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June 8, 2011

2011 MLB Draft Day 3 White Sox picks (with videos and scouting reports)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 3:30 pm

From the MLB DraftTracker:

Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class Video
31 Johnson, Michael (SIGNED) Samford U SS L/R 5’09” 175 1988-10-28 SR
32 Tanner, Brent (SIGNED) U South Alabama C L/R 6’02” 225 1987-10-01 5S
33 Mosier, Bryce (SIGNED) Valhalla HS (CA) C R/R 6’02” 200 1993-05-21 HS
Baseball America: Bryce Mosier, a physical catcher with a slightly above-average arm and solid receiving skills. Mosier impressed scouts at the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game in November, earning MVP honors with a two-run triple. He has some feel for the barrel and power potential, and he could sneak into the back of the top 10 rounds.
BaseballBeginnings: Bryce Mosier (Valhalla HS) should be a very good college catcher at the next level. He will throw and catch enough and showed some pop during BP. He’s not a physically imposing catcher and won’t be a basher, but he’s going to some value for the next few years.
PerfectGame.org: Bryce Mosier is a 2011 C/3B with a 6-2 185 lb. frame from El Cajon, CA who attends Valhalla HS. Tall well proportioned build, good present strength. Tall balanced hitting stance, good balance, shows nice bat speed, ball comes off the barrel hard, solid gap power, hits under control, polished hitter who should keep improving. Good raw arm strength behind the plate, 1.93 best pop, compact release, straight back receiver, still developing footwork/quickness.
34 Freese, Dakota Washington HS (IA) RHP R/R 6’04” 187 1992-05-09 HS Youtube
John Sickels: Tall and projectable, loose, 6-4, 190, with a Lincecum-style delivery. Quality of stuff is gradually improving, fastball getting into the 90s now. Very little national buzz about him, but I track the Iowa guys pretty closely and he looks interesting to me.
35 Dvorsky, Joe (SIGNED) Texas St U RHP R/R 6’02” 200 1988-09-19 SR
36 Winiarski, Cody (SIGNED) Virginia RHP R/R 6’03” 190 1989-08-27 SR Youtube
37 Kibby, Todd (SIGNED)
St Petersburg JC LHP L/L 6’04” 240 1991-08-31 J2
38 Linza, Keegan (SIGNED) Liberty U RHP R/R 6’06” 230 1988-11-10 SR
39 Reynoso, Javier Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS (FL) LHP S/L 5’11” 182 1992-10-31 HS Youtube
PerfectGame.org: Javier Reynoso is a 2011 LHP/1B, OF with a 6-0 190 lb. frame from Odessa, FL who attends Brooks-Debartolo Collegiate. Medium athletic build. Long arm action, works downhill with extended 3/4 release. Raw stuff was impressive but his command was not as we have seen it in the past. Big sweeping 2/8 curveball, mixed in changeup. Showed well at the plate from both sides. Combination of hitting tools and arm strength suggest he will could be a successful two-way player if he goes to college, has pro potential as either a LHP or OF. Excellent student, committed to Coastal Carolina.
40 Reed, Jacob Helix HS (CA) RHP R/R 6’02” 180 1992-09-29 HS
41 Shepherd, James Lawrence County HS (KY) RHP R/R 6’03” 185 1992-08-25 HS
42 Pangilinan, Aaron Escalon HS (CA) RHP R/R 6’00” 215 1993-04-21 HS
43 Effertz, Joel Milwaukee Area Technical College RHP R/R 6’03” 240 1990-09-27 J2
Baseball America: Joel Effertz was the state’s No. 2-ranked prospect as a Ladysmith High senior in 2009, when the Dodgers drafted him in the 37th round. He spent a redshirt year at Arizona before transferring back home to Madison JC. He struck out 18 in a regional championship game against Kankakee (Ill.) CC, putting the Wolfpack in the Division II Junior College World Series. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound righthander, Effertz had his fastball velocity fluctuate this spring but sat at 91-92 mph at his best. He locates his fastball and improved his curveball, but he’ll need to watch his weight.
44 Pistorese, Joseph Flathead HS (MT) LHP L/L 6’01” 165 1992-10-15 HS
45 Farris, Cory (SIGNED) Cumberland University OF L/R 6’00” 190 1989-12-29 JR
46 Mancuso, Michael Brecksville Broadview Heights HS (OH) RHP R/R 6’06” 240 1993-04-26 HS
47 Llera, Roberto Hialeah Senior HS (FL) C R/R 6’00” 205 1993-08-03 HS
48 Rush, Dontrell Harlan HS (IL) CF R/R 5’11” 155 1992-12-11 HS
IL BB Report: Comments: Rush is the epitome of a quick-twitch athlete. Everything he does is fast. He possesses a lightning-quick arm on the mound, where his fastball’s velocity has climbed as high as 92 mph. His arm strength also plays in the outfield, along with his 6.7 60 speed and overall athleticism. Offensively, Rush is somewhat raw, but he very well may have the best bat speed in the class. Rush has the potential to be a standout on the mound or as a position player.
49 Regier, Zach Gilbert HS (AZ) OF L/R 6’00” 175 1992-08-15 HS
50 Graham, Jack Seneca Valley HS (PA) 2B R/R 5’10” 178 1992-09-10 HS Youtube

FutureSox’ Draft Tracker and CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski have reports on all the picks.

My count shows 12 of the 20 Day 3 picks are High School-ers. Big differennce from yesterday’s draft picks.

UPDATE: Players whose names are bold have been signed.

White Sox draft RHP Dakota Freese in the 34th round

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 11:48 am

That’s a cool name!

John Sickels:

Tall and projectable, loose, 6-4, 190, with a Lincecum-style delivery. Quality of stuff is gradually improving, fastball getting into the 90s now. Very little national buzz about him, but I track the Iowa guys pretty closely and he looks interesting to me.

PerfectGame.org has 12 reports. Here are the latest two:

Dakota Freese is a 2011 RHP/ with a 6-4 185 lb. frame from Cedar Rapids, IA who attends Washington [HS]. Long wiry athletic build. Quick loose arm that produced consistent fastball velocity and improved movement with cutting action. Lincecum like delivery with long extended arm action from high 3/4 slot, hides the ball well. Maintained velo throughout, showed solid four pitch mix with a good power slider at 85 and an effective changeup to left handed hitters. Continued to show improved command this spring. Curveball break still inconsistent but flashes good depth and solid downer break. Signed with LSU-Eunice.

PG Grade:  10.0   [?]


Dakota Freese is a 2011 RHP with a 6-4 190 lb. frame from Cedar Rapids, IA who attends Washington HS. Slender athletic build, wiry strength. Consistent full delivery with high leg raise and arched back, very long and extended arm action. Consistent 88-90 mph fastball, saw touch 92 mph the previous week. Fastball very straight. Mixed in 75 mph curveball and upper 70’s change up effectively, curveball has some depth and good shape, maintains arm speed well on change, throws strikes with all pitches. Good mature performance. Signed with Louisiana State-Eunice.PG Grade:  10.0   [?]

PG Grade 10 is “Potential very high draft pick, Top DI in the nation prospect.” Will the Sox sign him?





Jake Peavy says he’s going on the DL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 2:30 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

After meeting with a doctor and White Sox management on Tuesday, Jake Peavy says he will need a stint on the 15-day disabled list to heal his injured groin.

The White Sox hoped it wouldn’t require a trip to the DL, but results from Monday’s MRI plus lingering soreness during an exam on Tuesday have the team thinking more cautiously with Peavy, who had offseason shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the first 37 games.

Aside from the MRI, Peavy went through treatments on Monday until 30 minutes after the club’s 3-1 win against the Mariners.

“I can tell you I feel a lot better, but I just saw the doctor and think we have to go on the conservative route,” Peavy said. “Obviously, I wanted to push through it and do what we needed to do, but I think we’re looking at the disabled list just because of the MRI results and how sore my exam was with the doctor. [It’s] disappointing, no doubt. I was feeling good and beginning to climb with my arm.”

CSN has the video (4:40).

Push through it? What could possibly go wrong?

Other White Sox links: J.J. recalls the best day in Brian Anderson’s baseball career, Brett Ballantini continues his series on the 1977 South Side Hitmen with a look back through the eyes of Roland Hemond and Ozzie Guillen gets fined by the NHL.

Keenyn Walker ETA: 2014

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 2:08 am
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Gonzales @ CT:

“He’s probably 2-2 ½ years away (from the majors), if he progresses like we think he is,” Laumann said. “We’ve got comparisons of Carlos Beltran and Devon White. He’s a very athletic kid who played football and has a loose gait. He can really run and has good instincts. He’s a little bit atypical from those high-ceiling athletes in that he does have a feel for the game as well.”

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