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July 8, 2009

Tyler Flowers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 1:36 pm

MLB.com:

Chicago catching instructor John Orton got his first look at his new pupil a few weeks later in Arizona. “The best way [to get to know a new player] is to sit back and watch and see what he does — how he moves, how he receives, his footwork and all that,” said Orton. “When he came over, people were saying he was a little rough defensively, but I tried to put that out of my mind so I could see for myself and not have any preconceived judgments.”

With that approach, Orton was pleasantly surprised the first time he watched Flowers catch in a bullpen session. “My first impression was, ‘Wow, this kid has good hands!” Orton said. “And that’s big for me, because you can work to get better with that, but a kid has to have good hands to start with to be able to catch in the big leagues.” …

BTB on the Pena trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 1:15 pm
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Jack Moore:

Digging deeper, Pena’s 2.36 K/BB and 0.79 HR/9 have resulted in a solid 3.72 FIP, between his career average of 4.01 and last year’s 3.42.   Pena’s good pitching in high leverage innings combined with the ability to shoulder a relatively heavy load (157 IP between 2007-2008) have made Pena worth 2.2 wins since 2007 (including 2009 so far). …

Brandon Allen related minor league promotions

FutureSox:

The most intriguing move was the promotion of catcher Adam Ricks to Birmingham from Winston-Salem. Three catchers in Birmingham…mmmm, I wonder. With outfielder Christian Marrero and utility man Javier Colina manning first base after Brandon Allen’s promotion to Triple A, does this mean we see Tyler Flowers move there? Or will he DH more now? …

As FutureSox says Barons OF David Cook was promoted to Charlotte.

Fangraphs on the Pena trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 12:47 pm
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Erik Manning:

Pena throws hard. His average fastball velocity is 95-MPH, and he also features a hard slider and a changeup, both pitches have been effective offerings for him this year. For someone with stuff as good as Pena’s, it’s surprising he doesn’t strikeout more batters; he’s actually been rather average in that regard. (6.55 career K/9, 6.88 this season). Pena has better control than average and for someone who has pitched in a rather hitter-friendly park, he’s done a fine job of keeping the ball in the yard. He has a 4.24 ERA now, but much of that can be blamed on some bad BABIP breaks (.352). …

Kevin Goldstein on Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 12:26 pm
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Kevin Goldstein looks on 10 prospects from his Top 100 prospect list that made the biggest jumps in their prospect status this year:

Gordon Beckham, INF, White Sox (Pre-season ranking: 28)

This is a matter of the quickness of his arrival more than anything else. While most 2008 college draftees are in Double-A at best, Beckham started the year there after a monster spring training, went 13-for-28 in seven Triple-A games, and was in the big leagues by early June. He’s done an admirable job defensively while learning to play third base as he goes, and after beginning his major league career by batting .172 in his first 18 games, he’s batting .405/.436/.622 since and looks like a not-so-distant future All-Star.

The Transaction Oracle on newly-acquired RHRP Tony Pena

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 12:21 pm
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Dan Szymborski:

2009 ZIPS Projection - Tony Pena
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                 W    L    G  GS     IP    H   ER   HR   BB   SO   ERA
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Year-to-Date     5    3   37   0   34.0   41   16    3   11   26  4.24
Rest-of-Year     3    2   36   0   37.3   38   17    4   11   28  4.10
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Total            8    5   73   0   71.3   79   33    7   22   54  4.16

Smells Like Mascot: Indian Pow Wow

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 12:13 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2009/07/indian-pow-wow.html

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