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August 5, 2009

Daniel Hudson promoted to AAA-Charlotte? (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 11:58 pm
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JPN hearing that Dan Hudson has been promoted to AAA Charlotte and Brian Omogrosso has a torn labrum and is out for the season.

UPDATE: This would be Huson’s 4th minor-league level for 2009. The 22-year old righty is 12-5 with a 2.14 ERA and a 142/25 K/BB ratio on the 3 teams (A, A+, AA) he has played. He’s 7-0 with a 1.57 ERA (0.85 WHIP) with a 64/10 K/BB ratio in AA Birmingham.

Gordon Beckham on dating, nicknames, and Megan Fox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 6:43 pm
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Gordon says he’s not ‘The Slayer.’

Oh, here’s the ‘Megan Fox’ article.

Alexei Ramirez to return Friday too?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 6:25 pm


Ozzie: “Alexei should be in the lineup the first game against Cle[veland].”

Alexei was testing his ankle in the field, but he won’t return to the #2 spot in the batting order, occupied by Gordon Beckham now, but he will bat 6th or 7th.

Bobby Jenks to return on Friday?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 6:06 pm
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Scot Gregor:

The Sox are still missing Bobby Jenks, who has been battling kidney stones. Ozzie initially wasn’t sure when Jenks would be back, but trainer Herm Schneider reports the closer had the remaining stone “blasted out.” Jenks could be ready to pitch Thursday, but more likely Friday.

Ozzie says Jenks will be eased back in when he returns.

In which Jeff Passan discovers Fangraphs and looks at Mark Buehrle

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 3:18 pm

Jeff Passan:

I have found baseball nerd heaven, and it is a place called FanGraphs. Earlier this year, the invaluable repository for statistics unveiled its pitch-type linear weights. Do not be scared by the math jargon. … So anyway, this is what the statistical revolution has wrought: The ability to value every pitch thrown from the perspective of the pitcher and batter. A ball in a certain count has value, as does a strike and a hit and so on. Using data supplied from MLB.com’s incredible Pitch-f/x system – which records the velocity and break of every pitch and uses an algorithm to compute the type of pitch – FanGraphs breaks down the effectiveness of the pitcher and hitter on every pitch.

Mark Buehrle
throws five above-average pitches.

In order of effectiveness: changeup, fastball, slider (which – hint, hint, A.J. Pierzynski – he throws only 2.8 percent of time but to 4.55 runs above per 100 thrown), curveball and cutter.

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t want ‘Your Love’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 2:12 pm
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Scot Gregor:

Guillen is not too crazy about the song that plays when Beckham comes to the plate: “Your Love” by The Outfield. But everything else appears copacetic. “I think the stupid song they play when he hits is kind of a phony song, but a lot of people, when you look up, they’re singing it,” Guillen said. “You’re not going to be popular unless you produce. “Hopefully this kid can keep it up and make sure this thing doesn’t go to his brains and to his head and all of a sudden he starts walking high. Make sure he’s low-key.”

Brent Morel scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 12:48 pm
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The Sox have moved him quickly through the system and he has held his own offensively. …

Cartoon of the day

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 12:28 pm

Kevin Goldstein on Daniel Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 12:27 pm

Kevin Goldstein:

Daniel Hudson, RHP, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham)

Tuesday’s stats: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Basically, as long as Hudson keeps putting goose eggs up on the scoreboard, he’s going to keep earning a mention. Now 7-0 in nine starts since his promotion to Double-A, Hudson has fired 26 scoreless innings in his last four outings, while giving up just 12 hits, walking four, and striking out 30. With above-average command of above-average stuff, he’s now the best pitching prospect in the system after the Sox sent four arms to the Padres for Jake Peavy.

No more long-term contracts for Mark Buehrle?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 12:21 pm

Mike Dodd:

“Crazier things could happen, but I just don’t see it. I miss my family,” he says of playing into his 40s. The native of St. Charles, Mo., and his wife, Jamie, have a son and a daughter, Braden, 2, and Brooklyn Jayden, 5 months. “When you’re on the road and your kid calls you and says something, you’re like, ‘Damn it, man, I really don’t want to be here. I want to be home,’ ” Buehrle says. “You just realize you’re going to be missing that stuff for however many years I’m going to keep playing.” He doesn’t envision himself signing a long-term contract again, saying he might go with a one- or two-year deal if he decides to continue playing.

Dave Cameron on Gordon Beckham: “this kid is the real deal”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2009 12:13 pm


Even with the rough start and some struggles learning third base, Beckham has been worth +1.2 wins in 53 games with the White Sox. Calling up the youngster after just two months in the minors has been one of the main reasons the White Sox are still in the AL Central race. If the White Sox fans weren’t sold on their first round pick a year ago, they are now – this kid is the real deal.

Maybe Gordon is among Cameron’s MLB Top 50 Trade Values.

BTW, here are Gordon’s latest: hitting: .316/.376/.503/.879. wOBA: .384. BABIP: .340.  Value: $5.2 million.

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