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February 4, 2011

FanGraphs on Adam Dunn’s Changed Plate Approach

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 11:00 pm

Lyu @ FG:

Suffice it to say that Adam Dunn‘s power has been eerily consistent throughout his career, hitting 40 +/- 2 home runs the past six years with over 100 RBI in five of them. His OBP, walk rate, and strikeout rate were very similar from 2004 to 2009. However, Dunn showed a change in approach last season, reaching career worsts in walk rate (11.9%) and strikeout rate (35.7%) while his OBP was his lowest since 2003 (.356). Granted, that’s still a very good OBP, but his change in approach came with an OBP drop of 40 points since he first joined the Washington Nationals.

Dunn’s swing rate has increased from 40.4% to 45.0%, a career high, showing a more aggressive approach at the plate. Here’s how his other plate-discipline stats changed:

2009: 19.4% O-Swing%, 65.5% Z-Swing%, 73.0% Contact%, 10.7% SwStr%
2010: 28.5% O-Swing%, 68.3% Z-Swing%, 68.2% Contact%, 13.8% SwStr% …

No commercials for Gordon Beckham this year (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 10:45 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

“This year, I’m going to make my money on the field, not off the field,” Beckham said during a Thursday phone interview with MLB.com. “I’ve been offered a couple of different opportunities, but I’ve declined them, respectfully.”

BTW, here are Beckham’s Giordano’s spots:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8NqvQL8GrI (0:31)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECm73kbVvuM (0:16)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdjTRMWO-FI (0:31)

A look into the future of Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 10:30 pm

colintj @ SSS:

With both Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz leaving the South Side this offseason, the Sox will be missing lot of high leverage work from the right side, 3 WAR according to Fangraphs.  Sergio Santos will be expected to shoulder a big chunk of that load after a very effective rookie season that still managed to leave a lot of questions.  Those more pessimistic will point to his scant experience.  Those more optimistic will point to his top notch stuff.  As with Chris Sale, we’re ultimately left with guesswork. …

FanGraphs on the Lastings Milledge signing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 4, 2011 8:47 pm

Golebwieski @ FG:

As for 2011, Milledge’s ZiPS projection with the Pirates came out to .276/.330/.398. Using Matt Klaassen’s custom linear weights, that line translates to around a .319 wOBA in last year’s run environment.

Considering that Ultimate Zone Rating, Total Zone and The Fans Scouting Report indicate that he’s somewhere between bad and brutal in the field, it’s easy to see why Milledge is on his fourth team before be celebrates his 26th birthday in April. …

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