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June 29, 2011

Sergio Santos throws 3 fastballs and then turns to a slider-only pitcher

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 11:30 pm
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First 3 pitches: three 95mph 4-seam fastballs. After: eight 84-85mph sliders.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 7.0 7 2 2 2 4 2 3.65
Thornton 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.68
Bruney(W, 1-0) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.60
Santos(S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.08
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 4 6 2 3.84

Pitch F/X:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 95.00 95.3 -0.73 8.75 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.2914 0.390
SL (Slider) 84.41 85.1 4.60 -0.02 8 7 / 87.50% 2 / 25.00% -0.5710 0.439
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 11 9 81.82 11 -0.862

RE24: Paul Konerko 2.15, Alexei Ramirez -1.71, Alex Rios -1.40.

Thankfully Seth Smith’s throw bounced and Ianetta didn’t throw didn’t stop Carlos Quentin from scoring. Coxie must’ve realized there were 2 outs. And Alex Rios had a couple nice catches tonight. Maybe yesterday’s benching woke him up.

Other White Sox links: J.J. says the Sox won’t trading for a centerfielderer this year, James looks back on yesterday’s game and the season to this point, Paul Konerko is 2011′s worst base-runner (Fangraphs)., and soxman thinks Adam Dunn should change his at-bat song.

And a non-White Sox link: John Sickels gives us his thoughts on drug policy. Good stuff.

Sully on Omar Vizquel’s 3,000 hit quest

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 6:00 pm
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Sullivan @ THT:

Omar Vizquel‘s Hall of Fame credentials are becoming more and more valid as he hangs around the major leagues. Undeniably an elite defender and Gold Glove regular at second base, his hit total keeps climbing.

He already has more hits than Hall of Famers such as Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Lou Gehrig. And he has long surpassed his fellow countryman Luis Aparicio.

Now of course, Vizquel was never an All-Star nor an elite player because of his bat; he has never had a 200-hit season (the closest being a 191- hit campaign in 1999). So his quest for 3,000 hits (he is currently 172 hits shy) would be without that magic number. …

Kenny Williams calls out the White Sox [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 2:30 pm
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UPDATE: Here’s Kenny:

“You’ve got to [get past] whatever you’ve done up to this point in the season, you’ve got to wipe [it] away,” Williams said. “We have a chance to still win this. The individual numbers at the end of the day might not be what they want them to be, but we still have a chance to have a celebration at the end of the year.

“I’d like the focus to be on that and not the individual numbers. It’s hard to look up at the scoreboard and see those numbers you’re not used to seeing, or what they’re accustomed to them being when you are a player that has achieved quite a bit in this league. I get that.

“What I get also is it’s time — it’s time to wipe that away, because we’re better than this,” Williams said. “Now, I’d like them to band together and start playing a little better too.”

WSCR-AM670 has audio (1:01).

Can any MLB pitcher throw a pitch like this? I don’t think so.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 1:50 pm


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16343535 (h/t Tango)

White Sox agree to terms with 1S round draft pick OF Keenyn Walker [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 12:00 pm
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Merkin says all that is left may be just a physical:

A White Sox source told MLB.com nothing was official as of yet with Walker’s signing. However, it could be at the stage of just needing a physical to bring Walker into the fold.

BTW, here’s a 1 minute scouting video of Walker:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_u8en2vlXw

and MLB’s half-minute scouting video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15479701&c_id=cws

UPDATE: Gonzales  @ CT:

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement with their first pick in the June amateur draft, Central Arizona College switch-hitting outfielder Keenyn Walker.

The signging will become official by next Tuesday, after Walker passes a physical examination.

“It’s a huge relief for me,” Walker said Wednesday at his Salt Lake City home. “After Friday, I thought we were going all the way to the (Aug. 15) deadline again. But we finally got it done.”

Once signed, Walker will report to the Sox’s short-season Great Falls affiliate in Montana.

For scouting reports and stats for Walker read my earlier post here.

Kenny Williams on Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 10:30 am
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Dyck @ CT:

“(Viciedo) is playing his (butt) off offensively and defensively. But I’m not going to put a player on this team that my manager is not ready for. I respect him too much to do that.

“When you say somebody is ready, that just means they’re ready. That doesn’t mean they can’t get better. He’s a young guy. He’s not a finished product. He’s getting better and better. There is no immediate rush to have him in there. We have faith in all (the current) guys.”

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