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October 23, 2009

AFL Day 11 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 23, 2009 7:56 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Scottsdale Scorpions: Boxscore, Gameday. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Jordan Danks is playing LF. Weather: 78 degrees, clear.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 8-7:

C.J. Retherford: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 DP, 1 E (throw), .348 AVG
Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .400 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 5.68 ERA

Merkin on Dye

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 23, 2009 1:28 pm
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Merkin’s mailbag:

By all accounts, Jermaine Dye seems to be gone. Is there any chance that he comes back as a designated hitter? I would love to see a more athletic right fielder but would hate to see Dye go.
– Bert, Northlake, Ill.

Your opinion about losing Dye has been felt and expressed throughout the organization, Bert. Dye has stood out as a first-class individual, a steady clubhouse leader and an extremely productive middle-of-the-order hitter since 2005. Yes, Dye had what he termed as one of his worst career slumps in the second half of the 2009 season, but I still don’t believe that a healthy Dye suddenly has lost the ability to hit the ball.

With all of this deserved praise factored in, I just don’t see Dye coming back to the White Sox — especially at the $12 million that his mutual option currently dictates. He could return as the team’s designated hitter, possibly on a one-year deal, but I see that spot being filled more by a rotation of players, as opposed to having a front-line singular presence such as Jim Thome served for parts of four seasons. And Dye certainly should draw deeper attention on the open market, so he has to weigh those offers against his desire to stay in Chicago and his potential role on the South Side.

October 22, 2009

Sox interested in Aroldis Chapman? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 22, 2009 3:25 pm
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MLBTR:

MLBTR has learned that the Cubs and White Sox have expressed interest in free agenty lefty Aroldis Chapman.  The Cardinals have been more aggressive than those clubs, and plan to meet with Chapman next week. …

Here are some videos of Chapman. And here are his Cuban National Series stats:

Year

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
2005-06 3 5 4.33 15 15 0 54 48 33 26 5 54 56 .240
2006-07 4 3 2.77 23 12 7 81 59 26 25 4 50 100 .207
2007-08 6 7 3.89 16 16 0 74 55 36 32 3 37 79 .200
2008-09 11 4 4.03 22 20 0 118 109 56 53 7 62 130 .252
TOTALS 24 19 3.74 76 63 7 328 271 151 136 19 203 365 .227

Chapman’s birthday is reported as Feb. 28, 1988.

Don’t forget Alfredo Despaigne Kenny!

UPDATE: Here’s a more detailed version of his stats:

	  G GS GF GR  W  L  PCT SHO SV    IP   AB   BF   H  AVG   R  ER  ERA  SO  BB IBB 2B 3B HR HBP WP
2005-06 15 15  0  0  3  5 .375   0  0    54  200  263  48 .240  33  26 4.33  56  54   1  7  0  5   5  3
2006-07 23 12  0 11  4  3 .571   0  7  81.1  285  350  59 .207  26  25 2.77 100  50   0  8  1  4   9  5
2007-08 16 16  2  0  6  7 .462   1  0    74  275  324  55 .200  36  32 3.89  79  37   2 10  3  3   8  1
2008-09 22 20  1  2 11  4 .733   0  0 118.1  433  515 109 .252  56  53 4.03 130  62   2 16  0  7   9 14
  2009P  2  2  1  0  0  2 .000   0  0    14   51   60  12 .235   6   5 3.21  14   7   1  2  0  1   1  0
 TOTALS 78 65  4 13 24 21 .533   1  7 341.2 1244 1512 283 .227 157 141 3.72 379 210   6 43  4 20  32 23

AFL Day 10 [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 22, 2009 2:35 pm
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Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. C.J. Retherford is playing 3B. Weather: 85 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria won 9-6:

Jordan Danks: 2-4,  .385 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 DP, .421 AVG

Danks’ single and C.J. Retherford HR in the 1st inning were off June’s #1 Draft pick Steven Strasburg.

UPDATE #2: Video of Retheford’s HR after the jump

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Dye and Podsednik decisions will be made after the World Series

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 22, 2009 2:27 pm
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Merkin:

When asked about White Sox free agents such as leadoff man Scott Podsednik and middle-of-the-order leader Jermaine Dye, who have contributed so much to the team over the past five years, Williams said they would have to wait until after the World Series to make those decisions.

Dye has the respect and admiration of everyone within the organization, as well as the clubhouse. But with a $12 million mutual option for 2010, manager Ozzie Guillen begrudgingly admitted at the close of 2009 that the two sides would probably be going their separate ways.

Podsednik, arguably one of the most valuable players on the 2009 White Sox, batted .304 with 48 RBIs and 75 runs scored, although he didn’t play his first game until May 1. The White Sox would like to bring back Podsednik, if the price and years are right on both sides. …

Ozzie goes to the World Series

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 22, 2009 2:01 am
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I’ll be watching the World Series pre-game show:

Ozzie Guillen soon will be coming to a baseball broadcast near you. So alert the censors and prepare to be highly entertained. The gregarious and always-outspoken manager of the White Sox has agreed to serve as an analyst during FOX’s pre- and postgame coverage of the World Series. This will be the first such national work Guillen has done. …

October 21, 2009

In which Gordon Beckham wants to take advantage of the Cell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 21, 2009 8:06 pm
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Levine:

First-year White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham said he will work on being a lot stronger and more prepared in 2010 after being named The Sporting News’ American League rookie of the year on Tuesday. Beckham said he will hit the weight room in hopes of taking advantage of U.S. Cellular Field’s short fences. The 23-year-old infielder hit 14 home runs in 103 games in 2009, and hopes to be able to hit more home runs to all fields next season.

AFL Day 9 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 21, 2009 2:38 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Phoenix Desert Dogs: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Weather: 86 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 17-4:

Jordan Danks: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 HR, .364 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 DP, .400 AVG

And a couple links:

Sox claim OF Alejandro De Aza

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 21, 2009 2:16 pm
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the Sox claimed the 25-year old OF (CF) from the Marlins:

The White Sox on Wednesday claimed De Aza off waivers. At Triple-A New Orleans, De Aza batted .300 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. He also appeared in 22 games for the Marlins, and he had 20 at-bats, batting .250 with a double and three RBIs. Injuries hurt De Aza in recent years. De Aza won the starting center field job in Spring Training of 2007, but early in the season he suffered an ankle injury that limited him to 45 games that year. He missed all of 2008 due to injury.

De Aza was born in the Dominican Republic says Wikipedia. Here are his stats: Baseball-Reference, FanGraphs, First Inning.

October 20, 2009

Cardinal assistant GM John Abbamondi

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 9:40 pm

Hildebrand:

“The foundation of all analysis tends to go back to scouting, but that’s one guy sitting in a ballpark, and you can’t have people at every game,” he says. Statistical tools like Pitch F/x, which delivers data on every pitch thrown, can help confirm or refute the more subjective analysis. “Say a scout went to see a prospect and wrote a glowing report,” says Abbamondi. “We can check that game data to see if it’s consistent with this pitcher’s other games. If the data shows us that the pitcher was doing something a little different that day, maybe the scout caught him on a very good day. We might not realize it was an outlier without that data.”

h/t Tango

If Beckham changes positions

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 8:54 pm
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it won’t be shortstop:

“I’m not saying he’s not a good shortstop,” Guillen said of Beckham. “I think if he moves somewhere, it should be to second base. The last three months, (Ramirez) played pretty good.”

Also, Ozzie put Jayson Nix and Brent Lillibridge on notice again:

“I expect those two guys to change their games and play the way we think they can play,” Guillen said. “They have to go out and give us better at-bats. If they don’t, we have to go a different way.”

Nix batted .224/.308/.408/.716 with 28 BBs and 64 Ks in 290 PAs.

Lastly Scot Gregor speculates about a possible bullpen pickup. Gregor throws out the name of Will Ohman.

Dave Cameron would like to trade for John Danks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 3:59 pm
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Dave Cameron’s 2010 Seattle Mariners plan:

Trade Jose Lopez [2B], Mark Lowe [RHRP], and Jason Vargas [LHP] to Chicago for John Danks [LHP].

I’m hanging up the phone if I’m Kenny. Good, young LHPs don’t grow on trees. Plus, we don’t need another .300 OBP and we have Getz and Nix @ 2B.

UPDATE: Here’s the BBTF thread. I like this comment (#42): “Non-elite second basemen are cheap. Why would I trade a good young starter like Floyd or Danks for Lopez so you can sign Hudson, when I can just sign Hudson myself and keep the pitcher? Or Kennedy, Polanco, Freddy Sanchez if Hudson wants to play somewhere else?”

AFL Day 8 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 1:44 pm
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Mesa Solar Sox vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Dayan Viciedo is playing 3B. Justin Cassel is the Starting Pitcher. Weather: 76 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria won 14-10:

Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throw), .389 AVG
Justin Cassel: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 9.53 ERA
Matt Long: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 5.40 ERA

Here’s Tom Carkeek’s Justin Cassel article.

Gordon Beckham named Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 12:32 pm
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Merkin:

On Tuesday afternoon, the 23-year-old, who didn’t even play his first big league game for the White Sox until June 4, was named one of The Sporting News’ 2009 Rookies of the Year along with Philadelphia hurler J.A. Happ. This award was selected by a panel of 338 Major League players, many of them who clearly appreciated Beckham’s value to the South Siders.

In 378 at-bats over 103 games, Beckham batted .270 with 28 doubles, 14 home runs and 63 RBIs. Beckham posted a .347 on-base percentage, drawing 41 walks against 65 strikeouts, and finished with a .460 slugging percentage.

He led all AL rookies in doubles, RBIs and extra-base hits (43), while finishing second in slugging percentage, home runs and on-base percentage. Beckham had 18 more RBIs than Baltimore’s Nolan Reimold, who finished second among AL rookies with 45.

Videos from Gordon Beckhnam’s 2009 games:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/search/media.jsp?player_id=493596

October 19, 2009

Christian Marrero scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 19, 2009 10:36 pm
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FutureSox:

As a hitter he is able to hit the ball to all fields though his home run power is mostly to rightfield. He has hit lefties decently for a left-hander, but naturally most of his power comes against righties. …

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