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July 1, 2011

White Sox sign 6th round draft pick SS Marcus Semien

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2011 11:30 pm
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The White Sox have signed 6th round draft pick SS Marcus Semien. Semien is listed on the Kannapolis Intimidators roster. He played shortstop against Asheville tonight and went 1-4 with a 2B and 2 K.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’01″
Weight: 190
Born: 1990-09-17
Hometown: El Cerrito, CA
Class:  Junior

Here’s his Baseball America scouting report:

Semien is a steady defender with sure hands and some arm strength, though he may lack the first-step quickness to stay at shortstop. He’s an average runner. He hit well last year and in the Northwoods League last summer, but scouts have questions about his bat. He didn’t do anything to quell doubters this year, hitting .260/.357/.380.

And from John Sickels:

6) Marcus Semien, SS, California: Teammate of Johnson drafted above, good glove, many scouts don’t like his bat and he didn’t hit well this spring. Seems an overdraft to me.

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 .275 61-61 229 41 63 11 3 5 35 95 .415 32 3 40 2 .371 0 16 9-14 95 185 12 .959
2010 .328 54-54 195 40 64 17 2 4 34 97 .497 24 0 37 6 .400 1 7 5-7 89 174 20 .929
2009 .197 27-19 71 10 14 1 1 1 7 20 .282 11 0 11 0 .301 1 3 0-3 11 28 1 .975

And here’s a 3-and-a-half minute video of Semien:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHReDi5jX8A

Terry Doyle startrts the month with a bang: 8 IP, 6 K, 0 BB (July 1)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2011 11:00 pm
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7/1:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 3-2) 8.0 6 1 1 0 6 0 2.31
Reed (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.74

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 103-68, Reed 10-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 7-6, Reed 0-1.

Now he has a 75/16 K/BB ratio for the year. 26/5 in AA alone. Awesome job Doyle!

Smells Like Mascot: The Season From El’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2011 8:30 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/07/season-from-el.html

True.

Another nasty 1-2-3 inning for Sergio Santos

Nice comeback. Alexei and Juan came through. Sergio and the bullpen shut it down. Crain has been very good this year.

RE24: Juan Pierre 1.58, Alexei Ramirez 1.07, A.J. Pierzynski 0.88, Alex Rios 0.69, Carlos Quentin -2.05, Edwin Jackson (P) -0.75, Brent Lillibridge -0.59, Edwin Jackson -0.55 (H).

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E(W, 5-6) 6.0 5 4 4 1 5 1 4.24
Bruney(H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.27
Crain(H, 12) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.63
Santos(S, 18) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.92
Totals 9.0 7 4 4 1 10 1 3.84

At-bat screenshots for Santos from MLB Gameday:

1st batter:

pitch #1: 94mph 4-seam fastball: foul
pitch #2: 84mph slider: foul
pitch #3: 86mph slider: swinging strike

2nd batter:

pitch #1: 95mph 4-seam fastball: strike
pitch #2: 84mph slider: strike
pitch #3: 85mph slider: swinging strike

3rd batter:

pitch #1: 95mph 4-seam fastball: strike
pitch #2: 84mph slider: ground out

The first pitch was a 4-seam fastball all time though.

Pitch F/X for Santos:

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) 94.80 95.3 -2.36 7.57 3 3 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1292 0.392
SL (Slider) 84.54 85.7 3.76 -1.99 5 5 / 100.00% 2 / 40.00% -0.7332 0.442
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 8 8 100.00 8 -0.862

Pitch F/X for Crain:

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) 94.71 95.3 -1.53 10.19 9 6 / 66.67% 1 / 11.11% -0.5081 0.394
SL (Slider) 85.13 86.3 2.61 0.78 8 6 / 75.00% 3 / 37.50% 0.1163 0.436
CU (Curveball) 72.40 72.4 5.57 -9.71 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0421 0.527
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
8 18 12 66.67 18 -0.350

Do you know Juan Pierre critics don’t have anything to talk about besides Juan Pierre? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2011 11:30 am
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Ozzie says it’s not Jan Pierre that sucks, but his critics:

“Hopefully, people quit talking about him,” Guillen said after the Sox (40-42) won for only the fourth time in 36 games in which they trailed after seven innings. “All those people in Chicago, every day I guess they don’t have a subject to talk about. And Juan Pierre’s name comes up every day. Like I say, as long as I’m here or he is here, he’s going to play because I think we need him.”

If we stop talking about Pierre, will his 69 wRC+ improve?

UPDATE: Ozzie calls out all the non-Pierre White Sox players he has coached:

Ozzie defends Pierre’s poor basestealing by saying that he needs to get on base to steal, but that’s not truly the case, as the numbers bear out. More privately, Guillen does admit that he thinks Pierre is a step slow.

… Ozzie finally had to draw on a stat that falls outside of the typical analytical tools in his defense of Pierre: “There’s one guy since I’ve managed this ballclub that’s Chicago tough—that’s Juan Pierre.”

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