The operation took place on November 5 writes Mark Gonzales:
White Sox catching prospect Josh Phegley is making a strong recovery after his spleen was removed Nov. 5 in Chicago.
The procedure was done after Phegley and the Sox’s medical staff consulted with several experts who concluded that this was the best chance for Phegley to overcome Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a condition that results in a low blood platelets.
The belief was that the platelets were being destroyed in the spleen, agent Joe Bick said.
This condition forced Phegley, a 2009 supplemental first-round pick, to miss the first part of the 2010 season in the minors. It resurfaced on the morning of opening day of the Arizona Fall League season and caused Phegley to be removed from the Peoria Saguaros’ roster.
Phegley has resumed workouts, and his platelet counts are “real good,” according to Bick.
Let’s hope Josh has a totally successful recovery.
Two of the White Sox’s unsigned high picks from the 2009 draft have experienced mixed results for their respective colleges this spring. …
Justin Jones (7th round, lhp, freshman): 56 K, 19 BB, 51 H, 5 HR, 2.83 ERA in 63.2 IP
Bryan Morgado (3, lhp, junior): 57 K, 26 BB, 38 H, 3 HR, 5.04 ERA in 49.2 IP
Other unsigned draft picks:
Brian Goodwin (17, of, freshman): .303/.435/.541/.976, 27 K, 29 BB, 4 HR in 122 AB
Michael Strong (25, lhp, junior): 35 K, 17 BB, 25 H, 3 HR, 2.90 ERA in 31.0 IP
Kevin Chapman (50, lhp, junior): 21 K, 5 BB, 17 H, 1 HR, 1.21 ERA in 22.1 IP
Buddy explains things:
“That’s something we hadn’t done much in the past,” player development director Buddy Bell noted. “Before I got here, most of the players we took were more from the college level. But by design we wanted to get higher-ceiling guys out of high school who we could project.”
BTW, here’s the article’s secondary title: “Mitchell, Phegley, Thompson on fast track to Major Leagues”
Trayce Thompson is on the fast track?
Before the 2009 draft was even over, Baseball America was already looking to the future. After attending numerous high school showcase events and researching 18 summer college leagues and the collegiate national team, our picture of the 2010 draft class began to take shape. Like this year, when 11 of the first 15 players selected were pitchers, the strength of next year’s class appears to be on the mound. Over the past 20 years, there have been just four drafts where 10 or more pitchers were taken within the first 15 picks, and the 2010 draft could mark the first time it’s happened back-to-back. … The 2010 draft is still nine months away and many things can (and will) change between now and then, but the charts above provide the first snapshot of the top talent for next year’s class.
LHP Bryan Morgado was the Sox 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft but didn’t sign.
from one writer’s favorite pick, Ryan Buch:
He’s got the potential to become a mid-rotation starter due to his solid three pitch mix of a low to mid 90’s fastball, excellent curve and improving change. The command of his fastball can be erratic which is what could prevent him from reaching his potential but he’s definitely the prime candidate to be next year’s Dexter Carter or Dan Hudson. …
Lots more at the link.
How much money each team spent in the first 10 rounds of the 2009 draft, and how it compares to their estimated slot allowance from the commissioner’s office:
Team Picks Signed Bonus Total Slot Total Slot Spent
White Sox 12 10 $3,892,100 $4,658,700 84%
The average ‘Slot Spent’ is 121%. ‘Slot Spent’ for the other AL Central teams: Tigers: 214%, Twins: 106%, Royals: 126%, Indians: 106%.
that’s the amount the Sox spend on the first 10 rounds of the 2009 MLB draft. Pretty graph here.
as compensation because they failed to sign LHP Bryan Morgado.
from Jim Callis’ unsigned draft picks update:
Bryan Morgado, lhp (3rd round): May get over-slot bonus
Justin Jones, lhp (7th round): Expected to attend California
This from Yahoo/Rivals:
Outfielder Brian Goodwin, meanwhile, a 17th-round pick of the White Sox, is expected to report to campus for classes [North Carolina].
Signed: RHP Dylan Axelrod (Windy City (Frontier)), RHP Jarrett Coker (NDFA—Columbus State (Ga.)), RHP Greg Johnson (NDFA—South Alabama), Draft pick signed: RHP Taylor Thompson (44), Released: OF Dallas Williams, Traded: 1B Daryle Ward and OF Norris Hopper to Nationals for cash
Thompson stats: 2009, 2008, 2007
Coker stats: 2009, 2007, 2006