July 29, 2010
8:30pm: A deal could potentially be completed tonight or tomorrow, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Neal hears that the Yankees, White Sox and Braves are also in on Capps.
9:10pm: The Twins acquired Capps for Ramos, according to Miller. The deal is done and will be announced tonight or tomorrow.
Backup catcher Ramon Castro credits hitting coach Greg Walker with his resurgent season, one that could see him stealing starts from slumping A.J. Pierzynski if the incumbent doesn’t turn his season around soon.
Castro is stroking at an .870 OPS clip [1.021 after 2 HRs today], which dwarfs his career .729. His OPS+ is 129 despite a below-average career figure of 90. He’s boasting a 0.7 WAR, impressive for a player seeing such modest action, and his seven walks/12 Ks is a ratio Castro hasn’t produced since his rookie year in 1999.
“It’s just hard work,” Castro said of his resurgent season at age 34. “’Walk’ helped me with keeping my head still, keeping my hands a little more open.”
Count Castro as yet another White Sox player who applauds Walker for developing batting strategies around a player’s strength vs. forcing a roster to adapt to his beliefs.
Kannapolis Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Collop, J (W, 8-7) 7.0 5 1 1 0 8 0 4.59 Cooney, C (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.23 Santos, O (S, 8 ) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.96
Collop (6th round pick in the 2009 draft) has a 92 K / 21 BB ratio in 111.2 innings.
Charlotte Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Torres, C 5.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 3.41 Nunez, J (L, 3-2) 2.0 3 2 2 1 2 0 5.88 Sale 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.38 Braun 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18
Pitches-strikes: Sale 6-6
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 0-0
from the pbp:
Louisville Bottom 8th
- Pitcher Change: Chris Sale replaces Jhonny Nunez.
- Zack Cozart strikes out swinging.
- Yonder Alonso strikes out swinging.
- Coaching visit to mound.
- Pitcher Change: Ryan Braun replaces Chris Sale.
- Todd Frazier grounds out, shortstop Luis Rodriguez to first baseman Jeremy Reed.
Scouts from Washington and Arizona are here for the fourth consecutive night amid reports that a three-way deal with the Sox involving Adam Dunn is percolating, although a major league source said talks have yet to advanced quickly yet.
chisox like prince fielder but have discussed dunn, laroche and berkman, in that order, as possible 2nd choices
Heard this: The White Sox consider Lance Berkman as one of their Plan B options, now what they don’t expect to get Adam Dunn.
The White Sox have been the other team poking around about Hawpe. Not sure how serious. All depends on what happens with Adam Dunn
UPDATE: Prince Fielder if off the market (staying in Milwaukee).
Heard this: The White Sox are saying internally that they are currently out of the mix on Dunn.
dunn derby could be like a damon repeat: white sox vs. tigers. plenty of interest in slugger.
chisox among teams trying for adam dunn. 3-way scenarios with edwin jackson going to nats are in play.
White Sox exploring hitters other than Dunn, not all LH. Are “all over the place,” source says. Also looking for mid-rotation starter.
JJ examines whether the White Sox should trade for a starter.
UPDATE: Rosenthal says the Yankee$ are out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes for now. Yeah right. The Yankee$ are out. Maybe it’s for 15 minutes…
White Sox (Bryan Little) and Mets (Bob Melvin) also watching Jays Wed nite
Pitch F/X (MLB Gameday data) sees 11 fastballs and 2 sliders on yesterday’s Bobby Jenks outing:
|Pitch Type||Avg Speed||Max Speed||Avg H-Break||Avg V-Break||Count||Strikes / %||Swinging Strikes / %||Linear Weights||Time to Plate|
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)||97.05||98.9||-4.85||9.24||11||9 / 81.82%||1 / 9.09%||-0.7268||0.388|
|SL (Slider)||88.35||89.5||1.48||1.12||2||1 / 50.00%||1 / 50.00%||-0.1499||0.426|
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.
Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals|
|Inning||Pitches in Inning||Strikes in Inning||Strike% in Inning||Cumulative Total Pitches||Pitch LWTS in Inning|
The Sox’s victory was witnessed in front of scouts from Washington, Arizona, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and San Diego.
The Diamondbacks had two scouts, but one major league source said that any talks of a possible three-way deal involving the Sox, Washington and Arizona had not accelerated. …