White Sox news, Minor Leagues updates and more

January 23, 2010

Sox were interested in Nick Johnson and Chad Tracy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 10:24 pm
Tags: ,


The Sox had mutual interest in left-handed hitter Nick Johnson but couldn’t afford the one-year, $5.5 million contract the Yankees gave him. They also couldn’t pursue free agent Chad Tracy for similar seasons.

Stats: Johnson, Tracy.

Fangraphs on Stephen Sauer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 10:21 pm


Level   BB.9   K/9   HR/9   GB%    BABIP
Low-A   1.2    7.8   0.3    56.3   .363

This guy managed a 3.36 ERA in Kannapolis because he was so good at limiting home runs and walks, but look at his BABIP! His hit rate seems to have scared off prospect evaluators, as he’s not listed as one of Baseball America’s top 30 White Sox prospects. But his sinker has always been good (2.64 GO/AO at ASU) and his slider is average enough. With a good change-up, Sauer can be just as good as Jon Garland ever was.

Sox and baseball statistics

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 9:34 pm
Tags: ,


The Royals (116) were the only American League team to commit more errors than the 113 charged to the White Sox last season. The new-wave statistics weren’t kind either.

The White Sox finished fourth-worst in the majors with an ultimate zone rating (UZR) of -35.6, as judged by FanGraphs. The Web site defines UZR as the number of runs above or below average a team is in both range runs and error runs combined.

“There’s a handful of different ways to go about it,” assistant general manager Rick Hahn said. “Ranging from just the experience and what you see with your eyes from pure scouting, to the other extreme of getting into the advanced defensive metrics that are out there.”

In making judgments, the front office will blend statistical analysis with individual reports. An objective calculation might trigger a conversation with a scout: Have you noticed this about a defender’s range when he is going to his left? In particular Williams, who played football at Stanford, likes to break down videotape.

“We look at everything. It’s an amalgamation,” Hahn said. “At the end of the day, Kenny has his roots in playing the game. (It’s) what he sees with his eyes that’s really going to make that decision.” …

Hopefully Hahn is the next Sox GM…

Dayan Viciedo scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 7:26 pm
Tags: ,

Scouting The Sally:

Dayan Viciedo’s 2009 season disappointed many as his .280/.317/.391 line in AA as a 20-year old was not quite up to par for an international signing who received an 8-figure signing bonus. In fairness to Viciedo, his season was solid if one peels away the prospect hype and considers age vs. projection. With many solid prospects being in full-season A at Viciedo’s age, I ran the equivalency calculator to project what Viciedo would have done at the appropriate level. The results? A .352/.402/.493 line which would completely change the current prospect conversation about him. …

Soxfest (Day 2) news

Kenny wonders who’s Johnny Damon’s agent. Marc Teahen might wear #23. Bobby Jenks was offered a multi-year deal before he signed his arbitration contract. Kenny on Jordan Danks and Jared Michell: “this is 2010 and we have to win … They got to wait.” Ozzie blamed Kenny for the 2008 team. Jeff Cox: “There’s no ‘i’ in team, but there are 2 in ‘idiot.'” Steve Stone to Greg Walker: “Can you make a guy who can’t hit, hit?” “Um, no.” Rick Hahn: [Gordon] Beckham has changed perception about length of development time. Doug Laumann: [Dayan] Viciedo “a man among boys,” probably will end up @ 1B. Rick Hahn: We’re re-investing in Latin American scouting infrastructure.

Top 3 Kenny Williams life lessons

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 6:25 pm

Top 3 KW life lessons:

No. 1 – “can’t spend a dollar when you only have 50 cents.”

No. 2 – “stay out of White Sox business.”

No. 3 – “that doesn’t sound like a Ken Williams problem.”

John Sickels on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 6:04 pm

Sickels reviews his 2009 sleeper picks:

Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox: Finished the year in the majors, pitched great at four levels. Definite hit and now among the elite pitching prospects in the game.

part-time DH?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 3:07 pm
Tags: , , , ,


Before Sunday evening, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will tell owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Kenny Williams if designated hitter Jim Thome fits into their 2010 plans.

Williams and Guillen had a two-hour meeting on the subject on Friday, discussing the pros and cons of bringing back the heavy-hitting but slow footed Thome.

According to sources close to the situation, the only way Guillen will accept Thome’s return is as a part-time solution to the DH. In other words, Guillen would only want to use Thome 2 to 3 times a week, allowing the rest of the games to have a flexible DH for multiple uses. Thome himself will have to decide whether this will be good enough for him.


“I’m resigned to the feeling that Ozzie is sold on wanting to do it this way,” Williams did say Friday night. “Is it a little different for me not to have that left-handed power guy in the middle of the lineup? Yeah.”


“No, not really,” Guillen said, when asked if the pressure was now on him. “That’s the reason I manage the ballclub. We’ve talked about it, we’re still thinking about it, if Thome is the right fit for the ballclub or what we should do. When it’s time to make this decision … I said a couple days ago, sometimes when you think with your heart you make the wrong decision. In baseball, unfortunately, you have to think with your brains. I have to see what’s best for the ballclub. The next couple of days, I’m going to look around, and if Jim Thome fits in the ballclub then I will make the decision. It’s not any pressure at all. This is my job.”

Ozzie video.

Q! feels good and is getting ready to play right field

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 1:03 pm


“My body feels well,” Quentin said duriing SoxFest at the Palmer House. “My foot feels good, my (right knee) feels great, and my wrist feels 10 times better having the hardware out. Old injuries that were in the past feel great.” Quentin acknowledged that he and Alex Rios, who both suffered off-years in 2009, “have to produce in the middle of the lineup, and it’s a good thing. That’s a position everyone wants to be in.”

Quentin broke out in a big smile when asked about the position switch from left field to right field.

“I’m pretty excited about that,” Quentin said. “I basically grew up as a right fielder and feel like it will come back extremely fast. I’ve been throwing and getting my arm ready for it.” …

Quentin is focused on his swing:

“I felt a little restricted, and you put that in the back of your mind as a hitter,” said Quentin of his right wrist. “Your hands are very important in the swing. But I’m more focused on how much better it feels now. It makes me excited. This offseason I’ve been hitting and been satisfied with my swing.

“My body feels well. The foot feels great. The knee feels good. The wrist feels 10 times better having the hardware out. The old injuries that were in the past feel great.”

Sox to watch reliever Oscar Villarreal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 12:53 pm
Tags: ,


The White Sox and Cubs are among the teams invited to watch reliever Oscar Villarreal pitch.

Villarreal, 28, who has nearly six years of major-league experience, will throw Friday at Physiotherapy and Associates in Tempe, Ariz. He underwent reconstructive right-elbow surgery in April of 2009.

Stats: FG.

Blog at WordPress.com.