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January 18, 2010

FutureSox looks at the 2005-2008 drafts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2010 10:36 pm
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Baseball America graded every team’s last 4 drafts. FutureSox normalized the grades to the money a team spent in those drafts:

Team Original Budget Original GPA New Budget New GPA
Chicago White Sox $3m 2.38 $5.04m 4.00
Cleveland Indians $5.1m 2.00 $5.04m 1.98
Detroit Tigers $5.2m 3.25 $5.04m 3.15
Kansas City Royals $7.4m 2.38 $5.04m 1.62
Minnesota Twins $4.5m 3.00 $5.04m 3.36

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Sox draft spending was in “normal” levels? Of course if by spending $3m you get a 2.38 grade, that doesn’t mean if you spend $5 million you’ll get a 4.oo grade. The “extra” prospects may become busts.

Comparing the Performance of Baseball Bats

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2010 9:34 pm

Alan M. Nathan:

The game of baseball as played today at the amateur level is very different from the game I played growing up in Rumford, Maine in the early 1960s. In my youth, wood bats ruled. Nowadays, almost no one outside the professional level uses wood bats, which have largely been replaced by hollow metal (usually aluminum) or composite bats. The original reason for switching to aluminum bats was purely economic, since aluminum bats don’t break. However, in the nearly 40 years since they were first introduced, they have evolved into superb hitting instruments that, left unregulated, can significantly outperform wood bats. Indeed, they have the potential of upsetting the delicate balance between pitcher and batter that is at the heart of the game itself. This state of affairs has led various governing agencies (NCAA, Amateur Softball Association, etc.) to impose regulations that limit the performance of nonwood bats. The primary focus of this article is on the techniques used to measure and compare the performance of bats. …

Cool cool read!

January 18 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2010 8:48 pm
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– Happy MLK day. And donate if you can to the Haiti earthquake relief.

– Jim’s ‘White Sox Outsider 2010‘ will be illustrated by Carl Skankberg.

– Scot Gregor looks at the ‘Jim Thome returns’ scenarios.

– John Danks will have the index finger in his left hand examined by Sox doctors Wednesday to see if there are any circulation problems left.

Jeff Lubbers and Matt Claassen look at Baseball’s Three True Outcome Leaders.

– Decision-making charts.

Maximum Likelihood Teams of the 2000s.

Sox sign Tony Pena

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2010 6:47 pm
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The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.2-million contract with right-handed pitcher Tony Pena, avoiding arbitration.

Pena, 28, went 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA (15 ER/36.0 IP), one save and 29 strikeouts in 35 relief appearances last season with the White Sox. He was acquired from the Diamondbacks on July 7 in exchange for minor-leaguer Brandon Allen. He combined to go 6-5 with a 3.99 ERA (31 ER/70.0 IP) and 55 strikeouts in 72 games in 2009 between Arizona and the Sox. Since the start of the 2007 season, Pena ranks fifth in baseball with 66 holds.

Left-handed pitcher John Danks is the White Sox last arbitration-eligible player.

Konerko wants to finish his career at the South Side

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2010 1:24 pm


“Absolutely, I would like to stay [with the White Sox],” Konerko told MLB.com on Saturday night, prior to the 15th Joyce Thome Benefit for Children’s Hospital of Illinois at the Peoria Civic Center. “I know I’m not going to play forever. But I’ve come this far, so I might as well finish it out with them.

“That would be my hope. At the same time, I’m prepared for anything. We’ll have to see how it plays out.” …

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