As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …
… 1. Chris Sale, P
Sale is not the best White Sox player — yet. But in just 21 games last season, he established himself as a potential superstar. He’s the most important White Sox player in 2011 because of his flexibility — he’s a potential starter, setup man, or closer. Talk about a “Sale” — the 21-year-old lefty will fill a crucial slot on the team for peanuts, and for a guy who provided $2.6 million in value (estimated salary values all via FanGraphs) in just his short stint with the club last season, the value of this Sale is immeasurable.
November 10, 2010
… Krause and Doug Laumann, the Sox’s director of amateur scouting, visited the Dominican Republic last week to scout amateur players. General Manager Ken Williams wouldn’t confirm Wednesday that the Sox had hired Pablo Cruz, a longtime Latin American scout, to assist Krause.
Cruz signed third base slugger Aramis Ramirez while with the Pirates’ organization and is “as honest as they come,” according to one veteran major league scout.
At the 7:00 mark Buehrle says his gut feeling is Konerko won’t be back while A.J. has a better chance and he will be back. Also, at the 3:00 mark Buehre says if the White Sox offer him a contract after 2011, he will stay with the White Sox (99% odds) even if he has an offer from St. Louis.
UPDATE: A single for Escobar:
Chicago White Sox (17)
RHP: Greg Aquino (AAA), Ryan Braun (AAA), Charlis Burdie (Hi A), Mariano Chevalier (DSL), Clevelan Santeliz (AAA), Matt Zaleski (AAA)
LHP: Randy Williams (AAA)
C: Cole Armstrong (AA), Adam Ricks (AAA)
1B: Ian Gac (Lo A)
2B: Fernando Cortez (AAA)
SS: Luis Rodriguez (AAA)
OF: Buck Coats (AAA), Josh Kroeger (AAA), Miguel Negron (AA), Jeremy Reed (AAA), Salvador Sanchez (AA)
let’s see which catchers in baseball are ranked as providing the most (and least) overall value to their team (I didn’t combine multi-team performances) in 2010 in runs above/below average in combined fielding errors (FE), throwing errors (TE), passed balls and wild pitches allowed (PBWP), and caught stealing (CS). …
Rank Name Age Tm PA FERuns TERuns PBWPRns CSRuns Total 31 Ramon Castro 34 CHW 1204 -0.4 0.7 1.6 -0.9 1.0 102 A.J. Pierzynski 33 CHW 4650 0.6 0.9 -0.8 -3.0 -2.4