… Flowers, 24, has been spending extra time in spring training refining his skills with John Orton, the Sox’s minor league catching instructor and a former major leaguer.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” said Flowers, who was successful in throwing out base stealers 29 percent of the time last year at Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. “It’s definitely getting better. I’m sticking with the basics, like receiving and blocking pitches. It’s just like hitting. The more you stick with it, the better you’re going to get. And I’m more comfortable with it, and you’ll see the results in the games.”
March 8, 2010
The competition for the final spot in the bullpen could be sorted out somewhat Tuesday, as the first round of cuts are expected.
In an unrelated matter, Viciedo switched agents 10 days ago and is now represented by Scott Boras. Viciedo is signed through 2012.
Viciedo’s old agent was Jaime Torres.
Cot’s on Viciedo’s contract:
- 4 years/$10M (2009-12)
- signed Major League contract with White Sox 12/12/08 as an amateur free agent from Cuba (via Mexico and US)
- $4M signing bonus
- 09:$1M, 10:$1.25M, 11:$1.25M, 12:$2.5M
- if Viciedo has enough service time to qualify for arbitration after 2011, he may void 2012 season (if voided, club may exercise option at $3.5M)
- award bonuses: $15,000 for Silver Slugger; $25,000 each for Gold Glove, All Star start ($15,000 for All Star selection); $50,000 for TSN All Star; $75,000 for LCS MVP; $0.1M for WS MVP; $0.1M for MVP ($90,000 for 2nd in vote, $80,000 for 3rd, $70,000 for 4th, $60,000 for 5th)
- agent: Scott Boras (previously Jaime Torres)
- ML service: 0.000
I was skimming through the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (1985 edition) the other day and came across an interesting essay on leadoff hitters.
In the player comments sections, James compares Hall of Fame shortshops Luke Appling and Luis Aparicio. James writes at some length about their different styles of offensive play: Appling was a low-power, good contact hitter who walked a lot; Aparicio hit for a lower average and walked less, but he was much faster and stole many more bases. Here are the slash stats for the two:
Appling: .310/.399/.389, normalized: .301/.389/.386
Aparicio: .262/.311/.343, normalized: .274/.324/.358
With Aparicio swiping 506 bags (and leading the league nine times) and Appling stealing only 186. Part of the difference in their raw stats is due to context, the eras and ballparks in which they played. Appling played in the high-average 1930s, while the core of Aparicio’s career falls in the low-scoring ’60s. The normalized numbers above puts them on an even footing. …