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June 9, 2010

Kenny Williams gives Gordon Beckham batting advice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2010 11:17 pm
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“I spoke to him and I asked him to do one thing for me,” Williams said. “Go back to being the Gordon Beckham of last year. I asked him to go back to his setup of last year, free his hands up, take his hacks and not worry about contact as much as taking a good swing and driving the ball. He’s looked a lot better.”

Beckham got an eXtra Base Hit (2B) tonight after 112 ABs without an XBH.

UPDATE: Here’s Gordon:

“It’s reassuring,” said Beckham, who received an encouraging talk from Williams on Sunday. “I had a talk with him, and it made a lot of sense. I moved my hands back in a more powerful position. And I got to see the ball and hit the ball and make good decisions on good pitches to hit. And it was good to hear from him and see the double.

“I hit that ball well, but I didn’t hit it great. It almost got out of there. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Time to hire a hitting coach?

Blackhawks win Stanley Cup

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ June 9, 2010 10:07 pm

Kane’s OT goal:


Game highlights:

Kenny Williams says changes need to take place on the White Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2010 6:30 pm
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“I don’t know what, and I don’t know when but changes need to take place,” Williams said. “Things aren’t happening that we envisioned and when they don’t happen the way you envisioned, you got to make an adjustment or two.”

“We’re not talking about tearing something down,” Williams said. “If we do something, it will still be along the lines of shuffling the deck with the expectation that we’re going to add impact guys that can help us win.”

When asked to be specific about the Sox’s woes, Williams replied: “pick your poison on a given night.” …

I’m a bit surprised by the following quote from Kenny:

“It’s still the early part of June and a lot of clubs are trying to figure their situations out and determine whether they’re in it or not in it or what kind of money they have to spend,” the GM said. “There are a lot of variables that go into the mix so even if I want to do something, it’s not always in my control. And even if something does arise, you always run the risk of, particularly in our case where there’s a lot of desirable players that people seem to want … why we can’t put it together is a mystery to me.

“But other teams seem to want our players so I have to gauge whether something that comes along sooner is better off for our mix and chance to get in it or wait and be a little patient until July when kind of all the information is in and people are bidding against one another for our players.”

I don’t remember Kenny being so blunt and say ‘I’m in selling mode.’ Usually Kenny won’t say if he’s selling or buying. Also, is the ‘I don’t know why we can’t win but our players are wanted by other teams” a dig at Ozzie?

Chris Sale will start at Kannapolis (A) or Winston-Salem (A+)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2010 6:00 pm
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Upon signing with the White Sox, Sale is projected as a starter and will begin at either Class A Kannapolis or Class A[+] Winston-Salem. The White Sox obviously will monitor his innings, while Sale plans to continue his conditioning in the interim, although taking some time off from throwing.

Day 3 White Sox Draft picks (rounds 31-50)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2010 1:11 pm

From the MLB DraftTracker

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
938 31 Young, Robert Dartmouth Col LHP L/L 6’03″ 230 1988-06-20 SR
968 32 Casey, Jarrett Northern Kentucky LHP R/L 6’00″ 190 1987-10-27 SR
998 33 Hollis, Jamaal Miami University RHP R/R 6’02″ 215 1987-12-03 SR
1028 34 Harvard, Dusty Oklahoma State CF L/R 6’02″ 1987-10-28 SR
1058 35 Spatola, John Boston Col OF L/L 6’00″ 190 1987-04-02 SR
1088 36 Griset, Benjamin Gustine HS (CA) LHP L/L 6’01″ 175 1992-03-12 HS
1118 37 Lee, Christopher Robinson HS (FL) LHP L/L 6’03″ 175 1992-08-17 HS
1148 38 Salgado, Bradley Great Oak HS (CA) SS R/R 6’01″ 185 1991-07-15 HS Video
1178 39 Schlick, Levi Barton County CC LHP L/L 6’06″ 230 1990-10-16 J1
1208 40 Gregor, Conrad Carmel HS (IN) RF L/R 6’02″ 220 1992-02-27 HS Video
Comments: In 2009, Gregor was selected to play in the AFLAC All-American High School Classic. He comitted to play at Vanderbilt University.
1238 41 Phippen, Samuel UC Santa Barbara RHP R/R 6’09” 210 1987-09-15 JR
1268 42 Bruening, Brett Texas Tech RHP R/R 6’06” 210 1988-12-30 JR Video
1298 43 Irvine, Lucas Northwestern St U RHP R/R 6’01” 200 1988-12-01 JR
1328 44 Chavez, Matthew U San Francisco RHP R/R 6’02” 195 1989-03-06 SO
1358 45 Cotton, Ronald Boone County HS (KY) OF R/R 6’02” 175 1991-10-29 HS
1388 46 Fort, Ronzelle Harlan HS (IL) LHP L/L 6’07” 260 1991-09-25 HS
1418 47 Reida, Matt Western HS (IN) 2B L/R 5’10” 160 1991-11-24 HS
1448 48 Santana, Audry Mariner HS (FL) 2B R/R 5’11” 170 1992-02-22 HS
1478 49 Schatz, Pat U Iowa RHP R/R 6’00” 185 1987-08-16 JR
1508 50 Vazquez, David Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL) 2B R/R 5’11” 185 1991-12-11 HS

There are videos for High School picks Bradley Salgado and Conrad Gregor, and Texas Tech Junior Brett Bruening.

CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski looks at the Day 3 picks. UPDATE: FutureSox’ Draft Tracker has reports on all the picks too.

BTW, here are the picks from Day 2 (rounds 2-30).

UPDATE: Linked names have been signed.

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