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June 2, 2010
Ely’s fastball averages just 87 mph and the pitch is far from overwhelming, causing just 3% swinging strikes (whiffs per pitch). But he can get it in and around the zone enough to avoid walks and get ahead in the count. While the average pitcher goes with a slider or curve with two strikes to finish off an at-bat Ely goes to his change. Even against RHBs he throws the change 20% of the time in two-strike counts (against LHBs 45%).
And the results are very good, the pitch has a 28% swinging strike rate (whiffs per pitch). Part of the success of his changeup against lefties is its location; he keeps it perfectly located on the outer half of the plate, where the results are best. …
The apparent cause of this success is his blazing fastball. Thornton is extremely reliant on the number one, using it a whopping 90.6% of the time – over 3% more than the next highest qualified reliever. Hitters have had an extremely difficult time with it. The 17.4% whiff rate is nearly three times the league average, and even when hitters do manage to make contact, it’s much more likely to wind up as a foul ball (24.6%) as opposed to in play (12.8%). Even when it’s in play, hitters haven’t been doing much with it. As the final nail in the coffin, hitters can’t simply take and expect a ball – Thornton’s fastball has a 70% strike rate, about 6 points above the league average. As such, Thornton’s fastball has been worth over 10 runs according to pitch type linear weights, the most valuable pitch to any reliever in baseball, eclipsing Carlos Marmol’s slider by over a run.
13. Chicago White Sox: Barret Loux, RHP, Texas A&M
A bit of a wild card here, but why not? The White Sox have done it before. It seems they are looking at college pitching and with the options not necessarily separating themselves, they could go off the board a bit to get a guy they like.13. Chicago White Sox – Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas – Workman has climbed up boards over the last month, and he’s a typical White Sox pick. They’re going to have a lot of options between the second-tier college arms, and other choices could include Wimmers, Asher Wojciechowski, Brentz, and perhaps Brett Eibner. There’s no telling which direction they would go, as they’re going to have a lot of options on the table.
A baseball source with knowledge of the situation told ESPNBoston.com that there are a number of clubs that have contacted the Red Sox about the possibility of acquiring Lowell, including the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.The source also indicated that nothing is imminent. Lowell is hitting .239 with one home run and 10 RBIs in limited action for the Red Sox. He has just four at-bats since May 23.
No, Kenny. No.
Santos is a converted pitcher, having been a prospect at shortstop up until this year. While we’re dealing with a very small sample (much smaller than Hensley), it does look promising. He’s throwing his fastball an average of over 95 MPH, getting pretty good rise and horizontal movement. He’s only thrown 45 or so sliders, but so far it appears like a perfectly suitable secondary offering as he keeps it down and gets a good amount of “slide” on it (3.4 inches). He’s thrown even fewer changeups, but it looks pretty good as well. I’m not as confident in Santos as I am on Hensley, but I’d have no problem owning Santos and expecting him to continue performing well in an AL-only league. A K/9 over 8.00 seems fine to me.
Verdict: Partially sustain
Oliver ROS K/9 Projection: 7.8<!–
ZiPS ROS K/9 Projection: Not Available –>
Carty ROS K/9 Projection: 8.5
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Buehrle(L, 3-6) 5.1 12 6 6 1 3 0 4.84 Santos 0.2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0.93 Williams, R 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 5.79 Putz 1.2 3 0 0 0 1 0 3.06 Linebrink 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4.43 Totals 9.0 19 9 9 2 5 1 4.67
LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Ely 7.0 2 0 0 2 5 0 2.54 Belisario 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.11 Kuo 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.32 Weaver, Jf(W, 3-1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.86 Totals 10.0 4 0 0 2 8 0 4.12
Now, it’s time for White Sox fans to take notice of Rios. The center fielder has played Gold Glove-caliber defense in center. He leads the White Sox with a .315 average, while knocking out 11 home runs and driving in 27. Rios has fanned just 21 times in 178 at-bats, and with 16 stolen bases, he’s on pace to become the franchise’s first 30-30 man in a single season.
Yet, Rios sits on the outside looking in of the top 15 vote-getters among American League outfielders in the second round of online voting, with the results released on Tuesday.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 10:59 p.m. CT. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.
So go vote!