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December 2, 2010

Jonathan Mayo ranks the 2010 draft talentwise at this moment

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 2, 2010 1:18 pm
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Mayo @ MLB tweets:

Q: How would you rank top 5 from 2010 draft now based on talent?

A:
1. [Bryce] Harper [#1, OF];
2. [Jameson] Taillon [#2, RHP];
3. [Manny] Machado [#3, SS];
4.[Drew] Pomeranz [#5, LHP];
5. C[hris] Sale [#13, LHP]

The number and letter in the bracket are their draft pick number and the position they play. MLB’s 2010 Drafttracker here.

September 29, 2010

Frankie Piliere on Jacob Petricka

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 29, 2010 8:27 pm
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Piliere @ FH:

Jacob Petricka looked nasty in instructs today. 92-96 w/ sink and a potential plus CH

Stats, Splits.

August 23, 2010

Not even slot

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 23, 2010 12:02 pm
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Callis @ BA:

How much money each team spent in the first 10 rounds of the 2010 draft, and how that compares to its estimated slot allowance from the commissioner’s office:

Team Picks Signed Bonus Total Slot Total Slot Spent
White Sox 11 9 $3,455,200 $3,988,200 87%
Average 11 10 $5,504,791 $4,417,790 125%

August 18, 2010

Fangraphs reviews the 2010 AL Central draft classes

Smith:

I have to hope and assume that Sale will soak in some knowledge from Don Cooper these last two months, but then be ready to open next season in Double-A, as a starter. Petricka has some fantastic potential, and don’t sleep on ninth-round pick Kevin Moran, who also has a good arm. …

August 17, 2010

FutureSox looks at the AL Central team draft pending

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 17, 2010 3:17 pm
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Buchanan @ FS:

The 2010 Draft signing deadline came and went with no new signing for the White Sox, but plenty of other teams were active, including the Sox’ AL Central counterparts. I take a look at the draft spending for each team in the Central to see if the White Sox are extremely cheap, or if it’s just my imagination. …

White Sox could go after unsigned draft pick RHP Barrett Loux

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 17, 2010 2:33 pm
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Rogers @ Yahoo:

It’s safe to say Loux won’t be returning to Texas A&M barring another disaster. Wouldn’t be surprised to see White Sox go after him.

Here’s his school page and his MLB Draft Central video and enhanced scouting report. And her are his college stats:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 2.83 11-2 17-16 1 1/1 0 105.0 78 42 33 34 136 16 2 7 387 .202 7 6 0 2 3
2009 4.12 3-3 12-12 0 0/0 0
48.0 43 31 22 21 62 10 1 2 190 .226 4 7 1 0 0
2008 4.18 6-2 16-16 0 0/1 0 90.1 76 46 42 35 81 16 0 10 335 .227 4 9 1 0 9

August 10, 2010

White Sox sign 41st round pick RHP Sam Phippen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2010 2:53 pm
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Platinum Agency:

Congrats to UC Santa Barbara RHP Sam Phippen who was the 41st round pick of the Chicago White Sox. Sam and the Sox came to an agreement and he has been sent to the Bristol White Sox.

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
1238 41 Phippen, Samuel UC Santa Barbara RHP R/R 6’09″ 210 1987-09-15 JR

Phippen was on both UCSB’s baseball and basketball teams.

Baseball Stats:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 7.71 0-1 7-0 0 0/0 0 7.0 6 6 6 6 6 1 0 0 25 .240 0 1 0 1 0

August 3, 2010

White Sox call up 2010 1st round pick Chris Sale [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 11:00 pm
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Soffian @ N-P:

The Chicago White Sox could call up former FGCU pitcher Chris Sale today, according to media reports, giving the school its first two major leaguers within two days of each other following the Chicago Cubs’ call-up of former Mariner High School pitcher Casey Coleman on Monday.Sale’s agent told The News-Press that conversations with the White Sox front office on Monday also included the possibility that Sale could be called up today.

“Oh, you’re kidding,” Sale’s father, Allen, told The News-Press when contacted Tuesday. “We were given a heads-up that it might be coming but we didn’t know it would be tonight. Wow. I’m going to be heading to Detroit. I’m actually at a Rotary meeting. I’ve got to put my badge back and haul to the office.” …

Merkin @ CWS:

… “He looks like a good young lefty,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Sale on Tuesday morning, before pausing to take a phone call from Richard Dotson, Sale’s pitching coach at Charlotte. “You never know. We might see him tomorrow.”

According to White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator Kirk Champion, Sale does not operate in awe of his quick ascent to prime time. His fastball has been clocked anywhere from 91 to 96 mph, and he also throws a slider and changeup.

The organization has the slender Sale targeted for the starting rotation eventually, but much like the way Mark Buehrle began his career in 2000, Sale’s Major League debut will come out of the bullpen and looks as if it will come on this eight-game road trip to Detroit and Baltimore.

“Well, he’s prepared,” said Champion of Sale. “Whatever it took him to get to that point, whoever has had him along the way, prepared him well.

“We have not done anything as an organization from that standpoint. Our scouts around him had the ability to recognize this quality. But he carries himself very well — that’s the best way to describe it.”

Chris Sale’s stats: First Inning, Baseball-Reference, Minor League Splits

College stats and more:

Year era w-l app gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr bf bavg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2008…. 3.47 2-0 21 1 0 0/1 2 36.1 36 15 14 10 43 4 1 2 157 .254 1 4 0 1 0
2009…. 2.72 7-4 14 12 1 0/0 1 89.1 83 43 27 27 104 16 1 7 378 .246 4 5 0 3 6
TOTAL… 2.94 9-4 35 13 1 0/1 3 125.2 119 58 41 37 147 20 2 9 535 .248 5 9 0 4 6

Did the White Sox give Sale a virtual Major League contract in exchange of a lower signing bonus?

UPDATE: Soffian @ N-P:

After a day of speculation, former FGCU pitcher Chris Sale got the call from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night that he was on his way to the major leagues. “He’ll be in Detroit tomorrow,” Sale’s father, Allen Sale, told The News-Press Tuesday night.

14th round pick C Michael Blanke is off to a great start in Great Falls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 3:48 pm
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A hitting catcher? FutureSox:

Blanke had a strong pedigree coming from the D2 power University of Tampa so the 14th rounder’s sparkling start for Great Falls shouldn’t come as a major surprise. His July slash line (.341/.404/.647) shows his power, but he’s also able to avoid the strikeout. On the year he has just 15 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. The 21 year-old is hitting .341 with a .984 OPS overall. It’s just rookie ball and Blanke’s defense needs to improve, but it’s always nice to have a strong batting catcher.

Michael Blanke’s stats: .341/.391/.593/.984 with 10 BB and 15 K in 123 AB (Minor League Splits)

Also off to a great start in Great Falls: 5th round pick 1B Andy Wilwins: .341/.431/.560/.992 with 16 BB and 12 K in 91 AB (Minor League Splits)

July 23, 2010

MLBBB predicts the Sox will sign 4th rounder RHP Matthew Grimes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 23, 2010 1:49 pm
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Seiler:

The following list is my guess of which contracts will be approved and signed next week.

… Matthew Grimes, RHP, White Sox

MLB drafttracker’s entry (including scouting video) for Grimes:

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
128 4 Grimes, Matthew Mill Creek HS (GA) RHP R/R 6’05″ 185 1991-09-04 HS Video

And some scouting reports:

MLBBB:

Matt Grimes is a tall, projectable right-handed pitcher from Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Georgia, a far northeast suburb of Atlanta. Grimes carries a projectable pro body that makes scouts drool, but he still has a ways to go to reach his potential, which makes him a riskier draft prospect. However, he could explode once he really focuses on pitching at the pro level, though, that doesn’t mean his current stuff isn’t up to snuff. He throws a two-seam and four-seam fastball, the latter sitting 90-92 and touching 95, with room for a tick or two more in the coming years. …

FutureSox:

Grimes throws a four-seam fastball in the 90-92 mph range and it has been clocked as high as 95 mph. It currently grades out as his best pitch. Grimes’ two-seam fastball is not as strong as his four-seamer, but it is a usable pitch for him and he throws it in the upper 80′s. Grimes also features a power curveball that projects as a plus pitch for him in the future, and a changeup that gets average future grades.

July 13, 2010

Chris Sale promoted to Class AAA Charlotte Knights

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 13, 2010 1:01 am
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Tommy Bowman @ The Winston-Salem Journal:

Manager Joe McEwing said that there was other cause for celebration last night, although Dash fans might not share as much enthusiasm. Three players — closer Kyle Bellamy, shortstop Eduardo Escobar and reliever Chris Sale — all will move up the Chicago White Sox ladder today.

Escobar, who hit .285 and scored a team-leading 57th run last night, and Bellamy, who improved to 5-0 with a 1.52 earned-run average with a victory in relief last night, have been reassigned to Class AA Birmingham. Sale, a first-round pick in last month’s major-league draft, is being bumped up to Class AAA Charlotte.

“This is the fun part of the job,” McEwing said. “To see the kids get closer to their dream is pretty rewarding.”

UPDATE: Sale’s reaction:

“I was stunned at first,” said Sale, who gave up two runs, one earned, in his one inning of work.” They said, ‘You did fine and got yourself out of a jam.’ Then they said, ‘You’re going to Triple A. Congratulations.’ It was like, ‘Wow.’ “

July 9, 2010

White Sox sign 5th round pick 1B Andy Wilkins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2010 10:43 am
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Matt Jones @ Times Record:

Arkansas junior first baseman Andy Wilkins has signed a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox, officially ending his career with the Razorbacks. Wilkins signed the contract Wednesday and was assigned to the White Sox’ rookie affiliate in Great Falls, Mont., Thursday.

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
158 5 Wilkins, Andrew Arkansas 1B L/R 6’02″ 230 1988-09-13 JR
Comments: As a sophomore in 2009, Wilkins was named the NCAA Norman Regional’s Most Outstanding Player and was a member of the All-Tournament Team. He was a 25th-round selection of the Texas Rangers in 2007 but did not sign.

Stats:

Year avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2010
.281 63-62 225 49
66 14 1 15 69 127 .540 44 5 44 0 .397 6 0 4-5 360 65 10 .977
2009
.319 65-65 235 54 75 18 0 19 58 150 .638 48 6 51 3 .442 3 1 8-9 496 54 6 .989
2008
.331 35-34 136 29 45 11 0 8 38 80 .588 20 0 29 0 .411 2 0 1-1 210 32 3 .988

From the college baseball blog:

He is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and attended Broken Arrow High School. He had an outstanding high school career as a senior batted .538 (63 for 117) with 18 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs. He also scored 52 runs and drove in 53 his final year with a .635 on-base percentage and slugged 1.017. He also hit .496 as a junior with a school record 17 home runs and 16 doubles while scoring 30 runs and driving in 60. He finished the season with a 1.109 slugging and .519 on-base percentage. He was named a Louisville Slugger High School All-American twice and rated as the 11th best prospect out of Oklahoma by Baseball America. …Wilkins had a solid freshman season with the Razorbacks as he missed nearly a month with a rib cage injury but finished the season with a .331 for the season with 45 hits, 38 RBI, 11 doubles and eight home runs in 35 games. He was primarily used at first base but also appeared in six games at third and five as the DH. He spent the summer of 2008 with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League where he played in 40 games hitting .271 with five homers and 26 RBI.

Andy had a solid 2009 campaign as he hit .319 with a team high 19 homers and 58 RBI playing in all 65 Razorbacks games. He started 55 games at first, six at third, and the other four games at DH. He spent the summer of 2009 with the USA National Team where they went 19-5 with victories in the World Baseball Challenge and a trip to play the Japanese College All-Stars. He finished the summer with a .232 average with two homers and 16 RBI in 24 games.

FutureSox:

The scouting reports indicate that Wilkins has very good power potential, and this is backed up by the college numbers, but the scouts also see holes in Wilkins’ swing and suggest that he could have major problems hitting quality breaking pitches. Scouts also see him as a player who could take a while to adjust to hitting with a wood bat, although he put in a decent showing at the ’08 Cape Cod League hitting .271/.356/.450 with Yarmouth-Dennis. Defensively he is at least average at 1B. General consensus had Wilkins listed as a 7th to 10th round prospect, making him a slight overdraft here in the 5th round.

CSN:

He’s big and when he’s on, he can crush the ball, hitting .276 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs for the Razorbacks. But, he’s streaky and that seems to be the biggest knock on Wilkins. If the Sox can get a measure of consistency from him he could be impressive.

July 5, 2010

White Sox sign 38th round pick SS Bradley Salgado

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 8:33 pm
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He’s playing his first game (at SS) with Bristol tonight. Salgado had signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas.

MLB’s scouting report video is here (0:32).

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
1148 38 Salgado, Bradley Great Oak HS (CA) SS R/R 6’01″ 185 1991-07-15 HS Video

FutureSox on Salgado:

Brad Salgado is an athletic middle infielder who projects as a second baseman due to a lack of range for shortstop. He doesn’t have a lot of arm strength but he should be fine for 2B. He’s a smooth defender with soft hands and is very good at turning the double play. At the plate, Salgado is a line drive hitter who sprays the ball to all fields with occasional pop. He hit .375 this year with 5 home runs and 13 stolen bases and is committed to Kansas. The White Sox need more athletic middle infielders in their system and getting Brad Salgado to sign would be a major coup.

July 4, 2010

Draft pick stats: RHP Brett Bruening (42nd round), RHP Pat Schatz (49th round)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2010 3:27 pm
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Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
1268 42 Bruening, Brett Texas Tech RHP R/R 6’06″ 210 1988-12-30 JR Video
1478 49 Schatz, Pat U Iowa RHP R/R 6’00″ 185 1987-08-16 JR

Stats:

RHP Brett Bruening (42nd round):

Player
era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 7.51 3-4 18-4 0 0/0 0 38.1 44 46 32 26 29 6 3 3 150 .293 10 8 3 2 5

Baseball Cube has Bruening’s 2009 Cape Cod league (Harwich Mariners) stats:

Year W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP BK H9 HR9 BB9 K9 WHIP
2009 0 3 2.55 6 6 0 0 0 0 24.2 20 12 7 0 20 22 4 0 7.3 0.0 7.3 8.0 1.62

Bruenning pitched for Grayson County Community College in 2008 and 2009.

Here’s Brett Bruening’s scouting report from MLBBB:

Bruening is a newcomer to Texas Tech this year, having transferred in from Grayson County CC for his junior year. A big, hulking arm, Bruening has found the transition to Division I ball to be pretty difficult, as he’s worked primarily in a swing role for the Red Raiders. The best way to describe Bruening is wild. He can hit 97 on the radar gun, but when he starts, he can’t throw strikes when he throws any harder than 90-92. His curveball can be wicked when he finds his release point, but it’s more common that it dives out of the strike zone well before it reaches the plate. However, the raw stuff is undeniable, and he has shown real flashes of dominance, and some scouts feel he’s getting closer to figuring it out. He was a 35th round pick of the Yankees a year ago, and he could easily go in the single digits this year if scouts are sure he’ll sign for below the cap in those rounds. He does have an injury history, having had Tommy John surgery in high school, but he seems to be durable now, and he’s a few years removed from the operation. Projected Draft Range: 7th-12th Round

RHP Pat Schatz (49th round):

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 6.68 1-0 23-0 0 0/0 0 33.2 52 34 25 20 17 12 0 3 149 .349 3 5 0 1 6
2009 4.96 1-2 20-0 0 0/0 1 45.1 46 40 25 33 29 5 0 3 179 .257 10 8 0 5 3
2008 6.97 0-0 10-0 0 0/0 1 10.1 16 12 8 4 4 3 1 0 44 .364 2 2 2 1 1

CSN:

Schatz was the primary righty out of the Iowa bullpen for three seasons. His 6.68 ERA was second among all Iowa relievers this season. He held left-handed hitters to a .214 average. He came to Iowa as a walk-on after Tommy John surgery.

July 3, 2010

Draft pick stats: LHP Jarrett Casey (32nd round), OF John Spatola (35th round)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 3, 2010 2:00 pm
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Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
968 32 Casey, Jarrett Northern Kentucky LHP R/L 6’00″ 190 1987-10-27 SR
1058 35 Spatola, John Boston Col OF L/L 6’00″ 190 1987-04-02 SR

Stats:

LHP Jarrett Casey (32nd round):

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010
4.78 6-5 13-13 1 0/1 0 52.2 67 42 28 23 43 11 1 2 216 .310 10 6 0 3 2
2009
3.40 3-4 11-10 1 0/0 0 47.2 46 28 18 20 47 6 2 3 178 .258 3 4 1 1 7
2008
13.50 0-0 6-2 0 0/0 0 13.1 27 23 20 12 10 3 0 3 64 .422 4 2 0 2 1
2007
10.80 0-2 12-1 0 0/0 0 16.2 25 20 20 11 8 7 0 4 72 .347 5 2 0 1 2

OF John Spatola (35th round):

Year avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2010
.316 58-58 228 47
72 9 2 17 61 136 .596 21 11 46 3 .398 1 1 13-17 114 2 4 .967
2009
.327 42-12 55 12 18 1 0 4 12 31 .564 6 1 8 2 .403 0 1 1-1 66 3 2 .972
2008
.237 33-16 59 8 14 3 2 1 9 24 .407 6 0 11 0 .303 1 1 1-2 47 1 1 .980
2007
.154 17-5 26 1 4 0 0 0 4 4 .154 1 2 5 0 .241 0 0 0-0 24 3 0 1.000
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