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October 12, 2010

AFL Game #1: Peoria Saguaros @ Scottsdale Scorpions [UPDATE]

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 75 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Jared went 3-4 with a double and a K:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell CF 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .750
Escobar 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500

CS: Escobar (1, 2nd base by Verdugo, R/Norris, D), Mitchell (1, 2nd base by Stange/Norris, D).
PO: Escobar (1st base by Verdugo, R).

Peoria Saguaros
Leesman (L, 0-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 9.00

Pitches-strikes: Leesman 22-9.
: Leesman 0-1.
Batters faced
: Leesman 5.

Here’s a quick look on the White Sox prospects:

Mark Gonzales tweets that the White Sox prospects in the 2010 AFL will be Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Henry Mabee, Jonnie Lowe, Josh Phegley, Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell. They will play for the Peoria Saguaros.

Anthony Carter (24, RHP, AA): 56.1 IP, 46 H, 56 K, 22 BB, 3.99 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.20 WHIP
Charlie Leesman (23, LHP, AA): 50.2 IP, 41 H, 40 K, 18 BB, 3.20 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.16 WHIP
Henry Mabee (25, RHP, AA): 81.2 IP, 72 H, 60 K, 42 BB, 3.86 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.39 WHIP
Jonnie Lowe (25, RHP, AA): 119.1 IP, 122 H, 73 K, 48 BB, 4.00 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.42 WHIP
Josh Phegley (22, C, A+): 89 ABs, .292/.333/.427/.760, 22 K, 7 BB, .329 wOBA
Eduardo Escobar (21, SS, A+): 367 ABs, .281/.315/.398/.713, 75 K, 23 BB, .303 wOBA
Jared Mitchell (22, OF, A): 115 ABs, .296/.417/.435/.852, 40 K, 23 BB, .384 wOBA in 2009

Here’s the entire Saguaros 2010 roster. And FutureSox’ post.

Greg Walker enthused with Tyler Flowers’ Konerko-esque swing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 6:58 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

According to Walker, that slump could be indicative of Flowers not staying steady with his swing until later in the season.

“Tyler has had some different ideas about how his swing works than what we did,” Walker said. “In Spring Training, he scuffled and we kind of, at the very end, gave him what we thought he should be doing. He got off to a really good start and when he scuffled, he went back to some of his thoughts. So, when he came up this year, I really didn’t know where he was with his swing.

“But he’s been pretty much a sponge since he got up [to the White Sox]. Paulie [Konerko] and other players in the clubhouse talked to him about how his swing should work, and he bought into it.

“His flips, his batting practices. He’s hitting balls technically correct in batting practice that might be some of the longest. … I’ve never seen anyone consistently hit them that far in this park during batting practice.”

Flowers went to the instructional league to get at-bats with his adjusted swing approach after the regular season’s conclusion. Walker said the catcher was open to going to winter ball if a job opened.

“That tells you something about where he’s at,” said Walker of Flowers, who finished 1-for-11 in eight games with the White Sox. “The first thing you ask is if his swing is technically correct and will hold up in a game with a 95-mph fastball, and I think it does. We have to get his pregame swing incorporated into [his] game swing. He can do it. How quick? I have no idea. It’s case to case.

“He’s a tremendously talented kid that is trying to correct some swing problems and some approach flaws, in my mind. I’m still confident he’s on the right track, but this winter is important to him.

“Sometimes you fail before you succeed. I wouldn’t consider his year a total failure by any means and I really haven’t lost any confidence. If anything, it has grown. Now we are seeing a consistent and correct swing, we are seeing consistency in pregame work we’ve never seen before. I’m excited about where it can go.”

Baseball America’s International League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 3:22 pm
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Wagner @ BA:

10. Daniel Hudson, rhp, Charlotte Knights (White Sox [traded])

11. Brent Morel, 3b/ss, Charlotte Knights (White Sox)

Morel made BA’s Southern League Top 20 (#18) as well.

BTW, John Sickels had this on Daniel Hudson in his Top 50 pitching prospects review:

24) Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox: 3.47 ERA, 108/31 K/BB in 93 Triple-A innings, 2.45 ERA with 82/27 K/BB in 95 major league innings, 68 hits. Inexplicably traded from Chicago to Arizona, a move that the White Sox are likely to regret in coming years.

White Sox sign LHP Ryan Bollinger

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 12:45 pm

Mehrer @ MDN:

Minot High School and Minot Vistas alumni Ryan Bollinger signed a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox on October 7.

… In August of 2009, Bollinger signed a seven-year deal with the Phillies, but the lefthander was cut before making it to their minor league system. He recently wrapped up a short stint with an independent baseball team of the Frontier League, the Windy City Thunderbolts. After working as a hitter in the Phillies organization, the 6-foot-5 Bollinger went back to the mound with the Thunderbolts. Bollinger was one of the top pitchers in the state in his final few seasons playing for the Magicians and Vistas.

… Bollinger will be working on his conditioning, fine tuning his mechanics, and making sure his arm is strong enough before spring training. After spring training, the White Sox organization will decide where Bollinger will go.

Bollinger‘s stats with the Thunderbolts:

Birthdate: Feb 4, 1991
Hometown: Minot, ND
Bats/Throws:  L/L
Height: 6-6
Weight: 185 lbs

Summer 2010 Windy City ThunderBolts 0 0 0.00 6 0 0 0 5 7 5 4
Playoffs 2010 Windy City ThunderBolts 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 1.1 0 1 0
TOTAL 0 0 0.00 8 0 0 0 6.1 7 6 4

Will Rick Hahn’s assistant GM status be a plus or a minus?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2010 12:32 pm
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Waldstein @ NYT:

When the Mets interview Rick Hahn on Tuesday for their general manager opening, he will have one distinct advantage over other candidates. Hahn, the assistant general manager of the Chicago White Sox, attended the University of Michigan, the beloved alma mater of Fred Wilpon, the Mets’ principal owner. That should prove beneficial.

But there is one drawback that could thwart his candidacy from the outset: Hahn’s role as an assistant.

Padilla @ ESPN:

If you squint at it and adjust our eyes just so, White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn could be the Mets’ hand-picked choice to be their new general manager.

… There are a couple of things Hahn has going for him that set him apart from the other candidates. No. 1, Hahn is a Michigan graduate just like Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon. No. 2 — and this one is more revealing — is that one of the stated interests in a new Mets GM is an assistant that is viewed as an up-and-comer.

Time for Phil Rogers’ words of wisdom!

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