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October 17, 2011

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.

More players at the link.

October 15, 2011

Robin Ventura Beats Up Nolan Ryan?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 15, 2011 3:00 pm
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“You still think Ventura got his ass beat by Nolan Ryan? Think again. The new manager of the White Sox is a fighter and a winner. Deal with it.”

h/t Ben Lindberg’s Transactional Analysis: Robin Ventura

THT’s Jeffrey Gross calculates the xBABIP adjustments to the 2011 batting lines

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 15, 2011 12:00 am
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Jeffrey Gross:

… Turning to the data, let’s first look at the “unluckiest” batters of 2011—those who are most likely to see the sharpest batting average improvements in 2012 (dBABIP greater than .050):

Last Name First Name Team BABIP xBABIP dBABIP
Chone Figgins Mariners 0.215 0.314 0.100
Vernon Wells Angels 0.214 0.298 0.084
Rafael Furcal MULTIPLE 0.240 0.320 0.080
Alex Rios White Sox 0.237 0.299 0.062
Adam Dunn White Sox 0.240 0.299 0.059

As you might expect, a lot of the guys with some of the lowest batting averages in baseball populate this list. Those players, though mostly terrible, were not nearly as terrible as their batting lines from last year indicate. For example, Alex Rios was likely more a .260-.270 than a .227 hitter, and Adam Dunn should have hit closer to .200 than .159. …

Here are the xBABIP data for the White Sox players from the accompanying spreadsheet (batters with positive dBABIPs are “unlucky” while batters with negative dBABIPs are “lucky”):

First Name Last Name Team PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR BB SO SF SB IFH% LD% GB% FB% IFFB% BIP HBP P/PA BABIP xBABIP dBABIP
Rios Alex White Sox 570 537 122 85 22 2 13 27 68 4 11 5.0% 18.4% 42.3% 39.3% 12.9% 473 2 3.5 0.237 0.299 0.062
Dunn Adam White Sox 496 415 66 39 16 0 11 75 177 2 0 0.0% 20.0% 32.5% 47.5% 13.2% 240 4 4.4 0.240 0.299 0.059
Morel Brent White Sox 444 413 101 72 18 1 10 22 57 1 5 8.7% 19.2% 49.3% 31.5% 9.1% 349 3 3.6 0.262 0.311 0.049
Pierre Juan White Sox 711 639 178 155 17 4 2 43 41 3 27 7.4% 21.1% 53.0% 25.8% 7.6% 558 7 3.4 0.294 0.325 0.031
Beckham Gordon White Sox 557 499 115 82 23 0 10 35 111 3 5 7.1% 20.3% 39.5% 40.3% 21.0% 390 13 3.8 0.276 0.293 0.017
Pierzynski A.J. White Sox 500 464 133 95 29 1 8 23 33 6 0 1.4% 20.9% 50.6% 28.5% 7.3% 435 5 3.4 0.291 0.308 0.017
Ramirez Alexei White Sox 684 614 165 117 31 2 15 51 84 5 7 7.9% 19.3% 45.5% 35.2% 15.6% 528 6 3.6 0.288 0.301 0.012
Quentin Carlos White Sox 483 421 107 52 31 0 24 34 84 5 1 6.4% 14.3% 32.2% 53.5% 16.9% 342 23 3.7 0.261 0.269 0.008
Konerko Paul White Sox 639 543 163 107 25 0 31 77 89 11 1 0.6% 22.4% 37.0% 40.6% 7.9% 465 8 3.9 0.304 0.301 -0.003

October 14, 2011

Go young Kenny. Go young.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 14, 2011 8:00 pm
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A fantastic study by BP’s Rany Jazayerli. It’s divided in two. Part 1:

… Here’s my point: I don’t think anyone would argue that, all things equal, a 17-year-old player is likely to develop into a better player than an 18-year-old player. But I wondered if the baseball industry as a whole has underestimated the importance of age. I wondered if, given two players taken at the same slot in the draft, the younger player returned greater value. In other words, even accounting for the fact that teams took age into consideration—presumably, a player who is particularly young for his draft class might get picked earlier—I wondered if those players were stillundervalued. So I decided to do a study.

So far, all I’ve presented to you are anecdotes, and the plural of anecdote is not data. For instance, the youngest hitter drafted #1 overall wasn’t Griffey, it was Tim Foli, who in 16 years in the majors hit a total of 25 home runs. We need some data.

Fortunately, this is what BP interns were created for. With the help of Bradley Ankrom, Paige Landsem, and Clark Goble, I compiled a list of every high school hitter selected in the first 100 picks of every draft from 1965 through 1996. I stopped the data set at 1996 because I wanted to look at how these players performed over the course of their careers—I defined “careers” as the 15 years after they were drafted. …

And here’s Part 2.

October 13, 2011

Kenny Williams is going to Latin America

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 13, 2011 10:30 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

The White Sox have taken a hit for not producing a steady flow of players from Latin America, but general manager Ken Williams is taking a hands-on approach now. Williams recently left on a scouting mission, according to two sources, and will make a stop in the Dominican Republic.

The next Alexei is coming to the South Side!

Brett Ballantini was let go

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 13, 2011 9:45 pm

That’s horrible. The one beat guy that was actually good is let go…

UPDATE: Here’s Ballantini’s twitter page.

Jon Bachanov

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 13, 2011 8:00 pm
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Remember Jon Bachanov, the reliever the Sox picked up after the Angels released him? Seems he’s doing all right:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk LAA 4 0 1.000 3.09 18 0 3 0 0 0 32.0 31 11 11 0 5 0 52 1 1 2 135 1.125 8.7 0.0 1.4 14.6 10.40
2009 20 Orem PION Rk LAA 0 0 2.70 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 5 1 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 17 1.800 13.5 0.0 2.7 13.5 5.00
2009 20 Angels ARIZ Rk LAA 4 0 1.000 3.14 16 0 3 0 0 0 28.2 26 10 10 0 4 0 47 1 1 2 118 1.047 8.2 0.0 1.3 14.8 11.75
2010 21 Cedar Rapids MIDW A LAA 2 0 1.000 5.47 18 0 7 0 0 2 26.1 31 17 16 1 14 0 23 3 0 7 121 1.709 10.6 0.3 4.8 7.9 1.64
2011 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk CHW 3 4 .429 3.04 18 7 4 0 0 1 47.1 39 20 16 2 16 0 40 1 0 7 194 1.162 7.4 0.4 3.0 7.6 2.50
2011 22 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 1 0 1.000 2.57 4 0 2 0 0 0 7.0 6 2 2 0 2 0 9 0 0 2 28 1.143 7.7 0.0 2.6 11.6 4.50
2011 22 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 2 4 .333 3.12 14 7 2 0 0 1 40.1 33 18 14 2 14 0 31 1 0 5 166 1.165 7.4 0.4 3.1 6.9 2.21
3 Seasons 9 4 .692 3.66 54 7 14 0 0 3 105.2 101 48 43 3 35 0 115 5 1 16 450 1.287 8.6 0.3 3.0 9.8 3.29
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 5 0 1.000 3.00 22 0 5 0 0 0 39.0 37 13 13 0 7 0 61 1 1 4 163 1.128 8.5 0.0 1.6 14.1 8.71
A (2 seasons) A 4 4 .500 4.05 32 7 9 0 0 3 66.2 64 35 30 3 28 0 54 4 0 12 287 1.380 8.6 0.4 3.8 7.3 1.93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/13/2011.

I love seeing 1.1 WHIP (Walks and Hits per IP) numbers. I’d also love to see a higher strikeout rate. Hopefully Jon and the coaches at Winston-Salem work on that next year.

October 12, 2011

Kenny Williams says the Sox “got to take a step back”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2011 11:00 pm
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Chuck Garfien:

“We do have some payroll limitations. It didn’t work out last year. That was the gamble by going out on a limb payroll-wise and it backfired. We lost money, bottom line,” Williams said. “Are we going to now take the same gamble? The answer to the question is no.  We’ve got to take a step back, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try to win just the same.”

Hopefully not…

In which A.J. Pierzynski finds the ‘Paul Konerko player/manager’ idea hilarious

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2011 10:23 pm
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Sun-Times:

“I thought that was hilarious,” ­Pierzynski said. “Konerko thinks everything through and analyzes until he’s blue in the face.

“He’d be out there playing first base missing balls in the third inning because he’d be worried about what the pitching matchup would be for the eighth inning.

“I texted him when I heard the rumor, and he wrote back, ‘Yeah, and you’ll be batting ninth.’ And I wrote back, ‘No, I’ll be demanding a trade.’ ’’

1B will be manned by Lillibridge. Paulie would be DHing.

Robin Ventura’s managerial style

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2011 3:05 am
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From Doug Padilla’s chat:

Q: Why didnt anybody in the Press Conference ask robin questions about his managerial philosphy, is he a stat guy when looking at matchups etc…. Do we have any info besides what was asked in the PC?

A: The beat guys asked that in a separate interview session. He didn’t commit to one exactly, but he said he had to see how the roster develops. Sounded like he has the traditional leadoff man, move runners over approach, but has no issues playing big ball if that’s what the roster dictates.

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October 11, 2011

Robin Ventura, Harold Baines, and Paul Konerko get stuff

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 11, 2011 11:00 pm
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Robin Ventura got a 3-year deal:

While Guillen moved on to a four-year deal running the Miami Marlins, Ventura took over the White Sox under a three-year deal with no options. The hiring of Guillen and Ventura by Williams were somewhat similar, in that they were previous organization staples as players and, although neither one had prior managerial experience, Williams and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf knew what to expect with their personalities and commitment to the organization.

Harold Baines got some hitting coach responsibilities,

“[The staff] will fit together such that Harold will be putting more time into the mental side of some of our hitters’ approaches,” Williams said. “He was pretty good at it, and remains a valuable asset in that area. But he will take a greater role along those lines … as will Robin. That’s what I meant by a coaching staff that will work together. It’s all intertwined, not just on one guy to solve the problems of our hitters.

“Robin will be very involved in every aspect — whether it be player development and offseason conversations with the players, the coaches, the scouts, everything. That’s just baseball and the way we like to do things. It’s an all-inclusive style of management.”

and Paul Konerko got coach consideration,

Perhaps the most stunning news to emerge from the White Sox’ press conference introducing Robin Ventura as manager was general manager’s Ken Williams’ revelation that he considered Paul Konerko as a player-manager candidate. It never got to a point where Williams asked Konerko about the possibility.

“Well, it was considered long enough for me to realize that Paul is a very cerebral person and he would probably drive himself nuts right now playing and managing at the same time,” Williams said Tuesday. “But that’s the kind of respect I have for him that yeah, I did consider it. Then I thought I think I would rather him be focused more on hitting third or fourth in the lineup and driving in 100 runs rather than trying to worry about 25 other guys in addition to it. We are trying to win.”

Kenny is pulling Hawk’s leg.

Terry Doyle throws 4 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 11, 2011 9:31 pm
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10/11:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 1-0) 4.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.17

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 41-26.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 4-5.
Batters faced: Doyle 12.

Here’s Doyle:

“I was just mostly throwing my fastball, they were pretty aggressive and making contact early in the count,” he said. “I was getting a lot of fly balls, trying to work ahead and make their aggressiveness work against them.”

BTW, this was Doyle’s second outing. The first was 3 2/3 one-run innings on October 5:

Mesa Solar Sox
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle 3.2 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.45
Petricka (H, 1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 53-33, Petricka 14-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 5-2, Petricka 1-1.
Batters faced: Doyle 14, Petricka 5.

Doyle keeps the K/BB ratio impeccable!

October 10, 2011

Mark Parent will be the new bench coach; Joe McEwing will be the new 3rd base coach

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 10, 2011 1:17 pm
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Doug Padilla:

The White Sox will name Mark Parent and Joe McEwing to the coaching staff of new manager Robin Ventura, a source indicated Monday.

Parent will be Ventura’s bench coach and right-hand man, said the major league source with knowledge of the White Sox’s thinking, while McEwing will be the third-base coach.

Still to be decided is the hitting coach to replace Greg Walker. The source indicated the White Sox are still deciding between minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto and Triple-A Charlotte hitting coach Tim Laker, with Manto believed to be the lead candidate. …

Parent was the manager of AA-Reading (Phillies). McEwing was the manager of AAA-Charlotte.

Harold was offered the hitting coach job but he doesn’t want to talk more than he does now.

I’m kidding about Harold. I’m kidding!

October 9, 2011

Is Boston 3rd base coach Tim Bogar a candidate for the Sox bench coach opening?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 9, 2011 3:05 pm
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Nick Cafardo:

Tim Bogar, third base coach, Red Sox – He could be retained when a new manager is named. Bogar is also highly regarded as a future manager and does a lot of work with statistical data, which seems to fit what the current Boston regime is looking for. There has been speculation that Bogar is a candidate for bench coach with the White Sox under new manager Robin Ventura.

A Google search on Tim Bogar shows Red Sox fans are quite mad at Bogey.

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