“Lack of conditioning, lack of preparation makes cowards of us all. “We’re going to make sure that conditioning and preparation is getting done.’ … The players have to take some pride. The best motivation for anyone ready to go in spring comes from inside. We’re asking Bobby to raise the bar. Bobby is a big dude that sometimes may look like he’s not in shape. He needs to raise the bar. I tell them all, ‘I need you in the best shape of your life come spring training, physically and mentally.’ We’re challenging these guys.”
November 19, 2009
Jordan Danks: .343/.458/.505/.963 with 20 BBs / 26 Ks in 99 ABs (10 XBHs: 7 2B, 3 HR)
Brent Morel: .435/.456/.565/1.020 with 4 BBs / 7 Ks in 62 ABs (4 XBHs: 2 2B, 2 HR)
C.J. Retherford: .246/.333/.348/.681 with 7 BBs and 9 Ks in 69 ABs (4 XBHs: 2 3B, 1 HR)
Dayan Viciedo: .333/.350/.556/.906 with 1 BB and 6 Ks in 18 ABs (2 XBHs: 1 2B, 1 HR)
With a phenomenal closing rush, White Sox prospect Brent Morel ran away with the Arizona Fall League batting championship. The third baseman went 19-for-33 over his final eight games to close at .435 and beat Yankees farmhand Colin Curtis by 38 points. Morel did not join the league until Oct. 26 and did not accumulate enough plate appearances to qualify for the title until the final day. Sox outfielder Jordan Danks led the league with 31 runs and was top 10 in hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases and walks.
American Chopper: Mark Buehrle Bike (60 minutes)
OCC has been commissioned to build a bike for Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox. Mark pitched a perfect game, and his wife wants to surprise him with a special gift, an OCC chopper. Jr. continues working on a project for his biggest client Coleman.
The Buehrle episode will be repeated tonight at 10 pm CT and next Thursday (November 26) Thursday December 3 at 7 pm CT.
UPDATE: video after the jump: (more…)
With the start of free agency upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to profile the most talked about player on the market…a player that will be amongst the most sought after, but a player in which relatively little is known about. That player is Aroldis Chapman, the 21 year old left handed Cuban who defected earlier this year.
Bidding for Chapman’s services is expected to get as high as $60 million and will likely be no less than $40 million. Teams that are interested in Chapman include the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, and of course the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. I’m sure there are others, but those are the teams I’ve heard about the most.
As with most Cuban defects, the hype tends to be extremely strong and often overstated. Is that also the case with Chapman? Let’s explore…
Braves right-hander Derek Lowe turns 37 on June 1. He is guaranteed $15 million in each of the next three seasons. And he had a 6.65 ERA in his final nine starts. So, while Lowe is the starting pitcher the Braves most want to trade, they are finding it difficult to move him, according to major-league sources. … The White Sox are another potential match for Lowe — first baseman Paul Konerko, another right-handed hitter who would fit the Braves, will earn $12 million next season. Konerko, however, has only one more year remaining on his contract, while Lowe has three years at greater dollars.
A would be 37 next year with a K/BB under 2 and 3 $15 million years remaining on his contract? And in the NL? Stay away Kenny. Don’t go there.
The Yankees, ever so quietly, are letting teams know that RF Nick Swisher is available.
I’m pretty sure Wilson ‘FA’ Betemit and Jeff ‘DL’ Marquez will be enough!
UPDATE: Peoria lost 17-9:
Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .343 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .435 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 DP, .246 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.14 ERA
That was the final game of AFL’s regular season. The Championship between the Peoria Javelinas (18-14) and the Phoenix Desert Dogs (19-13) is on Saturday (1:35 pm CT on MLB Network & MLB.com).
White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks has been solid for the Peoria Javelinas, hitting .322/.445/.467 in 24 games. Danks is a patient hitter who can work the count well, walking 19 times in 110 plate appearances. He’s also struck out 24 times, showing some struggles against offspeed pitches and fastballs on the inner half. Though Danks is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, some scouts question whether he’ll ever hit for much power, and he hasn’t shown much ability to pull the ball for power in the AFL. While he doesn’t have classic plus-plus speed in center field, he has shown good instincts reading fly balls off the bat, athleticism and a solid throwing arm.
“I hear he’s a center fielder, yet I’ve had to play him in right field a little bit and he’s made spectacular catches against the walls, so he’s adjusted well to the corner position,” said Javelinas manager Kevin Bradshaw, the Tigers’ roving infield coordinator. “He runs the bases very well—he gets the best leads out of anyone we have—and he’s been hitting the ball for power the other way.”
November 26 (Thanksgivining) at 7 pm CT on CSN. Press release.
1. Tyler Flowers
2. Dan Hudson
3. Brent Morel
4. John Ely
5. Jared Mitchell
6. Jordan Danks
7. Dayan Viciedo
8. David Holmberg
9. Josh Phegley
10. John Shelby
On David Holmberg:
Holmberg brings a great mix of pitches to the mound, including a curveball and change-up that have the makings of plus pitches. His fastball falls flat right now, but further velocity is expected as his frame fills out. He’s the most intriguing pitching project in Chicago’s system.