White Sox news, Minor Leagues updates and more

October 20, 2010

AFL Game #8: Surprise Rafters @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2010 2:02 pm
Tags:

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 65 degrees, rain. Jared Mitchell starts at CF, Eduardo Escobar at SS and Johnie Lowe is the starting pitcher for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 9-2:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .360
Mitchell CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .259
Bour C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .00


BATTING

TB: Escobar 2.
GIDP: Bour.

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe (L, 0-1) 3.0 7 7 4 0 1 2 12.00
Leesman 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6.00

Pitches-strikes: Lowe 60-41, Leesman 15-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lowe 3-4, Leesman 1-1.
Batters faced: Lowe 16, Leesman 4.

3 year UZR: Carlos Quentin shouldn’t be playing in the field

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2010 12:10 pm
Tags: , ,

Gross @ THT:

Using these thresholds, here are three-year data (to help smooth out small sample fielding volatility) of all fielders who have played a minimum of 1,500 innings at a given position, put to the “should you be a DH” test via their three-year UZR/150 ratings. (Because Fangraphs’ WAR system doesn’t use UZR data to determine the value of catchers, they are omitted here.) The results are presented below. Click to enlarge. You can download my DH data sheet by clicking here. …

Alexei Ramirez is your Sporting News 2010 AL All-Star Team shortstop

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2010 11:58 am
Tags: , ,

scott merkin twitter:

Alexei Ramirez named as shortstop of Sporting News 2010 AL All-Star Team, as voted on by the players.

Here’s the press release. The only two other Sox shortstops that won the award are Luke Appling (1936, 1940, 1943) , and Luis Aparicio (1968, 1970). The voters are 326 major-league players, 25 managers and 24 general managers.

Does Kenny Williams has a perpetual contract?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 20, 2010 1:48 am
Tags: ,

MLBTR:

Williams, for his part, has a unique perpetual contract with the club that rolls over every season and pays him a year’s severance if he’s fired.

I knew KW had a roll-over contract for 2005-2009 but did that became perpetual?

October 19, 2010

THE single most important thing to know about baseball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 19, 2010 6:46 pm
Tags:

Tango:

Run Expectancy by the 24 base out states (RE24) is THE single most important thing to know about baseball.  This chart should be in your wallet at all times, opposite the pictures of your wife and kids.  (Bonus: you can use it to cover up the picture of your mistress.) You should look at it all the time, study it, learn it.  In there, you can unlock all the baseball secrets.  It’s that important.

chart:

Sabremetrics 101: Run Expectancy Matrix, 1999-2002

Actual Runs Scored, following each base/out state to end of inning

By Tangotiger


The following table presents the average number of runs that scored, from that base/out state, to the end of that inning. All data is from 1999-2002.Note: All partial innings are excluded. All home innings in the 9th or later are excluded.

(In the next release, I will present the number of times that exactly 0,1,2,3, 4, 5+ runs scored, from each base/out state.)

RE 99-02 0 1 2
Empty 0.555 0.297 0.117
1st 0.953 0.573 0.251
2nd 1.189 0.725 0.344
3rd 1.482 0.983 0.387
1st_2nd 1.573 0.971 0.466
1st_3rd 1.904 1.243 0.538
2nd_3rd 2.052 1.467 0.634
Loaded 2.417 1.65 0.815

As always, a big thank you to Ray Kerby for providing his software to parse through the play-by-play data.

AFL Game #7: Peoria Saguaros @ Phoenix Desert Dogs [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 19, 2010 2:58 pm
Tags: ,

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 85 degrees, sunny. Jared Mitchell starts at LF and Eduardo Escobar at SS for the Saguaros.

And Jonathan Mayo gives a Star of the Day to Eduardo Escobar for his 3-4, HR, performance yesterday.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 7-3:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .350
Mitchell LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .304

BATTING
TB: Escobar; Mitchell 2.

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mabee 1.0 4 3 3 1 0 0 24.00

Pitches-strikes
: Mabee 27-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Mabee 0-1.
Batters faced: Mabee 7.

October 18, 2010

JJ reviews Gordon Beckham’s 2010 season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 18, 2010 8:29 pm
Tags:

JJ Stankevitz:

In 2009, Beckham swung at 24.7 percent of pitches out of the strike zone. In 2010, that percentage shot up to 32.1 percent.

… Swinging at pitches out of the strike zone usually leads to three results: weaker contact, more strikeouts, and fewer walks. Not surprisingly, we saw all three of those from Beckham in 2010. …

More player reviews by JJ here.

AFL Update: Josh Phegley in, Jason Bour out

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 18, 2010 7:04 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Mark Gonzales reports Josh Phegley will not play in the AFL and will be replaced by Jason Bour. No reason was given for Phegley’s leaving.

Gonzales has a couple of minor-league coach updates too. First, Pete Rose Jr. will coach the Bristol Sox. Second, Ernie Young is leaving his post as the Kannapolis Intimidators’ coach to coach the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit’s low-A affiliate) and he is expected to be replaced by Tommy Thompson.

UPDATE: CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski has more regarding Josh Phegley. He says “blood tests revealed that his condition had not improved enough for him to continue playing.” Phegley battled ITP syndrome throughout the season.

Best of luck to Josh.

AFL Game #6: Phoenix Desert Dogs @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 18, 2010 3:06 pm
Tags: ,

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 82 degrees, sunny. Jared Mitchell starts at LF and Eduardo Escobar at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Peoria won 6-3:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 4 2 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 .375
Mitchell LF 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 .263


3B
: Mitchell (1, Heyer).
HR: Escobar (1, 7th inning off Hernandez, C, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Escobar 6; Mitchell 3.
RBI: Mitchell (2), Escobar 3 (3).
2-out RBI: Mitchell.
SB: Escobar (1, 2nd base off Banuelos/Romine, Au).

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carter, A (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00


Pitches-strikes
: Carter, A 16-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Carter, A 0-1.
Batters faced: Carter, A 3.

Escobar was feeling good today.

October 17, 2010

New found love for A.J. Pierzynski in baseball circles?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2010 12:00 pm
Tags: ,

Cafardo @ BG:

A.J. Pierzynski, C, free agent — There’s a new-found love in the market for Pierzynski, though he will be rated behind Victor Martinez and John Buck among available catchers (Bengie Molina is out there as well). Buck had his best offensive season and is considered a high-character player who could hit for some power. One of the knocks on him is his “long’’ arm action and swing. “You could do worse then either Buck or A.J.,’’ said a veteran National League scout. “With A.J., you know he’s not going to throw people out, but there’s nothing wrong with his receiving and he can still hit. I know the fire he has can rub people the wrong way, but I think that’s great for a team.’’

October 16, 2010

ScoutingTheSally on Tyler Saladino

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 16, 2010 10:27 pm
Tags: ,

STS ranks the Top 5 Sally (South Atlantic League) second baseman for 2010:

1. Tyler Saladino, Chicago White Sox

In Saladino, I see a plus defensive second baseman with on base skills, gap power, and the ability to play a little shortstop in a pinch.  Of the players on this list, he may not have the highest ceiling, but his floor is the highest by a wide enough margin for him to earn the top spot without giving it a second thought.  The only real red flag in his current skill set is his ability to make contact as a 25% strikeout rate simply isn’t going to work at higher levels.  With his quiet approach and baseball IQ, I’m confident that will come down as he continues to work on breaking ball recognition.

Saladino @ Kannapolis: 198 PA, 165 AB, .309/.389./442/.831, 22 BB / 44 K, .412 BABIP, .365 wOBA.

AFL Game #5: Peoria Saguaros @ Mesa Solar Sox [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 16, 2010 8:04 pm
Tags:

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 84 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at LF and Eduardo Escobar at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Saguaros lost 10-1:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .267
Escobar 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .25

and

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leesman 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 9.00
Carter, A 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.0


Pitches-strikes
: Leesman 22-14, Carter, A 19-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Leesman 3-0, Carter, A 0-0.
Batters faced: Leesman 5, Carter, A 3.

Joey Cora to be interviewed for the Toronto managerial job

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 16, 2010 6:49 pm
Tags:

Elliott @ TS:

In all seriousness though, where does the Jays interview process stand, 12 days after manager Cito Gaston boarded a plane and headed to Florida?

… To be interviewed

Joey Cora, 45, bench coach Chicago White Sox.

October 15, 2010

AFL Game #4: Peoria Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 15, 2010 2:18 pm
Tags:

Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Saguaros lost 13-5:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .231
Escobar SS 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .333

and 

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mabee 2.0 4 5 5 2 0 1 22.50

Pitches-strikes: Mabee 35-20.
Groundouts-flyouts
: Mabee 5-1.
Batters faced
: Mabee 11.

BP’s Ben Lindbergh looks into the time spent on the DL more

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 15, 2010 3:25 am
Tags: , , , ,

Lindbergh @ BP:

… If Schneider has the magic touch, he must be among the most valuable non-players in the game; the head trainer has served the Sox in that capacity since 1979, but since our records go no further than 2002, we can’t check to see whether the long-tenured Schneider’s success predates Cooper’s arrival. For what it’s worth, pitcher DL days and position player DL days were weakly correlated at the team level during the 2002-10 period, with an r of .32, though that could reflect common approaches to injury treatment more so than similar incidences of injury occurrence. …

« Previous PageNext Page »

The Rubric Theme. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.