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October 17, 2011

Jim Thome, White Sox hitting coach?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2011 10:00 pm
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

Sox farm-system hitting instructors Jeff Manto or Tim Laker are thought to be the top candidates to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach, but don’t rule out the Sox making a play for a bigger name such as Jim Thome.

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf loves Thome, 41, whose playing career likely has come to an end after 21 seasons and 604 home runs. The two share the annual habit of meeting for dinner to talk about life and baseball after the season, and a major-league source said Reinsdorf was eager to move this year’s meeting up.

Jerry is bringing the band is coming together!

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Terry Doyle throws 5 1-hit innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2011 8:30 pm
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10/17:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 2-0) 5.0 1 1 1 1 4 1 1.42

Pitches-strikes: 57-36.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 6-3.
Batters faced: Doyle 16.

MLBazFallLeague tweets that Doyle was the first AFL pitcher that went 5 innings this year.

MiLB.com reviews the White Sox Minor League System

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2011 3:30 pm
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MiLB.com highlights players who had the best seasons in the White Sox Minor League System:

Dayan Viciedo, Charlotte (119 games): The strong-armed if not very rangy Viciedo has made his name with his bat. He batted .325 before the All-Star break, then scuffled after it. [Assistant director of player development and scouting Del] Matthews pointed to Viciedo’s improved strikeout-to-walk ratio of 83-45 as a sure sign of progress. A second straight season with an even 20 homers is a good omen too.”The prodigious power is well documented, and he’s really becoming a complete hitter,” Matthews said of Viciedo, to whom the club handed a four-year, $10 million contract in December 2008. “This year, in Triple-A, he was able to be more selective … and really develop some patience. … He doesn’t have to swing at 100 percent; he can swing at 80 percent and the ball is still going to go just as far.”

McEwing concurred: “It was a tremendous growth year for him, just getting the at-bats. … The biggest adjustment he has made is not leaving the strike zone and making pitchers come for him.”

Viciedo finished 2011 in the bigs, where he had mixed results in 29 games for the Sox.

“We have a good feeling about Dayan,” added Matthews, “and we’re hoping that ‘The Cuban Tank’ is an impact player here in right field in Chicago for years to come.”

Viciedo’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2009 20 CHW-min AA 130 540 504 72 141 20 0 12 78 5 2 23 89 .280 .317 .391 .708 197 12 7 0 6 4 BIR · SOUL
2010 21 CHW-min AAA 86 363 343 42 94 15 0 20 47 1 1 11 78 .274 .308 .493 .801 169 16 6 3 0 1 CHR · IL
2010 21 CHW AL 38 106 104 17 32 7 0 5 13 1 0 2 25 .308 .321 .519 .840 122 54 5 0 0 0 0 5/3D
2011 22 CHW-min AAA 119 505 452 60 134 28 0 20 78 2 1 45 83 .296 .364 .491 .856 222 10 5 0 3 6 CHR · IL
2011 22 CHW AL 29 113 102 11 26 3 0 1 6 1 0 9 23 .255 .327 .314 .641 76 32 4 2 0 0 0 9/D3
2 Seasons 67 219 206 28 58 10 0 6 19 2 0 11 48 .282 .324 .417 .742 99 86 9 2 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 530 498 68 140 24 0 15 46 5 0 27 116 .282 .324 .417 .742 99 208 22 5 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/17/2011.

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