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February 29, 2012

Chris Sale’s 1st Spring Training start: Friday, March 9, 2 pm CT @ WGN-TV [UPDATE]

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Broadcast Schedule.

UPDATE: First 5 starts:

John Danks is set to start the team’s Cactus league road opener on Tuesday in Tempe against the Angels, with Jake Peavy pitching Wednesday at home against the Brewers and Gavin Floyd on Thursday in Surprise against the two-time defending American League champs from Texas. With Chris Sale pitching Friday in Glendale against the Cubs, the opening rotation appears to be set up, although nothing official has been announced by manager Robin Ventura past Humber on Monday.

Jose Quintana starts Monday’s “B” game against the Indians, with Simon Castro and Brian Bruney also pitching. Will Ohman, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed, Hector Santiago, Pedro Hernandez, Charlie Leesman and Nestor Molina pitch Monday after Humber, who is ready to test his early work in actual games.

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Baseball-Intellect’s Top 15 (+3) 2012 White Sox Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ February 29, 2012 3:30 am
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Alex Eisenberg:

1. Addison Reed | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B
2. Trayce Thompson | OF | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
3. Nestor Molina| RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B-
4. Tyler Saladino | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – B-
5. Simon Castro | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – B-/C+
6. Jake Petricka | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B-/C+
7. Keenyn Walker | OF | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
8. Jhan Marinez | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
9. Hector Santiago | LHP | Age – 24 | Grade – C+
10. Erik Johnson| RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
11. Jared Mitchell | OF | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
12. Pedro Hernandez | LHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
13. Eduardo Escobar | SS | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
14. Greg Infante | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
15. Ozzie Martinez | SS | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
16. Myles Jaye | RHP | Age – 20 | Grade – C+
17. Dylan Axelrod | RHP | Age – 26 | Grade – C+
18. Jeff Soptic | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+

There are quick takes for every prospect and a scouting report on Jake Petricka.

February 28, 2012

Paulie’s 2012 analysis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2012 11:30 pm
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Scott Reifert:

“We’re starting with a new staff, kind of a whole new era here, and I think you can start building something now. The teams the past few years have been about: try real hard this year to win, you failed, and then you come back next year and try again from a totally different angle. I think what’s happening here is that they’re trying to build something a little more stable, a little more sustaining. If we go out and compete this year and it doesn’t happen – and you see this with some other teams in the league – you build up momentum and use that to build from the year before and I think that’s why it could be successful. I’m not conceding anything, especially in today’s game there’s way too many teams and with another wild card spot, I mean there are all kinds of other things that are available to make the playoffs and there seems to be a lot of parity. I think with the amount of young guys that we have you have to throw that into the equation if we don’t make it to the playoffs but we do it right and go out and compete well. If you look at it at the end of the year and Morel’s had a really good year, Beckham’s had a good year, Addison Reed’s had a great year – those are all good signs that it’s moving in the right direction and that’s what in my mind can be determined to be a success. Again, you don’t concede anything because anything can happen if you go out there and play hard. There’s a very fine line between those teams that finish in first place and second or third so who knows. You have to give a lot of respect to Detroit right now, not because of what they did in the offseason, but because they became a really good team at the end of the year. They were pretty good all year but at the end of the month they just took it to another level and they are the team to beat. They got a lot of guns and we’ll see what goes on there.”

Reifert has more. Schouwen has even more.

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February 27, 2012

Sox outfield: Dayan Viciedo @ left, Alejandro De Aza @ center, Alex Rios, @ right?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 27, 2012 8:30 pm
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Scot Gregor:

It looks like the White Sox are going to be shaking up their outfield. Manager Robin Ventura indicated Dayan Viciedo is going to move from right field to left field, Alex Rios is moving from center to right and Alejandro De Aza is moving from left to center. We’ll see how this plays out … nothing is definite yet.


I don’t think Viciedo has played any games in left in the majors or the minors


Oh boy…

February 26, 2012

2012 White Sox Baseball: Forget baseball, we are trying tee ball this year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2012 9:00 pm




Smells Like Mascot: White Sox Dogs Playing Poker & King of Clubs

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Carl’s latest:




February 25, 2012

Alex Rios doesn’t want any mechanics advice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2012 10:05 pm

I see Alex Rios is aiming for an average below the Mendoza line…

Will Brent Lillibridge be the back-up ShortStop?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2012 10:00 pm

Maybe Jhan Marinez and Eduardo Escobar both won’t make the team.


It’s all Brent Lillibridge, all the time!

February 24, 2012

John Sickels’ 2012 ‘Top 120 Prospects’ list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ February 24, 2012 2:30 pm
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John Sickels:

44) Addison Reed, RHP, Chicago White Sox

72) Nestor Molina, RHP, Chicago White Sox

Hey, more than one Sox prospect! Sickels likes Molina.

Chris Sale bulks up. Jake Peavy bulks down. [UPDATE]

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February 23, 2012

Predicting the next next Jose Bautista

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 23, 2012 9:30 pm
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Lewis Pollis @ BTB:

… Now that we’ve established that this system is foolproof, let’s take a look at the 2011 HR/FB leaderboard, where we’ll undoubtedly find our 2012 breakout star:

1. Mike Napoli
2. Prince Fielder
3. Logan Morrison
4. Mark Reynolds
5. Pablo Sandoval
6. Adrian Beltre
7. Brent Morel
8. Michael Morse
9. Ian Kinsler
10. Ryan Braun

Where do we start? Napoli, Fielder, Reynolds, and Braun have already established themselves as among the best power hitters in the game. Kinsler, Sandoval, Beltre, and now Morse have all shown good-to-great pop in the past too. Morrison doesn’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers, but he’s a 24-year-old with a history of slugging in the minor leagues and a solid track record in the majors so far.

That leaves only one option: Brent Morel. He’s not a perfect fit with Zobrist, Bautista and Morse—this will be his age-25 season so a significant improvement wouldn’t be seen as coming out of nowhere, and having appeared on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list he’s of a higher pedigree than his breakout predecessors. …

Herm Schneider is in the best shape of his life

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 23, 2012 12:00 am
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No kidding, he really is:

The most noticeable change among the Sox’s traveling party was trainer Herm Schneider, who declined to disclose how much weight he lost this winter.

Daryl Van Schouwen says it’s 70 pounds:

BTW, here’s a picture of Herm from August of 2011:

Good job Herm!

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February 22, 2012

Make your own kind of rumor

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ February 22, 2012 10:00 pm


Twins assistant GM Rob Antony … said that some internet rumors about players on the trade market often lead to exploratory conversations between GMs about said players.  “There are a lot of names that pop up where we do a lot of that same thing. ‘Look, if you’re looking to move this guy, he could be a fit over here. I don’t know what’s fact and what’s rumor, but if you are serious in trading a player we’d like to be kept in mind, we have some interest,’ ” Antony said.

I’m hearing Boston will acquire RHP Gavin Floyd from the Sox for RHP Anthony Ranaudo and C Ryan Lavarnway.

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Robin Ventura lays down the law

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 22, 2012 3:30 pm

February 21, 2012

What amount of money can the Sox spent in the first 10 rounds of the 2012 MLB Draft: $5,915,100

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 21, 2012 12:00 am

That’s what Baseball America’s Jim Callis reports. To sign 8 of the first 10 picks in the 2011 draft the Sox spent $2,126,300. They spent $2,786,300 for the entire 2011 draft class. As Callis says, the amount for the 2012 draft can only change if Derrek Lee signs a major league contract which he says is unlikely at this point.

BTW, Seedling To Stars’ Drew Balen looked at how the new draft signing bonus rules will impact the 2012 draft.

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