[Sergio] Santos is a former 1st round pick, he was selected number 27 overall in the 2002 first year payer draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but after stalling as an offensive prospect the White Sox signed him and converted him to pitching. In his first season off the mound Santos had some fairly mixed results, including an 8.16 ERA and a 6.38 BB/9 in 28.2 innings over four levels. There were some encouraging points for Santos, namely his 9.57 K/9 and a purported 99 mph fastball. The White Sox recently added Santos to the 40-man roster protecting him from this years Rule 5 Draft, so they obviously see something that they like in Sergio, but let’s see what PITCHf/x has to say. …
December 9, 2009
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.
November 26, 2009
The Sox have been interested more with Santos learning the nuances of pitching rather than with his results.
“They look more for improvement, like throwing four sliders and making sure at least two of them are strikes,” Santos said. “I’m now able to throw first-pitch sliders for strikes and on 3-2 counts, and changeups on 2-0 counts. It’s a daunting challenge, but I’ve learned in four months what other pitchers have done in their entire careers.”
Sergio loves Buddy:
Santos credits the Sox, particularly farm director Buddy Bell for the support that enabled him to make a position change. Santos was one of the first cuts of spring training in March but threw a bullpen session in front of several team officials before Bell asked him his preference. Santos wanted to give the infield one more try, so he was dealt to the Giants for future considerations before encountering a position logjam that resulted in him returning to the Sox to embark on a pitching career.
“To this day, I’m thankful for Buddy Bell,” Santos said. “He’s the best guy I’ve run across in baseball.”
Santos will play Winter Ball with Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League to be ready to compete for a spot in the Sox bullpen in the spring.
November 24, 2009
Name Maximum Average Sergio Santos 98.8 95.95 Jacob Rasner 93.1 91.59 Matt Long 91.6 90.34 Justin Cassel 91.1 88.27 Kyle Bellamy 88.2 87.01
November 23, 2009
… Watching Danks from the center field cam instead of from the side, that’s who he reminded me of, which isn’t good. Especially since Erstad once had good bat speed, but lost it as age and injuries took their toll. If Danks can be busted with fastballs in — just like Ryan Sweeney, and just like Jerry Owens if you want to keep it to age-relevant types — it’s going to be an uphill climb.
The good news is that Danks handled all chances in center with ease, even with the dreaded high sky causing problems for others. He also can take a pitch, and when you package it all together, you get a guy who can be useful. He’s just not a bat anybody should be counting on.
Jordan Danks finished in the top five in hits, walks and OBP and led the league in runs scored (31). Danks plays good center field and the scouts agreed in various reports out of Arizona. He had a great walk rate (20 in 99 AB) and hit .343, but the concern has been contact rate and he did nothing to change that. He struck out in almost 22% of his plate appearances in Arizona, staying in line with his 2009 numbers in Winston-Salem and Birmingham. He doesn’t project to hit for big power so he will need to improve that to be a successful hitter in the Majors. At the same time, a good defensive center fielder that can get on-base will always have a job. …
BTW, the Tribune has some numbers here.
November 21, 2009
Watch the free live webcast at MLB.com or turn your TV at the MLB Network.
UPDATE: Peoria won 5-4:
Jordan Danks: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Brent Morel: 2-4
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
Peoria Javelinas lineup: Ackley 7, Danks 8, Mitchell 3, Morel 5, Lambo DH, Wells 9, Lucroy 2, Retherfoed 4, Iorg 6. SP: Anthony Varvaro.
Phoenix Desert Dogs lineup: Angle 8, Espinosa 6, C. Brown 9, Marrero 3, Desme 7, Bell 5, Ashley 2, Weeks 4, O’Malley DH. SP: Mitch Talbot.
Broadcasts: MLB Network on TV and FREE LIVE WEBCAST on MLB.com, today on 1:30 pm CT (2:30 pm ET). Game time: 1:45 pm CT (2:45 pm ET). Victor Rojas & Tony Clark on the call.
No games today. The Championship game is tomorrow (1:35 pm CT on MLB Network & MLB.com).
Let’s look at the final pitching stats for the Sox prospects:
Matt Long: 3.48 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with 7 Ks and 1 BB in 10.1 IP
Kyle Bellamy: 1.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP with 7 Ks and 4 BBs in 5.2 IP
Sergio Santos: 6.14 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP with 20 Ks and 10 BBs in 14.2 IP
Justin Cassel: 7.85 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP with 13 Ks and 10 BBs in 18.1 IP
Jacob Rasner: 9.45 ERA and a 2.85 WHIP with 4 Ks and 6 BBs in 6.2 IP
November 19, 2009
Jordan Danks: .343/.458/.505/.963 with 20 BBs / 26 Ks in 99 ABs (10 XBHs: 7 2B, 3 HR)
Brent Morel: .435/.456/.565/1.020 with 4 BBs / 7 Ks in 62 ABs (4 XBHs: 2 2B, 2 HR)
C.J. Retherford: .246/.333/.348/.681 with 7 BBs and 9 Ks in 69 ABs (4 XBHs: 2 3B, 1 HR)
Dayan Viciedo: .333/.350/.556/.906 with 1 BB and 6 Ks in 18 ABs (2 XBHs: 1 2B, 1 HR)
With a phenomenal closing rush, White Sox prospect Brent Morel ran away with the Arizona Fall League batting championship. The third baseman went 19-for-33 over his final eight games to close at .435 and beat Yankees farmhand Colin Curtis by 38 points. Morel did not join the league until Oct. 26 and did not accumulate enough plate appearances to qualify for the title until the final day. Sox outfielder Jordan Danks led the league with 31 runs and was top 10 in hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases and walks.
UPDATE: Peoria lost 17-9:
Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .343 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .435 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 DP, .246 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.14 ERA
That was the final game of AFL’s regular season. The Championship between the Peoria Javelinas (18-14) and the Phoenix Desert Dogs (19-13) is on Saturday (1:35 pm CT on MLB Network & MLB.com).
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.”
November 18, 2009
Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Justin Cassel is the Starting Pitcher. Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.
UPDATE: Peoria lost 7-6:
Jordan Danks: 3-5, 1 K, 1 SB, .337 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .414 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 DP, .242 AVG
Justin Cassel: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 7.85 ERA
Jacob Rasner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 9.45 ERA
Kyle Bellamy: 2.- IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 1.59 ERA
Today’s game between Peoria and Phoenix was a preview of Saturday’s Championship game, which will air live on MLB Network (1:30 pm CT).
More on Morel here.
November 17, 2009
I read some of your pre-draft scouting reports the last few days. Some mentioned you being able to possibly play catcher at some point? I know you are considered a plus defensive 3B, but would a switch even be realistic?
Before I was drafted, I heard some people talking about maybe switching; but the White Sox were never a team that wanted to make me a catcher and I haven’t heard anything from them about switching positions.
More at the link. Speaking of Morel BA’s AFL Notebook mentions him:
Morel only has one extra-base hit in 17 AFL games, but he put on an impressive power display in batting practice on Saturday. He’s also a good defensive third baseman with an above-average arm. During the minor league season, several Carolina League managers praised Morel for his solid all-around tools and approach to the game. …