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September 14, 2009

A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham hooking salmon in Seattle!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 10:36 pm
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Mark Yuasa:

What do major league baseball players do on their off day in Seattle? How about book a salmon fishing charter trip on Puget Sound after taking a late night flight into town on Sunday. That was what Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and third baseman Gordon Beckham, along with assistant trainer Brian Ball and director of media relations Bob Beghtol did this morning (Sept. 14). …

More pics (and larger versions) at the link.

Mark Gonzales on the Sox shortstop situation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 8:17 pm
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from Gonzales’ mailbag:

As for Ramirez, I agree that he needs to come across the bag more often when covering second on steal attempts. Tadahito Iguchi adjusted well to contact at second after being accustomed to the Japanese style. I don’t have any doubts Beckham would be an adequate major leauge shortstop, but Ozzie and Kenny are committed right now to Ramirez as shortstop. He has more range that Beckham, and he should be better at that position next year with a full year of experience. He also remains a bargain at shortstop to the Sox.

Walker to wait until spring training to make any changes on Rios’ swing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 7:20 pm
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Rios said hitting coach Greg Walker has been reviewing his stance and doesn’t want to alter his swing. “If he wants to make any changes, he’ll wait until spring training,” Rios said.

Will Greg Walker be the Sox hitting coach in the next spring training?

The article also has the opinions of a couple of scouts on Rios.

Ozzie Guillen’s Juan Uribe recommendation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 3:19 pm
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“When he’s seeing the ball well, he can do a lot of things for you,” said Bochy, adding he had received a glowing recommendation from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. “If you have Juan Uribe, you love him. He’s a lot of fun in the clubhouse, and he’s loose. He’s so valuable, you can put him anywhere.”

Imagine if he adds a cutter…

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 3:01 pm


Fastballs are thrown a lot.  One reason is that they’re thrown for strikes more often than any other pitch, leading to fewer walks.  So why throw a non-fastball?  Because curve balls, sliders, and off-speed pitches generate more whiffs and aren’t hit as hard.  This data backs up the assumption that fastball should be thrown when balls are nearly as hurtful as a hard-hit ball, while other pitches are more useful when giving up a hard-hit ball is a big loss compared to simply wasting a pitch. The cutter, however, comes with the best of both worlds.  It’s thrown in the zone as often as pure fastballs, but generates more whiffs (although not as many as the other three pitches), and isn’t hit as hard.  It appears, then, that it’s a jack of all trades pitch, able to be pumped over the plate repeatedly without strong repercussions. …

BTW, here’s Tango’s thread.

Ozzie Guillen sees the Bacon!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 1:36 pm
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Ozzie Guillen didn’t like Gordon Beckham’s promotion at first. How about it Ozzie?

”I never doubted this kid would be a big-league player. I doubted how good he was going to be and how important he was going to be for this ballclub this year. Wow. It’s tough to win without him. He showed that when he was not there [because of injury]. It’s tough to make the lineup. He makes the lineup a lot better. This kid has done a lot of great things for us — even unexpected.”

Men on first and third, 1 out, and the pitcher is coming to bat

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 12:43 pm

What do you do? Have the pitcher execute a sac bunt? Read on!

Ozzie Guillen on Daniel Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 12:29 pm


… White Sox manager on should have plenty of say in whether that comes to fruition. While Guillen has been impressed with Hudson thus far, he said his biggest concern is monitoring Hudson’s innings. Hudson threw 147 1/3 innings during his stints with four Minor League clubs, meaning Hudson’s biggest opportunity to make an impression may not come until next Spring Training.

“I don’t want to overuse this kid,” Guillen said. “But I think it’s great. I think, right now, our organization is moving quicker than they did in the past.”

While Hudson said he was glad to get innings as a late-season callup with the White Sox, he has set some different goals for 2010.

Hudson, for one, would like to make the Major League club out of Spring Training. And maybe actually stick around for a while in Chicago as a more permanent resident.

“Hopefully,” Hudson said. “We’ll see what happens. This game will humble you really quick. You could go out there and be lights-out one time and then go three straight starts and just get lit up. I don’t want to have anything too permanent because you get let down sometimes. I just want to go out there and do as well as I can and hopefully I’ll be here for good next year.”

Baseball America on John Ely

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 11:28 am
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Jim Callis:

Q: I never see White Sox righthander John Ely mentioned in prospect rankings. He went 14-2, 2.82 in Double-A this year, but Chicago has four set starters in the major leagues and prospect Daniel Hudson ahead of him. What do you see for Ely?

A: Don’t say never— Ely came in at No. 9 and No. 11 in our White Sox rankings lists in the last two Prospect Handbooks. A third-round pick out of Miami (Ohio) in 2007, he led the Southern League in victories and strikeouts (125 in 156 innings) and finished second in ERA. Not that wins are the most telling stat for a pitcher, but Ely consistently racks them up and has posted an 83-27 record going back to his days as a high school star in suburban Chicago. Ely can’t overpower hitters with his fringe-average fastball and his curveball is inconsistent, but he does have a nifty changeup. That repertoire doesn’t give him a huge ceiling, but he does locate his pitches down in the zone and rarely beats himself by surrendering walks or home runs. He’s a favorite sleeper of mine and I wouldn’t rule out Ely carving a niche for himself in the back of someone’s rotation. White Sox GM Kenny Williams isn’t afraid to trade prospects, and Ely could find a better opportunity elsewhere. He’ll probably open 2010 in Triple-A.

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