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April 15, 2011

The Santos rules? What Santos rules?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2011 9:08 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Sergio Santos has become the popular choice to become the White Sox closer, pitching scoreless baseball since the start of Spring Training. Even with his 96 mph fastball, slider and changeup developing quickly, that job never would have been a thought in 2010 when Santos was making the big league transformation from infielder to pitcher.

Last-season restrictions such as keeping Santos to one inning per outing, which happened every appearance but two through June, and restricting his back-to-back work have been removed. The White Sox view him as a prime reliever, not a talented project.

“Just be prepared for anything, that was the message they got to us,” Santos said. “[Matt] Thornton was our closer, but be prepared for the seventh or eighth, back-to-back, two innings.

April 12, 2011

Sergio Santos and his 98 mph “effective velocity” fastball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 12, 2011 11:06 pm
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Verducci @ SI:

… Trackman measures not just the speed of the pitch, but also the key variable: the distance between the pitcher’s release point and the plate. With those measurements, Trackman defines not only the time component of a fastball — “flight time,” if you will — but also defines in irrefutable data why scouts might describe a pitcher as “sneaky fast” or throwing a ball with “hop.”

… Imagine if Robertson moves the pitching rubber 14 inches closer to home plate every time he pitches. That’s the kind of advantage he gains over the average pitcher by releasing his fastball with so much extension. The radar gun (and Trackman) clocks Robertson’s fastball at an average of 93 mph. But because Robertson shortens the distance between his release point and home plate, his “effective velocity” is 95 mph. It looks like 93 but gets on a hitter like 95 — thus the illusion of “hop.”

When it comes to “stealing” distance — and distance equals time for a pitcher – here are the top 10 pitchers from one AL park last year, ranked by fastball extension in feet and inches:

Pitcher, Team Extension MPH FT* Effective MPH
Sergio Santos, White Sox 6-10 96 .386 98
Gavin Floyd, White Sox 6-8 92 .407 93
Average MLB 5-10 92 .416 92

February 4, 2011

A look into the future of Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 10:30 pm
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colintj @ SSS:

With both Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz leaving the South Side this offseason, the Sox will be missing lot of high leverage work from the right side, 3 WAR according to Fangraphs.  Sergio Santos will be expected to shoulder a big chunk of that load after a very effective rookie season that still managed to leave a lot of questions.  Those more pessimistic will point to his scant experience.  Those more optimistic will point to his top notch stuff.  As with Chris Sale, we’re ultimately left with guesswork. …

January 31, 2011

Fangraphs introduces pitcher heat maps

Appelman @ FG:

At FanGraphs we’re big fans of the heat map. And now customizable heat maps are now available in the pitchf/x sections for all pitchers. Much thanks to Dave Allen for helping me out!

Here are the heat maps for Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Edwin Jackson, Chris Sale, and Jake Peavy. Also, Jesse Crain, Gregory Infante, Will Ohman, Tony Pena, Sergio Santos, and Matt Thornton.

January 1, 2011

Will Chris Sale be the White Sox closer this year?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2011 8:52 pm
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Merkin’s mailbag:

Who will serve as the White Sox closer?

If this answer had to be given today, it probably would be Sale. There’s no question Matt Thornton not only capably can handle the closer’s job, but also would emerge as one of the AL’s elite last lines of pitching defense. But unless the White Sox add another left-hander, Thornton has made himself All-Star valuable as a pitcher who can work the seventh or eighth or both, on more than a few occasions. Giving the early nod to Sale doesn’t mean Thornton won’t have save opportunities and the same can be said for Crain and Santos from the right side. There will be a go-to guy coming out of Spring Training, but it could be a fluid position.

December 6, 2010

Kenny Williams talks bullpen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2010 11:12 pm
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Ballantini @ CSN:

Williams forecasted the news that J.J. Putz apparently signed with Arizona to become the Diamondbacks’ closer, saying, “We wanted him back, but [Putz is] headed elsewhere.”

As for the recently non-tendered Bobby Jenks, Williams remained open to a return by his five-year closer, with logical hesitation: “He’s new to the market, and he’s got to flesh some things out before he gets back to us.”

With holes in the pen (just Matt Thornton, Sergio Santos, and possibly Chris Sale and Tony Pena project as holdovers in 2011), Williams knows he needs at least one recognizable addition in the trenches.

“[A trade is] quite possibly the way we might have to go because we’ve taken ourselves to—or beyond—our payroll limits,” he said. “I might have to get a little creative with trades…[but] I don’t think a reliever is going to come at these meetings for us. That will be after.”

November 10, 2010

Most Important Sox, 2011 and beyond edition (#1-10)

Ballantini @ CSN:

As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …

1.    Chris Sale, P

Sale is not the best White Sox player — yet. But in just 21 games last season, he established himself as a potential superstar. He’s the most important White Sox player in 2011 because of his flexibility — he’s a potential starter, setup man, or closer. Talk about a “Sale” — the 21-year-old lefty will fill a crucial slot on the team for peanuts, and for a guy who provided $2.6 million in value (estimated salary values all via FanGraphs) in just his short stint with the club last season, the value of this Sale is immeasurable.

November 4, 2010

White Sox working on a multiyear year deal for LHP John Danks [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 4, 2010 3:10 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

The Chicago White Sox have pushed John Danks near the top of their offseason priorities.

According to a source, the team is trying to work a multiyear contract for the left-handed starter into their budget. So while negotiating with free agent Paul Konerko lies ahead, as well as deciding whether or not to bring back A.J. Pierzynski, not to mention retooling the bullpen, it will all be done with an eye toward Danks.

The 24-year-old still has two more years of arbitration-eligible status, but the desire is to lock him in at least through his first free-agent year in 2013. That would require a minimum three-year deal, but a four-year pact is more desirable, according to the source.

Padilla speculates that something in the $20 million range might be enough for a 4 year contract. Aaron Gleeman thinks a 4 year deal would require something around $30 million.

Padilla also  says the Sox are discussing to keep their young core of John Danks, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham together. Other young players who could join that core are Sergio Santos, Dayan Viciedo, and Chris Sale.

UPDATE: MLBTR agrees with Gleeman and explains why teams have interest in locking up young starters like Danks.

July 26, 2010

No Winter Ball for you!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 2:59 am
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Sun-Times:

Rookie pitcher Sergio Santos would like to play about five or six weeks in winter ball this offseason and close out games to get the experience.

The Sox, however, have been very cautious with the infielder- turned-reliever, and while the leash is off for the rest of the season, they’d prefer he rest his arm this winter after only one full season of pitching. …

June 2, 2010

Derek Carty on Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 2, 2010 1:09 pm
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THT:

Santos is a converted pitcher, having been a prospect at shortstop up until this year. While we’re dealing with a very small sample (much smaller than Hensley), it does look promising. He’s throwing his fastball an average of over 95 MPH, getting pretty good rise and horizontal movement. He’s only thrown 45 or so sliders, but so far it appears like a perfectly suitable secondary offering as he keeps it down and gets a good amount of “slide” on it (3.4 inches). He’s thrown even fewer changeups, but it looks pretty good as well. I’m not as confident in Santos as I am on Hensley, but I’d have no problem owning Santos and expecting him to continue performing well in an AL-only league. A K/9 over 8.00 seems fine to me.

Verdict: Partially sustain
Oliver ROS K/9 Projection: 7.8<!–
ZiPS ROS K/9 Projection: Not Available –>
Carty ROS K/9 Projection: 8.5

Sox lose 9-6. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore. (6/1)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 2, 2010 3:14 am
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Quentin hit a solo HR. Beckham went 2-4 (2 1B).

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle(L, 3-6) 5.1 12 6 6 1 3 0 4.84
Santos 0.2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0.93
Williams, R 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 5.79
Putz 1.2 3 0 0 0 1 0 3.06
Linebrink 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4.43
Totals 9.0 19 9 9 2 5 1 4.67

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 30, 2010

Sox win 8-5. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Video recap.

Highlights: Nix hit a Grand Slam HR. Rios hit a solo HR and two 1B, Konerko hit a 2B, a 1B, and drew a BB. Teahen hit a 2B and a 1B. Vizquel hit a 2B and a 1B too. Alexei hit two 1B.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 4-4) 5.1 10 5 5 0 5 1 6.23
Santos(H, 5) 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.48
Thornton(H, 3) 2.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.59
Pena, To 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Totals 9.0 13 5 5 1 8 1 4.58

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 28, 2010

Sox win 4-2. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 9:09 pm
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Alex Rios hit a 2-run HR. And Ramon Castro hit a solo HR. That was the only XBH for the Sox. Gordon Beckham went 2-4 and crossed the Mendoza line.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 4-3) 7.0 4 2 2 2 7 0 5.26
Santos(H, 4) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.50
Thornton(S, 2) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.77
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 2 11 0 4.49

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 25, 2010

Sergio Santos wants to hit 100 mph

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 3:03 am
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Two articles on Sergio Santos:

Jeff Passan:

Whether Santos’ arm always was that gifted or, as Montero would attest, an ugly duckling that blossomed, it is a sight to behold. At 240 pounds today, he generates tremendous velocity. Last season, he said, “my only goal last year was to hit 100 mph.” He did it in the final inning of his final game.

He wants to do it again this year, only in a big league park. Hitters already have enough trouble with Santos’ stuff. He has 21 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings and has limited hitters to a .161 batting average. In a bullpen full of power arms – Matt Thornton(notes), Bobby Jenks(notes), Scott Linebrink(notes) and J.J. Putz(notes) – Santos’ might be the most powerful.

And J.J. Stankevitz:

If Santos continues to emerge as a reliever, inserting him into the closer role could save the Sox upward of $8-$9 million in 2011. Although, even if Santos doesn’t continue his growth, the Sox still shouldn’t allocate that much money to a closer, especially one who’s begun to regress in the past few years.

While it’s only May of 2010, the closer role for 2011 is Santos’ to lose.

May 24, 2010

Sox win 7-2. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 11:34 pm
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Rios had a 2-run HR and a SB. Teahen had a 2B and 2 1B. And Alexei drew his 6th BB!

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 4-3) 5.0 6 2 2 2 5 0 2.37
Santos(H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.52
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.00
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.68
Jenks 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.06
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 3 8 0 4.47

Jenks hit 98. Santos & Thornton & Putz 97. (more…)

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