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September 24, 2010

Kevin Goldstein’s White Sox Top 11 prospects review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2010 1:00 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Chicago White Sox

No. 1 Prospect: Daniel Hudson, RHP (55th overall)
What Was Said: “…a good third starter at best.”
Analysis: Obviously, Hudson has been much better than that since his trade to Arizona, but I’m not convinced it will last. The league will obviously catch up to him a bit, but he’s still likely going to exceed that projection.
Two Through Eleven: The team’s two other four-star prospects had nightmare years, as 2009 first-round pick Jared Mitchell missed the entire year due to injury, while catcher Tyler Flowers regressed heavily. In the end, third baseman Brent Morel was too low at sixth, and control issues caught up to power reliever Clevelan Santeliz (seventh) at Triple-A. All in all, it was a bad year down on the farm for the White Sox.
Sleeper: Catcher Miguel Gonzalez collapsed at Low-A with a .218/.260/.276 line, but his defense was still outstanding, as he gunned down half of opposing base stealers.

September 22, 2010

Tyler Flowers to get playing time

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 22, 2010 7:41 pm
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Padilla:

“I think right now we’re going to see him play,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “That’s why I’m giving him the opportunity now to see how he’ll do with it. Maybe I’ll start him two or three more times, that’s what I would like to do. Unless [GM] Kenny [Williams] comes down and says, ‘Listen, I need to see this kid.’ In the meanwhile, I have A.J. to finish up the season and I have [Ramon] Castro to finish up the season. If Kenny comes to me and says he wants to see [Flowers] more, well then I will do that.”

“I cannot say he is ready to play in the big leagues or he’s not because it’s not fair for me or him to say what I think,” Guillen said. “Spring training is a different scenario, a different ballgame. There are so many people to look at. He will get some opportunity and hopefully he will open some eyes. In the meanwhile, is he going to play here every day? That’s not my call. We’ll give him an opportunity and see what happens.”

September 20, 2010

Kevin Goldstein is disappointed by Tyler Flowers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 20, 2010 2:34 pm
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Kevin Goldstein is naming his 2010 all-disappointing team:

Catcher: Tyler Flowers, Chicago White Sox

After hitting .297/.423/.516 across two levels in 2009, Flowers seemed nearly big league-ready, but everything went backward this year. Not only did he scuffle to a .220/.334/.434 mark at Triple-A Charlotte, but his defense, which improved in 2009, went backward again, to the point that many scouts wonder if he could play the position every day in the big leagues. With A.J. Pierzynski hitting free agency in the offseason, the timing of Flowers’ regression couldn’t be any worse.

Flowers: Stats, Splits. A look at his BABIPs shows all his minor league seasons, besides Winter Ball in 2007, had BABIPs higher than .330. In 2009 Flowers had .394 BABIPs in AA and AAA. This year’s BABIP? .287.

September 17, 2010

John Sickels on Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley, Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 17, 2010 7:16 pm
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From Sickels AQA:

Q: What do you make of Flower’s year? Do you think its too early to call him a bust? And what do you make of Phegley? Thanks in advance.

A: Not liking what Flowers did this year….I think he went backward. not a bust yet, but heading in that direction. Phegley had limited playing time due to injury, but it looks like he’s got strikeout issues too. He’ll be in the Arizona Fall League and I hope to see him there.

On Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo:

Q: If the White Sox do not sign Konerko, does that mean Viciedo slides over to first and Morel starts at third on opening day next year?

A: That’s plausable, although i’m not at all convinced that Viciedo will hit enough to be a good regular 1B at this point. He’s got holes.

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Q: and ultimately, what are their ceilings? Will they both hit enough for those positions?

A: Morel….Joe Randa, and that’s a compliment, Joe Randa was a good player. Viciedo….ceiling, .300 hitter with 25 homer power if he gains any command of the zone. Floor: .220 hitter, washes out.

Stats: Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley, Brent Morel, Dayan Viciedo.

September 13, 2010

Baseball-Intellect reviews its White Sox prospects list

Eisenberg:

7. Trayce Thompson | OF | Age – 19 | Grade – C+

Numbers don’t completely reflect it, but he’s made a lot of progress since last year. Upside remains huge, but as big as his upside is, he’s just as raw.

August 31, 2010

Gregory Infante, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers will be called up

Joe Cowley tweets “Sox will call up Infante, DeAza and Flowers tomorrow now, according to Sox PR. Viciedo in Boston and Torres in Detroit.” Mark Gonzales tweets “Infante, Flowers, DeAza and Viciedo will arrive Wednesday, and Torres next week in Det.”

Stats: Infante, De Aza, Flowers, Viciedo, Torres.

August 7, 2010

John Sickel’s 2010 Chicago White Sox Pre-Season Top 20 Prospects in Review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 7, 2010 11:52 am
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John Sickels reviews his last White Sox prospects list (original list from December 9, 2009):

1) Dan Hudson, RHP, Grade B+:  3.47 ERA, 108/31 K/BB in 93 innings in Triple-A, 81 hits. 2-1, 4.56 with 18/12 K/BB in 24 innings so far in the majors. The White Sox will regret trading him.

2) Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B: Missed entire season with nasty ankle injury. Rehab reportedly going well.

3) Tyler Flowers, C, Grade B:  .220/.326/.447, 16 homers, 106 strikeouts in 83 games for Triple-A Charlotte. Has drawn some walks but strikeouts are eating him up. Stock dropping.

4) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B-:  .313/.354/.439 combined between Double-A and Triple-A. Doesn’t hit for much home run power and his walk rate is low this year, but has good contact hitting skills and a strong glove. …

Hit the link for the entire list.

July 27, 2010

Washington wants Dan Hudson and a top prospect for Adam Dunn

Levine:

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn could be dealt to the White Sox if Chicago is willing to sweeten the pot and add a second substantial minor league player in return.

Any deal for Dunn would have to include Daniel Hudson, the White Sox’s top pitching prospect. The Nationals also want one of three White Sox prospects: catcher Tyler Flowers, outfielder Jordan Danks or injured infielder Brent Morel, according to a major league source.

The White Sox turned down a Washington request for a Dunn-for-Gordon Beckham deal straight up, according to the source. …

July 22, 2010

FutureSox’ Midseason Top 25 Prospects

Cassidy:

Rank Player Points Previous Change
1 Dan Hudson 179 1 unch
2 Dayan Viciedo 172 4 +2
3 Chris Sale 168 n/a NEW
4 Tyler Flowers 161 2 -2
5 Jared Mitchell 156 5 unch

I’d rank them in this order: Hudson, Sale, Flowers, Mitchell, Viciedo.

July 17, 2010

Chris Sale, Tyler Flowers and Brent Morel put on their acting faces [UPDATE]

SPMag:

Next week the production of the MLB Network reality series The Club will take place at Knights Stadium.  Camera crews will be in town for the Charlotte Knights home stand as they follow the career of several Knights players including 2010 first round pick pitcher Chris Sale, catcher Tyler Flowers and infielder Brent Morel.  White Sox Assistant General Manager Rick Hahn is expected to be at Knights Stadium next week as well.

Award-winning actor, Chicago native and die-hard Chicago White Sox fan Michael Clarke Duncan will provide narration for The Clubhitting coach Greg Walker.

UPDATE: Here’s the latest trailer:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9917167&topic_id=9991168&c_id=cws (2:06)

And two older trailers:

June 29, 2010

Why did you listen to Ozzie, Kenny? Why?

JJ looks at what it will take to land Adam Dunn:

Granted, getting Dunn would probably mean parting with one good prospect and another marginal one. Cowley points out that Brent Morel isn’t a fit with Washington thanks to Ryan Zimmerman, but I have to wonder if Dayan Viciedo would interest the Nats. Viciedo should ultimately will end up a first baseman, and while the Nationals do have a first base prospect in Double-A, Viciedo could provide a more immediate impact.

The elephant in the room is Dan Hudson, who I would hate to see the Sox trade for a half-year rental player. In fact, there really aren’t a whole lot of circumstances in which I’d be okay with the Sox trading Hudson.

Kenny, you screwed up. If you had not listen to Ozzie and signed Jim Thome in the off-season, you wouldn’t be in a situation where you have to give up 6 years of Dan Hudson (or Flowers) for 2-3 months of Adam Dunn. And what did Big Jim sign for? $1.5 million. You gave $1.5 million to Mark Kotsay. Hell, you gave $14 million to Mark Teahen. Losing Dan Hudson for $1.5 million. That would suck…

June 11, 2010

Dan Hudson makes it to another Baseball America prospect hot sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 11, 2010 1:42 pm
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At #5:

Team: Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox)

Age: 23

Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 Ks

The Scoop: Dan Hudson is playing a waiting game at this point. He struggled in April as he got over the disappointment of not making the big league roster, but since then, he’s 6-0, 2.02 in his last eight starts. He’s been even better this month, as he’s allowed one run in 12 innings. But even though the White Sox’s starting rotation has been a serious disappointment (John Danks is the only starter with an ERA under 4.80), there’s no obvious candidate to be released, so Hudson will likely have to wait until an injury or the White Sox go into fire-sale mode to make it back to the big leagues.

Tyler Flowers gets a mention too.

June 1, 2010

Joe Cowley says season’s over; but he has a plan!

Cowley says replace Mark Buehrle and Gavin Floyd with Cliff Lee and Daniel Hudson, re-sign Freddy Garcia, trade Bobby Jenks, re-sign J.J. Putz, pickup Matt Thornton’s option, say goodbye to Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Quentin, promote Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers, sign Carl Crawford or Adam Dunn, and sign the one and only Juan Uribe.

I say forget free-agents and the money in the draft and international scouting.

May 31, 2010

Tyler Flowers doesn’t like Greg Walker’s advice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2010 6:43 pm
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Tyler Flowers is hitting .207/.313/.429/.742 with 19 BB / 55 K in 140 AB / 163 PA and  a .273 BABIP. Scott Merkin looks at the situation:

When Flowers joined the White Sox, the story was about a Major League-ready hitter who needed work behind the plate. Flash-forward two springs, and Williams told MLB.com how Flowers had progressed nicely in the catching department but needed to make changes in the mechanics of his swing in order to show he was an everyday catcher.

Those changes were implemented by Flowers. But with all due respect to the organization, Flowers wants to somewhat return to a more familiar style that made him previously successful.

“At the point where I’ve tried doing it their way this last month, sadly enough the numbers speak for themselves, and that way doesn’t totally work,” Flowers said. “I have to go back to the old me. I have to go back to my style of hitting, while implementing the little things Walk [White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker] and Kenny talked about.

“I’m about being a little more aggressive. I haven’t been happy with not driving balls anywhere, especially to right field. I’m not driving them like I can and why Kenny traded for me. I’ve lost that since spring. It has even been frustrating in batting practice. But I think I found where that piece was missing. I’m pumped up to get my game going and get my timing back and get rolling.”

Here’s Merkin’s article on the Spring Training changes:

So, what happened to Flowers’ hitting strength? It was no less than general manager Ken Williams who made that claim of Flowers being ready to hit Major League pitching shortly after picking him up from Atlanta, and it was Williams who said Monday that Flowers would have not only hit but hit with some impact in the big leagues if he had maintained the same approach Williams witnessed in the 2008 Arizona Fall League.

According to Williams, Flowers’ approach at the plate had changed when he was called up to the Majors last September and was exaggerated more this spring. The 24-year-old moved his hands behind his right shoulder, creating for a much longer swing, while adding a twist of the upper body and opening up his hips and leading with his hips.

“It was a double combination of bad,” Williams said. “Tyler had them more in a traditional place with a traditional load. Walk has talked to him about it. I talked to him about it. I have the greatest frame of reference to see him.

“I do see signs of him now getting his hands away from his body a little bit. He’s showing a shorter swing. His short swing is still very powerful. He’s better able to handle all the pitches when he does this. I’m encouraged by him at this stage.”

Walker thought Flowers’ previous hitting instructors weren’t up to MLB standards:

“There are some things mechanically he needs to clean up, but that’s what Triple-A is for,” Walker said. “I still believe he’s got a chance. I don’t think he’s that far off, and I love his talent.”

“That happens sometimes when guys go home and they work with their own individual hitting instructors and they aren’t necessarily qualified instructors to teach Major Leaguers how to hit Major League pitchers,” Williams said. “He and Walk talked about it and worked very diligently to try to correct those mistakes.”

All this may be overlooking something. Take a look at Flowers’ BABIP splits at Flowers’ minorleaguesplits.com page or Flowers’ firstinning.com page.

May 18, 2010

Rob Steingall on Tyler Flowers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2010 10:13 pm
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Rob Steingall:

There have been some rumblings of an A.J. Pierzynski trade in recent days , which means a boost in Tyler Flowers futues. His line of .257/8/26 has been solid, and should be a good source of power and run production if promoted. I worry about his K% (31.7%), and could see it hover around the 40% mark he produced in his brief cup of coffee last September.  Forgetting average, he should provide help to fantasy owners in AL-Only leagues.
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