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June 21, 2011

White Sox sign 31st round draft pick SS Michael Johnson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 6:30 pm
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The White Sox have signed 31st round draft pick SS Michael Johnson. He was assigned to Bristol.

Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 5’09″
Weight: 175
Born: 1988-10-28
Hometown: Naples, FL
Class:  SR

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 .342 60-60 240 56 82 10 3 2 22 104 .433 29 3 42 3 .415 3 5 11-14 91 164 18 .934
2010 .330 56-56 206 44 68 13 2 7 45 106 .515 24 8 34 2 .412 5 5 9-11 118 137 18 .934
2009 .240 38-36 125 27 30 5 3 0 17 41 .328 16 2 33 1 .333 1 3 4-4 50 92 20 .877

White Sox sign 27th round draft pick RHP Jake Cose

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 2:00 pm
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White Sox have signed 27th round draft pick RHP Jake Cose. He was assigned to Bristol. Scouting info from June 8:

(831): Jake Cose, RHP, 6-5, 200, San Joaquin Delta College (CA)

Has both hit and pitched at Delta College. Fastball sits low-90′s.

Bats: S
Throws: R
Height: 6’05″
Weight: 200
Born: 1990-08-28
Class:  JR

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 2.31 4-1 11-4 0 0/0 1 35.0 25 11 9 10 27 3 0 0 125 .200 5 5 0 3 0

He tried swinging the bat 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 .230 38-34 139 17 32 5 1 2 11 45 .324 14 1 20 3 .305 0 1 4-4 138 23 2 .988
2010 .302 29-27 106 16 32 6 1 4 19 52 .491 10 4 18 2 .380 1 1 5-5 13 64 10 .885

and:

2009 HS Stats: .275 Avg, 25 RBI, 4 2B’s, 2 3B’s, 7 HR

Kenny Williams says Ozzie Guillen is keeping Dayan Viciedo in the minors. For now. [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Ballantini @ CSN:

“Right now we’re going to hold tight,” Williams said with regard to a Viciedo callup. “Ozzie likes the team that he’s running out there every day. If it turns out he wants a little more offense, change up the mix a little bit, we know we can tap into [Viciedo] at moment’s notice. And he knows he can get him at a moment’s notice if [Guillen] wants to change up the mix.”Note the language there. Guillen remains in Pierre’s camp, refusing to bench him based primarily on his unparalleled work ethic. That devotion is unimpeachable, but at some point All-In has to apply more to the talent on the field than respect for the roster.

Brett Ballantini tweets:

It’s increasingly certain Pierre vs. Viciedo is an Ozzie (JP) vs. Kenny (Dayan) battle. KW wants Dayan up; Ozzie is content with team as is

UPDATE: Newer Kenny:

The best player available to Williams right now is Viciedo, who is batting .330 in Triple-A. Williams is letting his coaching staff dictate if or when Viciedo gets called up. For now.

“I think the issue is if I do bring him here it will be to play everyday, and it isn’t until I get that feeling from the coaching staff that he is in fact needed, and they believe that the mix that they are currently sending out there isn’t going to get the job done,” Williams said. “As long as they believe that it’s going to get the job done, then I’ll stick with them and defer to their opinions. If there ever comes a time where I feel strongly enough about making a move of that ilk, then I’ll call them aside and we’ll have a little stronger dialogue, and I’ll see if I can influence some one way or another.”

In other Kenny news, he wants better fundamental baseball from the Sox:

“Listen, if you are going to play championship baseball you have to be fundamentally sound,” Williams said. “You have to catch the ball, you have to execute. The double plays, the pickoff plays … the running game has to be slowed certainly to a greater degree. We have to get runners in with less than two outs at a greater clip.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. explains how he stopped caring for games against the Cubs, Brett Ballantini looks at the Sox-Cubs history and finds one team has the upper hand, James recaps the past week, the Sox signed 23 of their 50 draft picks, Ozzie Guillen wants the Florida Marlins to win the World Series, and Paul Konerko’s HR tonight gives him a franchise-record 12 seasons with at least 20 HRs.

And a couple funny tweets are inside: (more…)

June 20, 2011

Greg Walker says Gordon Beckham has messed up his swing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2011 11:07 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Hitting coach Greg Walker said Beckham must simplify things at the plate.

“Looking back at Gordon’s 2009 tape, it was brilliant how simple it was,” Walker said. “When Gordon goes bad, his leg kick is bigger, his hand move is bigger and he ends up with bad posture and a loopier, longer swing. We need less of a leg kick, hand move — less of an effort level.”

As if we didn’t have enough things to worry about.

White Sox sign 12th round draft pick RHP Andrew Virgili

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2011 9:15 pm
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Daniels @ TBO:

Andrew Virgili, a 12th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox during last week’s Major League Baseball draft has signed with the club.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 205
Born: 1990-01-30
Class:  JR

He was assigned to Bristol.

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 2.35 7-5 14-14 0 0/0 0 95.2 86 32 25 25 94 17 4 3 350 .246 3 8 0 2 5

He was in Hillsborough Community College before that:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2010 38 50.2 57 45 69 37 25 7.99 1 4 1
2009 35 39.2 53 41 66 25 19 9.30 2 1 1

He tried swinging the bat in those years:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B HR Runs RBI BA BB HBP SF OBP SB SBA SB% PO A E Fld%
2010 38 95 33 5 0 3 21 31 .347 20 0 1 .457 1 2 .000 180 52 10 .959
2009 35 75 22 4 1 3 20 .293 17 1 2 .421 1 1 .000 76 39 9 .927

Star Found Shooting Water “Bullets”

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ June 20, 2011 7:30 pm

National Geographic: Stellar sprinklers may help irrigate cosmos, study suggests.

Seven hundred and fifty light-years from Earth, a young, sunlike star has been found with jets that blast epic quantities of water into interstellar space, shooting out droplets that move faster than a speeding bullet.

The discovery suggests that protostars may be seeding the universe with water. These stellar embryos shoot jets of material from their north and south poles as their growth is fed by infalling dust that circles the bodies in vast disks.

“If we picture these jets as giant hoses and the water droplets as bullets, the amount shooting out equals a hundred million times the water flowing through the Amazon River every second,” said Lars Kristensen, a postdoctoral astronomer at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

“We are talking about velocities reaching 200,000 kilometers [124,000 miles] per hour, which is about 80 times faster than bullets flying out of a machine gun,” said Kristensen, lead author of the new study detailing the discovery, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

(Related: “Dimmest Stars in Universe Spotted?”)

Wow, that’s absolutely amazing!

June 19, 2011

Sergio Santos [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 19, 2011 8:30 pm
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How was Sergio’s slider today? In his blown save against Oakland (June 10), Sergio threw 38 pitches in the 9th, 3 of which were sliders. 1 of the 3 sliders was a strike; it also was a swinging strike.

Today, Sergio threw 15 pitches in the 9th, 7 of which were sliders. 3 of the 7 sliders were strikes (42.86%). 2 of the 7 were swinging strikes (28.57%).

Strike-zone pictures for today’s outing from MLB Gameday. 1st batter:

#3 was a slider. Result was a fly out on pitch #4 (fastball).

2nd batter:

#4, and #5 (swinging strike) are sliders. Result was a strike out on pitch #5.

3rd batter:

#2 (behind #4), #3, #4, and #6 (swinging strike) were sliders. Result was a strike out on pitch #6.

Steve Stone said in the beginning of the 9th that in Sergio’s blown save against Oakland the release point of his slider wasn’t the same with the release point of his fastball and batters could determine when a slider was coming and not swing at the slider, but wait for a fastball. Pitch F/X has graphs for both outings.

June 10 against Oakland:

June 19 (today) against Arizona:

That’s better.

UPDATE: J.J. takes a Pitch-F/X look at today’s Phil Humber.

Ozzie Guillen decides to put a leash on the Sox baserunners!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 19, 2011 1:00 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox basestealing has been shut down, and not just by the opposing catchers. With his team just 30-for-59 in stolen-base attempts this season, manager Ozzie Guillen made a decision to slow down his baserunners.”

I shut it down a little bit more, because we were giving away outs with no reason,” Guillen said. “I want to see how the team functions without the running game. The running game wasn’t working. It was killing us.”

“we were giving away outs with no reason”. Yes! That’s what I’ve been saying all year. Make that all decade. Let’s hope now that Ozzie sticks by it.

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at Ozzie Guillen’s lineup changes and his inexplicable insistence on playing Juan Pierre, and Paul Konerko says he’s no Hall of Famer.

June 18, 2011

That will be one ugly outfield

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 11:52 pm
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I thought ‘Dunn in RF’ was a typo. But 2 others confirm it: (more…)

Alex!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 9:26 pm
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you can put it on the boardddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!

video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16045733&c_id=cws (0:58)

BTW, John Danks has a very hard head!

Daniel Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 3:15 pm
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No, I feel pretty bad when I hear the name Daniel Hudson. What was Kenny hoping to do when he did the trade? Wasn’t he aware Hudson was in his first year of service time, that Edwin Jackson’s contract would be over after the 2011 season, and that Jackson’s agent was Scott Boras?

Jake Peavy to start on Wednesday against the Cubs?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 3:30 am
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Schouwen @ CST:

After breezing through six scoreless innings of a rehab start for Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday night, Jake Peavy appears ready to face the Cubs on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, pitching coach Don Cooper said Friday.Manager Ozzie Guillen said the six-man starting rotation also appears to be back, probably through the All-Star break.“Without discussing it with Ozzie and [GM] Kenny [ Williams], it looks like he’s lined up for the last game against the Cubs,’’ Cooper said. “That’s unofficial, as well as the six-man rotation. But all of that is going to be discussed and probably shook out after the game today or tomorrow. We’ll talk more about it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. wants more Brent Lillibridge and less Juan Pierre, and Brett Ballantini updates his most and least valuable Sox players calculations. and colin looks at the last 15 Home Runs that were hit by Carlos Quentin.

White Sox sign Valparaiso senior RHP Jon Gulbransen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 12:00 am
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VanderPas @ APC:

He wasn’t selected in the June amateur baseball draft and he’s not expected to be in the big leagues soon.

Nevertheless, a baseball dream came true for 2007 Fox Valley Lutheran graduate Jon Gulbransen prepared to sign as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox later today.

… Gulbransen pitched for four years at Valparaiso University. He majored in finance and compiled a 3.79 grade point average.

Gulbransen wasn’t drafted and was signed as a free-agent.

Here are his 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 4.03 6-8 16-15 2 0/0 0 91.2 114 61 41 30 80 19 0 4 374 .305 6 5 0 2 7
2010 4.67 4-6 15-13 4 0/0 0 94.1 117 52 49 23 75 29 4 6 383 .305 2 6 1 4 8
2009 5.33 5-7 13-13 0 0/1 0 79.1 91 57 47 15 57 20 3 7 320 .284 1 3 1 3 6
2008 5.37 3-7 15-12 0 0/1 0 62.0 72 42 37 24 52 14 1 7 249 .289 1 12 0 2 4

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
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