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March 26, 2010

FutureSox reviews Sox middle infield prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2010 7:42 pm
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Here’s what they have to say on Eduardo Escobar:

What he needs to improve: Considering he’s never going to hit for power, it’s all about batting eye and plate discipline. Escobar doesn’t walk much and strikeouts a bit too much for a slap hitter. He also needs to improve his base stealing ability. He has the speed to be a base stealing threat.

Seems the Sox system is pretty thin here.


mgl: Do players who age well tend to continue to age well?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2010 3:09 pm


In the early years, if a player aged well very early on, he did not gain much toward his peak.  If a player did not age well very early on, he gained a lot toward his peak.  From the peak to around age 31, both groups aged at about the same rate, although the “good aging” group aged ever so slightly better.  After age 31 though, the group that aged well continued to age better than the group that did not age well.  I hope that makes some sense. …

Comparing Division wins & losses projections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2010 2:55 pm


Bryce Harper scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2010 2:39 pm
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There’s no question that his bat is the thing that excites scouts the most. He’s got great hands and a good bat path. Early in the season, he did have some trouble when he was having a mechanical issue at the plate. Coach Tim Chambers described it as him sitting down too much, which would force him to lunge a little bit and get out in front with his core.That, in turn, meant he was forced to use his arms and shoulders too much in his swing. When he was doing that, hard inside stuff could cause him some trouble. While he was fighting it at times and had to be reminded not to sit back, he had largely corrected it after the first couple of weeks of the season.

“I really don’t fight myself a lot,” said Harper, who’s hitting .420/.514/.864 over 27 games. “You just want to be the guy, and you want to do it every time. I had a little mechanical issue, I guess, but everything’s going good now, so I’m not going to change it.”

Nor should he, really. Even when he was having the mechanical issue, his ability to use all fields was uncanny.

“Pitches, middle away, he’s about as good as I’ve ever seen. At age 17, to hit the ball to straight away center or to the opposite field like that, with wood, is freaky.” …

Spring Training Game #24

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2010 2:20 pm

Sox @ D-backs @ 3:05 pm CT (Boxscore, Gameday, Video highlights)

Carlos Quentin: I wouldn’t use the word relaxed (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2010 2:01 pm

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?topic_id=cws&c_id=cws (1:53)

HardballTalk on the 2010 Sox


Ozzie Guillen is more or less immune from heat over his antics, his tweeting and his tendency to shoot off at the mouth from time to time, but he could be under some pressure this year all the same. Why? Because this seems more like the team he wanted than the team Kenny Williams wanted. Back at the Winter Meetings Ozzie was adamant that he not be tied down with a dedicated DH. Williams listened, passed on bringing back Thome or Dye and now there’s a decent chance that Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel will be getting at bats from the DH slot. Juan Pierre was clearly a Guillen priority. He’s moving Gordon Beckam to second base just as he was getting used to third (and after being drafted as a shortstop).  I don’t think Ozzie’s  job is in jeopardy or anything, but if the team doesn’t produce, Guillen is probably due a lot of the heat for it. How he reacts to the heat could put his job in jeopardy of course, because anything is possible with Ozzie. …

Joe Cowley plays GM

Cowley says trade Flowers and re-sign AJ. Joe says trade Marquez too. Who will take him?

March 25, 2010

Ken Rosenthal says Ozzie Guillen is on the hot seat

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2010 11:55 pm
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For Guillen, the hot seat is a permanent chair. All kinds of possibilities here, from Ozzie’s Twitter account to the MLB Network reality show that will star Guillen, G.M. Ken Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf (more drama equals better ratings, right?). This is Ozzie’s seventh season. He is signed through 2012. But he is always one sound bite away from trouble. Williams gave him the kind of team he wanted — faster, more athletic, better equipped to play little ball. If the Sox flop, Guillen easily could be held responsible. Odds of a midseason change: 10-to-1.

Chai-Town Jake

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2010 11:49 pm


The latest in performance-enhancing drugs sits in Jake Peavy’s locker. It comes in individual packets. He ingests it when he feels a lull. It could very easily be called the new greenie.And he takes his with a dollop of honey, thank you.

“Green chai tea,” Peavy said. “It’s not an Alabama thing.”

If Peavy’s friends back in his hometown of Mobile knew a tall, smiling, half-full, plastic honey bear stood in the locker of the former National League Cy Young winner, they would never relent. He’d be known as Winnie the Peav, or Jake Teavy, or Chai-Town Jake, or something else that highlights the incongruence of a good Southern boy partaking in such a bourgeois Yankee drink.

“The cool nights in Chicago, I’ll sit on a bench and sip a chai tea,” Peavy said. “It’s good for you. It actually gives you some energy. Chai tea speeds up your metabolism.” …

Smells Like Mascot: Daily Cactusleaguer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2010 10:26 pm
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Carl’s latest:


Buddy Bell’s conference call

FutureSox notes from Buddy Bell’s conference call:

  • On Dayan Viciedo: “He has such great hands. He can sit back and drive the ball the other way.” However, he said Dayan gets opposite field happy and gets anxious. They are trying to get him to stay behind the ball more because he is so quick.
  • David Holmberg looks real good. He has great instincts for his age, but they will be slower with him this year because there are older guys they need to see at a higher level. He has big upside. The coaches don’t have to tell him twice what to do.

Buddy Bell mentions correcting Tyler Flowers’ swing like Kenny Williams.

He also touches on Gregory Infante, Dan Remenowsky, C.J. Retherford, Jordan Danks, John Shelby, Kyle Bellamy.

Sox sign Scott Elarton

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2010 1:56 pm


The White Sox on Thursday signed right-handed pitcher Scott Elarton to a minor-league contract.

Stats: FG.

Spring Training Game #23

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2010 1:34 pm

Sox @ Padres @ 3:05 pm CT (Boxscore, Gameday, Video highlights)

Andruw Jones to get look at left field

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2010 12:22 pm


Andruw Jones will make a rare start in left field as the Sox look at more ways to increase his versatility. Mark Kotsay also will start at first as Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham will get a break before the Sox’s two-day trip to Tucson.

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