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May 31, 2011

John Sickels on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 10:32 pm
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Sickels @ MLBall:

Don’t look now, but White Sox outfield prospect Jared Mitchell might be figuring something out at High-A Winston-Salem. He’s hitting .355/.432/.581 in his last 10 games, with two homers. More importantly, he has four walks and just five strikeouts in that span. His overall line is now .224/.277/.408, which isn’t exactly good but represents considerable improvement over where he was two weeks ago. His overall BB/K still stinks at 11/61, but the reduction in strikeouts and increase in walks over the last stretch is impressive. We need to see if this continues and the sample is tiny, but it is worth watching. The tools have always been here. White Sox officials have spoken recently about Mitchell making adjustments to his swing as he works the rust off from missing all of 2010. Perhaps that is having an impact.
Jared Mitchell returning to form? That would be awesome!

Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski, and Omar Vizquel are clutch

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 10:20 pm
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Lombardi @ B-R:

A list for discussion purposes: It’s all active players with at least 1,000 games played between 1996 and 2011 (to date). And, it’s their “WPA Clutch” ranking in those games played since 1996.Here is the list -

Rk Player Clutch G From To Age PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Ichiro Suzuki 5.7 1641 2001 2011 27-37 7580 7000 1074 2305 267 71 90 576 475 159 697 47 28 30 49 396 92 .329 .374 .426 .801 *98/D SEA
2 Juan Pierre 4.4 1648 2000 2011 22-33 7047 6403 923 1900 222 84 14 445 403 8 402 91 133 17 82 536 181 .297 .346 .364 .710 *87/D COL-FLA-CHC-LAD-CHW
3 Scott Podsednik 4.1 1016 2001 2010 25-34 4129 3707 544 1036 171 41 41 300 327 7 595 24 49 22 64 301 102 .279 .340 .381 .721 *78/D9 SEA-MIL-CHW-COL-TOT
4 Bill Hall 3.8 1031 2002 2011 22-31 3619 3287 442 819 208 21 124 438 278 13 956 13 15 26 62 60 39 .249 .308 .438 .746 5648/791 MIL-TOT-BOS-HOU
5 Bobby Abreu 3.0 2160 1996 2011 22-37 9326 7829 1382 2313 537 57 278 1289 1378 109 1690 33 7 79 151 380 123 .295 .400 .485 .885 *9/D78 HOU-PHI-TOT-NYY-LAA
6 Aaron Rowand 2.8 1293 2001 2011 23-33 4626 4191 600 1153 258 17 133 525 258 22 871 121 31 25 109 66 29 .275 .333 .440 .773 *87/9D CHW-PHI-SFG
7 A.J. Pierzynski 2.7 1414 1998 2011 21-34 5395 5028 586 1426 291 16 122 622 215 51 598 93 26 33 162 13 19 .284 .323 .421 .744 *2/D MIN-SFG-CHW
8 Chone Figgins 2.6 1145 2002 2011 24-33 4986 4382 675 1238 177 56 33 388 497 6 752 9 61 37 67 329 116 .283 .354 .371 .725 *548/769D ANA-LAA-SEA
9 Omar Vizquel 2.6 2009 1996 2011 29-44 8447 7398 1072 2066 350 59 67 721 761 23 768 41 179 68 152 320 116 .279 .347 .370 .717 *65/4D39 CLE-SFG-TEX-CHW

Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn aren’t. Neither is Big Jim…

The Hardball Times’ AL Central article

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 8:15 pm
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Paapfly @ THT:

… It’s difficult to say for how long the Indians will keep it up. There’s little doubt they have a good team. But are they this good? For what it’s worth, they’ve already played the Royals nine times and have gone 7-2 in those contests, during which they have a run differential of plus 42. Take those games away, and they’re 24-18 with a negative run differential. What’s that mean, then? The truth is, I don’t know. You could probably pick apart any team using a similar method, even the ’27 Yankees. (Well, maybe not the ’27 Yankees.)Perhaps the best thing to take away from this is that the Indians look fantastic so far, but there’s an awful lot of baseball to go. That, and the Minnesota Twins are highly unlikely to give them much trouble as the Indians do everything possible to fight off the Tigers and White Sox for the division crown. …

Hector Santiago’s new pitch helps him strike out 9 and walk 2 (May 30)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 2:00 am
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5/30:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santiago (W, 2-0) 8.0 1 0 0 2 9 0 1.88
Shirek 1.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 3.97

Marshall @ MiLB:

Hector Santiago learned to throw a screwball just six months ago while pitching in the Puerto Rican Winter League. After Monday’s gem, other hurlers may soon be inquiring about a trip to the Caribbean in the offseason.Santiago allowed a lone hit — a sixth-inning single — and struck out a career-high nine batters over eight sparkling innings to lead the Double-A Birmingham Barons to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Chattanooga Lookouts.

Hector Santiago, 23 1/2 years old, was promoted to AA Birmingham after pitching 44.0 innings, 3.68 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 4.59 FIP, 43 K / 14 BB, .279 BABIP, in A+ Winston-Salem.

Jake Peavy likes the 6-man rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 1:00 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I think my arm is still getting stronger,” Peavy said. “It’s tough on a daily basis to grind through it and see how your arm is going to feel, coming back from this surgery. It’s been different. With rest you feel like a million bucks. And sometimes you don’t and it gets kind of frustrating. But I’ve got enough to compete and pitch.” … “I hope so; I hope I just get stronger,” Peavy said. “Like I said, it has been a constant battle. Some days I go out there and on Day 3 I feel better than I do on Day 5. It’s kind of piecing it together. I’m going to take some time and maybe alter my pregame program and try to throw a little bit longer and see if I can get a little bit looser than I’ve been getting.”

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