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December 1, 2010

Josh Phegley recovering after spleen removal operation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2010 4:08 pm
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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.

April 12, 2010

Unsigned draft picks update: Bryan Morgado, Justin Jones, Brian Goodwin & more

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 12, 2010 2:01 pm
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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

December 3, 2009

Buddy Bell on the 2009 Draft

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?

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. …

September 19, 2009

Baseball America on Bryan Morgado: 13th-best college prospect for the 2010 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 2:23 am
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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.

September 9, 2009

FutureSox looks on the Sox 2009 draft

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.

August 30, 2009

Fangraphs: Joe Serafin’s Underdog Story

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2009 6:29 pm
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Brian Joura:

Chances are you have never heard of Joe Serafin, a pitcher in the minors with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. But if Serafin ever makes it to the majors, his story has all of the makings of a Hollywood movie. Everyone always makes a big deal out of Mike Piazza being a 62nd-round draft pick. Today, the draft does not last that long; still the odds of someone making the majors after the first 10 rounds are slim. The White Sox picked Serafin on the 37th round this past June, the 1,123rd player taken overall. …

August 20, 2009

2009 Draft spending vs. Slot

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 20, 2009 3:32 pm

Jim Callis:

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%.

August 19, 2009

Is Trayce Thompson the Next Mike Stanton?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 19, 2009 8:38 pm
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Is Trayce Thompson — the 3rd pick by the Chicago White Sox this year — the next Mike Stanton? Probably not. But I admit Mike Stanton was the first player to cross my mind when I watched Thompson. I mean, you can see enormous power potential from Thompson with each swing. He has an ideal frame with room to add more weight and muscle mass without losing much of his present speed. His bat speed is tremendous. The swing itself looks similar to Stanton’s, particularly how the back leg rotates forward. And when Thompson gets a hold of one, the ball goes a long, long way. …

RHP Grant Monroe chooses SIU over Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 19, 2009 2:00 pm
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The choices were Southern Illinois or the South Side for Grant Monroe. The former Schaumburg High School star pitcher had to weigh a college scholarship with the Salukis against a professional contract offer by the White Sox. They selected Monroe in the 46th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft in June. The deadline was Monday night and Monroe went with staying in college and heading to Southern Illinois. …

August 18, 2009


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 4:15 pm

that’s the amount the Sox spend on the first 10 rounds of the 2009 MLB draft. Pretty graph here.

Sox get a supplemental third round draft pick in 2010

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 4:12 pm

as compensation because they failed to sign LHP Bryan Morgado.

August 14, 2009

Unsigned draft picks update (Bryan Morgado, Justin Jones, Brian Goodwin) (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2009 1:18 pm
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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].


August 13, 2009

Baseball Analysts on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 13, 2009 2:47 pm
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Marc Hulet:

23. Chicago AL: Jared Mitchell | Outfielder | Louisiana State [$1.2 million]

Mitchell spent a little time on the disabled list after signing but he’s been hitting well since being activated. Mitchell currently has a line of .277/.440/.415 in 65 low-A at-bats. He’s stolen four bases in seven attempts and has a walk rate of 22.6 BB%. Unfortunately, that comes with a strikeout rate of 33.8 K%.

August 10, 2009

Sox sign 44th round draft pick RHP Taylor Thompson (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:53 pm
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Matt Eddy:

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


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