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November 23, 2009

FutureSox’ AFL Review


Jordan Danks finished in the top five in hits, walks and OBP and led the league in runs scored (31). Danks plays good center field and the scouts agreed in various reports out of Arizona. He had a great walk rate (20 in 99 AB) and hit .343, but the concern has been contact rate and he did nothing to change that. He struck out in almost 22% of his plate appearances in Arizona, staying in line with his 2009 numbers in Winston-Salem and Birmingham. He doesn’t project to hit for big power so he will need to improve that to be a successful hitter in the Majors. At the same time, a good defensive center fielder that can get on-base will always have a job. …

BTW, the Tribune has some numbers here.


November 21, 2009

Sox interested in B.J. Upton?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 7:24 pm
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Joe Smith @ St. Petersburg Times:

According to an industry source, the Rangers and White Sox have shown interest in CF B.J. Upton, and the Mets and Braves have inquired about All-Star LF Carl Crawford. The Rays have said they’re interested in discussing a long-term deal with Crawford, who is eligible to be a free agent after the 2010 season.

B.J. Upton’s Stats: B-R, FG.

SoxNet’s take here.

AFL Championship game [UPDATE: Peoria wins!] (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 2:26 pm
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Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing CF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Weather: 70 degrees, sunny.

Watch the free live webcast at MLB.com or turn your TV at the MLB Network.

UPDATE: Peoria won 5-4:

Jordan Danks: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Brent Morel: 2-4
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR

Bottom of the 8th, 1 out, Peoria down 4-3: C.J. Retherford hits a 2-run HR and puts Peoria up 5-4. That was the final score. MLB.com story here. Baseball America recap here.

VIDEO: C.J. Retherford’s 2-run HR (0:46). More AFL videos here.

AFL Championship: lineups, times and broadcasts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 4:01 am
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From MLBazFallLeague:

Peoria Javelinas lineup: Ackley 7, Danks 8, Mitchell 3, Morel 5, Lambo DH, Wells 9, Lucroy 2, Retherfoed 4, Iorg 6. SP: Anthony Varvaro.

Phoenix Desert Dogs lineup: Angle 8, Espinosa 6, C. Brown 9, Marrero 3, Desme 7, Bell 5, Ashley 2, Weeks 4, O’Malley DH. SP: Mitch Talbot.

Broadcasts: MLB Network on TV and FREE LIVE WEBCAST on MLB.com, today on 1:30 pm CT (2:30 pm ET). Game time: 1:45 pm CT (2:45 pm ET). Victor Rojas & Tony Clark on the call.

Vizquel signing to be announced on Monday? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 3:47 am
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The White Sox are close to signing free agent shortstop Omar Vizquel, and a deal could be announced as soon as Monday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

UPDATE: Van Dyck says the Sox offered Vizquel a deal around $1 million (1 year).

Sox vs. Jenks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 1:25 am
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Bobby Jenks on comments by the Sox after his injury:

‘Did I feel I was being picked on? No. But I felt I was the easy scapegoat because I had struggled in the end with some nagging injuries. This organization, just like most in this game, tell you, ‘Come in, our door is open and tell us what’s on your mind.’ And when you do, they turn it around on you and make you feel bad. They’re playing on your own words. They want you to come in, be honest and then they turn it around. … ‘[General manager Ken Williams] is probably going through some tough decisions whether to keep me or trade me,” Jenks said. ”His decision is the tough one. Mine is easy. I just sit back and see what happens. Until that decision is made, he’s the GM, and I’m the player.”

Ozzie responds:

”Bobby is always going to have the problem that when he doesn’t perform, fans think he’s hurt or out of shape. Bobby has to stay in shape if he wants to play for the White Sox. That goes with any player. I don’t know where this is coming from. ‘For him to talk about trade, right now, I haven’t heard anything from Kenny. On the other hand, anytime someone has a bad year, they blame it on organization. Bobby didn’t have a bad year, but I don’t think we were coming out and saying Bobby was hurt all year. He would let me know when he was sore, but we didn’t make a big deal out of it.’ … The first time I told him he was overweight, I told him to his face. When you have that size, you don’t perform, all of a sudden you have weight problems. He can’t deny that his weight is a concern. Come on, he’s a big man. I’m surprised he said we don’t talk to him. We love this kid to death. I want him to stay in the organization, we all do. But if Kenny has something in mind, that’s part of the game. … He’s not on an island. He has his manager backing him up. But his manager will always be honest. Right now, that kid is going to carry that cross the rest of his career because of his size. Even when he’s in shape, he looks like he’s not in shape. He has been great for us. He has my number, [pitching coach Don] Cooper’s number, Kenny’s number. We’re not hiding from anyone. In the meanwhile, he has to take care of himself. Not for the White Sox, for his family. Bobby can have a broken arm and not be able to pitch anymore, and the first thing people will say is he’s out of shape. That’s life.”

A trade seems coming…

AFL Day 37

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 12:27 am
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No games today. The Championship game is tomorrow (1:35 pm CT on MLB Network & MLB.com).

Let’s look at the final pitching stats for the Sox prospects:

Matt Long: 3.48 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with 7 Ks and 1 BB in 10.1 IP
Kyle Bellamy
: 1.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP with 7 Ks and 4 BBs in 5.2 IP
Sergio Santos: 6.14 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP with 20 Ks and 10 BBs in 14.2 IP
Justin Cassel: 7.85 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP with 13 Ks and 10 BBs in 18.1 IP
Jacob Rasner: 9.45 ERA and a 2.85 WHIP with 4 Ks and 6 BBs in 6.2 IP

November 20, 2009

Talks about bringing back Scott Podsednik take two steps back

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 20, 2009 7:17 pm
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Talks with free agent Scott Podsednik have taken two steps back. According to a source, enough so that Williams is looking elsewhere for a leadoff hitter right now.

“Do we need Pods, yes,” Guillen said of the situation. “Do we want him? Yes. But we have to make the best deal for this organization. That’s not my problem right now. That’s on Kenny, Rick and [board chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] to decide.”

Sox are getting Hideki Matsui

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 20, 2009 1:45 pm
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… says Bob Klapisch in his where-do-free-agents-end-up column:

GM Ken Williams said he wouldn’t be able to afford Matsui after his World Series MVP performance, but the White Sox are nevertheless interested. They need a left-handed power hitter to replace Jim Thome — and Matsui will need a home after he discovers how lean the market is. The Yankees wish him well, but have no plans to bring him back. Matsui earned $13 million in 2009 but at age 35 with two bad knees that prevent him from playing the field, he’ll have to accept far less to continue his career in the majors. A deal with the White Sox makes sense on both sides.

Sox protect Gartrell/Hynick/Omogrosso/Santos/Luis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 20, 2009 12:37 pm
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The White Sox have purchased the contracts of outfielder Stefan Gartrell and right-handed pitchers Brandon Hynick, Brian Omogrosso and Sergio Santos from Class AAA Charlotte and right-hander Santo Luis from Class A Winston-Salem. With the moves, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 37.

No Shelby?

UPDATE: whitesox.com:

Santos’ numbers might not stand out, but he’s touched 97 mph while pitching in the Arizona Fall League over the past month and has shown improvement

“Sergio has a plus arm, and he’s someone who is drawing attention out there,” said Kirk Champion, the White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator.

Champion also said Santos’ slider is around the plate more than when he first transitioned and he has an outstanding changeup.

Mayo has the Rule 5 Draft order. The Sox have the 13th pick.

Sox Close To Deal With Omar Vizquel [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 20, 2009 12:19 pm
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Rosenthal (via MLBTR):

White Sox close on Vizquel. One year deal to be backup

42-year-old Vizquel earned $1 million as a backup last year. He played 2B, 3B, and SS. Is Kenny getting his guy again?

Stats: B-R, FG.

UPDATE: levine:

The Chicago White Sox are in negotiations with Omar Vizquel‘s agents, Arn Tellem and Tom Reich, to sign the future Hall of Fame shortstop for the 2010 season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The source said a deal is close to being done.


The Chicago White Sox are talking to veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel about a contract and a deal is expected in the coming days, sources confirm.


If a deal is close, it’s not expected to be announced Friday. The White Sox said Friday that beside the five additions the club made to its 40-man roster, there would be no other news.

And here’s SoxNet’s take.

UPDATE #2: Cowley:

“I hear they are talking,” Guillen said in a phone interview. “I’ve talked to Vizquel in the past, but they aren’t telling me anything. I just got back from Venezuela, and I guess Kenny and Rick didn’t want me running my mouth down there. “I’ll tell you what, though, if this kid is on the team there’s no way in hell he’s wearing No. 13.”

This kid is 3 years younger than Ozzie! Beckham was 2 years old when this kid  made his MLB debut!

The Dollars trilogy is on Youtube

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ November 20, 2009 12:58 am

A Fistful of Dollars (1:40:04) A pancho-clad, cigar-chewing, mysterious ‘Man with No Name’ rides into a small frontier town which is embroiled in a struggle for power between two families. He hires himself out as a mercenary, first to one faction and then to the other, with no regard for honor or morality. He plays both sides against the middle, collecting his money, until he eventually destroys both, leaving the town to the bartender, coffin-maker and bell ringer as he rides off into the desert from whence he came.

For a Few Dollars More (2:11:43) Sergio Leone’s sequel to FISTFUL OF DOLLARS finds the pancho-clad, cigar-chewing, mysterious ‘Man with No Name’ (Clint Eastwood) locked in competition with a rival bounty hunter; then forming an uneasy alliance with him in a mutual quest for the psychopathic bandit Indio. Eastwood is interested in the award money; Van Cleef seeks vengeance on Indio, for the brutal rape and murder of his sisterÉand the pile of bodies after the climactic shoot-out will yield very different outcomes for them both.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (2:58:40) Set during the Civil War, three disparate drifters…(the pancho-clad, cigar-chewing, silent but supremely self-confident ‘Man with No Name’–the Good; the evil bounty hunter–the Bad; and a renegade Mexican bandit–the Ugly)…search for a Confederate cash box containing $200,000 which is hidden in a distant cemetery in an unmarked grave Sergio Leone’s epic Western masterpiece and the third film in the “Dollars” trilogy. Music by Ennio Morricone.

November 19, 2009

Cooper puts the pitching staff on notice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 19, 2009 10:49 pm
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“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.”

Final AFL stats

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 19, 2009 8:29 pm
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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.

Mark Buehrle gets a motorcycle from his wife tonight on American Chopper (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ November 19, 2009 8:01 pm
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8 pm CT on TLC:

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…)

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