White Sox news, Minor Leagues updates and more

April 26, 2010

Scouting the Birmingham Barons (Brent Morel and a lot more)

FutureSox has the scouting reports and videos.

Here’s a video clip (1:49) of Brent Morel:


Kevin Goldstein on Trayce Thompson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2010 2:07 pm

Goldstein (via FS):

Talking to scout about WhiteSox outfielder Trayce Thompson. “Is this for real?” I ask. Scout: “Oh yeah, absolutely. He’s tremendous.”

Thompson’s stats

A.J. Pierzynski is on-notice


Tyler Flowers has a .421 wOBA for Triple-A Charlotte and may A.J. Pierzynski be put on notice:

And Ozzie says:

“I might move (Mark) Teahen up in A.J.’s spot and move A.J. down,” he said. “If I do that, I don’t want those guys to feel I don’t have confidence in them. But when the manager changes the lineups and moves people, that’s for a reason. I have a couple days to think about it.”

BTW, A.J. has a .151 BABIP.

UPDATE: I forgot Mark Kotsay! I put him in Harrelson’s place.

Phil Rogers wants the Sox to extend Paul Konerko

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2010 11:48 am
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… Konerko has been a bargain at $12 million a year, and the White Sox should offer him another two years guaranteed at that price with a third year that can vest depending on his performance in 2012. He’s a cornerstone piece of what has been a good team and you don’t want to make a change there before you have to. … He’s hitting .290 with a majors-leading eight homers and 14 RBIs in 18 games. His game-winner off Brandon League in the eighth inning on Sunday finished a sweep over a Seattle team that only the truly nostalgic could love. Don’t play with fire. Get him signed before he moves into the market.

Paulie will be 35 next year. I wouldn’t give him $12 million.

Fangraphs on Andruw Jones

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2010 11:35 am


George Romero may have never considered the possibility of smiling zombies. The walking undead Andruw Jones is infectious with smiling, and he’s spreading the condition all around the Southside of Chicago. He’s burying the rough seasons spent with the Dodgers and Rangers and crunching into opposing pitchers to the tune of a .295/.415/.750 line, or a .499 wOBA. …

Bloomberg Sports on Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2010 11:08 am
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One of the problems has been Peavy’s inability to miss bats. FanGraphs has batters whiffing at Peavy’s pitches 10% to 12% of the time throughout his career. His swinging strike rate this season is a disconcerting 6.4%. Why is that important? Because swinging strikes correlate extremely well with strikeouts. Which makes sense on a basic level — i.e. the better the stuff, the more swings and misses, and the higher likelihood of at-bats ending in strikeouts. Despite a static velocity reading on his fastball and a presumably healthy elbow, Peavy’s results — in a small sample of four starts, anyway — suggest his stuff has been subpar and extremely hittable. …


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