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September 9, 2010

Dylan Axelrod: 7 IP / 2 H / 9 K / 1 BB

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 10:18 pm
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Winston-Salem Dash
Axelrod (W, 1-0) 7.0 2 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Kloess (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Corley (S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00


“I moved into the rotation in the second half of the season, which gave me a chance to throw and develop all my pitches,” said Axelrod.

After yielding a two-out single to Kinston first baseman Jeremie Tice in the first inning, Axelrod was all but unhittable. The Cal-Irvine product set down the next 19 batters through the end of the seventh.

“I was spotting my fastball pretty well and my cutter. My changeup was working pretty well too,” he said.

Axerod, drafted by  San Diego in 2007, has allowed 103 hits and has a 92 K / 15 BB ratio in 109.1 innings this year.

Smells Like Mascot: Stiff Farm

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 9:49 pm
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Carl’s latest:


is that big jim? must be, look at his knuckles

Frank Thomas: It will come down to next week’s 3-game set against Minnesota

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 2:48 pm
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No Frank. We’re 6 games back. Even if we sweep the 3 games against Minnesota, we’d be 3 games back. The division was lost when the Sox decided to punt on Jim Thome and let Minnesota grab him. Look at the Sox DH production and the Twinkies DH production. The Twinkies have a 131 split OPS+ and the Sox a 92. And if the Twinkies didn’t have Jim Thome to play at DH when Morneau went down, their other DH option, Kubel, has a split OPS+ of 86.

And in today’s pregame show Bill Melton said something like ‘ the Andruw Jones, Mark Kotsay and Dayan Viciedo combo has given the same numbers as Jim Thome.’ No. Not even close. Look at the DH links above.

White Sox attendance: 50,000 less through 65 games

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 2:18 pm
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BoB (via B-R):

Club 2009
2009 2009
2010 2010
Indians 68 1,483,789 21,820 68 1,174,888 17,278 -308,901 -4,543
Royals 68 1,546,703 22,746 68 1,359,118 19,987 -187,585 -2,759
Tigers 70 2,224,031 31,772 70 2,152,892 30,756 -71,139 -1,016
White Sox 65 1,828,375 28,129 65 1,777,911 27,352 -50,464 -776
Twins 70 2,007,032 28,672 70 2,783,388 39,763 776,356 11,091

Look at the Twinkies. Last year both the Sox and the Twinkies were drawing around 28,000 per game. This year the Twinkies, at new target field, are drawing nearly 40,000 per game while the Sox dropped to a little more than 27,000 per game.

A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko are on track to be Type-A free-agents after this season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 12:57 pm
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MLBTR crunches the numbers. Here’s the AL catchers section:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.857
Victor Martinez Boston A 87.054
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 80.580
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.679
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 77.232
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.777
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 72.321

September 2 numbers:

Name Team Type Score
Joe Mauer Minnesota A 92.208
Victor Martinez Boston A 86.147
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago A A 78.788
Kurt Suzuki Oakland A 78.355
Jorge Posada New York A A 77.489
Matt Wieters Baltimore A 74.892
Mike Napoli Los Angeles A B 73.160

Paul Konerko and Manny Ramirez are also on track to be Type-As. Konerko was on track to be a Type-B all year before the last update (9/2). J.J. Putz is on track to be a Type-B. Matt Thornton, club option for 2011, is on track to be a Type-A. Alexei Ramirez is on track to be a Type-A but he isn’t a free-agent after this season.

Spreadsheets at the link.

FutureSox reviews the 2010 Birmingham Barons


Jim Gallagher ended up being named the Barons team MVP for 2010.  Deservedly so, as he led the team in most offensive categories.  I’ve already stated before that I see him as a Ross Gload type if he were to make it to the majors.  He certainly is passionate enough to put forth the effort to get there.  I expect him to be in Charlotte for 2011.

Anthony Carter was named Barons pitcher of the year after having a fantastic run as a closer.  Hopefully he can build on that and put himself into consideration as a future big league reliever.  Deunte Heath pitched excellently for the Barons in relief, striking out 84 in 57.2 innings.  The White Sox made a good call giving him a second chance.  Both Carter and Heath should be in Charlotte in 2011.


Gallagher (25 years old): .590 PA, 292/.390/.425/.815, 74 BB / 89 K, .339 BABIP, .361 wOBA
Carter (24)
: 57.1 IP, 22 BB / 58 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.91 FIP, .282 BABIP
Heath (25): 57.2 IP, 32 BB / 84 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.23 FIP, .369 BABIP

Stats for other Sox prospects.

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