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June 17, 2011

White Sox sign 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:15 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 22nd round draft pick RHP Blake Drake has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls:

Yet another long-armed hurler is Blake Drake, a 6-7 former Indiana State star who was selected in the 22nd round of this year’s draft.” Drake has some different arm action that will surprise some people, I think,” said Drahman. “He’s a little sneaky, but he gets it up there it seems like, too.”

Here’s a 2009 scouting report from perfectgame.org:

Blake Drake is a Col RHP with a 6’7”, 185 lb. frame from Louisville, KY. Drake has a projectable frame and sat 88-91 this outing. He is a little raw but really projects as he continues to refine his craft. He showed a good slider to go with his upper 80′s to low 90′s fastball. He played at Wabash Valley this spring.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.78 1-5 26-4 0 0/3 10 49.0 50 28 26 21 37 8 0 2 190 .263 6 12 1 0 2
2010 7.92 3-0 13-6 0 0/0 0 25.0 25 25 22 22 14 5 0 4 .260 5 4 0 1 1

Drake was in Wabash Valley Community College for a couple years:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 11 39.0 36 30 39 30 28 6.92 3 4 0
2008 10 22.0 15 14 16 26 12 5.73 4 0 0

And here’s his MLB.com scouting video from the 2009 draft:


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4827585&c_id=cws (0:31)

PS. From the Great Falls Tribune article we learn that released outfielder Salvador Sanchez has been converted to a reliever and will play for the Voyagers.

White Sox sign 19th round draft pick RHP Kevin Vance

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 10:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 19th round draft pick RHP Kevin Vance has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Closer Kevin Vance performed well in the Cape Cod League for Chatham last summer, impressing scouts with a fastball that touched 94 mph. He showed similar velocity during UConn’s scout day and intrasquad workouts, sitting 90-92, but during the spring he has mostly been in the 86-90 mph range. Vance still was one of the Big East’s top bullpen arms, registering 12 saves and holding opponents to a .105 average through his first 23 appearances. He flashes an above-average curveball with good shape and a decent changeup. When he’s on, scouts said Vance looks like Ricky Bottalico, though the drop in velocity could hurt his draft positioning.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.12 1-0 27 0 0 0/4 13 29.2 14 7 7 7 31 4 1 0 103 .136 1 4 0 1 1
2010 2.41 1-0 17 0 0 0/0 8 18.2 12 5 5 7 17 1 0 2 67 .179 1 1 0 0 0
2009 4.70 0-1 6 0 0 0/0 0 7.2 7 6 4 3 5 2 0 0 31 .226 3 0 0 1 0

White Sox sign 5th round draft pick LHP Scott Snodgress

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 9:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 5th round draft pick LHP Scott Snodgress has signed. Baseball America’s scouting report says:

Another physical lefthander, Scott Snodgress, showed better velocity in the fall and settled back into the 90-92 mph range out of Stanford’s bullpen this spring. Scouts like his size–he’s 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds–and potential, but he doesn’t have great command or composure. Snodgress throws a good curveball and changeup and needs to trust his stuff is and show more confidence on the mound.

John Sickels says:

5) Scott Snodgress, LHP, Stanford: Rather raw for a Stanford pitcher, but works in low-90s, curveball has some bite, but inconsistent.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.94 2-2 26-0 0 0/0 2 31.0 28 19 17 28 38 1 1 1 118 .237 1 2 0 1 4
2010 5.59 1-2 22-4 0 0/1 1 37.0 33 25 23 29 38 6 2 2 133 .248 3 5 1 1 4
2009 5.85 1-3 17-5 0 0/0 1 32.1 41 24 21 12 17 9 1 3 131 .313 6 9 1 0 3

And a video of Snodgress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dycIBrUw164

Smells Like Mascot: Dog Eat Dog

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 6:14 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/06/dog-eat-dog.html

He captures the frustration we feel perfectly!

:p

White Sox sign 37th round draft pick LHP Todd Kibby

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 3:00 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 37th round draft pick LHP Todd Kibby (last) has signed with the Sox.

Here are his College Stats:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2011 20 69.0 37 32 68 71 52 4.17 4 4 0
2010 11 9.1 12 9 9 8 8 8.68 0 2 0

White Sox sign 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 pm
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 35th round draft pick RHP Joseph Dvorsky has signed with the Sox. He was assigned to Great Falls.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.83 3-0 24-1 1 1/0 7 41.1 41 15 13 10 38 7 2 2 156 .263 0 2 0 4 3
2010 54.00 0-0 2-0 0 0/0 0 0.2 5 5 4 0 0 1 0 1 7 .714 0 1 0 0 0

He was in McLennan Community College before:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save PO A
2009 16 60.0 53 35 81 39 29 5.25 2 5 2 3 11
2008 43 60.1 57 47 82 45 23 7.01 4 7 0

In 2008 he tried swinging the bat:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB%
2008 43 88 26 5 0 13 .295 0 1 2 .000

White Sox sign 21st round draft pick 2B Joe De Pinto

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 11:00 am
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Mansch @ GFT:

Second baseman Joe De Pinto, a 21st-round pick out of Southern California, also caught Newman’s eye.

“Joe’s from USC — that’s good experience playing Pac-10 ball — he looks like he’s going to be a solid in the middle of the infield for us,” said Newman.

PerfectGame.org scouting report

Joseph DePinto is a 2007 MIF/OF/P from St. Francis HS, residing in Sunland, CA, with a 5’10″ 150 lb. frame. DePinto was named to the top prospect team at the California Underclass Showcase. Has a medium but athletic build, with wiry musculature. Offensively possesses a quick bat and a swing path that is very short to the ball. DePinto is a contact/spray hitter who makes consistent contact. He makes the pitcher work to get him out but don’t read that as he is a pest… he can really hit. He also runs well and understands game, making him an effective base stealer. Defensively, DePinto has quick feet and a good early burst to the ball. He is a very solid defender and a very solid player. Consider him a good follow for most D1 programs on the West Coast.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .300 56-56 190 32 57 11 2 0 24 72 .379 31 7 23 6 .409 4 7 9-13 104 147 12 .954
2010 .286 60-60 252 50 72 15 2 2 23 97 .385 19 6 28 6 .348 2 7 4-6 106 161 14 .950
2009 .277 55-53 191 37 53 12 0 3 22 74 .387 25 5 31 2 .369 4 9 11-15 82 131 9 .959

White Sox sign 20th round draft pick C Martin Medina

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:30 am
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Evans @ BC:

The four picks from Cal State Bakersfield have all signed. They are right-handed pitcher Mike McCarthy, outfielder Ryan McIntyre, catcher Jeremy Rodriguez and catcher-infielder Martin Medina.

Medina, a 20th-round pick by the Chicago White Sox, is one of three catchers assigned to Great Falls, Mont., in the Pioneer League.

“Right now, like everyone else, I’m trying to find a host family (to live with),” Medina said. “Right now we’re all in a hotel.”

Great Falls’ season opens Monday.

“I might play a little third, also,” Medina said. “If I’m hitting well, they’ll keep my bat in the lineup.”

A 2010 scouting report from 49th State Hardball:

When I think of Martin Medina, I think of power. The guy’s got a stout upper body and a big, quick power cut. At 5’10″ and a lean 200lb, he’s got some muscle mass to spank the ball around a bit with. And the proof is in the pudding. Five homers in 34 games as a Goldpanner this year. Just to put things into something more digestible with those familiar with pro ball, that’s 24 blasts over a 162-game period. That’s not too shabby. With a .505 slugging percentage to go with it…yeah, he can knock the ball around a bit. The guy looks like he could put on a little more brawn, even, so I think he has a little more power potential corked away that might just now be blossoming.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .287 55-55 209 38 60 11 1 9 53 100 .478 26 2 37 4 .362 6 1 0-0 206 25 5 .979
2010 .311 56-56 238 44 74 16 2 12 52 130 .546 26 6 53 12 .393 0 0 1-3 135 49 11 .944
2009 .285 50-50 193 29 55 13 4 8 40 100 .518 23 8 51 1 .379 3 0 2-2 106 61 20 .893

Medina tried pitching too:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 4.54 3-3 17-1 0 0/0 8 33.2 38 24 17 14 45 6 1 3 144 .264 4 0 0 1 2
2010 4.01 5-2 11 2 0 0/0 1 24.2 23 11 11 8 22 5 2 0 88 .261 2 3 0 0 1
2009 6.87 3-3 13 4 0 0/0 2 38.0 44 32 29 28 36 7 2 4 150 .293 5 4 3 2 3

And Pep Fernandez of KERO-23 has a 2 minute video on Medina.

A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd for the frequent basestealers; Ozzie tells him to look in the mirror

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:00 am
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A.J. Pierzynski deflects the blame:

Last night, Pierzynski unflinchingly put the blame on Floyd’s shoulders, saying, “We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just part of the game.”

but Ozzie doesn’t,

“It’s not fair? When a guy steals second and third with a slide step, you have to wear it, you gotta admit you’re not throwing the ball well right now,” Guillen said. “If you have to take the blame, take the blame. The people think it’s your fault, well, it’s somebody’s fault. It’s not my fault. It has to be between the pitcher and the catcher, and the pitcher went slide step twice.” … “When the team loses, I take the heat,” he said. “When they steal bases, obviously A.J.’s gotta take the heat. Who else is going to take the heat? He’s got to wear it and live with it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. agrees A.J. Pierzynski deserves blame, James interviews Robin Ventura, Ozzie Guillen says Adam Dunn may play 1-2 games in the field in the upcoming Interleague series, and Omar Vizquel shows his artistic side (3:42 video).

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