His level swing results in a lot of line drives, but is part of the reason why scouts haven’t projected him to have much power. There are also minor concerns about his bat speed. …
July 12, 2009
July 11, 2009
2009 Sox Draft picks signings update.
A look on the Sox catching prospects.
2006 Sox Draft picks review.
July 10, 2009
He swings under a lot of balls and racked up a lot of strikeouts in college. His walk rate did improve, but his plate discipline is still a work in progress. …
As mentioned earlier, the Kannapolis Intimidators placed Mitchell on the 7-Day disabled list.
MiLB.com says so:
07/10/2009: “Kannapolis Intimidators placed CF Jared Mitchell on the 7-Day disabled list.”
Maybe some procedural move?
July 8, 2009
KG: I think the catching future is still debatable, he’s just so huge a sluggish back there. That said, there has been some progress — they’ve shortened his release a bit, and the results are encouraging.
Nice interview. His reports on Viciedo are disappointing. No plate discipline at all. Goldstein also talks about Dexter Carter, John Shelby, Jon Gilmore, Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson, Josh Phegley, Brandon Allen, Tony Pena, and Jordan Danks. He even talks about Roy Halladay.
per Jonathan Mayo. Mitchell, who was the 2009 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, will report to Class A Kannapolis tomorrow. Here’s Orel Hersheirer’s scouting report. Mark Gonzales says that Mitchell’s bonus was expected to be in the $1.2 million range.
Deadspin: Last month, the Red Sox took young Michael Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl, in the 36th round of MLB’s First-Year Player draft. The 18-year-old outfielder committed to Vanderbilt University, although he did hint that the chance to play for his grandfather’s old team could change his mind. But since the Red Sox organization seems to have forgotten how to spell one of the most revered last names in team history, perhaps Vanderbilt’s a better fit right now. Y-A-S-T-R-Z-E-M-S-K-I.
One of [coach] Shapiro’s biggest bright spots has been lefthander Bryan Morgado (Tennessee), who is actually not a junior but a redshirt sophomore. He was drafted in the third round by the White Sox after his disappointing spring, but he’s bounced back nicely this summer, posting a 21-3 strikeout-walk ratio through 10 scoreless innings over three appearances. Morgado was named the Cape League’s pitcher of the week after striking out 16 over two outings last week. Shapiro said Morgado has been sitting in the 92-94 mph range with his fastball and is showing improved command of his power breaking ball and changeup. …
Morgado’s Cape Cod league stats.
July 7, 2009
The White Sox’s first round draft choice, Jared Mitchell of LSU, took a physical at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday and is expected to sign sometime this week.
The 23rd pick overall is not yet officially signed. That announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, with Mitchell then reporting to Class A Kannapolis on Thursday. …
July 2, 2009
Bryan Morgado of Tennessee was drafted in the third round by the White Sox last month, and has until Aug. 17 to sign. “They never told me a dollar amount. They said they’d follow me over the summer.”
Morgado has opened a lot of eyes on the Cape with 18 strikeouts in eight innings, and allowed only three hits and two walks. He struck out 13 in five innings Monday night against Cotuit. That’s basically just following his career form for the right-hander, who is throwing between 90-94 right now.
Morgado, as a high school senior, fanned 144 in 72 innings. But he underwent Tommy John surgery before his freshman year at Tennessee and was redshirted. …
Morgado’s Cape Cod league stats.
June 27, 2009
Phegley signed a contract Thursday in Chicago, with the deal including a signing bonus of $858,600 plus $30,000 to be used for college, according to his father John.
After spending the night in Chicago on Thursday, Josh passed his physical on Friday. During their trip, both Josh and his father were given a tour of U.S. Cellular Field, which included meeting White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
Josh Phegley was one of six selections the team announced it had come to terms with from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Right-handed pitchers Matthew Heidenreich (fourth round), Kyle Bellamy (fifth round) and Jimmy Ballinger (11th round) joined Phegley, the 38th overall pick from Indiana University, infielder Jared McDonald (21st round) and first baseman Leighton Pangilinan (40th round) on that list. … Of the six picks, Phegley is the only one targeted for Class-A Kannapolis. The other five will begin at Advanced Rookie Bristol.
BTW, Mark Gonzales reported that “Jared Mitchell, the White Sox’s first pick in the June amateur draft, is expected to agree to terms soon.”
FutureSox speculates on the possible moves Phegley’s assignment will cause.
June 26, 2009
[Ciolli’s] lack of power and lack of walks mean his ceiling is probably as a 4th outfielder.
Daniel Black, after only three games in Bristol, has been promoted to Kannapolis.
What made the club decide to pick Jared Mitchell, and how high is his ceiling?
I would have to say the biggest reason is his athleticism. He possesses the tools that cannot be taught, the main one being game-changing type of speed. Speed is the only tool in the game that you can use both offensively and defensively, and hopefully we see him using his tools in a White Sox uniform very soon. Jared has a very high ceiling that he will hopefully begin to develop soon.
Which pitchers you drafted excite you the most as far as star potential?
Probably the first three high school pitchers (2nd round lefty David Holmberg, 4th round righty Matthew Heidenreich and 7th round lefty Justin Jones). We have not taken many high school pitchers early in the draft in some time, so I am really pumped up about getting them with our player development people and seeing what we can do with them.
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