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October 26, 2009

Kevin Goldstein on Jordan Danks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 26, 2009 8:41 pm
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Kevin Goldstein:

Jordan Danks, CF, White Sox (AFL: Peoria Javelinas)

Danks was one of the talks of the Carolina League during the first month of the year when he hit .322/.409/.525 for High-A Winston-Salem, but the second half of the season dimmed his star a bit, as his numbers dropped to .243/.337/.356 at Double-A Birmingham. He remains an impressive physical specimen, but if you take into account his entire playing career, including his high school and college play, more often than not he’s been a bit of a disappointment. A .424/.513/.697 showing in Arizona is helping spruce his prospect rep back up a bit, but he’s still 23 and just getting his first taste of success against upper-level competition. Even scouts who really like him don’t project him as a star.

AFL Day 14 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 26, 2009 7:43 pm
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Surprise Rafters vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF, C.J. Retherford 2B, and Justin Cassel got the start. Sounds familiar? Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.

UPDATE: Peoria won 2-1:

Jordan Danks: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 OA, .417 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 DP, .357 AVG
Justin Cassel: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 5.59 ERA

Dayan Viciedo shut down in AFL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 26, 2009 7:17 pm
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Merkin:

Dayan Viciedo was shut down for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League schedule with inflammation in his throwing elbow, the White Sox announced Monday. Brent Morel will replace Viciedo on the Peoria Javelinas roster, joining other White Sox Minor Leaguers in outfielder Jordan Danks, infielder C.J Retherford and pitchers Justin Cassel, Matt Long and Jacob Rasner. … With the designated hitter spot vacant for the White Sox and the team talking about using a rotation of players to fill that slot, Viciedo could find himself in play come Spring Training. But Viciedo could also benefit from another year in the Minors, holding the possibility that he could move positions, with Gordon Beckham entrenched at third base. …

Here are Brent Morel’s stats. Merkin mentioned the Viciedo DH possibility last week too.

Gordon Beckham wins MLB Players Association Outstanding Rookie award

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 26, 2009 11:30 am
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Merkin:

Monday’s announcement by the Major League Baseball Players Association concerning Beckham taking home the 2009 Players Choice honors for Outstanding Rookie in the American League holds a deeper subtext than simply the White Sox third baseman’s second recognition by his peers in one week. The setup of this award allows the winner to recommend the charity of his choice to receive a grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Beckham split the grant between the National Parkinson Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Illinois. …

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