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June 15, 2011

White Sox sign 26th round draft pick 3B Grant Buckner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 3:30 pm
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Power @ WVMN:

Dream jobs are hard to come by, but one WVU baseball player has his and the opportunity of a lifetime. Grant Buckner was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

“I always said it’s what I wanted to do, it’s my biggest dream ever. I’ve always said I wanted my first real job to be a professional baseball player,” said Buckner. “That’s my job now so, no more school, just work on baseball all the time. That’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Buckner was the 801stpick in this year’s draft and the second Mountaineer shortstop in as many years to be drafted by a major league team.

“I’ll be heading to the Appalachian League in Bristol, Virginia,” Buckner said.  “That is the next step.” …

Here’s his scouting report from perfectgame.org via mack’s mets:

5-11 from: – link  – RF, Grant Buckner, W Virginia, 6’1 1/2 210, R/R, powerful built, solid RF arm, 40 plus runner and field, 60 power, could perhaps play 1b in pro ball, has good hands and moves well for a big man, swing a tad long with power to all fields. Someone will give him a 4-8 round look for sure and don’t be surprised if this kid gets to the show in 2-3 years with his makeup.

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 .364 55-55 209 48 76 14 1 8 46 116 .555 20 10 25 2 .440 2 7 3-6 90 144 13 .947
2010 .363 53-53 201 37 73 17 0 8 50 114 .567 21 15 27 7 .452 4 5 5-6 53 75 10 .928
2009 .325 55-55 200 42 65 21 1 5 45 103 .515 23 11 19 0 .418 3 10 0-2 116 2 2 .983
2008 .290 24-15 62 12 18 6 0 0 8 24 .387 3 1 7 0 .328 1 3 0-0 26 1 0 1.000

And here’s a small video of Buckner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my-LBiDA9kU

White Sox sign 17th round draft pick OF Collin Kuhn and 28th round pick OF Kyle Robinson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 1:02 pm
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Crunk @ AR:

Collin Kuhn and Kyle Robinson are set to begin their professional baseball careers as the pair have signed professional contracts with the Chicago White Sox. Kuhn was the White Sox’s 17th round selection with the 531st overall pick, while Robinson was drafted in the 28th round with the 861st overall pick. The pair will begin their professional careers with the Bristol White Sox, Chicago’s rookie league team in Bristol, Va

First, here’s Collin Kuhn’s scouting report from Baseball America:

Fellow Razorback outfielder Collin Kuhn outhit Kyle Robinson against better league pitching and was the team’s leading home run hitter. Like Robinson, he can be too aggressive at the plate, but at least he has speed and can sub in as a center fielder. His below-average arm may limit him from being a fourth outfielder, however. He’s a fourth-year junior with present strength and no carrying tool.

and here are Kuhn’s 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 .282 56-55 206 44 58 13 2 7 41 96 .466 16 16 55 2 .370 5 3 22-24 141 6 0 1.000
2010 .336 64-63 259 66 87 18 4 16 52 161 .622 22 25 50 3 .434 3 4 17-19 130 9 2 .986
2009 .256 59-48 172 39 44 7 2 3 19 64 .372 19 12 41 2 .369 0 8 11-13 94 5 3 .971

Second, here’s Kyle Robinson’s scouting report from Baseball America:

Arkansas has its own senior sign in outfielder Kyle Robinson, who has power and athleticism. He struggled in Southeastern Conference play, hitting just .175.

and here are Robinson’s 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 .286 60-56 213 38 61 9 4 10 49 108 .507 22 4 47 5 .358 4 2 9-10 126 10 7 .951
2010 .353 6-4 17 9 6 2 0 0 5 8 .471 3 0 3 0 .450 0 0 0-0 3 0 1 .750

Robinson played 2 years in Indian River State (Community) College before enrolling in Arkansas:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB% BB HBP SF OBP
2009 37 137 57 18 2 43 .416 8 5 6 .330 20 4 0 .503
2008 27 84 27 2 0 22 .321 3 1 1 .000

White Sox sign 4th round draft pick RHP Kyle McMillen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 1:30 am
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 4th round draft pick RHP Kyle McMillen has signed. Scouting reports say:

Sickels @ MLBall:

Kyle McMillen, RHP, Kent State: Another lively arm at 90-94 MPH, nasty slider, has a chance to be a closer.

Nathan Rode @ BA:

Kent State RHP Kyle McMillen. Teammate of Andrew Chafin, sits 91-94 mph. Refining a slider. Works out of the bullpen.

Baseball America:

Andrew Chafin isn’t the only Kent State arm attracting early-round attention. The Golden Flashes used McMillen as a two-way player in his first two seasons–he showed impressive raw power as a first baseman–but he has concentrated on pitching as a junior after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand last fall. He touched 94 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has done so repeatedly this spring, working at 91-94 mph. Kent State’s Mike Birkbeck, a former big leaguer who’s regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest, has helped McMillen refine a slider that’s a wipeout pitch at times. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a good athlete but needs to do a more consistent job of throwing strikes. With the Flashes’ starters dominating Mid-American Conference opponents all season long, scouts have had a hard time getting to see McMillen in action. But they’ve seen him enough that he should go in the first three rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the sandwich round.

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 1.80 1-2 28-0 0 0/3 18 30.0 18 8 6 12 31 2 0 1 103 .175 1 4 0 1 1
2010 4.44 1-2 19-0 0 0/2 4 24.1 25 12 12 13 17 7 0 1 95 .263 2 1 0 1 2
2009 9.00 2-0 10-0 0 0/0 0 10.0 15 11 10 7 10 4 0 2 40 .375 4 5 0 2 1

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 .000 28-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 2 2 1 .800
2010 .354 51-48 198 51 70 15 0 6 46 103 .520 17 8 27 3 .420 3 1 2-4 297 24 4 .988
2009 .125 12-2 16 2 2 1 0 0 0 3 .188 1 0 6 1 .176 0 0 0-0 2 1 0 1.000

June 14, 2011

White Sox sign 15th round draft pick SS David Herbek

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 1:26 am
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Fawcett @ IN:

[David] Herbek, who went in the 15th round to the Chicago White Sox, said he will sign with the team Sunday and then leave Monday for Great Falls, home of Chicago’s rookie-level team in the Pioneer League. The league’s season begins June 20. … Herbek had no college eligibility left, which usually means drafted players receive no higher than a standard $1,000 signing bonus. Herbek did not provide specifics, but he said he received “a little bit more.”

Baseball America’s scouting report:

James Madison’s shortstop David Herbek has shown a decent amount of power, batting .374/.456/.701 with 15 home runs. That drew scouts’ interest because Herbek also has a chance to stick at shortstop.

PerfectGame.org’s scouting report (2007):

David Herbek is a 2007 MIF that attends Battlefield HS and resides in Gainesville, VA with a 6’1″, 170 lb. frame. David has an athletic build with some good raw hitting tools. At the plate David shows quick wrists with easy lift in his swing and solid line-drive contact. David tends to get his bat wrapped too much and needs to get ready to hit earlier. In the field David showed good actions to the ball but struggled with his throws some. He looks like he would work out best at second base right now. David is a player that will attract the attention of many smaller college programs.

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 .362 61-58 229 56 83 20 3 15 76 154 .672 24 17 30 2 .443 10 3 13-17 97 158 13 .951
2010 .304 50-49 181 52 55 11 3 7 47 93 .514 21 18 33 4 .414 7 3 13-16 88 136 5 .978
2009 .370 53-53 211 55 78 20 3 10 54 134 .635 25 13 32 2 .453 7 0 18-21 89 141 14 .943
2008 .306 46-31 124 26 38 11 0 3 18 58 .468 8 7 21 1 .379 1 5 5-6 61 71 10 .930

And a video of him hitting a Home Run (0:39):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3d_WA7_rgA

White Sox sign 24th round draft pick OF Mark Haddow

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 12:48 am
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Punzal @ PS:

Also signing on Friday was UCSB infielder Mark Haddow with the Chicago White Sox. He was picked in the 24th round.

Baseball America’s scouting report:

Mark Haddow is a senior sign with upside–a tools guy who finally translated his talent into performance this spring. Physical and athletic at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Haddow is a solid-average runner with a solid-average arm and average defensive skills at a corner outfield spot. Making consistent contact has always been his bugaboo. He has done a better job with it this spring, though scouts still doubt he’ll hit enough to be a big league regular.

Baseball Draft Report’s scouting report:

JR OF Mark Haddow (2010 – UC Santa Barbara) offers up plus power potential, but also strikeouts about as much as you’d expected from a raw college player with plus power potential. Luckily, power isn’t his only claim to fame. Haddow can also rely on his solid athleticism, better than you’d think speed, and slightly above-average big league right field arm. He has the raw tools to dramatically rise up draft boards, but first needs to take a more disciplined approach at the plate to show big league clubs he’d cut it as something more than a backup outfielder professionally. If he begins even to hint at improvement in those deficient areas in his game, I’d bet good money some team out there will draft him with the idea that he’ll be a big league starter in right someday.

Here are his College Stats:

Year G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB-ATT SO BB AVG.
2008 23-12 52 10 12 1 0 1 8 2-2 16 5 .231
2009 44-34 124 21 37 7 3 5 25 10-13 36 13 .298
2010 53-53 198 38 54 5 3 6 26 17-21 48 22 .273
Totals 120-99 374 69 103 13 6 12 52 29-36 100 40 .275

June 13, 2011

White Sox sign 7th round draft pick C Kevan Smith [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2011 3:15 pm
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Grupp @ PTR:

As a fifth-year senior, Pitt catcher Kevan Smith held no leverage to negotiate in the MLB draft. So when the Chicago White Sox took him in the seventh round, the all-Big East slugger expected a token signing bonus.

“I was ready to sign for $1,000 and a plane ticket,” he said. “They ended up giving me $60,000.”

Baseball America’s scouting report:
Smith provides a little more value than other Pennsylvania college bats this year because he’s a catcher. He has a football background and is a strong, physical player whose power trumps his hitting despite leading the team with a .406 average in 192 at-bats. He receives well enough and could profile well as a backup. Chester doesn’t have a great body, but has big power, leading the Panthers with 14 home runs.

Here’s his page at Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: And 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 .397 54-54 209 59 83 17 4 11 56 141 .675 22 8 20 5 .465 4 0 10-11 201 29 5 .979
2010 .361 55-54 233 59 84 18 1 5 46 119 .511 20 7 15 6 .422 3 0 3-7 108 11 0 1.000
2009 .363 32-27 102 19 37 5 1 3 21 53 .520 9 2 13 2 .425 0 0 3-4 59 10 1 .986

June 6, 2011

White Sox select OF Keenyn Walker with 47th pick of 2011 MLB Draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 9:42 pm
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Walker is a switch-hitting OF from Central Arizona College (6’03” 193lbs).

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 6 weeks ago:

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.

and 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.

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.

Baseball America scouting report via WSCR-AM670:

… 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.

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.

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.

Perfect Game scouting report:

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

MLB.com Video (0:34)

Youtube Video (1:03):

ESPN video (2:05) FOOTBALL.

2010 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #5
Class: Freshman

GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
58 97 29 1 3 42 16 .299 4
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

2011 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #10
Class: Sophomore

GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
63 214 86 11 8 76 50 .402 4
SB SBA SB%
65 68 .590
Walks (BB) Hit By Pitches Sac Flys OBP
18 7 2 .435
Put Outs Assists Errors Fielding Percentage
59 3 7 .899

For 2011 WSCR-AM670 says:

Walker batted .402 with four home runs, 50 RBI and 65 stolen bases in 63 games with Central Arizona this season. Walker posted a .502 on-base percentage and a .584 slugging percentage and was successful on 95.6 percent (65-68) of his stolen-base attempts.

Kevin Goldstein’s 2011 Mock Draft and FutureSox’ Draft previews [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 1:48 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

47. Chicago White Sox: Kes Carter, OF, Western Kentucky. Chicago needs everything, and Carter is a potential power/speed package with a quick lefty bat. Local high school product Charlie Tilson could come into play, as he’s looking more signable than had been anticipated.

Stats:

Year
avg  gp-gs  ab  2b  3b  hr  rbi  tb  slg%  bb  hbp  so  gdp  ob%  sf  sh  sb-att  po  fld% 
2011
.344  53-53  215  46  74  17  40  118  .549  31  33  .430  8-9  132  .964 

and from the baseball cube:

Year Age # G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF GDP Bavg OBP SLG OPS
2009 19 42 94 26 36 6 1 1 20 4 2 6 22 3 0 1 4 2 .383 .421 .500 921
2010 20 10 58 246 40 84 12 1 7 53 14 3 28 37 8 0 5 0 2 .341 .426 .484 910

The WKU paper calls Carter a five-tool player, but FutureSox says his only above average tool may be speed. Sounds like another Jerry ‘I’ll steal 100 Bases’ Owens.

BTW, here are both FutureSox’ 2001 Draft Previews:

2011 Draft Preview: Pitchers

2011 Draft Preview: Hitters

And here’s the MLB Draft Central.

UPDATE: Scouting reports on Charlie Tilson:

Baseball Beginnings:

Stance/Hit Approach: Upright stance with slight spread, toe-tap stride, level swing plane. … SUMMATION: Physically projectable left-handed hitting centerfielder with plus bat and speed gives him chance to become everyday ML CF. Good, wiry body and loose athletic actions. Bat gives him potential to play everyday; speed and defense gives him chance to be good left-handed ML bench candidate.

Baseball Beginnings Video (1:07).

MLB.com (#44/50):

Tilson has a smooth swing and is quick to the ball, tending to shoot the ball in the gap with an opposite-field approach. He has below-average power and does need to gain some strength. He plays center field right now and could be an average defender there in the future. The accuracy of his fringe-average arm should allow him to play center or left field capably. His size and strength might deter some, as could a strong commitment to college, but any Gardner or Ellsbury fans out there might give Tilson a try.

MLB.com Video (0:48).

Illinois Prep Baseball report:

Committed to Illinois. … A top-level prospect, Tilson has the tools to play at a high level. The 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitting outfielder does it all well – and does it very easily. He can really run, as he showed with his 6.6 60. His athleticism, coupled with his tremendous outfield instincts and a solid arm, makes him the best outfield prospect we’ve seen in the 2011 class. At the plate, he had the best round of BP of all players, regardless of class at an indoor event, showcasing extremely quick hands, a quiet setup, a compact stroke and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Tilson, who batted third for New Trier in its Class 4A state-title run as a sophomore, was also impressive on the mound. He has the ability to three pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 83 and a decent curveball. As solid as he was on the mound, make no mistake, his future is as a position player.

MLB Draft Guide:

There are fast guys who play baseball and there are baseball players who are fast.  Charlie Tilson is a baseball player who is fast (6.54-60).  Tilson emerged onto the national scene last summer at the Area Code Games.  He was impressive throughout the event and was the only player to homer in a game.  Tilson is one of the top athletes available in the draft. Tilson is a line drive hitter with a compact swing.  He has quick hands,  good bat speed and hits to all fields.  Once on base, Tilson is a skilled baserunner. In the outfield, Tilson covers plenty of ground and takes good routes. His arm is, at best, average.  Centerfield should be Tilson’s position professionally.

Youtube has videos of Tilson.

May 30, 2011

John Sickels’ Mock Draft [UPDATE: Stats and scouting reports]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 3:04 pm
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Sickels @ MLBall:

47) White Sox (for J.J. Putz): Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Florida State: The White Sox are tough to predict. I had fireballer J.R. Graham here last time but he sounds like a second or third round pick now. The Sox had good luck with a college lefty from Florida last year, so let’s try that again.

UPDATE: Stats:

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
2011 1.52 11-1 16-15 1 0/3 0 106.1 74 31 18 18 116 11 3 5 383 .193 3 6 0 6 3
2010 5.24 9-8 20-18 0 0/0 0 111.2 134 73 65 34 108 28 0 15 440 .305 5 5 0 6 7
2009 3.49 12-3 18-15 2 0/0 1 98.0 81 48 38 37 83 15 0 14 367 .221 11 6 2 3 3

Scouting report from MLB Draft Guide:

Gilmartin is a four pitch lefty who figures to be drafted by the end of the second round this year.  He throws his fastball in the low 90′s (89-92).  He also throws a curve, slider, and change.  Gilmartin’s slider is an improving pitch that he is using more often.  His change is also a solid offering.  He mixes his pitches well and has a good feel for pitching overall.

Lots of Youtube videos of Sean Gilmartin.

Here’s Sickels’ first mock draft:

47) White Sox (for J.J. Putz): J.R. Graham, RHP, Santa Clara. The White Sox are always tough to read and the farm system needs everything. Graham could go a lot higher than this.

UPDATE: Stats:

Player 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
2011 3.34 3-5 23-5 1 0/1 3 62.0 53 27 23 9 45 9 1 1 .228 7 3 3 2 5
2010 5.27 1-1 23-0 0 0/0 4 27.1 45 19 16 10 21 8 1 1 122 .369 3 0 0 1 2
2009 7.15 0-3 19-0 0 0/0 1 34.0 54 30 27 13 35 7 0 4 144 .375 1 4 1 2 8

Scouting report from PerfectGame.org:

Even with his slight frame, Graham has one of the most-electric arms in this year’s draft class. His fastball reached 97-98 mph this spring as a matter of routine, and often peaked out at 100. …. During the summer in the Northwoods League, Graham focused on pitching and earned strong reviews for his quick arm and ability to pound the strike zone with easy 92-94 mph velocity. By this spring, Graham had jacked up his velocity another 4-5 mph. Though he also has a quality slider and changeup, giving him the three pitches he would need to work as a starter, Graham’s startling performance this spring in an end-of-game role, where he has been able to air out his fastball almost exclusively, has left little doubt in the minds of scouts that his future role is at the back end of the bullpen.

Youtube has a lot of videos of JR Graham too.100 mph! Kenny’s phone is going nuts!

May 4, 2011

White Sox sign RHP Joe Bachanov [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 4, 2011 4:07 pm
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Bachanov will be assigned to Class-A Kannapolis.

Here are his stats from B-R:

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
2009 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk LAA 4 0 1.000 3.09 18 0 3 0 0 0 32.0 31 11 11 0 5 0 52 1 1 2 135 1.125 8.7 0.0 1.4 14.6 10.40
2009 20 Orem PION Rk LAA 0 0 2.70 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 5 1 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 17 1.800 13.5 0.0 2.7 13.5 5.00
2009 20 Angels ARIZ Rk LAA 4 0 1.000 3.14 16 0 3 0 0 0 28.2 26 10 10 0 4 0 47 1 1 2 118 1.047 8.2 0.0 1.3 14.8 11.75
2010 21 Cedar Rapids MIDW A LAA 2 0 1.000 5.47 18 0 7 0 0 2 26.1 31 17 16 1 14 0 23 3 0 7 121 1.709 10.6 0.3 4.8 7.9 1.64
2 Seasons 6 0 1.000 4.17 36 0 10 0 0 2 58.1 62 28 27 1 19 0 75 4 1 9 256 1.389 9.6 0.2 2.9 11.6 3.95
Rk (1 season) Rk 4 0 1.000 3.09 18 0 3 0 0 0 32.0 31 11 11 0 5 0 52 1 1 2 135 1.125 8.7 0.0 1.4 14.6 10.40
A (1 season) A 2 0 1.000 5.47 18 0 7 0 0 2 26.1 31 17 16 1 14 0 23 3 0 7 121 1.709 10.6 0.3 4.8 7.9 1.64
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/4/2011.

Seems he had elbow ligament surgery in 2008.

And here a couple mentions of Bachanov in prospect lists:

John Sickels’ ‘2010 Top 20 Los Angeles Angels Pre-Season Prospects in Review’:

9) Jon Bachanov, RHP, Grade B-:  5.47 ERA with 23/14 K/BB, 1.94 GO/AO in 26 innings for Cedar Rapids, 31 hits. On the DL since late May with a sore elbow, not a good sign for a Tommy John survivor.

Baseball-Intellect’s ‘Looking Back: Angels Top Prospects of 2010 Review’:

9. Jon Bachanov | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ Having a mediocre year before going down with an injury…red flags from last year included a small sample size of success and how hittable he was despite an excellent K:BB ratio

UPDATE: Some scouting reports:

2010 Halosheaven scouting report:

You’ll see Bachanov rank higher on other lists due to his spectacular return from Tommy John surgery. Unlike most guys breaking in a new elbow, Bachanov showed stunning control over two plus pitches, a low 90’s fastball that touched 96 at times, and a hard-breaking slider.  Over 32.2 rookie ball innings in Arizona and Utah, he walked just 5 batters and fanned 52, resulting in a 10.4 K/BB ratio. Beyond the gaudy ’09 numbers, however, remain questions about his long-term health, his role, and just how well his stuff will play against better competition. …

Angelswinblog 2010 scouting report:

Bachanov has a fastball that sits at 92-93 which he commands well, peaking at 96 mph. The slider is a plus offering that looks to be a true out-pitch. Bachanov also throws a solid changeup, though it’s a pitch seldom uses. …

Angelswin 2008 scouting report:

The Angels 1st selection in the 2007 amateur draft, Bachanov is a big, strong right-hander who could have a commanding presence on the mound. Jon has two average or above pitches right now, with a fastball that has the chance to be a plus pitch. When he’s balanced and in control, he’s dominant. Bachanov can throw his fastball anywhere from 89 mph up to 96 mph. He pitches consistently in the 91-92 mph range. With improved mechanics, it will become a plus pitch. He has a late tail and nice downward plane on his fastball. His curve is more like a slurve and it’s a plus pitch when it’s on. Bachanov has a changeup, but it’s behind the fastball and a breaking pitch at this point. He has a usable cutter. …

2007 Draft scouting report:

Fastball: Bachanov can throw his fastball anywhere from 89 mph up to 96 mph. He pitches consistently in the 91-92 mph range. With improved mechanics, it will become a plus pitch.
FB Movement: He has a late tail and nice downward plane on his fastball.
Curve: It’s a curve/slider/slurve and it’s a plus pitch when it’s on.
Changeup: He has a changeup, but it’s behind the fastball and breaking pitch at this point.
Cutter: Bachanov has a usable cutter.

UPDATE #2: Eddy @ BA:

The Angels’ top pick in the ’07 draft, reliever Jon Bachanov follows the Bobby Jenks career path from Anaheim to Chicago. Though he hasn’t quite reached Jenks-ian proportions, Bachanov does stand in at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and he does bring the heat.

February 16, 2011

SS Tyler Saladino scouting report by FutureSox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 16, 2011 7:15 pm
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FutureSox has a new scouting report on SS Tyler Saladino:

… Tools wise scouts don’t seem to love him offensively, but those numbers made him an interesting prospect in the seventh round. As expected that power hasn’t translated as a pro (3 HR in 213 AB in 2010), but he still has solid doubles power. He has decent speed and walks a lot, making him a potentially solid No. 2 type hitter. …

February 13, 2011

Scouting The Sally: Jacob Petricka scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 13, 2011 9:15 pm
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Newman @ STS:

Fastball: During his first appearance, Petricka worked in the 94-96 MPH range with his fastball. The velocity is there for it to be a plus pitch, but command and movement are lacking. However, he has the ability to create downward plane at times which will help keep the ball in the park. And while he will sometimes elevate the pitch, the great majority of his fastballs which missed the strike zone were down and away to right handed hitters. …

Video of Petricka:

January 24, 2011

Andy Wilkins scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 24, 2011 10:00 pm
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FutureSox:

Wilkins was a somewhat advanced college bat from the SEC so at face value there is an expectation to move rather quickly through the system. However, he is a bit of a project. The corner infielder has a powerful bat, but he strikes out too much. …

December 27, 2010

Juan Silverio scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 27, 2010 7:26 pm
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Newman @ STS:

Chicago White Sox prospect Juan Silverio split the 2010 season between the Pioneer and South Atlantic Leagues posting a .228/.267/.384 combined line in just over 300 at bats. However, about half his home run and walk totals came during short season in less than a hundred at bats while his performance in the “Sally” was reminiscent of a third string catcher. Is Silverio a non-prospect? No, but he’s not a player without significant flaws which more likely than not will prove fatal at higher levels. …

December 20, 2010

Andre Rienzo scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 20, 2010 12:30 pm
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FutureSox:

[Andre] Rienzo flashes pretty decent stuff, featuring a mid 90s fastball and developing offspeed stuff. Along with this, Rienzo has displayed pretty decent control. …

The offspeed stuff development is very exciting.

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