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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.

November 21, 2010

THT’s Geoff Young on Eduardo Escobar

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2010 6:00 pm
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yet another Escobar’s defense is very good report:

Shortstop Eduardo Escobar (White Sox) didn’t do anything at the plate but looked good in the field. No single play stood out; he just seemed to get to grounders without exerting much effort. You’d look up and the play was done. Then you’d look back at where he started and think, huh.

November 18, 2010

AFL Game #32: Peoria Saguaros @ Mesa Solar Sox [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 18, 2010 1:12 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 78 degrees, sunny. Jared Mitchell starts at DH, and Eduardo Escobar at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Escobar manages another 0-for and finishes at exactly .300. Escobar had 4 hits in his last 33 at bats:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .300
Mitchell DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .163

BATTING
TB: Mitchell.

FIELDING
E: Escobar (7, throw).
DP: (Figueroa, C-Escobar-Ruiz).

November 17, 2010

AFL Game #31: Surprise Rafters @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 17, 2010 1:24 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 75 degrees, sunny. Eduardo Escobar starts at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: One more game. Will Escobar fall below .300? He has 4 hits in his last 31 at-bats:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .306
Bour C 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273

BATTING
TB: Bour.

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mabee 1.2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.92
Carter, A 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.60

Pitches-strikes: Mabee 37-22, Carter, A 12-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Mabee 2-1, Carter, A 0-2.
Batters faced: Mabee 7, Carter, A 3.

November 16, 2010

AFL Game #30: Peoria Javelinas @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 16, 2010 1:36 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 71 degrees, sunny. Jared Mitchell starts at LF and Eduardo Escobar starts at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Will Escobar be above .300 by the time the AFL (Thursday)?

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .320
Mitchell LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .156

FIELDING
DP: (Ruiz-Escobar).

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leesman 1.0 1 2 2 2 1 1 11.81

Pitches-strikes: Leesman 24-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Leesman 2-0.
Batters faced: Leesman 6.

November 15, 2010

AFL Game #29: Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 15, 2010 1:02 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 65 degrees, sunny. Jared Mitchell starts at LF and Eduardo Escobar starts at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: A triple and 2 K for Escobar:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 .327
Mitchell LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .162


BATTING

3B: Escobar (5, Drake).

FIELDING
DP: (Mesoraco-Escobar).

November 13, 2010

AFL Game #28: Peoria Saguaros @ Phoenix Desert Dogs [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 13, 2010 7:25 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 60 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at LF, Eduardo Escobar starts at SS, and Johnny Lowe is the starting pitcher for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Suck all over:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .330
a- Bour PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Mitchell LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .169

and

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe (L, 0-4) 3.0 4 4 4 3 1 1 14.58

Pitches-strikes: Lowe 56-31.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lowe 6-0.
Batters faced: Lowe 15.

November 12, 2010

AFL Game #27: Peoria Saguaros @ Scottsdale Scorpions [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 12, 2010 7:28 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 68 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at CF and Eduardo Escobar starts at 2B for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: The basepaths were full of Sox prospects:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .340
Mitchell CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .171

BATTING TB: Escobar. BASERUNNING SB: Mitchell 2 (2, 2nd base off Collmenter/Easley, 2nd base off Collmenter/Easley), Escobar (2, 2nd base off Collmenter/Easley). FIELDING DP: 3 (Parrino-Escobar-Parmelee 2, Escobar-Parrino-Parmelee).

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carter, A 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.00

Pitches-strikes: Carter, A 14-9. Groundouts-flyouts: Carter, A 1-1. Batters faced: Carter, A 4.

November 11, 2010

AFL Game #26: Peoria Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 11, 2010 1:26 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy. Jason Bour starts at C for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: Meh:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bour C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .263
and
Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leesman 1.1 2 2 2 3 2 0 11.17
Mabee 2.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 7.15
Pitches-strikes: Leesman 29-15, Mabee 36-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Leesman 2-0, Mabee 3-2.
Batters faced: Leesman 8, Mabee 8.

November 10, 2010

AFL Game #25: Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Saguaros [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2010 12:45 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 64 degrees, sunny. Eduardo Escobar stats at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: A single for Escobar:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .348

BATTING
TB: Escobar.

November 9, 2010

AFL Game #24: Peoria Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 9, 2010 7:25 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 70 degrees, clear. Jared Mitchell starts at LF and Eduardo Escobar at SS for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: 2 K in the 9th for Carter:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .353
Mitchell LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .179
Sappelt LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .281

BATTING
TB: Escobar; Mitchell.
GIDP: Escobar.

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leesman 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 10.80
Carter, A (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.50

Pitches-strikes: Leesman 16-11, Carter, A 13-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Leesman 0-0, Carter, A 0-1.
Batters faced: Leesman 4, Carter, A 4.

November 8, 2010

AFL Game #23: Peoria Saguaros @ Surprise Rafters [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 8, 2010 12:40 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 75 degrees, overcast. Jared Mitchell starts at LF, Eduardo Escobar at SS and Johnny Lowe is the starting pitcher for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: No hits for the Sox prospects:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Escobar SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .362
Mitchell LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .175
a- Wrigley PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .206

a-Struck out for Mitchell in the 9th.

FIELDING
DP: (Negron-Escobar-Parmelee).

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lowe 3.1 8 5 5 2 3 1 15.15
Mabee 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7.71

Pitches-strikes: Lowe 73-44, Mabee 12-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lowe 5-2, Mabee 2-0.
Batters faced: Lowe 20, Mabee 3.

November 6, 2010

AFL Rising Stars All-Star Game: 8 pm CT (free webcast) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 6, 2010 2:09 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 80 degrees, clear. I don’t see any White Sox prospects in the West starting lineup.

There is a free live stream of the game on MLB.com/LIVE (preview).

MLB Network:

Some of Major League Baseball’s top prospects will be featured in Arizona Fall League matchups on MLB Network and MLB.com. MLB Network’s Dave Valle and Daron Sutton, who calls play-by-play for the Arizona Diamondbacks, will call the fifth annual Rising Stars Game on Saturday, November 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET at Surprise Stadium. Valle will be joined by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger in the broadcast both for the 19th annual AFL Championship game on Saturday, November 20 at 3:00 p.m. ET live from Scottsdale Stadium. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, will co-produce and provide free live and on-demand video streams of the two games.

UPDATE: Anthony Carter pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning:

AFL West Rising Stars
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mitchell CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Escobar SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
and
AFL West Rising Stars
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carter, A 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Pitches-strikes: Carter, A 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Carter, A 1-1.
Batters faced: Carter, A 3.

November 5, 2010

Carson Cistulli’s SCOUT system (and Eduardo Escobar’s AFL BABIP)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2010 3:04 pm
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Carson Cistulli devises the SCOUT system to get around, as much as he can, the small sample sizes issues of the AFL stats:

Herein lies at least one of the problems with winter-league stats. Because the AFL leaders in plate appearances rarely top even the 125-PA threshold, we’re forced to regress them over two-thirds of the way back to league average. That creates little in the way of meaningful separation. An alternative, however, is to look at those categories that (a) become reliable more quickly, but also (b) tell us the sorts of things we like to know about a prospect — namely, the quality of his tools. In this case, we can probably say at least something about contact- and power-hitting — via strikeout and home-run rate, respectively. …

… With all that as preface, allow me to introduce what I’ll call SCOUT. To devise it, what I’ve done is to find the regressed strikeout and home-run rates (xK% and xHR%) for all the qualified batters in the AFL. Then, for each player, I’ve found the z-score (that is, standard deviations from the mean) in xK% and xHR%, and averaged them (i.e. the z-scores) together. SCOUT is the result of that.

Here’s today’s SCOUT leaderboard (earlier versions):

Hmmm, a .373 BABIP. I’m not excited.

Speaking of Eduardo Escobar this is from Bryan Smith’s ‘Must watch White Sox prospects’ post today:

The question is how much he’s going to hit. His walk rate is downright Viciedo-esque, and it did not improve between 2009 and 2010. His contact rates are about average, maybe a touch better. Overall, Escobar is a much better hitter from the right side with these batting lines in his three leagues this year: .326/.343/.495 in CAR, .321/.333/.491 in SOU, and .542/.577/1.208 in AFL. It should be said that his patience is non-existent from that side, but he swings a big stick. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised he tripled off the best southpaw prospect in Arizona. It’s clear that Escobar has grown since his initial listed weight of 5-10, 150, so there’s slight optimism for 10 home run power potential. Strength is where the similarities with Jose Vizcaino (one of those lazy comps you’ll hear people use) end, and where you can see his ceiling is that much higher.

AFL Game #22: Peoria Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2010 1:03 pm
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Boxscore. Gameday. Weather: 86 degrees, sunny. Jared Mitchell starts at DH for the Saguaros.

UPDATE: A single for Jared:

Peoria Saguaros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bour C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333
Mitchell DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .183

BATTING
TB: Mitchell.
GIDP: Mitchell.

Peoria Saguaros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leesman 1.0 3 2 2 0 2 0 12.27

HBP: Lawson (by Leesman).
Pitches-strikes: Leesman 29-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Leesman 1-0.
Batters faced: Leesman 7.

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