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July 25, 2011

White Sox sign 33rd round draft pick C Bryce Mosier (HS)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 25, 2011 11:00 pm
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Nitz @ MDH:

Bryce Mosier thought he had his mind set on attending San Diego State University.

Mosier, a 33rd round pick by the White Sox in June’s amateur draft, had Sox scout George Cachigian come to his house and make him an offer to sign last week.

With the offer not being what he wanted, Mosier was planning on delaying pro ball and playing collegiately for three years, which is what players are forced to do before they’re eligible for the draft again.

However, Mosier ended up having a change of heart. He talked to people he knew who had played college ball and decided that going pro straight out of high school would be better in the long run. …

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 200
Born: 1993-05-21

Mosier was assigned to Bristol.

Scouting reports:

Baseball America:

Bryce Mosier, a physical catcher with a slightly above-average arm and solid receiving skills. Mosier impressed scouts at the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game in November, earning MVP honors with a two-run triple. He has some feel for the barrel and power potential, and he could sneak into the back of the top 10 rounds.

BaseballBeginnings:

Bryce Mosier (Valhalla HS) should be a very good college catcher at the next level. He will throw and catch enough and showed some pop during BP. He’s not a physically imposing catcher and won’t be a basher, but he’s going to some value for the next few years.

PerfectGame.org:

Bryce Mosier is a 2011 C/3B with a 6-2 185 lb. frame from El Cajon, CA who attends Valhalla HS. Tall well proportioned build, good present strength. Tall balanced hitting stance, good balance, shows nice bat speed, ball comes off the barrel hard, solid gap power, hits under control, polished hitter who should keep improving. Good raw arm strength behind the plate, 1.93 best pop, compact release, straight back receiver, still developing footwork/quickness.

Here are his High School Stats:

Year BA OBP SLG FLD% R RBI
2011 .343 .391 .495 1.000 16 17
2010 .368 .434 .588 .949 27 20

July 14, 2011

White Sox sign 30th round draft pick LHP Brandon Parrent

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 14, 2011 9:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 30th round draft pick LHP Brandon Parrent has signed:

Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6’03″
Weight: 215
Born: 1990-07-14
Hometown: Flower Mound, TX
Class:  Junior

Here’s a PerfectGame.org scouting report from 2008:

Brandon Parrent is a 2008 LHP with a 6’2”, 180 lb. frame from Flower Mound, TX who attends Flower Mound HS. Tall athletic build, long loose arm action on the mound, good arm speed, smooth balanced delivery, finishes well to the plate, ball comes out of hand clean, works both sides of the plate, velocity projects, throws strikes, tight rotation on curveball, nice cut action on change-up, knows how to pitch, very good pitchability, good upside.

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 4.21 2-4 24-4 0 0/2 0 47.0 47 30 22 17 29 5 0 7 174 .270 3 5 0 2 4

He was in Junior College(s) before A&M:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2010 19 74.2 42 37 64 77 54 4.46 9 6 0
2009 2 3.0 1 1 3 4 0 3.00 0 0 0

White Sox sign 3rd round draft pick RHP Jeff Soptic

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 14, 2011 7:30 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

The latest signee is third-round pick Jeff Soptic, a 6-foot-6 pitcher from Johnson County Community College in Kansas. Baseball America is reporting Soptic’s signing bonus at $320,000.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’06″
Weight: 210
Born: 1991-04-08
Hometown: Leawood, KS
Class:  J2 (2nd year in Junior College)

Scouting reports:

Baseball America:

Few pitchers in this draft can light up a radar gun like Soptic can, but his lack of consistency likely will keep him out of the first couple of rounds. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder’s arm works easily, as he effortlessly delivers fastballs at 93-96 mph and peaks at 100. Velocity is the one constant with Soptic. His four-seam fastball is fairly straight and gets hit harder than it should. He’ll flash a plus slider at times, but it’s below-average more often than not. His changeup is a distant third pitch. Unless he can significantly improve his control and secondary pitches, Soptic probably will have to settle for being a reliever as a pro. Nevertheless, his arm strength and body are hard to ignore. Drafted in the 43rd round out of high school by the Royals but unselected when he maxed out at 94 mph as a freshman, Soptic will attend Missouri if he doesn’t turn pro.

John Sickels:

This 6-6 right-hander scrapes 100 MPH with his fastball and has a promising slider. Although somewhat unrefined as a pitcher, his upside is huge and his arm strength is as good as anyone else’s in the draft. He could easily go in the supplemental round to a team looking for a high-octane arm to harness.

John Sickels:

Big guy with a mid-90s fastball and good slider. He has a University of Missouri commitment and might end up there if he doesn’t go high enough this year. 4.50 ERA with 58/31 K/BB in 56 innings, 41 hits; command issues are the main problem.

John Sickels:

Clocked as high as 100 MPH, but slider and changeup are inconsistent. Very high upside in his 6-6 frame but needs polish.

Pine Tar Press:

The Royals drafted Soptic 2 years ago in the 43rd round out of Shawnee Mission East High School. The 20 year old RH is still very projectable and was throwing 93 on a very cold baseball day (38 degrees) the day I saw him pitch. His fastball lacked the movement you would want with a power pitcher and he complimented it with a 83-84 mph slider.He did not throw a change the day I saw him but I am told he has a serviceable one.

Here are his Junior College Stats; from NJAAA:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L
2011 15 56.0 39 28 41 58 31 4.500 7 6
2010 14 44.1 40 25 51 48 41 5.076 5 2

and from

Year IP AB RS ER BB SO HITS HR HP WP W L S AVG ERA WIN% GP G WHIP CG GS Shut
2011 56.00 256 39 28 31 58 41 5 9 7 6 0 .190 3.50 53.8 15 15 1.29 3 10 0
2010 42.67 230 40 25 41 48 51 3 2 0 5 2 0 .273 4.10 71.4 14 14 2.16 1 13 0

And here’s a 1 and a half minute video of Soptic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykOFyErInF8

And a 3 and a half minutes video of Soptic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tUhYieJunk

July 7, 2011

White Sox sign 23rd round draft pick C Mike Marjama

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2011 3:00 pm
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Keisser @ PT:

Mike Marjama, a 23rd-round pick by the Chicago White Sox, signed before the deadline and has been assigned to Bristol in the Appalachian League. Marjama considered returning for his senior season after he was drafted later than anticipated and played for Orleans in the Cape Cod League before he and Chicago came to an agreement.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 220
Born: 1987-12-02
Hometown: Granite Bay, CA
Class:  Senior

Scouting report:

PerfectGame.org (September 2010 report):

50. MIKE MARJAMA, 3b, La Crosse Loggers (Long Beach State/JR)
Well-proportioned athlete with line-drive bat, Gold Glove-type glove at hot corner; hit .286-2-37, lack of raw power limits upside

Here are 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 .290 56-56 217 21 63 8 4 1 27 82 .378 12 2 36 5 .329 3 7 8-12 224 87 6 .981

He was in Sacramento City College before:

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 .331 32-32 133 26 44 7 0 1 23 54 .406 11 6 28 5 .404 1 0 6-6 20 52 5 .935
2009 .306 42-42 157 33 48 12 0 0 24 60 .382 19 19 21 3 .439 1 2 8-10 32 69 10 .910

He played summer ball with the Lacrosse Loggers in 2010:

Year AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SF SH SB CS DP E
2010 .286 69 269 47 77 10 1 2 37 25 11 43 1 6 15 5 5 10

Chris Sale played with the Loggers in 2008.

July 6, 2011

White Sox sign 2nd round draft pick RHP Erik Johnson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2011 11:55 pm
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Dyck @ CT:

The White Sox signed second-round draft pick Erik Johnson, a right-handed pitcher from Cal, and both he and top choice Keenyn Walker will report to rookie league at Great Falls, Mont., next week.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6’03″
Weight: 240
Born: 1989-12-30
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Class:  Junior

Scouting reports:

Jim Callis @ BA

Big-bodied (6-2, 240 pounds) college arm with a 90-95 mph fastball and hard slider.
Johnson has a big, 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame and sometimes has trouble maintaining his mechanics. His delivery can get a little rigid and he loses his arm slot at times, though he’s been better about getting it back than he was last year. Johnson is quick to the plate and sits in the 90-94 mph range with his fastball and tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is a hard slider that he can throw for strikes or use as a wipeout pitch and he also mixes in a slow, show-me curveball and a changeup that is inconsistent, but shows flashes of being a quality pitch. Johnson sometimes tries to be too fine with his fastball instead of trusting that he can overpower hitters with it. While he needs to sharpen his fastball command, Johnson has shown a good enough feel for pitching to get by and go deep into games without it.
John Sickels:
Johnson is ranked 97th on the Baseball America prospect list and 74th on the Perfect Game list, which would put him on the bottom fringes of the supplemental round or in the second. However, he has the power arm (90-95 MPH fastball, good slider) to go somewhere in the middle of the supplemental round for a team that believes they can refine his mechanics and polish his changeup.

John Sickels:

Cal-Berkeley pitcher works at 90-94 and has an impressive slider. Curveball and changeup need work if he wants to remain a starter. Workhorse body.

John Sickels:
Johnson is ranked 97th on the Baseball America prospect list and 74th on the Perfect Game list, which would put him on the bottom fringes of the supplemental round or in the second. However, he has the power arm (90-95 MPH fastball, good slider) to go somewhere in the middle of the supplemental round for a team that believes they can refine his mechanics and polish his changeup.

MLB Draft Countdown:

Johnson isn’t a more talked about draft prospect because of his mechanical issues, which have seen him suffer through bouts of wildness (37 walks in 83.2 IP). He began his college career as a reliever, which tinkered with his mechanics a bit, and now that he’s back in a starting role, he’s struggled to go deep into games.He does, however, feature pretty good velocity, topping out at about 95-96 mph. He complements his fastball with a very good slider. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, the latter of which has made solid strides throughout the course of the season.

PerfectGame.org reports from 2007

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 2.83 7-4 18 18 0 0/5 0 105.0 68 33 33 59 102 12 1 3 356 .191 10 10 0 3 8
2010 4.09 6-3 16 13 0 0/1 1 77.0 85 41 35 34 73 5 3 4 293 .290 10 3 0 2 6
2009 4.41 3-6 19 9 1 0/1 4 67.1 71 41 33 28 55 11 1 10 264 .269 6 5 1 0 6

July 5, 2011

White Sox sign 1S round draft pick OF Keenyn Walker (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2011 10:00 pm
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Callis @ BA:

The White Sox finalized their deal with top draft pick Keenyn Walker on Tuesday, signing him to a $795,000 bonus. The 47th overall selection, Walker had Tweeted (via @Keenyn_Walker) six days earlier that he had agreed to terms. His bonus exceeds MLB’s $739,800 recommendation for his draft slot. …

Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Height: 6’03″
Weight: 193
Born: 1990-08-12
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Class:  J2 (2nd year in Junior College)

Walker will report to Great Falls. He’ll be in in the lineup Saturday.

Scouting reports (videos after the scouting reports):

Baseball America:

Walker was drafted in the 16th round out of high school in Utah in 2009 and last year at Central Arizona, in the 38th round. Scouts have always been intrigued by the 6-foot-3 switch-hitter with standout tools and impressive athleticism. The raw tools don’t always translate on the baseball field, however, and he didn’t even start regularly last year. This year is a different story. Walker has performed well with wood and he should get more than the $250,000 he reportedly turned down out of high school. Walker has more power from the right side, but his lefthanded swing is more pure. He’s mostly a gap hitter with above-average speed, so he profiles as a good defensive center fielder. He has the speed to hit at the top of the order, but needs to cut down on his strikeouts. If he doesn’t sign, Walker will head to Utah.

John Sickels:

1-47) White Sox: Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona JC: Blazing speed and greatly improved hitting skills, along with a solid glove, push him to the top of the White Sox draft list.

More Sickels:

Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona Junior College: The blazing fast, 80-speed Walker showed greatly improved hitting skills this spring, and in some draft classes would be rated a first-rounder. The deep nature of this class, plus the fact that junior college players get less attention than high school or four-year college players, pushes Walker back to second or third round slots for most. However, someone in love with his athleticism could easily choose him in the supplemental.

Sickels pre-draft:

Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona CC: Bats Both, 6-3, 185. Drafted by the Cubs in the 16th round in 2009 but didn’t sign. Toolsy, athletic, very fast, some power potential, has strikeout issues and is still rather raw, but toolsy enough to go on first day. Committed to Utah if he doesn’t sign. Hitting .421/.513/.622 with 28 walks, 35 strikeouts in 164 at-bats, 49 steals in 52 attempts.

Perfect Game:

Good athletic body, Plus run, nice arm, tools are there, looked good at PG National, good at AC, bat needs to come on

and the June 2008 scouting report:

Keenyn Walker is a 2009 OF/P with a 6’1”, 185 lb. frame from Salt Lake City, UT who attends Judge Memorial. Keenyn is a lean well put together very athletic player with fluid actions in the outfield. His throws carry well in the outfield with arm strenth. He is a switch hitter at the plate with a line drive swing plane. He showed a bit better from the left side and has good extension in his swing. He stays inside the baseball and uses all fields. He projects very large with added strength and is a very good, 6.53 sixty. Walker is extremely athletic and he could skyrocket up the charts by next year.

January 2008 and July 2007 reports at the link

Baseball America:

With their first pick of the night, the White Sox take Keenyn Walker, an outfielder from Central Arizona JC. He is a 65 runner that can stay in center field and profiles as a leadoff hiter.

Padilla @ ESPN:

“Keenyn is a kid that we’ve scouted extensively,” White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann said. “He plays in a competitive junior college program in Arizona. He’s been very successful. He is a high ceiling athlete. Unlike some high ceiling athletes, this kid really has a feel for playing the game.”

Laumann projected Walker to be two and a half years away from making it to the major leagues if he progresses at an ideal pace. He compared the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Walker to Devon White and Carlos Beltran.

Kevin Goldstein:

msambor (chicago): thoughts on keenyn walker?

Kevin Goldstein II: I like him! Risky pick, but I like going with upside when you don’t have a first rounder. He definitely could flame out early, but it’s worth the risk.

FutureSox:

Walker has decent patience at the plate as he led his team in walks this year with 36 (16.8 BB% (BB/AB)), which, combined with his speed, gives him potential as a top of the order hitter, but in order to reach that potential he will need to watch the strikeouts, which have been a problem for him. Walker struck out 45 times this year (21% K% (SO/AB)), which again led his team.

MLB.com’s 2011 scouting video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15479701 (0:33)

Youtube’s 2010 scouting video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_u8en2vlXw (1:03)

MLB.com’s 2009 scouting video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4625607 (0:34)

Here are his Junior College Stats:
2011 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #10
Class: Sophomore
GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
69 238 98 14 10 84 59 .412 6
SB SBA SB%
70 73 .890
Walks (BB) Hit By Pitches Sac Flys OBP
41 9 3 .509
Put Outs Assists Errors Fielding Percentage
124 5 0 .000

2010 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #5
Class: Freshman

GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
58 97 29 1 3 42 16 .299 2
SB SBA SB%
21 23 .300
Walks (BB) Hit By Pitches Sac Flys OBP
18 7 2 .435
Put Outs Assists Errors Fielding Percentage
59 3 7 .899

July 1, 2011

White Sox sign 6th round draft pick SS Marcus Semien

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2011 11:30 pm
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The White Sox have signed 6th round draft pick SS Marcus Semien. Semien is listed on the Kannapolis Intimidators roster. He played shortstop against Asheville tonight and went 1-4 with a 2B and 2 K.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’01″
Weight: 190
Born: 1990-09-17
Hometown: El Cerrito, CA
Class:  Junior

Here’s his Baseball America scouting report:

Semien is a steady defender with sure hands and some arm strength, though he may lack the first-step quickness to stay at shortstop. He’s an average runner. He hit well last year and in the Northwoods League last summer, but scouts have questions about his bat. He didn’t do anything to quell doubters this year, hitting .260/.357/.380.

And from John Sickels:

6) Marcus Semien, SS, California: Teammate of Johnson drafted above, good glove, many scouts don’t like his bat and he didn’t hit well this spring. Seems an overdraft to me.

Here are 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 .275 61-61 229 41 63 11 3 5 35 95 .415 32 3 40 2 .371 0 16 9-14 95 185 12 .959
2010 .328 54-54 195 40 64 17 2 4 34 97 .497 24 0 37 6 .400 1 7 5-7 89 174 20 .929
2009 .197 27-19 71 10 14 1 1 1 7 20 .282 11 0 11 0 .301 1 3 0-3 11 28 1 .975

And here’s a 3-and-a-half minute video of Semien:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHReDi5jX8A

June 29, 2011

White Sox agree to terms with 1S round draft pick OF Keenyn Walker [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 12:00 pm
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Merkin says all that is left may be just a physical:

A White Sox source told MLB.com nothing was official as of yet with Walker’s signing. However, it could be at the stage of just needing a physical to bring Walker into the fold.

BTW, here’s a 1 minute scouting video of Walker:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_u8en2vlXw

and MLB’s half-minute scouting video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15479701&c_id=cws

UPDATE: Gonzales  @ CT:

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement with their first pick in the June amateur draft, Central Arizona College switch-hitting outfielder Keenyn Walker.

The signging will become official by next Tuesday, after Walker passes a physical examination.

“It’s a huge relief for me,” Walker said Wednesday at his Salt Lake City home. “After Friday, I thought we were going all the way to the (Aug. 15) deadline again. But we finally got it done.”

Once signed, Walker will report to the Sox’s short-season Great Falls affiliate in Montana.

For scouting reports and stats for Walker read my earlier post here.

June 22, 2011

White Sox sign 9th round draft pick LHP Matt Lane

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 1:45 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 9th round draft pick LHP Matt Lane (one entry before the last) from Northwest Florida State College (JuCo) has signed with the Sox.

Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6’05″
Weight: 195
Born: 1990-08-11
Hometown: Marrieta, GA
Class:  J2

Here are a couple scouting reports. Baseball America:

Lane is a Georgia prep product who started his college career at Mississippi State. After pitching 12 innings in 2010 and posting a 5.25 ERA, he transferred to Northwest Florida State, where he got a chance to start and took full advantage, going 8-5, 2.18 in 99 innings. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Lane has room to fill out and added some velocity this season, bumping 90-91 on occasion and pitching consistently in the upper 80s at season’s end from a high arm slot. He throws a solid curveball and changeup at his best but can be inconsistent with his secondary stuff when he loses his slot. He’s committed to Tulane.

Perfectgame.org (2008):

Matt Lane is a 2009 LHP with a 6’4”, 175 lb. frame from Marietta, GA who attends Pope. Tall lean build, body projects very well on the mound, OH arm slot, long arm action, occasional life to fastball, big downer curveball, tight spin on curveball, around the plate, has feel for pitching, raw with big upside, lots of ability to work with.

Perfectgame.org has 2 more scouting reports.

And here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W L GP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR TBF B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.17 8 5 17 14 4 3 0 0 99.1 79 37 24 34 92 14 0 3 417 0.219 4 8 0 5 9

and from Mississippi State:

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 5.25 0-0 9-1 0 0/0 0 12.0 13 11 7 12 9 6 1 1 46 .283 4 0 0 0 1

June 21, 2011

White Sox sign 27th round draft pick RHP Jake Cose

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 2:00 pm
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White Sox have signed 27th round draft pick RHP Jake Cose. He was assigned to Bristol. Scouting info from June 8:

(831): Jake Cose, RHP, 6-5, 200, San Joaquin Delta College (CA)

Has both hit and pitched at Delta College. Fastball sits low-90’s.

Bats: S
Throws: R
Height: 6’05″
Weight: 200
Born: 1990-08-28
Class:  JR

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 2.31 4-1 11-4 0 0/0 1 35.0 25 11 9 10 27 3 0 0 125 .200 5 5 0 3 0

He tried swinging the bat 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%
2011 .230 38-34 139 17 32 5 1 2 11 45 .324 14 1 20 3 .305 0 1 4-4 138 23 2 .988
2010 .302 29-27 106 16 32 6 1 4 19 52 .491 10 4 18 2 .380 1 1 5-5 13 64 10 .885

and:

2009 HS Stats: .275 Avg, 25 RBI, 4 2B’s, 2 3B’s, 7 HR

June 17, 2011

White Sox sign 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:15 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls:

Yet another long-armed hurler is Blake Drake, a 6-7 former Indiana State star who was selected in the 22nd round of this year’s draft.” Drake has some different arm action that will surprise some people, I think,” said Drahman. “He’s a little sneaky, but he gets it up there it seems like, too.”

Here’s a 2009 scouting report from perfectgame.org:

Blake Drake is a Col RHP with a 6’7”, 185 lb. frame from Louisville, KY. Drake has a projectable frame and sat 88-91 this outing. He is a little raw but really projects as he continues to refine his craft. He showed a good slider to go with his upper 80’s to low 90’s fastball. He played at Wabash Valley this spring.

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 4.78 1-5 26-4 0 0/3 10 49.0 50 28 26 21 37 8 0 2 190 .263 6 12 1 0 2
2010 7.92 3-0 13-6 0 0/0 0 25.0 25 25 22 22 14 5 0 4 .260 5 4 0 1 1

Drake was in Wabash Valley Community College for a couple years:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 11 39.0 36 30 39 30 28 6.92 3 4 0
2008 10 22.0 15 14 16 26 12 5.73 4 0 0

And here’s his MLB.com scouting video from the 2009 draft:


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4827585&c_id=cws (0:31)

PS. From the Great Falls Tribune article we learn that released outfielder Salvador Sanchez has been converted to a reliever and will play for the Voyagers.

White Sox sign 21st round draft pick 2B Joe De Pinto

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:00 am
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Mansch @ GFT:

Second baseman Joe De Pinto, a 21st-round pick out of Southern California, also caught Newman’s eye.

“Joe’s from USC — that’s good experience playing Pac-10 ball — he looks like he’s going to be a solid in the middle of the infield for us,” said Newman.

PerfectGame.org scouting report

Joseph DePinto is a 2007 MIF/OF/P from St. Francis HS, residing in Sunland, CA, with a 5’10″ 150 lb. frame. DePinto was named to the top prospect team at the California Underclass Showcase. Has a medium but athletic build, with wiry musculature. Offensively possesses a quick bat and a swing path that is very short to the ball. DePinto is a contact/spray hitter who makes consistent contact. He makes the pitcher work to get him out but don’t read that as he is a pest… he can really hit. He also runs well and understands game, making him an effective base stealer. Defensively, DePinto has quick feet and a good early burst to the ball. He is a very solid defender and a very solid player. Consider him a good follow for most D1 programs on the West Coast.

Here are 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 .300 56-56 190 32 57 11 2 0 24 72 .379 31 7 23 6 .409 4 7 9-13 104 147 12 .954
2010 .286 60-60 252 50 72 15 2 2 23 97 .385 19 6 28 6 .348 2 7 4-6 106 161 14 .950
2009 .277 55-53 191 37 53 12 0 3 22 74 .387 25 5 31 2 .369 4 9 11-15 82 131 9 .959

White Sox sign 20th round draft pick C Martin Medina

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 am
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Evans @ BC:

The four picks from Cal State Bakersfield have all signed. They are right-handed pitcher Mike McCarthy, outfielder Ryan McIntyre, catcher Jeremy Rodriguez and catcher-infielder Martin Medina.

Medina, a 20th-round pick by the Chicago White Sox, is one of three catchers assigned to Great Falls, Mont., in the Pioneer League.

“Right now, like everyone else, I’m trying to find a host family (to live with),” Medina said. “Right now we’re all in a hotel.”

Great Falls’ season opens Monday.

“I might play a little third, also,” Medina said. “If I’m hitting well, they’ll keep my bat in the lineup.”

A 2010 scouting report from 49th State Hardball:

When I think of Martin Medina, I think of power. The guy’s got a stout upper body and a big, quick power cut. At 5’10″ and a lean 200lb, he’s got some muscle mass to spank the ball around a bit with. And the proof is in the pudding. Five homers in 34 games as a Goldpanner this year. Just to put things into something more digestible with those familiar with pro ball, that’s 24 blasts over a 162-game period. That’s not too shabby. With a .505 slugging percentage to go with it…yeah, he can knock the ball around a bit. The guy looks like he could put on a little more brawn, even, so I think he has a little more power potential corked away that might just now be blossoming.

Here are 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 .287 55-55 209 38 60 11 1 9 53 100 .478 26 2 37 4 .362 6 1 0-0 206 25 5 .979
2010 .311 56-56 238 44 74 16 2 12 52 130 .546 26 6 53 12 .393 0 0 1-3 135 49 11 .944
2009 .285 50-50 193 29 55 13 4 8 40 100 .518 23 8 51 1 .379 3 0 2-2 106 61 20 .893

Medina tried pitching 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%
2011 4.54 3-3 17-1 0 0/0 8 33.2 38 24 17 14 45 6 1 3 144 .264 4 0 0 1 2
2010 4.01 5-2 11 2 0 0/0 1 24.2 23 11 11 8 22 5 2 0 88 .261 2 3 0 0 1
2009 6.87 3-3 13 4 0 0/0 2 38.0 44 32 29 28 36 7 2 4 150 .293 5 4 3 2 3

And Pep Fernandez of KERO-23 has a 2 minute video on Medina.

June 16, 2011

White Sox sign 18th round draft pick RHP Bryan Blough

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 7:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 18th round draft pick RHP Bryan Blough has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Kennesaw State’s top draft pick will be senior righty Bryan Blough, who was on BA’s 2009 list as a junior college product. He had a rough adjustment to Division I in 2010, posting a 10.29 ERA, but rebounded to go 4-4, 3.61 this season. He keeps the ball down and can push his fastball into the 88-92 mph range from an over-the-top delivery. Blough also holds his velocity well and gets depth on his slider.

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 3.61 4-4 14-14 2 1/1 0 84.2 94 47 34 20 84 20 1 5 338 .278 4 9 0 2 3
2010 10.29 2-3 11-6 0 0/0 0 28.0 51 37 32 22 22 11 1 4 129 .395 2 2 0 0 2

Before KSU he was in Middle Georgia College:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 16 40.2 22 22 45 50 9 4.87 5 3 5

And here’s a 2 minute video of Blough pitching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lukVsvzCIg

White Sox sign 16th round draft pick RHP Chris Bassitt

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 3:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 16th round draft pick RHP Chris Bassitt has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Scouts didn’t know much about righthander Chris Bassitt prior to this spring, because he redshirted in 2008 and made just one appearance while focusing on academics in 2010. He’s no longer anonymous after posting a 1.42 ERA and averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings as a fourth-year junior. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder lives off his 90-93 mph sinker, which he delivers from a low-three-quarters arm angle. His second pitch is a slider, which grades as an average pitch at times.

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 1.42 2-5 28 0 0 0/1 7 38.0 24 9 6 15 48 1 1 2 131 .183 5 3 0 2 4
2010 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 6 .167 0 0 0 0 0
2009 3.52 1-2 23 0 0 0/0 7 30.2 19 15 12 14 34 5 0 1 103 .184 3 5 0 2 0
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