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February 28, 2011

About the failed double steal in the 1st inning of today’s game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2011 8:30 pm
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JJ explains his concerns with the strategy behind today’s failed double steal in the 1st inning:

The White Sox’s first spring training game of the year started off perfectly. After Juan Pierre walked, Gordon Beckham laced a single to put runners on first and second with nobody out and Adam Dunn coming up.

And then Pierre and Beckham took off running. Pierre was thrown out at third, and Clayton Kershaw struck out both Dunn and Konerko to end the inning.

The result isn’t what I’m concerned about. The execution isn’t what I’m concerned about. It’s the idea. …

I totally agree with JJ here. Ozzie’s reaction gives me hope that such a steal won’t be attempted again:

Guillen did say that he would prefer to avoid a repeat of the Sox first inning when Juan Pierre was thrown out at third with no outs and Adam Dunn at the plate.  Guillen admitted he told guys he wanted to be aggressive in spring training, but maybe not that aggressive.

“I hope he doesn’t do this during the season,” Guillen offered.  “I hope it’s a spring training thing.”

White Sox prospects in BP’s Top 101

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2011 8:00 pm
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Kevin Goldstein:

19. Chris Sale, LHP, White Sox

91. Eduardo Escobar, SS, White Sox

BTB’s Top 15 2011 White Sox prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2011 6:00 pm

Satchel Price:

1) LHP Chris Sale
2) 3B Brent Morel
3) OF Jared Mitchell
4) SS Eduardo Escobar
5) RHP Jacob Petricka
6) 1B/3B Dayan Viciedo
7) RHP Addison Reed
8 ) C Miguel Gonzalez
9) OF Trayce Thompson
10) RHP Anthony Carter
11) OF Brandon Short
12) C Josh Phegley
13) RHP Gregory Infante
14) SS Tyler Saladino
15) C/1B Tyler Flowers 

February 27, 2011

Jake Peavy, trade bait?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 27, 2011 6:45 pm
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Cafardo @ BG:

Jake Peavy, RHP, White Sox — There are early signs of healing for Peavy, who suffered a detached lat muscle beneath his right shoulder. The White Sox will need him if they’re going to win the tough AL Central. If the White Sox underachieve and Peavy is healthy? “Trade bait for sure,’’ said an American League scout. “Though teams may come after [Mark] Buehrle first.’’ 

White Sox sign remaining members of the 40-man roster

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 27, 2011 3:00 pm
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The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on 2011 contracts with the following 17 players:

Catchers (1) – Tyler Flowers

Infielders (4) – Gordon Beckham, Eduardo Escobar, Brent Lillibridge and Brent Morel

Outfielders (2) – Alejandro de Aza and Stefan Gartrell

Pitchers (10) – Anthony Carter, Kyle Cofield, Freddy Dolsi, Lucas Harrell, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones, Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez, Chris Sale and Sergio Santos

All members of the White Sox 40-man roster are signed for 2011.

Mark Gonzales tweets today’s “signings should put Sox’s projected 2011 payroll slightly over $125 million.”

UPDATE: Gordon Beckham leads today’s signings with a $485,000 deal.

February 26, 2011

Jake Peavy is feeling good; says the he is past the grueling stuff

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 7:15 pm

Merkin @ CWS:

A feeling of near-normalcy has settled in for Peavy in his ongoing comeback from season-ending surgery last July to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy believes that normalcy will jump up another level when he actually makes his first Cactus League start.

“I think we’re past the grueling part,” Peavy said. “Eight consecutive days and throwing every other day is grueling. Throwing 40 pitches and down, and 40 pitches the following day is tough. But we’re past all that with flying colors. I feel healthy.

“Just got done working out. There are no limitations on anything I’m doing, which is always a good sign.”

Ozzie Guillen fires back at Bobby Jenks [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 3:05 pm
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Ozzie Guillen responded to Bobby Jenks. Gonzales @ CT:

“Too bad that all the stuff we had between me and Kenny interrupted his career because he did a lot of bad things last year,” Guillen quipped. “We lied for him, we protected him. I’m the first manager in the history of baseball to give a guy a week off to take care of his kids when his father-in-law was sick. It wasn’t even his wife, it even wasn’t a (family) member. But it was out of respect I have for his family. I sent him home because he had to babysit his kids because his father-in-law was sick. I don’t think any manager is doing that. But coming from him, I expect that.”

“We don’t miss him,” Guillen said. “You ask 30 guys in there. By the way, I was asking for his phone number to talk him to about it, and nobody had his phone number. None of his (former) teammates had his phone number. That you can tell what happened. But (criticism of ) me, that’s fine. He wasn’t talking about the ballclub, he was talking about Ozzie and Kenny (Williams). I respect that. ”

“Thank God he wasn’t talking about the club. If Bobby was taking about the club, I would have been everywhere on ESPN because I will rip his guts. But he was talking about me. I can take that. Just be careful of what you say about Oney because Oney will say stuff he’s not supposed to be saying. That’s just a warning for him just in case somebody don’t call him. Just stay away and don’t name Oney for this because it will be pretty ugly.”

Scot Gregor @ DH:

“First of all he can’t make any comments about last year because he was never in the clubhouse,” Guillen said. “He spent more time at his house than he did in the clubhouse. They told me about it. I didn’t read it yet. The only thing I can say is that I feel bad for him because I think the way we treated this kid, just the White Sox and myself, or our front-office people, we helped him a lot on the field and off the field.”

“Just worry about Boston, don’t worry about the White Sox,” Guillen said. “He has to worry about Boston and what he has to do for them. And I bet you (Red Sox manager) Tito Francona won’t put up with the (bleep) we put up with here. I have Tito’s number here to call him and say make sure you tell Bobby to worry about the Boston Red Sox and don’t worry about what happened here or whatever. We don’t miss him.

Brett Ballantini @ CSN:

“Please, someone who knows [Jenks], please [tell him not to] talk about Oney,” Guillen said. “It’s going to be ugly. I talked to my wife about it, to make sure to tell Oney to let it go. It can [end] bad. Me? That’s OK. Kenny is OK with it—I talked to Kenny. But Oney? Stay away from Oney. He’s not a good kid. When you go to that point with him, Oney knows a lot about a lot of things. Make sure [Jenks] stays away from [Oney].”

“He had a lot of problems, but we were loyal to him by playing him. I was a very bad manager because I kept him as my closer when he couldn’t [close]. He has to look [at] himself in the mirror.”

“I’m very sad,” Guillen said. “I’m not even mad about it. I’m very sad about the way he thinks about us. Am I going to say anything bad about him? I’m not going to waste my time—he’s not part of my program. It’s very sad because he should look at himself in the mirror, and all the things he said in the paper, to realize what he said. Like I said in January, if there was one player I ever managed, I did more stuff for him than anybody else, on the field and off the field.

“He did a lot of bad things last year. We lied for him. We protect[ed] him.”

UPDATE: Audio from ESPN (3:15).

Ozzie Guillen likes Lastings Milledge. Do we have our 4th outfielder?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 3:00 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

Trying to catch on with the Sox as a reserve outfielder, Milledge is already impressed with the way Guillen goes about his business.

“I think he’s a real, real honest guy,” said Milledge, a nonroster invitee. “He’s not afraid to express his feelings and he reminds me of my dad a lot. Don’t take anything for granted.”

Guillen has always taken pride in the way he treats every player the same, and Milledge has fallen right into line.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re the highest-paid player or a nonroster invitee,” Milledge said. “Black, white, Latin, it doesn’t matter. He treats everybody the same and what you see is what you get. Just play the game hard, respect the game and you won’t have any problems.”

Don Cooper likes Phil Humber and wants him to add a cutter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 2:00 pm
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Could Phil Humber be the 5th starter if Jake Peavy isn’t ready on the start of the season?

‘‘I kind of like what Humber’s doing,’’ Cooper said. “My thing is, give us the ammunition that we need to keep you around. If you attack the strike zone, if you get ahead, that’s the ammo. If you’re not — well, sorry.’’

‘‘I’m really happy with what I’m seeing,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘But what often happens with the young guys is they look good now, but when . . . hitters step in there, all of a sudden they get distracted.’’

… Cooper also wants Humber to tinker with a cut fastball.

‘‘Something I’m kind of working on,’’ Humber said.

Yankees target White Sox and others to find an available pitcher this summer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 12:30 pm
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Joel Sherman of The New York Post reports that the Yankees “have told their scouts to bear down on several teams they think could have starters available” in a trade this summer. The teams they are targeting include the Braves, Angels, A’s, White Sox, and Cardinals according to Sherman.

February 25, 2011

White Sox prospects on John Sickels’ ‘Sleeper! Alert!’ list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2011 10:30 pm
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John Sickels lists his sleeper picks:

Michael Blanke, C, Chicago White Sox …
Andre Rienzo, RHP, Chicago White Sox …
Tyler Saladino, SS, Chicago White Sox

Rienzo is an SBT favorite. Here are some recent updates on him:

Baseball-Intellect, 1/30/11:

Intriguing sleeper…report contains a breakdown of his mechanics, which are pretty Tim Lincecum-esque

Diamond Futures, 12/21/10:

Rienzo uses a low-mid 90s fastball to key a relatively well-developed three-pitch repertoire. He carries his velocity deep into games, and looks like a potential back of the rotation starter.

Futuresox, 12/20/10:

Rienzo flashes pretty decent stuff, featuring a mid 90s fastball and developing offspeed stuff. Along with this, Rienzo has displayed pretty decent control.

Bloomberg Sports on Carlos Quentin

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2011 9:45 pm

Gardner @ BS:

And yet, Quentin still represents a potential value this upcoming season. Bloomberg Sports also projects 29 HRs, 65 RBIs, 4 SBs, and a .268 AVG for Quentin in 2011, which translates as the 70th best player in standard 5×5 leagues. As for where he’s going in drafts, Quentin’s average draft spot is 157th overall.

And remember, that’s just with 459 at-bats. Quentin is the only non-catcher in Blooomberg’s top 100 with less than 500 at bats. …

February 24, 2011

Jake Peavy is far ahead of where he thought he would be at this point

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2011 9:15 pm
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Bloom @ CWS:

White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy said he felt fine on Thursday a day after throwing a 40-pitch side session. Peavy is penciled in on March 4 to make his first start of the spring in Chicago’s fifth Cactus League game — against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz.

That would place Peavy on target to start the fifth game of the regular season on April 6 against the Royals at Kansas City, barring any regression from surgery this past season to repair a detached muscle in his right shoulder.

“I’m far ahead of where I thought I would be at this point,” Peavy said. “But I can’t push it and I’ve got to be cautious.”

also, Ozzie named Mark Buehrle as the Opening Day starter.

February 23, 2011

Jake Peavy had a very strong bullpen session today [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 23, 2011 4:00 pm
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CSN’s Brent Ballantini:

Jake Peavy looked strong on the mound today, throwing 40 pitches and earning at least one, “wow, very good” from pitching coach Don Cooper. Peavy threw about 12 breaking balls, facing Omar Vizquel, Lastings Milledge and Eduardo Escobar, and reported no abnormal discomfort afterward. The hurler is due to scale the mound again on Saturday for a workout to be determined. Cooper as much as said he saw more than expected from Peavy today. Ramon Castro, who caught Peavy’s session, thought that the fireballer’s breaking stuff was season-ready, but he estimated his fastball at around 70-80%.

Gonzo reports “Peavy threw with more velocity.”

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Those reins became a little looser on Wednesday during Peavy’s second 40-pitch live bullpen session in the past three days. Once again, the outing was split up into two “innings,” with Peavy throwing 20 pitches, sitting down and giving way to Gavin Floyd, and then coming back to throw 20 more.

Of those 40 pitches, Peavy estimated 10 or 12 of those were of the breaking ball variety. It marked a significant climb from just the handful of off-speed pitches Peavy threw on Monday.

Having these breaking balls look crisp and sharp becomes another bonus in this climb to a regular-season return.

“It looked like the old Peavy, breaking ball stuff,” said White Sox catcher Ramon Castro, who was behind the plate Wednesday when Peavy threw to hitters Lastings Milledge, Omar Vizquel and Eduardo Escobar. “With the fastball he’s not there yet, but he’s going to get there.”

“Now he is throwing the ball better,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Peavy. “He probably went up a notch in intensity. He certainly is doing what everybody else is doing. It’s a credit to the surgeons, Jake and Herm [Schneider, White Sox head athletic trainer], following up on all the things he is supposed to be doing.”

White Sox prospects in Baseball America’s Top 100

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 23, 2011 2:00 pm
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20. Chris Sale, LHP. Best Tool: Fastball. BA Grade: 70.
85. Brent Morel, 3B/SS. Best Tool: Defense. BA Grade: 65.
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