There are quick takes for every prospect and a scouting report on Jake Petricka.
“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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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…
I see Alex Rios is aiming for an average below the Mendoza line…
Maybe Jhan Marinez and Eduardo Escobar both won’t make the team.
It’s all Brent Lillibridge, all the time!
44) Addison Reed, RHP, Chicago White Sox
72) Nestor Molina, RHP, Chicago White Sox
Hey, more than one Sox prospect! Sickels likes Molina.
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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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.
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.