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October 2, 2009

Jake Peavy throws 8 scoreless against Detroit (2 hits)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 2, 2009 8:49 pm
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Pitch-F/X data:

Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 91.21 93.3 -7.71 7.98 67 49 / 73.13% 2 / 2.99% 4.55 0.410
CH (Changeup) 82.10 83.6 -7.97 1.98 3 2 / 66.67% 1 / 33.33% 8.12 0.454
SL (Slider) 84.09 88.7 2.61 3.11 19 9 / 47.37% 0 / 0.00% 6.82 0.442
CU (Curveball) 77.14 81.9 4.66 -3.87 7 4 / 57.14% 1 / 14.29% 9.31 0.485
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.44 91 -9.58 6.94 9 5 / 55.56% 0 / 0.00% 3.57 0.414
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and are unfortunately often inaccurate.
Clicking individual pitch types will provide individual velocity histograms for each pitch.Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates “more Nibbley”.
Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches
1 17 10 58.82 17
2 12 8 66.67 29
3 16 12 75.00 45
4 20 9 45.00 65
5 9 7 77.78 74
6 10 6 60.00 84
7 8 6 75.00 92
8 13 11 84.62 105

Boxscore and Gameday links. Peavy allowed 2 hits and 0 runs over 8 innings:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy (W, 9-6) 8.0 2 0 0 2 5 0 3.45

Pitch-F/X data from Peavy’s previous 2 starts inside.

BTW, here are Peavy’s 2009 Pitching Splits with the Sox.

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Dick Pole gets the shaft

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ October 2, 2009 8:29 pm

Headline from Shysterball

A look at Kannapolis’ pitching staff

FutureSox:

Kannapolis, the Sox Low-A affiliate, put up a chubby 5.12 ERA in 2007. In 2008, it dropped more than a full point to 4.08. And here in 2009, it dropped 80 more points to 3.24, 2nd best in the South Atlantic League by just .01. They were also 2nd in strikeouts, 2nd in WHIP, and led the league with 15 shutouts. Not surprisingly they finished the season at 82-57, best record in the 16-team league, despite being below the median in most offensive categories. And the pitching staff that achieved this was filled mostly with players drafted or signed since the 2008 June draft, not much more than a year ago. …

Baseball America’s Top 20 South Atlantic League Prospects [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 2, 2009 1:13 pm
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Matt Forman:

8. Jared Mitchell, of, Kannapolis (White Sox)

More on Jared Mitchell: FutureSox scouting report, BA’s Jim Callis, John Sickels, SoxMachine, Baseball Analysts

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Bashing Kenny Williams is fun!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 2, 2009 11:08 am
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Ryan Hudson:

The White Sox picked up OF Alex Rios off waivers in early August. In 39 games with Chicago, Rios has recorded a whopping total of just six RBI. Or, the same amount that Cardinals’ pitcher Chris Carpenter had in the first five innings of today’s game against the Reds. The genius that is Kenny Williams, everyone.

No need to mention Alex Rios’ .196 BABIP with the Sox. Bashing Kenny Williams is fun!

Smells Like Mascot: Two Evils

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 2, 2009 10:27 am
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2009/10/two-evils.html

Norichika Aoki

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ October 2, 2009 2:30 am
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Scot Gregor gets on the Norichika Aoki band-wagon:

“There’s a kid named (Norichika) Aoki, who is an Ichiro-type outfielder, hitter, runner, defensive player,” said Bobby Valentine, who is wrapping up his sixth and final season managing the the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan. “I don’t think anybody is the caliber of Ichiro, but he is a special left-handed hitting outfielder.” Guess what is at, or near, the top of Williams’ shopping list this season? It’s no secret the Sox are looking for a reliable left-handed bat, and Aoki appears to fit that bill. The 27-year-old Aoki is wrapping up his fifth full season with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Japan’s Central League. In his first four seasons with the Swallows, Aoki batted .338 with a .406 on-base percentage. Being compared to Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki on any level is a compliment. Aoki’s game has also reminded observers of another player who has often been linked to the White Sox – Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre.

Everything sounded OK until the last 2 words! That Juan Pierre comparison scared the heck out of me!

Anyway, here are Aoki’s stats. His career hitting line (.338/.406/.467) seem better than Pierre’s (.300/.348/.372). But that’s in Japan. I imagine he’ll lose something if he moves to the MLB.

And here’s his player profile from NPB Tracker:

The lefty-hitting, center-fielding Aoki is the closest thing Japan has to another Ichiro, and WBC viewers will probably get to hear the compared quite a bit. The comparisons aren’t really off-base, as the two have pretty similar games. Comparing Aoki to a Japan-era Ichiro, both players have a long stride in their swings, but Aoki gets into more of a crouch and appears to have a more stable lower body. But judge for yourself with some obligatory YouTube footage: here’s a clip chronicling the evolution of Aoki’s swing [dead link] from 2005-2007, and a homerun Ichiro hit off of a rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999. Both clips are in Japanese, but the video should speak for itself.

Aoki is a bit of a free-swinger, but he’s reduced his strikeouts and increased his slugging percentage in each year of his career. He’s also improved on his batting eye, walking about as much as he strikes out (his walk total actually surpassed his strikeouts in 2007). Another telling stat is that in 2008, 31.2% of his hits went for extra bases, up from 16.4% in his historic rookie year. Note also this improvement came while Yakult moved the fences back in their home, Jingu Stadium.

and from Wikipedia:

Hitting

Listed at 175 cm (5 ft 8 in) and 80 kg (176 lb), Aoki is described as a protoypical contact hitter for his ability to spray the ball to all fields and utilize his speed on the bases to stretch singles into doubles and doubles into triples. Slotted into the 2-hole in front of current Tigers shortstop Takashi Toritani, Aoki became adept at hitting infield singles to the left side of the infield to get on base during his years at Waseda University. He carried that same approach into the pros, going the opposite way for infield hits and singles to left field so often that teams began employing an “Aoki Shift”, with the third baseman playing shallow and the shortstop shading the 5-6 hole, until 2006.

Aoki has developed more power with each successive season and has now established himself as a legitimate middle-of-the-order threat that can pull the ball as well as hit for a high average (.333 career batting average as of May 13 2009).[24] He is known to be slightly unusual in that he has several different batting stances in his repertoire. While most players shape their mechanics to perfection, Aoki does not hesitate to switch from one stance to another when he runs into hitless stretches (though he holds his bat much more upright than he did earlier in his career). He has attested to the importance of lower body movement to his hitting in interviews.

Fielding

On the defensive end, Aoki has earned a reputation as a superb center fielder with excellent instincts and range, winning three consecutive Golden Glove awards from 2006 to 2008 and leading all outfielders in the Central League putouts in 2006 and 2007. His throwing arm is accurate, if not especially strong, and he has a very quick release.

Here are more Youtube videos.

Aoki has completed 4 seasons and his japanese club controls him for 5 more though. If he comes to the MLB next year it won’t be as a free-agent but his japanese club would have to post him (be paid). So, I’d  not get my hopes up.

I’m still on the Alfredo Despaigne bandwagon though!

Scowley time

Joe Cowley hands out his 2nd annual Sox player awards:

QUOTE OF THE YEAR

”I don’t need Carlos to have [expletive] fun. I need Carlos to produce.” — general manager Williams, on Quentin.

So far, so good

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 2, 2009 1:42 am
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SoxMachine looks at how Mark Buehrle has performed halfway into his 4-year contract.

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