It is really hard to evaluate the defensive ability of a catcher, especially for us when we don’t see the players often enough if ever. Defensive statistics like UZR have become popular, but don’t apply to catchers. Since the White Sox have three catchers that were in our top 11 prospects, I wanted to keep track of whatever catching stats I could. Take a look at the results.
I tracked the basics (steals, caught stealings, errors and passed balls) and matched the baserunning statistics to each pitcher. This also allows us to see which pitchers are able to hold runners and which are easy to run on. Obviously, it’s barely more than a month into the minor league season, but let’s take an early look. …
May 11, 2010
The world hates the White Sox’s sluggers
Right now, three White Sox are among the bottom five among qualified MLB hitters in BABIP. Carlos Quentin‘s mark sits at .188, while Paul Konerko is at .189 and A.J. Pierzynski is at .200 for the year. Unsurprisingly, Quentin and Pierzynski have struggled, although Konerko has rode an MLB-leading 13 home runs and 21 walks to a .456 wOBA thus far.
Jerry Krause, who has 36 years of experience as a scout and executive in the National Basketball Association and 20 in Major League Baseball, has been hired by the Chicago White Sox as Director of International Scouting.
The first-year emphasis for Krause will be on restructuring Dominican and Venezuelan scouting and also will include free-agent scouting of other countries.
“I have been extremely familiar with Jerry’s baseball scouting abilities for 28 years and aside from the mistake of recommending me for the 1982 draft, we are fortunate to add such an accomplished scout and teacher to the organization,” said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager.
“I have been looking for a way to bring structure and greater successes in this area and believe we have the right man for the job. He will be responsible for restructuring the focus and cross checking top international players, along with instructing in White Sox scouting methodology,” Williams said.
Krause has worked as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners and the White Sox and also with the Yankees and Mets following his retirement from the Chicago Bulls. He played major roles in the White Sox acquisitions of Ozzie Guillen, Julio Cruz, Ed Farmer, Greg Luzinski, Tom Seaver, Greg Walker and Williams.
Bruce Levine reported this on April 21.
The White Sox have signed veteran left-handed reliever Alan Embree to a minor-league contract.
Embree has a 4.59 ERA in 882 major-league appearances with nine teams. He will report to Triple-A Charlotte. Boston designated him for assignment on May 1. Embree pitched for the Sox in 2001.
Gotta Take The Good With The Bad
With A.J. Pierzynski doing nothing offensively while having some public spats with manager Ozzie Guillen, the name Tyler Flowers is coming up more and more in Chicago. The bulky backstop, acquired from the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez two years ago, is keeping up his end of the bargain. Two home runs on Monday give him three in two days and an overall batting line of .287/.382/.598 in 25 games with the Knights. The problem, as always, remains the defense. One scout who recently saw Flowers thought his work behind the plate had regressed from last year, when it wasn’t that good in the first place. He’s thrown out just 4 of 17 base stealers this year, and his 245 pound frame doesn’t allow for much mobility back there either. The scout said, “I can’t see Ozzie living with that kind of defense back there,” but the way A.J. is hitting, and mouthing off, he just might.