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February 29, 2012

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 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.

July 29, 2011

Kevin Goldstein talks about Lastings Milledge

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 29, 2011 3:45 pm

Goldstein @ BP:

Lastings Milledge, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-for-3, RBI, 2 SB. Hitting .339 in his last 50 games and .299/.361/.465 overall; just sayin’…

June 9, 2011

Kevin Goldstein on the White Sox 2011 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ June 9, 2011 4:00 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Who They are:[Round 1s pick Keenyn] Walker is exactly the kind of player the White Sox used to avoid, but with Kenny Williams’ edict to focus on upside, he’s a great find. Yes, he’s raw, but he’s a big athlete with plus speed and is developing power from both sides of the plate. Scouts that like him, really like him, and while Walker is a significant risk, his kind of upside is hard to find outside the first round.

[Round 2 pick Erik] Johnson is a safer pick with third- or fourth-starter upside, but he’s a big, physical right-hander with above-average velocity and a good slider. He’s not pretty to watch and needs to throw more strikes.

[Round 3 pick Jeff] Soptic is 6-foot-6, throws 95-98 mph, and I’m done saying good things about him. The hope is that he can find some command, hone his breaking ball, and turn into a late-inning reliever. …

All Day 2 picks are here.

May 4, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #2 (video)

Filed under: MiLB — The Wizard @ May 4, 2010 12:45 am

Another no-doubter

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7817987 (0:44)

December 9, 2009

Jordan Danks named to the AFL 2009 Top Prospects Team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 9, 2009 6:27 pm
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Sox outfielder Jordan Danks made the [Arizona Fall League 2009 Top Prospects] team, selected by AFL managers, coaches and administrators. Voters were asked to consider fall performance and major-league projectability.

BTW, Kenny Williams said the Sox likely would not get involved in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. Rumors for the Rule 5 draft here.

December 3, 2009

John Ely’s dream

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 11:05 pm


He envisions the day he’s standing on the pitcher’s mound at U.S. Cellular Field, a White Sox uniform draped around his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame, with a throng of buddies from his hometown of Homewood in attendance cheering him on.

That’s been the dream of John Ely ever since he picked up a baseball and became a die-hard White Sox fan as a kid.

That dream has never been closer to becoming reality than it is today. …

Ely added a cutter too:

Ely credited the addition of a cut fastball to his arsenal, which includes a two-seam fastball that ranges between 89 and 92 mph, changeup and curveball, to his successful 2009 campaign.

Baseball America’s farm system rankings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 9:50 pm

Sox are 25th:

White Sox: Decent talent, but system was thinned by graduations, trades.

Buddy Bell loves Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 12:53 pm
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Buddy thinks Viciedo had a great year in Birmingham:

“One of our biggest concerns with him was the culture,” Bell said. “The kid turned out to be maybe the best teammate we had at Birmingham … He’s a great kid.”

Bell compares the 20-year-old Viciedo to the Angels’ Kendry Morales, a more experienced Cuban who needed 309 games in the minor leagues before establishing himself as a big-leaguer. “He’ll figure it out,” Bell said of Viciedo. “He’s so strong. He’s going to be a good big-league hitter.” …

December 1, 2009

December 1 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 1, 2009 8:53 pm
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— MLBTR’s Arbitration tracker. 23 got arbitration offers.

SoxNet looks at the moves the Sox have already made in the offseason, and tries to project next-year’s roster.

FutureSox looks on the highlights of the Sox minor league system in 2009 (Beckham, Flowers, Hudson). The article was posted on September 30.

— Another old link: BDD at the Mark Teahen to the Sox,  Chris Getz and Josh Fields to Kansas City trade. November 20.

— Scott Podsednik was the 5th best baserunner in baseball in 2009. Jim Thome was the 6th worst.

How much of a pay cut do those in arbitration or under team control make compared to those eligible for free agency? Tango’s take here.

— The Flying Squirrels show off their logo.

Fangraph’s Top 10 Sox prospects

Marc Hulet ranks the Top 10 Sox prospects. Tyler Flowers is on top of the list:

Flowers should be ready to take over the full-time catching chores right around the time that veteran incumbent A.J. Pierzynski’s contract runs out after 2010. The right-handed catching prospect has impressive power (.246 ISO in double-A) and he hasn’t hit below .279 in any season since 2006. Flowers began the year in double-A in ‘09 and hit .302/.445/.548 in 248 at-bats, before moving up to triple-A where he hit .286/.364/.438 in 105 at-bats.

November 27, 2009

Fangraphs reviews the last 4 Sox drafts


[Jared] Mitchell’s .417 on-base average was impressive in just 34 low-A ball games. However, his line of .296/.417/.435 was aided by a crazy-high .453 BABIP. His walk rate of 16.7% was offset by a nasty strikeout rate at 34.8%, which is obviously going to have to come down. With an ISO of .139, his power is undeveloped at this time, although he could develop into a 15-homer hitter. Despite good speed, Mitchell nabbed just five steals in eight attempts. …

November 26, 2009

MLB.com’s Sox ‘Organizational players of the year’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ November 26, 2009 11:05 am
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The Preseason selections were shipped away so here are the Postseason selections:

Try as we could, the great minds at MLB.com could not choose between two deserving candidates and so awarded “co-hitter” honors:

Stefan Gartrell, OF: Gartrell, who was just added to the White Sox’ 40-man roster , combined to hit .281 with 23 homers and 89 RBIs between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, with 31 doubles and a .513 slugging percentage. These stats were especially heartening for the Sox since he was coming off a serious shoulder separation suffered last fall in the Arizona Fall League. The 31st-round pick in 2006 was a University of San Francisco teammate of Poreda.

Christian Marrero, 1B/OF: The older brother of Nationals prospect Chris Marrero signed as a 2005 22nd-round draft-and-follow in ’06, the same year as his first-rounder brother, but Christian has kept pace with his sibling in the stats department. The left-handed hitter batted .308 with eight homers and 74 RBIs between Winston-Salem and Birmingham this season, seeing time at first base and both left and right field, while posting a .501 slugging percentage and collecting 30 doubles. He hit .323 in August.

Dan Hudson, RHP: There was no debate on this pick. In just his first full season, Hudson had arguably the best season of any starting pitcher in the Minors, rising from Class A Kannapolis all the way to Chicago with nary a bump in the road. He went 14-5, and his 2.32 ERA at four Minor League levels ranked ninth among all full-season starters, while his 166 strikeouts and 10.14 strikeouts per nine innings were among the leaders as well. Additionally, his .200 average against was second among all full-season starters. In six big league games, including a pair of starts, he posted a 3.38 ERA and limited hitters to a .225 average in 18 2/3 innings. With a fastball in the low 90s, a changeup with late sink and a solid slider, the Old Dominion product may be in the Majors for good.

November 19, 2009

Baseball America on Jordan Danks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ November 19, 2009 2:31 pm
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White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks has been solid for the Peoria Javelinas, hitting .322/.445/.467 in 24 games. Danks is a patient hitter who can work the count well, walking 19 times in 110 plate appearances. He’s also struck out 24 times, showing some struggles against offspeed pitches and fastballs on the inner half. Though Danks is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, some scouts question whether he’ll ever hit for much power, and he hasn’t shown much ability to pull the ball for power in the AFL. While he doesn’t have classic plus-plus speed in center field, he has shown good instincts reading fly balls off the bat, athleticism and a solid throwing arm.

“I hear he’s a center fielder, yet I’ve had to play him in right field a little bit and he’s made spectacular catches against the walls, so he’s adjusted well to the corner position,” said Javelinas manager Kevin Bradshaw, the Tigers’ roving infield coordinator. “He runs the bases very well—he gets the best leads out of anyone we have—and he’s been hitting the ball for power the other way.”

Sox Top 10 prospects by THT Fantasy


1. Tyler Flowers
2. Dan Hudson
3. Brent Morel
4. John Ely
5. Jared Mitchell
6. Jordan Danks
7. Dayan Viciedo
8. David Holmberg
9. Josh Phegley
10. John Shelby

On David Holmberg:

Holmberg brings a great mix of pitches to the mound, including a curveball and change-up that have the makings of plus pitches. His fastball falls flat right now, but further velocity is expected as his frame fills out. He’s the most intriguing pitching project in Chicago’s system.

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