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December 15, 2011

Jake Peavy has no problem with Don Cooper

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2011 12:00 am
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Ozzie is another story though!

Mark Gonzales:

“Ozzie didn’t care for me at the end because I was shut down,” Peavy said. “It didn’t end on good terms. The one thing about it, Coop and I have an open relationship. There was one time where I disagreed about something he said about me being on and off after coming back from the surgery, and I told him about it.

“But let’s be real: The Sox don’t win a World Series without Mark Buehrle, and look at what Coop has done over the years. It takes time to know someone. I have no problems with (Cooper).”


December 14, 2011

BaseballInstinct’s 2012 Top 10 White Sox prospects

George Utter:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP 01/09/1989 H: 6’1” W: 180 – (Nathaniel’s take) Nestor Molina had a breakout season in 2011, posting unbelievable strikeout-to-walk ratios at both High-A Dunedin (115/14 in 108 1/3 IP) and Double-A New Hampshire (33/2 in 22 IP). Originally a third baseman/outfielder, Molina converted to pitching in 2008, and wasn’t even a starting pitcher until this season, so his huge year caught many by surprise. While Molina’s pure “stuff” isn’t quite as good as his numbers suggest, it’s no slouch, either: he works at 89-94 mph and boasts a very good splitter.  Molina will probably start 2012 in either Double-A or Triple-A, but he’s very polished and should end up in Chicago at some point during the season. Don’t be surprised if Chicago initially lets his two pitches work in relief upon his reaching the majors.

Our Video

Our Instinct: We had Molina #3 in our Blue Jays Top 10 and scouted him ourselves.  Tom Belmont took the above video of Molina in July, and it’s been used on several notable sites.  We love what Molina brings to the table, but as Tom said in his Prospect Instinct|Nestor Molina article, he’s not going to be an ace, nor does he have the body to be a workhorse in the middle.  He figures to be a nice fit as a #4, however, as Nathaniel suggested, he could end up in the White Sox bullpen.

Reports for the other prospects (2. Addison Reed, 3. Tyler Saladino, 4. Trayce Thompson, 5. Jeff Soptic, 6. Jacob Petricka, 7. Rangel Ravelo, 8. Kevan Smith, 9. Jared Mitchell, 10. Keenyn Walker, and Dylan Axelrod) at the link.

December 13, 2011

Addison Reed, future White Sox closer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 13, 2011 11:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Since the White Sox traded Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays, who is in line to become the White Sox closer in 2012?
— Steve, Plainfield, Ill.

Assuming no other trades are made involving the bullpen, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton would be the leading candidates to start the season. But Addison Reed is one of the major reasons why Santos became expendable.

Reed, who turns 23 just after Christmas, had a 1.26 ERA over 43 games during four Minor League stops last year. He struck out 111 and walked just 14 in 78 1/3 innings, not to mention his 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings with the White Sox. The right-hander definitely stands as the team’s closer of the future, and the organization has no doubt he can handle the role.

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December 10, 2011

2012 White Sox slogan

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2011 6:35 pm

Mark Gonzales:

[Brooks] Boyer said he has a 2012 slogan in mind but wouldn’t reveal it. Past Sox crusades have ranged from “The Kids Can Play” in the 2000 division title season to “All In” last season, when the team fell way short of expectations.

All Out?

December 9, 2011

Jerry Reinsdorf on Mark Buehrle: “He just didn’t fit into our plans.”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 9, 2011 11:05 pm
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Melissa Isaacson:

“He gave us a chance to keep him and I’m sure he would’ve taken less money to come back,” Reinsdorf said of Buehrle. “He just didn’t fit into our plans. That’s the thing. You can’t let personal feelings for players stand in the way of letting the general manager do what he feels is right for the team.”

… “Mark was a 38th-round draft choice,” Reinsdorf said. “We didn’t expect very much from him or he wouldn’t have gone that low, and when he finally made the big-league club, we looked at him as a reliever. I remember we were looking around for starters and someone said, ‘Why don’t we give Buehrle a shot?’ Most people in the room [were skeptical] but the rest was history.

“He was able to locate his pitches, particularly his cutter. He wasn’t a strikeout pitcher but his strikeouts weren’t that bad. He’s not a Hall of Fame pitcher by any means, but he’s a real pro. He took the ball every single time and battled, was great in the clubhouse, caught first pitches, made appearances, was a great guy. He was perfect for our team.”

… “At this stage of his career to get $58 million for four more years, it’s a fabulous thing for him,” Reinsdorf said. “It just didn’t make any sense for us.”

Reinsdorf said it was not his place to judge whether the Marlins overpaid or not for Buehrle, but that the Sox were thinking more in the range of three years, $30 million.

That’s a pretty big difference [between $30M and $58M].

Smells Like Mascot: Rebuild This

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 9, 2011 12:00 am
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Carl’s latest:


December 8, 2011

Minnesota takes Terry Doyle with the 2nd pick in the Rule 5 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2011 12:05 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Terry Doyle clearly impressed more than the White Sox with his strong 2011 Arizona Fall League showing.

The right-hander was selected by Minnesota with the second pick in Thursday morning’s Rule 5 Draft, after posting a 4-0 record with a 1.98 ERA over eight starts for the Mesa Solar Sox. Doyle had an 8-10 mark with a 3.07 ERA in 2011, combined numbers between stops at Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham, while striking out 122 and walking just 33 in 173 innings. …

Here’s a Rule 5 draft FAQ. And here’s Minnesota’s VP:

“The separator for us was command,” vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff said. “We saw him in the AFL thoroughly, and he kind of dominated out there (4-0, 1.98). We had a lot of history with him, good report from him in college. The durability was another strong point.

“We had some concerns in the past where his fastball velocity was marginal. It’s hard to judge that in Arizona, for a variety of reasons, but we saw average velocity this year, which was important. His command is good, his makeup is good, and we think he’s got the ability to be a fourth or fifth starter.”

And a scouting report from today’s Baseball America:

Doyle is a righthander with guile who lacks a plus pitch but knows how to set up hitters. He helped his chances of being picked with an excellent Arizona Fall League performance. He certainly understands the geometry of pitching, consistently getting outs with his command and a cut fastball. Doyle’s 88-92 fastball did pick up as the season progressed and he touched 93-94 mph in Arizona. Doyle confuses hitters who don’t know him, as he often pitches backward, using breaking pitches to set up his fastball. He throws four pitches for strikes, including a biting slider and a high-70s changeup.

And here are the Pitch F/X results from the 3 times he pitched in Pitch F/X equipped stadiums in the AFL: November 16, November 5, October 28. And here’s MLB.com’s scouting report.

Best of luck to Doyle. From what little I knew of him he seemed like a good, intelligent, hard-working young man (not to mention the 3.32 K/BB ratio and 1.13 WHIP in AA). He even returned to school in the winter to teach Math after the baseball season was over.

This sucks… Another White Sox failure…

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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19991127&c_id=cws (2:09)

For all my posts on Doyle click here: soxbronzetitan.wordpress.com/tag/terry-doyle/.

Smells Like Mascot: Forever a White Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 8, 2011 3:00 am
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Carl’s latest:


December 7, 2011

Trade interest for Brent Lillibridge?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 9:30 pm

Ken Rosenthal:

And, surprisingly, the White Sox player drawing the most interest was utility man Brent Lillibridge, according to major-league sources.

The 13 Home Runs in 186 at-bats did their work!

Terry Doyle could be drafted in tomorrow’s Rule V draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 8:30 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Several major league scouts believe that White Sox minor league pitcher Terry Doyle will be drafted in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft.

Those scouts said Doyle’s stock soared in the Arizona Fall League, where he was 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 22 strikeouts and only five walks in 27 1/3 innings for the Peoria Solar Sox. Doyle, 26, was a combined 8-10 with a 3.07 ERA with 122 strikeouts and only 33 walks in 173 innings at Class-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. …

BucsDugout.com has a nice Rule 5 draft preview. There are reports on three Sox prospects that may be selected tomorrow; Jon Bachanov, Terry Doyle, and Andre Rienzo:

If you’re looking for a strong arm with a reasonably high ceiling and a bit of projection remaining, Rienzo might be the right choice for you. Signed out of Brazil in 2006, he’s more raw than his age would suggest, given that country’s still-emerging baseball infrastructure. Still, he’s got good arm strength, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s, and his lean build suggests additional physical projection. Rienzo also throws a sharp-breaking curveball and is working on a changeup, though the latter is more promising than useful at this point. Command and control are still a work in progress as well, as he walked 66 batters in 116 innings last year. He’s got some mechanical flaws, which contributed to the command issues, but they may be correctable with work and instruction as he’s regarded as a good athlete who just needs more experience. He was named to the Carolina League’s mid-season All-Star team last year, before missing about two weeks with elbow pain, but after some rest was able to return at full strength with no ill effects.

At this point, Rienzo is not ready to hold a significant role in the major leagues. At the same time, given his age and inexperience, he’s not going to be able to afford to spend an entire season nailed to a chair in a bullpen. He has a fairly high ceiling as a starting pitcher, but getting him enough work that he can stay sharp and improve his skills without letting MLB hitters tee off on him and crush his confidence is going to be a difficult balancing act for the player development staff of any team inclined to select him.

Rienzo was also among BaseballInstinct’s Carolina League Top MLB Pitching Prospects:

Andre Rienzo RHP CWS (23) – Signed as a free agent in 2006 out of Brazil, Rienzo has almost completed his second full season of baseball in the states. Before that, he spent more of his career in the DSL, where he’s been a strikeout machine. This season in Winston-Salem Dash, he scores a 3.27 ERA, allowing 105 hits, 41 earned runs, 114 strikeouts in 113 innings. The Thrill from Brazil (someone actually hung that on him) uses a overpowering mid- to late-90s fastball to maintain an exciting 22.9 strikeout rate. Then all the excitement dies down what you see that he walked 63 batters this year, posting an ugly 12.7 walk rate from last year’s more manageable 7.4 rate. There are some whispers about an elbow injury that may have affected those numbers, so there is hope. But with his secondary pitches just coming along, he currently has bullpen written all over him. It’s also encouraging that he has a FIP of 3.42, showing that his current ERA is real with that ugly walk rate and that cutting down those walks will do wonders. We’ll keep an eye on the development of the secondary pitches too.

Chris Sale still on path to start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 7:00 pm

Seems Mark Buehrle is going to Miami

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 4:00 pm
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And Kenny says:

You can trade Rios, Dunn, and Peavy KW. (/sarcasm)

BaseballInstinct looks on newest Sox RHP Nestor Molina

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 10:30 am
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Thomas Bellmont:

… Molina’s best pitch an 89-93 mph fastball that he command very well. With just 16 walks in 130.1 innings in 2011 he’s a pitcher who hits his spots and doesn’t beat himself. He works fastballs low and outside painting the black and uses a sinker to get ground balls and a slider as an out pitch.

His 4 seam is an average pitch with plus command but the sinker is a plus pitch with movement and command.

The slider is average but he commands that pitch as well.

He has a changeup but it’s not a major offering despite his feel for it. It could continue to develop and give him a 4th offering in time. …

And the commrents about his delivery are very positive.

Stats: B-R, FG, MILB, MILC, FI, SC

December 6, 2011

Sox want young pitching says Robin Ventura

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2011 6:40 pm

More Ventura (video too) here.

Who will be the Sox closer next year and afterwards?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2011 6:30 pm
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Michael Barr @ FanGraphs:

One guy that many fantasy owners, not to mention White Sox faithful, would like to see handed the job is Addison Reed. Reed, 22, tore through the minor leagues making mincemeat of hitters at every level, Rookie through AAA ball, finishing with a minor league career 1.41 ERA over 108 innings pitched, striking out 155 and walking just 20. He earned a late season call to the majors in September where he threw 7.1 innings, striking out 12 batters and walking one. Reports from his minor league appearances put his fastball in the 94-97 range and that fits with what batters saw in his brief major league stint, averaging 94.9 mph. He has fantastic command and a very good slider, and in terms of just overall stuff, he’s probably the closer of the future and perhaps even the best man for the job in 2012. But it could be that Robin Ventura and company would prefer someone more seasoned, not wanting to throw the kid into the proverbial fire just yet — not to mention the fact that Reed very well could start the season in the minors.

Doug Padilla says it may be Jesse Crain next year.

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