out pitch sequences and locations. I saw Castro follow up one outside slider that eluded the catcher’s glove with another slider that painted the black and put him back ahead in the count. Still, pitches got away from him every once and a while.Though he did only have two wild pitches and six hit batters in 2010, he is going to need to command each of his offerings better to reach his ceiling as a No. 1 starter. Castro’s fastball is good enough to get outs even when he leaves it over the plate. It’s promising that he’s not afraid to challenge hitters with it, but I wonder if sometimes he’s a bit too casual with locating it in the zone. If he learns to bury each of his offerings down in the zone with more regularity, I think he could be a guy who strikes out 175+ batters annually.

I think Kenny made an OK trade. Quentin will be a free-agent after the 2012 season and the Sox wouldn’t re-sign. He was close to getting non-tendered last year. With this trade Kenny saved about $7 million, opened up a RF for Dayan Viciedo, and got an interesting guy in Simon Castro.

UPDATE: BaseballInstict on Simon Castro:

Simon Castro was one of San Diego’s top prospects at about this time last year. Castro pitched well enough in 2010 to appear in the Futures Game while pitching for San Antonio with a 2.92 ERA and 107 K in 130 Innings. This season he was disappointing in his stint at Double-A, 4.33 ERA 73 K, 95 hits in 89 innings and was awful at Triple-A, 10.17 ERA, 21 K, 37 hits in 26 innings. Pedro Hernandez, was 10-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 2011. The 23-year-old lefty [righty] has a low to mid 90s fastball and a very good change-up.

December 16, 2011

Fangraphs’ Top 15 2012 White Sox prospects

Marc Hulet:

2. Nestor Molina, RHP

BORN: Jan. 9, 1989
EXPERIENCE: 5 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2006 non-drafted free agent (Toronto)
2010-11 TOP 10 RANKING:
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SCOUTING REPORT: I came very close to ranking Molina No. 1 overall in the White Sox system. As a Jay, he would have ranked in the six to eight range – which tells you a little bit about the depth of the two systems. Some online publications have referred to Molina as a “control pitcher” which has a negative connotation and implies that his stuff is below average. While the Venezuelan has plus control, his stuff is at least average – if not better. He has an 87-93 mph fastball and a potentially plus splitter that is his out-pitch. He also has a decent slider.

YEAR IN REVIEW: When his breaking ball improved to the point where the Jays organization felt it could be at least MLB average, Molina was moved into the starting rotation for good in 2011. He had a breakout season and reached double-A. The 22-year-old hurler spent the majority of the season in high-A where he posted a 2.45 FIP (2.58 ERA) in 108.1 innings. He showed his outstanding control by posting a walk rate of 1.16 BB/9. Molina also sent a large number of batters back to the dugout shaking their heads (9.55 K/9).

YEAR AHEAD: Molina received five late-season starts in double-A and showed that he was far from over-matched: 0.47 FIP, 0.82 BB/9, 13.50 K/9. He probably needs about half a season at double-A before moving up to triple-A and could be ready for the Majors by the end of the season. Chicago tends to be overly aggressive with some of its pitchers so I wouldn’t be shocked to see Molina in triple-A to begin 2012.

CAREER OUTLOOK: Molina has the makings of a No. 3 starter at the MLB level. The big question for him is his durability. Originally an outfielder, he was moved to the bump permanently in 2008 and has pitched more than 100 innings just once (2011). There is also some concern over his delivery and that, unless it gets smoothed out, he’ll be a high-leverage reliever at the MLB level.

For the other prospects hit the link.

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.

December 8, 2011

Minnesota takes Terry Doyle with the 2nd pick in the Rule 5 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2011 12:05 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Terry Doyle clearly impressed more than the White Sox with his strong 2011 Arizona Fall League showing.

The right-hander was selected by Minnesota with the second pick in Thursday morning’s Rule 5 Draft, after posting a 4-0 record with a 1.98 ERA over eight starts for the Mesa Solar Sox. Doyle had an 8-10 mark with a 3.07 ERA in 2011, combined numbers between stops at Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham, while striking out 122 and walking just 33 in 173 innings. …

Here’s a Rule 5 draft FAQ. And here’s Minnesota’s VP:

“The separator for us was command,” vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff said. “We saw him in the AFL thoroughly, and he kind of dominated out there (4-0, 1.98). We had a lot of history with him, good report from him in college. The durability was another strong point.

“We had some concerns in the past where his fastball velocity was marginal. It’s hard to judge that in Arizona, for a variety of reasons, but we saw average velocity this year, which was important. His command is good, his makeup is good, and we think he’s got the ability to be a fourth or fifth starter.”

And a scouting report from today’s Baseball America:

Doyle is a righthander with guile who lacks a plus pitch but knows how to set up hitters. He helped his chances of being picked with an excellent Arizona Fall League performance. He certainly understands the geometry of pitching, consistently getting outs with his command and a cut fastball. Doyle’s 88-92 fastball did pick up as the season progressed and he touched 93-94 mph in Arizona. Doyle confuses hitters who don’t know him, as he often pitches backward, using breaking pitches to set up his fastball. He throws four pitches for strikes, including a biting slider and a high-70s changeup.

And here are the Pitch F/X results from the 3 times he pitched in Pitch F/X equipped stadiums in the AFL: November 16, November 5, October 28. And here’s MLB.com’s scouting report.

Best of luck to Doyle. From what little I knew of him he seemed like a good, intelligent, hard-working young man (not to mention the 3.32 K/BB ratio and 1.13 WHIP in AA). He even returned to school in the winter to teach Math after the baseball season was over.

This sucks… Another White Sox failure…


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19991127&c_id=cws (2:09)

For all my posts on Doyle click here: soxbronzetitan.wordpress.com/tag/terry-doyle/.

December 7, 2011

BaseballInstinct looks on newest Sox RHP Nestor Molina

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 10:30 am
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Thomas Bellmont:

… Molina’s best pitch an 89-93 mph fastball that he command very well. With just 16 walks in 130.1 innings in 2011 he’s a pitcher who hits his spots and doesn’t beat himself. He works fastballs low and outside painting the black and uses a sinker to get ground balls and a slider as an out pitch.

His 4 seam is an average pitch with plus command but the sinker is a plus pitch with movement and command.

The slider is average but he commands that pitch as well.

He has a changeup but it’s not a major offering despite his feel for it. It could continue to develop and give him a 4th offering in time. …

And the commrents about his delivery are very positive.

Stats: B-R, FG, MILB, MILC, FI, SC

December 6, 2011

Scouting reports on newest Sox RHP Nestor Molina [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2011 3:19 pm
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Baseball America:

Prior to 2011, Molina had made just 77 career appearances, four of which were starts. Toronto had their sights set on giving him a chance to start, assigning him to the high Class A Dunedin rotation. He flourished in the move, throwing 130 innings between Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire while striking out more than a batter per inning and walking about one per nine. Molina has above-average command of a fastball that ranges from 88-93 mph. He originally tried to turn his slurvy breaking ball into a slider, but he has shifted to using a curveball now. Molina has a legitimate out-pitch in his splitter, and he also shows feel for a straight changeup. His secondary stuff doesn’t jump off the page, but his fastball command helps it play up. He profiles nicely in the back of a rotation and will likely make his big league debut in 2012.

UPDATE: John Sickels:

Molina has a solid 90-94 MPH fastball and keeps it low in the zone, picking up grounders. He also has a very good splitter. His slider is still a work-in-progress according to scouts, but his delivery adds deception and helps his stuff play up. His statistics last year were simply spectacular, and it is unusual to see a relief-to-starting conversion turn out this positively. He wasn’t some old guy tricking people; he was just 22 last year. If anything, Molina still doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a prospect. I currently have him rated as a Grade B+ prospect.

Jonathan Mayo:

Molina features an intriguing four-pitch mix with an advanced feel for pitching. He’ll throw his fastball in the 89-92 mph range and complements it with a slider and a changeup. His best pitch, though, might be his splitter, a true plus offering with a ton of deception. Some have said he might be better-suited to be a top-flight bullpen/setup guy, but his stuff and command say he’ll get more time to start.

Eno Sarris @ Fangraphs:

The return is exciting. Molina was given a B+ ranking from John Sickels, who rated him the second-best prospect in the Jays’ organization. In 130.1 innings between High-A and Double-A last year, Molina struck out 148 batters against a mere 16 walks. At 23 next year, he might only need a little more seasoning at Double-A before he can join the big leagues.

If he stays a starter, Molina will only need to be worth about as much as Paul Maholm has been worth over the last six years (13.2 WAR) in order to surpass Santos’ absolute value. Paul Maholm never had a minor league K/BB rate like Molina’s and was never a top-two prospect for the Pirates, but it’s still possible that Molina as a starter doesn’t achieve those heights.

Kenny Williams:

“Nestor Molina is a guy that has a 90-96 mph fastball that bores in on right-hand hitters, that keeps the ball down in the strikezone, can hit outside corner, inside corner, take it upstairs if he needs to.  His secondary stuff…he has a swing-and-miss type split that drops off the table, his slider is a plus slider, and his changeup is equally as effective.  He obviously has a four-pitch mix.  He walked (16) guys in a 130-some odd innings and is in winter league right now and pitching with the same success.”

Sox trade closer Sergio Santos to Toronto for RHP Nestor Molina (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2011 12:15 pm
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White have acquired right-handed pitcher Nestor Molina from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed reliever Sergio Santos.

… The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Molina spent most of the season with Dunedin, going 10-3 with a 2.58 ERA (31 ER/108.1 IP), 16 walks and 115 strikeouts in 21 games (18 starts).  He was named to the Florida State League mid and postseason All-Star Teams.

A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Molina made his final five starts with New Hampshire, where he was 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA (1 ER/22.0 IP), two walks and 33 strikeouts.  He finished the season with a streak of 16.0 consecutive scoreless IP over his final four outings.

Molina is 27-7 with a 2.21 ERA (72 ER/292.2 IP) and 277 strikeouts in 103 games (27 starts) over six seasons in the Blue Jays minor-league system.  He was signed by Toronto as a free agent on April 2, 2006 and spent the 2006-07 seasons as an outfielder/third baseman before being converted to a pitcher. …

Molina’s 2011 stats (full stats on the end):

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 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA TOR 12 3 .800 2.21 26 23 1 0 0 0 130.1 114 39 32 8 16 0 148 1 1 5 512 0.997 7.9 0.6 1.1 10.2 9.25
2011 22 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 10 3 .769 2.58 21 18 1 0 0 0 108.1 102 37 31 8 14 0 115 1 0 3 432 1.071 8.5 0.7 1.2 9.6 8.21
2011 22 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 2 0 1.000 0.41 5 5 0 0 0 0 22.0 12 2 1 0 2 0 33 0 1 2 80 0.636 4.9 0.0 0.8 13.5 16.50
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 10 3 .769 2.56 23 18 2 0 0 0 112.2 109 41 32 8 14 0 118 1 0 3 452 1.092 8.7 0.6 1.1 9.4 8.43
AA (1 season) AA 2 0 1.000 0.41 5 5 0 0 0 0 22.0 12 2 1 0 2 0 33 0 1 2 80 0.636 4.9 0.0 0.8 13.5 16.50
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 12/6/2011.

Wow! a 0.0997 WHIP and a 148/16 K/BB ratio!

And minorleaguecentral says Molina did this with a .318 BABIP in 2011!! And a 2.12 FIP!!

John Sickels on Molina last week:

2) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Ranking the Blue Jays pitching prospects is quite difficult. Although Molina hasn’t received as much press as some of the other guys, his performance was impeccable, I think his stuff is underrated, and he’ll get to the majors sooner than the others. Despite his season, he is still underrated by a lot of people.

and

Molina [ranking] is both stats and scouting reports. I think the scouting reports that are out there are underrating his stuff. But we will see.

From a Jim Callis chat on Aug. 24, 2011:

Q: What is Nestor Molina’s stuff? He is making double a look very easy.

A: It’s all solid: fastball, slider, changeup, occasional curveball. Not sure you’d call any of his offerings a plus pitch, but he mixes them well and moves the ball around the strike zone. Not the sexiest scouting report, but that’s the type of guy who winds up in the big leagues.

From Kenny Williams’ comments it seems Molina will start 2012 in the minors:

“I would hope that we give him a little bit more seasoning, but he’s got the kind of ability that, there are certain guys that will force his way onto major league rosters. When you look at a young pitcher, you look at what kind of stuff he has, what kind of composure he has, and his ability to command the strike zone, and this guy does it in a way that very few do so. I’m not going to say that he can’t, and he won’t.”

I like the trade from what I hear so far. Molina’s stats are impeccable. And Addison Reed can take over.

And a 9-minute youtube video of Molina:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKNGVIep51I
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November 11, 2011

MLB.com’s Terry Doyle scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 11, 2011 9:00 pm
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MLB.com’s Bernie Pleskoff:

Terry Doyle is a righty in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Doyle presents an interesting starting pitching option for the White Sox. He is a control pitcher with a quick-paced, solid delivery and an ability to manage his game very well. Doyle pitched over two classifications in 2011. He started 11 games at Class A Winston-Salem, where he compiled a 2.84 ERA. Moving to the Double-A Birmingham club in the Southern League, Doyle threw 100 innings over 15 starts. He walked only 22 and struck out 73. His command and control will advance his career. He is the type of pitcher who can be trusted to take his starts at least three times through the lineup.

Doyle throws a low-90s fastball, but his bread and butter appears to be a full repertoire including a very solid slider, a low-80s curve and an effective changeup.

Doyle projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter who can work following a higher-velocity power pitcher. He has the type of delivery and mechanics that could cause the opposition frustration working quickly and changing speeds consistently.

UPDATE: whitesox.com has a 2-minute video of Doyle.

November 10, 2011

Sox sign 22-year old LHP Jose Quintana [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2011 3:45 pm
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Cash Kruth:

The White Sox announced the signing of two left-handers on Thursday, agreeing to one-year deals with Donnie Veal and Jose Quintana. …

Daryl Van Scouwen’s scouting report:

“Quintana’s fastball is in the 89-91 mph range. He also throws a curveball and changep, and according to one scouting report, “throws with some deception.”

Quintana’s 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 Mets VESL FRk NYM 0 1 .000 8.44 3 0 0 0 0 0 5.1 6 7 5 0 8 0 5 2 0 0 30 2.625 10.1 0.0 13.5 8.4 0.63
2008 19 Yankees 2 DOSL FRk NYY 3 2 .600 1.96 15 12 0 0 0 0 55.0 36 17 12 0 24 0 76 5 0 5 223 1.091 5.9 0.0 3.9 12.4 3.17
2009 20 Yankees 2 DOSL FRk NYY 2 1 .667 2.32 14 14 0 0 0 0 50.1 25 17 13 0 37 0 80 3 1 6 211 1.232 4.5 0.0 6.6 14.3 2.16
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A NYY 3 2 .600 3.26 20 3 10 0 0 1 38.2 25 21 14 1 18 0 44 4 0 1 165 1.112 5.8 0.2 4.2 10.2 2.44
2010 21 Yankees GULF Rk NYY 3 1 .750 2.31 15 0 10 0 0 1 23.1 14 11 6 0 8 0 32 3 0 1 97 0.943 5.4 0.0 3.1 12.3 4.00
2010 21 Charleston SALL A NYY 0 1 .000 4.70 5 3 0 0 0 0 15.1 11 10 8 1 10 0 12 1 0 0 68 1.370 6.5 0.6 5.9 7.0 1.20
2011 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
5 Seasons 18 8 .692 2.76 82 41 13 0 0 2 251.1 178 97 77 6 115 0 293 15 1 19 1031 1.166 6.4 0.2 4.1 10.5 2.55
FRk (3 seasons) FRk 5 4 .556 2.44 32 26 0 0 0 0 110.2 67 41 30 0 69 0 161 10 1 11 464 1.229 5.4 0.0 5.6 13.1 2.33
A (1 season) A 0 1 .000 4.70 5 3 0 0 0 0 15.1 11 10 8 1 10 0 12 1 0 0 68 1.370 6.5 0.6 5.9 7.0 1.20
Rk (1 season) Rk 3 1 .750 2.31 15 0 10 0 0 1 23.1 14 11 6 0 8 0 32 3 0 1 97 0.943 5.4 0.0 3.1 12.3 4.00
A+ (1 season) A+ 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2011.

UPDATE: Kenny Williams talked about Quintana:

“He’s a strike thrower,” Williams said. “He can spin the breaking ball. He’s got velocity to both sides of the plate. He can grow up and be a starter. We’re very happy to have both.”

UPDATE #2: Phil Rogers reports (end of #2) Quintana will be assigned to AA-Birmingham.

October 27, 2011

Sox sign FIU senior OF Yoandy Barroso (Non Drafted Free Agent)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 27, 2011 9:30 pm
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Matt Eddy:

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
OF Yoandy Barroso (NDFA—Florida International)

From Barroso’s FIU page:

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 215
Born: 1988-12-26
Hometown: Miami, FL
Class:  Senior

 

 

Scouting report from Baseball America:

Yoandy Barroso, of, Haymarket (Sr., Florida International)

As a junior last spring, Barroso hit .377/.444/.536, helping Florida International to its first NCAA regional since 2002…a physical specimen at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Barroso has a level-planed swing that is capable of producing hard line drives, although it currently lacks lift, which hides his power potential…a 40th-round pick by the Rangers out of high school in 2007, Barroso went undrafted as a junior this June, but his sound overall abilities should make him a good senior sign in 2011. (To see the entire writeup, see baseballamerica.com!)

And 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 .335 56-54 185 42 62 18 4 2 31 94 .508 24 8 40 1 .431 1 3 8-10 87 3 5 .947
2010 .377 55-37 138 25 52 10 0 4 25 74 .536 16 3 24 0 .444 3 0 8-11 74 4 9 .897

Before FIU Barroso attended Miami Dade College:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BA BB HBP SF OBP SB SBA SB% PO Assists Errors FLD%
2009 41 127 49 9 1 6 35 .386 13 4 0 .458 8 9 .890 49 2 3 .944
2008 47 120 33 10 2 2 18 .275 4 7 .571

September 29, 2011

THT’s Addison Reed and Dayan Viciedo scouting reports

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 29, 2011 12:30 pm
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Josh Shepardson:

86: Addison Reed/RP/Chicago White Sox/12-27-88/ETA: Arrived
Forecast Notes: Gaudy strikeout rate as a top-flight reliever.
Current Level: Majors
Scouting Notes: Reed was an equal opportunist in embarrassing hitters at four minor league stops before reaching the majors (where he hasn’t stopped striking batters out). He throws a plus-plus fastball and a plus-plus slider. He also throws a change-up, but it isn’t as consistent as his other two pitches. He started and closed games at San Diego State, but it appears the White Sox are content with him dominating in a late-inning role. Sergio Santos did a fantastic job closing games for the White Sox, so Reed may not pick up saves anytime soon, but he should still be a fantasy asset.

Dayan Viciedo made it to #31:

31: Dayan Viciedo/OF/Chicago White Sox/3-10-89/ETA: Arrived
Forecast Notes: Peak .279/.324/.462 with 22 HR’s. Has started taking walks in 2011. -20 fielder.
Current Level: MLB
Scouting Notes: Much better fantasy prospect than reality one. His glove is bad, really bad as the Forecast suggests, but most reports are that he has made a conscious effort to get in better shape and work on his craft. Also working in his favor is that Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams don’t seem to give a hoot about defense anyway, playing Adam Dunn, Juan Pierre and Carlos Quentinin the outfield at various times.Raw power is his calling card, and it has translated to games this year. If things click, he could surpass 30 home runs a year with a passable average in the upper .270s. Those in OBP leagues should bump him down a bit as this year is his first of showing any ability to draw a walk. While that patience is encouraging, it will need to carry over to next season for me to believe he’s completely ditched his free-swinging ways.

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!

August 6, 2011

White Sox sign 25th round draft pick RHP Chris Devenski

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 6, 2011 10:00 pm
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The White Sox have signed 2011 25th round pick RHP Chris Devenski:

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’03″
Weight: 200
Born: 1990-11-13
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Class:  Junior

Devenski was assigned to Great Falls.

Baseball America’s scouting report:

So does Devenski, a converted shortstop who transferred from Golden West JC. He fell out of favor early in the year before coming on again a bit in the second half, though he had a 4.98 ERA in 22 innings through 15 appearances on the spring. Devenski ran his fastball up to 94 mph in the fall, but he’s been more 90-92 and straight this spring, and there were outings when he worked in the high 80s. His slider and changeup are serviceable.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.98 2-0 15-0 0 0/1 2 21.2 29 12 12 8 26 9 1 0 88 .330 0 0 1 0 1

He was in Golden West College before:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2010 4.61 8-1 12-11 1 0/0 0 66.1 64 39 34 25 68 10 3 4 258 .248 4 6 3 1 1
2009 13.03 1-1 4-2 0 0/0 0 9.2 18 16 14 7 8 0 1 2 40 .450 3 3 0 2 1

He tried swinging the bat (played SS) in Golden West too:

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 .338 17-17 65 17 22 5 0 2 15 33 .508 5 0 10 0 .375 2 1 4-4 19 43 3 .954
2009 .273 35-32 121 20 33 3 2 4 19 52 .430 12 3 25 0 .350 1 1 2-5 64 103 11 .938

July 28, 2011

Keith Law’s Zach Stewart scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 6:16 pm
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Rogers @ CT:

ESPN’s Keith Law seems to have the same viewpoint of Zach Stewart that the White Sox expressed after acquiring him in the Jackson trade. Here’s what he wrote about him after scouting an appearance by Jackson late last season: “Stewart showed four pitches, pitching at 90-96 with sink and some tail with a tight, out-pitch slider at 83-87 that he threw for strikes, even back-dooring it to left-handed hitters for called strikes. His changeup was the biggest surprise, as another scout at the game told me he hadn’t seen it this good before; it’s mostly straight but has good separation from the fastball at 81-85 and his arm speed is excellent. He also used a fringy curveball with good depth but he didn’t command the pitch as well as he did the slider. Stewart worked aggressively with everything and had good tempo. He stays over the rubber before driving forward with a long stride, although his arm action is a little long in the back and he pronates relatively late in the delivery. I know several scouts see Stewart as a sinker/slider pen guy, but I see four pitches, a good frame, and a pitcher who likes to attack hitters. I see a potential No. 2 starter, maybe a No. 3 if the changeup isn’t always where it was tonight.”

Stewart has failed to take another step forward in 2011 but Law still believes they got a guy who Don Cooper could help turn into a solid big-league starter. Here’s what he wrote on Wednesday after the Jackson trade: “Stewart is a classic sinker-slider starter with great movement on a low-90s sinker that will touch the mid-90s; his control took a step forward this year but he wasn’t getting as many ground balls, which is more a question of his pitching plan than a lack of life on the fastball. His slider is his best offspeed pitch, tight at 83-87 with good tilt, and he commands the pitch well, throwing it to both sides of the plate. He’s got a solid, average-or-better changeup and showed no platoon split this year. With a show-me curveball and good control, he should be given every opportunity to start for Chicago, and I like pitching coach Don Cooper’s chances to turn Stewart into at least a mid-rotation starter if not more.”

Kevin Goldstein won’t agree with Mr. Law:

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