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March 5, 2010

Ozzie Guillen on J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 10:58 pm
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SR:

“He threw his fastball very well,” said manager Ozzie Guillen.  “I didn’t even know he threw a forkball.  When I saw it, I thought at first it was a changeup.”

Fangraphs on Alexei Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 10:15 pm
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Klaassen:

Who is Alexei Ramirez? Well, he’s the starting shortstop for the Chicago White Sox who hails from Cuba. But who is he really as a baseball player? No, this isn’t a predictable comment about the birth certificates of Cuban players. Rather, it’s about the striking contrast between his only two seasons of playing baseball full-time in the MLB. (He did not play in the minor leagues.)

Many players have widely varying performances from season to season. Ramirez’s jump in Wins Above Replacement from 1.0 WAR in 2008 to 2.2 WAR in 2009 isn’t all that shocking; it happens all the time. …

How to get the Pitch F/X data

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 9:08 pm
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Allen:

I often get emails from my readers here and at fangraphs asking how they can access the Pitchf/x and batted-ball location data I use in my posts. In the past couple months a host of new tools have become available online that make the data much more accessible. So in this post I thought I would highlight these new, and the longstanding, online tools for accessing the data. …

Spring Training Game #2 (free webcast on whitesox.com)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 12:02 pm
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Sox vs. Dodgers @ 2:05 pm CT (Free Webcast, Boxscore, Gameday, Video highlights)

Baseball America on Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 12:01 pm
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from Baseball America’s scouting report:

sits on fastballs to the point where he often looks helpless against offspeed pitches, doesn’t consistently center hittable pitches, and chases out of the strike zone too often.

Phil Rogers on Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 11:57 am
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Rogers:

A huge difference between the White Sox and Cubs: the Sergio Santos factor. A converted infielder who throws 98 mph, Santos is trying to grab the last spot in a deep White Sox bullpen. If he was a member of the Cubs he’d be generating a lot more buzz, possibly even as a top set-up man. He’d be Marmol to a younger Marmol’s version of Kerry Wood, or something like that. This could change, but the deeper pitching staff on the south side makes the White Sox the best bet of Chicago’s two teams to play in October.

Gonzalzes has more:

Santos also said he struck out Maicer Izturis on a change-up and that he plans to work on throwing more sliders to left-handed batters instead of exclusively to right-handers. …

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